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Software Update HR20: 0xFA

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Earl Bonovich, Nov 22, 2006.

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  1. Nov 22, 2006 #41 of 678
    avatar230

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    I have a theory about the "time to tune channel" improvement listed on the release notes. I know a lot of people are still complaining it's markedly slow (and I don't see much of a speed increase if any -- most of the time I count between 3 and 5 seconds to change). That said, I have noticed something different about channel surfing that I consider significant and indicates to me they did rewrite some code.

    Previously on my HR20, when I'd "channel surf" the long delay would often be accompanied by an all black screen, then a period of time with an all grey screen (often with the audio feed under it) and then finally the video feed would lock in. As of this morning, I could not cause any channel changes to induce the all grey screen.

    Why do I think this is significant? Because outside of the "Do you want to delete?" bug, I've only had two unwatchable recordings, both from MPEG-4 channels. On both of my unwatchables, I did not experience negative numbers in the time line or any of those features; my unwatchables both manifested themselves as, you guessed it, a recording of an all grey screen. So:

    1. I've privately theorized that the partial/unwatchable bugs could be caused by some aspect of the feed not locking in correctly as the HR20 starts recording. Perhaps the lack of an all grey screen in this process is a positive step forward?

    2. Can others confirm the all grey screen is gone during channel surfing?

    If it makes any difference, I'm connect via HDMI to a Pioneer 1140 plasma.
     
  2. Nov 22, 2006 #42 of 678
    net17

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    I am having this problem. When ever I am watching an HD program, and my receiver get the DD signal (does not matter if 2.0 or 5.1), and I change to an SD program, my receiver goes mute. If I turn my receiver off then on, it comes back on. Or if I change the audio settings from DD On to Off, then it works. I don't think it is my receiver, because everything works just fine with my H20. I have it connected to my receiver via optical. Anyone else have this?
     
  3. Nov 22, 2006 #43 of 678
    RMSko

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    Sorry - I should've noted that I am getting audio via an optical cable from my HR20 to a Yamaha 2400 receiver. Based on reading some other posts though, it does seem like the "no sound" bug is a glitch that is not related to my setup since the same bug has been experienced by others.
     
  4. Nov 22, 2006 #44 of 678
    Earl Bonovich

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    I doubt it.... if they can eliminate the needs to reboot the system as often... it won't be as big as an issue.
     
  5. Nov 22, 2006 #45 of 678
    deebeeeff

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    Ditto. Not an HR20 issue. In fact I finally quit recording them on my SD TIVO box for this reason:nono2: :nono: .
     
  6. Nov 22, 2006 #46 of 678
    gcisko

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    Does ulitmate TV get their guide data from someone else? This was never an issue with that service.
     
  7. Nov 22, 2006 #47 of 678
    Earl Bonovich

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    I am not sure where Ultimate TV got it's data (not sure if used the DirecTV feed like the TiVos did)... but Ultimate could have some additional logic in it, to avoid multiple recordings in a single day, or use some additional technqiues to identify if the episode is a duplicate or not.
     
  8. Nov 22, 2006 #48 of 678
    Herdfan

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    Same issue here. This morning at around 6:30 I noticed I had the update so I put back in my manual recording on channel X, M-F, 1 hour. It did not show up in the To Do list, but showed up twice in the Prioritizer.

    Now at 11:30am I just got home and checked it and it is still not in the To Do list. This was working before EF although 2 versions were showing up in both the To Do list and Prioritizer.

    On a side note, and this may have been requested, but can the Scheduler be put in the Main Menu. It seems kind of stupid to go to the Scheduler through the Help menu.

    Thanks.
     
  9. Nov 22, 2006 #49 of 678
    Earl Bonovich

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    I just normally go through MyPlaylist -> Yellow button -> Prioritizer
     
  10. Nov 22, 2006 #50 of 678
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    Also, if you have a universal remote that can accept macros, you can program a command that sends "LIST" then "YELLOW" which takes you to the "TO DO LIST" instantly. I find this quite useful.

    I have a Harmony, and the workaround I did (since the Harmony can't use macros in a traditional sense) was to learn the "yellow" command as though it were an IR signal from my television, and then program a function to send "LIST" from the DVR column and "LEARNED YELLOW" from the TV column on the same button push. Works great, and I never go through the "HELP" menu anymore.
     
  11. Nov 22, 2006 #51 of 678
    I.M. Nobody

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    I think the Networks don't like the DVR much and do all they can to screw them up.
    Why would they run some shows one or two mins over? Also the program info hardly ever states if it is a repeat or not. Seems to be a bigger problem with HD channels than SD. Sometimes when I look at the guide ,HD channel will not say if a repeat but go down to regular channel and it will show repeat.
     
  12. Nov 22, 2006 #52 of 678
    911medic

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    I seem to notice more HD noise after this update, with the unit in standby. Nothing obnoxious, but while near my entertainment center it's clearly audible. Maybe just working to repopulate things since the reboot w/the new sw d/l this morning?
     
  13. Nov 22, 2006 #53 of 678
    UTVLamented

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    For series links, I believe UTV only looked plus or minus two hours from the start time of the show in which you created the link. That is how it avoided multiple recordings. You could also make an Autorecord and limit the time slots it would look.
     
  14. Nov 22, 2006 #54 of 678
    Malibu13

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    If your box received the update overnight, then it will take from 12-24 hrs. for the guide to repopulate.
     
  15. Nov 22, 2006 #55 of 678
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    Not that this is important or anything, but just as there is pink color in the FF square on occasion, there is also pink in the logo for Cartoon Network. It's been there since I got the HR20, but I just got around to posting it now. When they get around to doing the visual fixes they might as well add this one.



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  16. Nov 22, 2006 #56 of 678
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    I activated my HR20 last night and everything was great. I came home from work today and saw that it had been upgraded to 0xfa and the colors are all messed up. Yellows are off and skin tones are greenish. I hae tried to reboot the machine and my TV. My TV is fine with the DVD player and the HR20 was fine before the software update. Any ideas?
     
  17. Nov 22, 2006 #57 of 678
    Earl Bonovich

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    How do you have it connected? via HDMI or component.

    What channels and what programs? How about a program that you recorded and was fine before.
     
  18. Nov 22, 2006 #58 of 678
    Doug Brott

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    Are you connected via the composite cables? I am and I had this problem about 10 days back. The tell-tell sign was green DirecTV banners instead of the normal blue. Since I'm not a video expert, I know I'm going to use the wrong terms, but my ultimate solution that seems to be holding was to remove the blue connector of the Red-Green-Blue composite video cable from the TV and then putting it back. YMMV.
     
  19. Nov 22, 2006 #59 of 678
    bobsloop

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    Thanks for the quick reply. I really enjoy this web site.

    You are going to think I am crazy but it seems to have fixed itself while I was out of the room. Maybe it's trying to tell me I watch too much TV. :) Anyway, I am using a component connection. Every channel was messed up, specificall ESPN, ESPN News and Fox News Channel.

    It seems to have fixed itself since my last reboot because when it last came back up the color was still messed up.

    Have you heard of this kind of color problem before?

    Now, I have another concern. When I was checking my software version I saw that the internal temperature of the box is 127 degrees. That seems a little on the warm side to me. Is that temperature normal?
     
  20. Nov 22, 2006 #60 of 678
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    127 degrees Fahrenheit is within the acceptable temperature range for the HR20. Most people here have reported temperatures in the 120 range (myself included).
     
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