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VIP 211 Hard Drive

Discussion in 'ViP211(411)/211K/222 Support Forum' started by amahdi, May 16, 2008.

  1. Nov 20, 2008 #81 of 355
    newsman

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    It is good to hear/read some of these reviews. I went to Costco and bought the Maxtor OneTouch4 750GB EHD. I picked it up for $109. I want to make sure this drive is Kosher with my 211. Opinions? Ideas? Advice?
     
  2. Nov 21, 2008 #82 of 355
    kkozma

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    Has anyone been able to test if its posible to view recorded content on a 622/722 yet? If I can't do that, I'm not interested...
     
  3. Nov 21, 2008 #83 of 355
    P Smith

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    read this
    http://dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=144987
     
  4. Nov 21, 2008 #84 of 355
    kkozma

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    There is noting in that thread that answers my question. I.m trying to find out if a 622/722 with EHD enabled will be able to play back content recorded on the EHD from a 211 and vice versa. Ie, I unhook the hdd from my 211 and carry it downstairs to my 622.
     
  5. Nov 21, 2008 #85 of 355
    klegg

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    Not sure if I can completely answer the question as I've not activated EHD on my 211, but I do know that I hooked up a 500Gb drive that was previously hooked to my 622 and the 211 informed me this drive was used on another receiver and needed to be formatted. I don't know if I could've just said "NO" and it would've worked, but that's what I saw...
     
  6. Nov 21, 2008 #86 of 355
    P Smith

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    No.
     
  7. Nov 21, 2008 #87 of 355
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    I posted this in the other 211 upgrade thread but it seems pertinent here.

    I got the 640 GB My Book from BB for $99. Works great. I did have to call Dish two times to get it activated. The first guy was confused and activated back up storage on my 622 by mistake. The second guy deactivated the backup storage and activated the 211 Hard Drive. Hope I don't get two $39.99 charges.

    It works just like my 622. The only difference I can discern is that it only has one satllite tuner. Every other feature and menu is identical to my 622. Except of course it has twice as much space as the 622.

    The only drawback is the WD My Book has two 3/4 inch long blue lights on the front that flash. First one then the other then both. Since this is in my bedroom it is anoying at night. At three AM it was bothering my wife who threw a towel over it. I told her that was a no no as the drive has a lot of heat it needs to get rid of.

    Rick R
     
  8. Nov 21, 2008 #88 of 355
    klegg

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    I bought a Cavalry 1TB from Buy.com for $99 after $30 mail-in rebate. As for the blinking light on that WD (I have a 500GB like it), just slip a piece of black electrical tape over it...VOILA!!!!!
     
  9. Nov 21, 2008 #89 of 355
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    Dish is clearly having problems with this feature. I have now been on the phone for ~1hr trying to simply get the feature activated for my 211.

    -11:00am: After some discussion, CS rep agreed that usb drive feature was available and enabled it for me, ~20 mins.
    - 11:30am: 211 thinks it's not activated the driver feature, call dish again. Get disconnected. I wait.
    -1:30pm Third CS rep stated that first CS rep activated the feature on the wrong receiver (I also have a 722)
    -Third CS rep is going through the hoops, rebooting receiver, etc., but still staring at screen 499
    - Finally now, 2:00pm I am formatting the drive. The receiver finally figured it out it's been activated. Oh good, another reboot, acquire, guide dl delay.
     
  10. Nov 21, 2008 #90 of 355
    dkjohn

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    I feel your pain that was me a couple of days ago. after 7 yes 7 reps finally got the right one now it works like a charm.
     
  11. Nov 21, 2008 #91 of 355
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    FWIW, this function IS NOT available on the 411 yet. Someone had posted here that it is but it ain't.
     
  12. Nov 21, 2008 #92 of 355
    Jim5506

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    The 499 screen MUST be displayed when Dish sends the hit to the receiver to enable the DVR function, otherwise it may be a long wait.
     
  13. Nov 22, 2008 #93 of 355
    Grandude

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    Not true. All that is required is that the feature be activated on your account. Receiver doesn't even need to be turned on.
    I have two receivers and one was in standby when the hit was sent. I turned it on later in the day and the drive I connected to it started it's format.:grin:
     
  14. Nov 22, 2008 #94 of 355
    P Smith

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    Another urban legend just born. ;)

    A few ppl found it works immediately when you see the 499 screen and Dish sending a 'hit' ( authorization message ), so it become a 'crowd requirement'.
     
  15. Nov 22, 2008 #95 of 355
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    It would be interesting to get responses from ppl looking at System Info One -- STB Lite (6-1-3) #7 -- pre and post the EHD authorization.

    Since getting s/w 523 -- my #7 is at -2. I haven't activated yet.

    I suspect that this is the EHD activation and changes to another number with authorization.
     
  16. Nov 22, 2008 #96 of 355
    peano

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    Activating the DVR feature is just a tier added to the smartcard, just like adding a channel. Receiver can be on or off and not on any special screen. Just needs to be hooked to the satellite feed.
     
  17. Nov 22, 2008 #97 of 355
    P Smith

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    Really ? Smart card update only ?

    I'm doubt - at least your theory have big hole in it - missing NVRAM update ie Household Key and who knows what else.
     
  18. Nov 22, 2008 #98 of 355
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    Its just a tier add to all receivers on the account. I'll bet $1.00 :D
     
  19. Nov 22, 2008 #99 of 355
    P Smith

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    You lost it :D - without proof it's just a specualtion.
     
  20. newsman

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    I connected my 750gb Maxtor EHD to the 211. I received the 499 message. I called to get it activated. After 5 hours, nothing. I called again, and the second rep was able to get my unit going. This is my first time w/ a Dish DVR. It isn't as intuitive as my Tivo, but works well. Can I record shows by going online and sending a command to the system like my Tivo?

    My receiver tells me I have 291+ hours of storage for SD, and 73+ hours for HD.
     

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