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This morning I turned my unit on out of standby and noticed two things:

1. The initial image that showed on the screen was a shot from ER last night when I put it into standby. The image paused for a couple seconds and then went straight to live Today show.

2. The buffer seems to not work while in standby or at least not as normal. When I checked the buffer after comming out of standby this morning, it only went back to the start of the Today show (~ 5 min) instead of 90 minutes. The unit was on the same channel all night but in standby mode. Is this normal?

Also, pinky lives in the audio icon as well.
 

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Good morning -

I've experienced both of your issues for several months. At one point I was told by Earl that after 10 minutes in standby, the unit stops buffering. That's similar behavior to any TiVo, none of which buffer in standby.

Issue one seems fairly benign, probably a little hiccup. Issue two is, I think, a feature.

Easy workaround is to never put the unit in standby if you want to preserve the buffers. Putting the unit in standby turns off audio, video, and the front panel lights, but doesn't really affect the operation of the unit. It's been said by some that the unit will do its housekeeping tasks more quickly in standby, but I'm not sure that's such a big deal, as it can do that stuff in the middle of the night with time to spare.
 

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I would rather not put it in standby like you say, but the problem is the off button on the remote puts the HR20 in standby when my wife turns off the TV. I tell her to slide the slider in order to prevent this, but she forgets.

I am getting me a Harmony so I can prevent this, this stock remote needs to go into the remote bucket with the other 25 remotes that are in there.
 

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lamontcranston said:
Good morning -

I've experienced both of your issues for several months. At one point I was told by Earl that after 10 minutes in standby, the unit stops buffering. That's similar behavior to any TiVo, none of which buffer in standby.

Issue one seems fairly benign, probably a little hiccup. Issue two is, I think, a feature.

Easy workaround is to never put the unit in standby if you want to preserve the buffers. Putting the unit in standby turns off audio, video, and the front panel lights, but doesn't really affect the operation of the unit. It's been said by some that the unit will do its housekeeping tasks more quickly in standby, but I'm not sure that's such a big deal, as it can do that stuff in the middle of the night with time to spare.
Wouldn't the hard drive get more of a workout though and be more likely to fail earlier? If I have nothing to record overnight and I put it in standby, the drive isn't spinning, whereas leaving it on overnight means the hard drive is spinning for 8 hours.

I had a Directivo's hard drive die after 2 years. I've never had a hard drive in a computer die that fast (except one that died after a few months and was replaced under warranty).
 

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I am not 100% sure but I think the drive spins in standby as well.
 

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You are correct, Brantel. I would guess that if there ever comes a point where it's stopped buffering and done all its housekeeping, it might not have as much activity, but AFAIK there is no power management on the HR20 that would spin the drive down after a period of inactivity. I think that may be part of the reason it runs so hot.
 

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Yep, those SATA drives run very hot. I added two of them to my computer a year or so ago and had to add additional fans to keep the thing from melting down.
 
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