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Why Can't Slow Receivers be Fixed?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by socal404, Mar 4, 2012.

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  1. JeffBowser

    JeffBowser blah blah blah

    Dec 21, 2006
    I hate to hop in and continue to beat a dead horse, but OMG, these last two days I am about ready to take a bat and beat the ever-loving crap out of my two HR (21 and 23) boxes and subscribe to no TV at all.
  2. PlanetBill

    PlanetBill Icon

    May 8, 2006
    It is about at the point I will leave, don't know where I'd go, but it just ain't worth it. Wife gets pissed, then the kids get pissed then I'm pissed.
  3. reggie

    reggie Legend

    Jul 8, 2007
  4. Jaspear

    Jaspear Godfather

    May 16, 2004
    Exactly the way I felt; I used the same "beat the crap out of it with a bat" words with my old HR23-700. The final straw for me was when they broke the hand shake on a software update a couple of weeks ago. I thought my AVR was defective. When it turned out to be garbage code, I called Dish. I now have two Hoppers. I can't believe how fast they are!
  5. RACJ2

    RACJ2 Hall Of Fame

    Aug 2, 2008
    I had that feeling when my HR22 started dying, resetting all the time. The only difference, I was thinking of taking a sledge hammer to it.
  6. dpeters11

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    Which firmware are those of you still seeing slowness on?
  7. JeffBowser

    JeffBowser blah blah blah

    Dec 21, 2006
    Speaking for myself alone, I'm not playing the firmware game. "Wait until this build", or "The next build will fix it, just you wait", or "it's being worked on". It's always the next build, yet the next build comes, and things improve marginally for a short period, maybe, then regress. For me, I was delighted with the HD GUI, but it was slow before it, and it's even slower now.

    I'll get excited when they throw some real processing hardware at the issue and provide a clear way out of decrepit equipment without me having to resort to 3rd party resellers and a do-it-yourself approach (which I had to do with the SWM)

  8. Rich

    Rich DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

    Feb 22, 2007
    Piscataway, NJ
    I beat an MX-1 to death with a sledgehammer a year or two ago, very satisfying. I tried the same thing with a Seagate HDD and didn't make out very well, the damn things are built like tanks. Drilled three big holes in it, that was satisfying too.....:lol:

  9. wahooq

    wahooq New Member

    Oct 19, 2011
    Tulsa, OK
    This is all reminding me of that scene in Office Space, where the guys beat the crap out of that fax machine....they have to pull the one dude off...hahaha classic
  10. hasan

    hasan Well-Known Member

    Sep 22, 2006
    Ogden, IA
    I'll get excited when:

    1. The "latest and greatest fix" applies to the HR20-700, HR21-100 and HR20-100.

    2. It actually makes the DVRs tolerable to use, and this "fix" lasts for more than 10 days.

    I'm contemplating new hardware (HR34 or HR24), but just can't bring myself to pull the trigger. Part of me resents having to buy new hardware to replace what used to work fine and has been made borderline tedious to use by so-called "upgrades" in the firmware that did little or nothing to fix sluggishness, and appear to have only slowed things down even further (again, intermittently). (that is one long, run on sentence!):)

    In the mean time, I'm frequently annoyed with the boxes and have pretty much lost my zeal for what used to be pretty impressive equipment. The PQ is still outstanding, but interacting with the equipment has become a fairly predictable pain in the butt.
  11. JeffBowser

    JeffBowser blah blah blah

    Dec 21, 2006
    I'm with you.

  12. jes

    jes Icon

    Apr 20, 2007
    ... it's not the hardware... :nono2:
  13. Wilhite

    Wilhite AllStar

    May 5, 2004
    Why do you say this?
  14. sbl

    sbl Icon DBSTalk Club

    Jul 21, 2007
    We have one proof point in the THR22. With the same, old and slower, hardware as the HR22 (and HR21), the responsiveness of the TiVo software is remarkable.
  15. hiker

    hiker Icon

    Mar 1, 2006
    Then why do most owners of HR24s say that they are faster than other models of the HR2x running the same software? I have no experience with the HR24 myself.
  16. TBoneit

    TBoneit Hall Of Fame

    Jul 27, 2006
    That's the point, the THR22 Tivo is not running the same software as the HR-2x series and it reportedly is fast. Since it is running on older HR-2x hardware. Thus showing it is a software problem.
  17. hiker

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    Mar 1, 2006
    I understand that the TiVo software is more efficient than the DIRECTV software accounting for the improved performance of the THR22.

    But again why is the HR24 model so much faster running the same DIRECTV software? The only reason I can think of is the greater performance of the HR24 hardware is the difference that makes it faster.
  18. dpeters11

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    Right,in that case it's the hardware. But they can improve the performance of the older boxes with software fixes.
  19. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

    Sep 16, 2006
    I wish they would release a no-frills optional software that just worked. Actually, I just wish they would switch to using the Tivo software,add in whole home, and be done with it.
  20. hiker

    hiker Icon

    Mar 1, 2006
    I wonder if the THR22 TiVo software can run on an unmodified HR2x unit? I doubt it, as there was probably some mods that had to be done to the HR22 to make it workable with TiVo. I remember with the early TiVos there were proprietary chips doing special functions.
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