Originally Posted by Riverside_Guy
Far as I know, NOBODY living in the US has posted being able to swap their internal drive for another. Several of our northern neighbors HAVE done this... but they do NOT get signals from a US cable provider.
I'm in the midwest, Time Warner Cable is my provider. I have an Explorer 8300 that was recently upgraded to the "Navigator" interface by them over the wire.
A bit of background. I'd called a year ago or so and had them upgrade it before I was scheduled to receive it. They did, everything was "ok" if not slower than the Passport(?) software was.
About a month after, I got home and my box had downgraded itself back to Passport. And the problems started. It got slower, it locked up from time to time. It had problems deleting programs, so I resorted to just setting a huge 24 hour program, then canceling it (to get the DVR to kill off what was already on the Hard Drive). I adjusted to how it worked, and had few problems, I could record, watch the Picture In Picture and all that.
Two weeks ago, my son told me that the TV had a message on it, so I checked it out. Navigator finally again (woo...not!).
But -- what's that? No recorded programs on it, my schedule was all gone. And on the list screen, it said 100% full. Couldn't schedule recordings, pause / rewind said that the hard drive was full and the operation couldn't be done. Called the Cust Svc number, and the lady was really nice, did a hard reboot of the box over the wire (it took about 5 minutes). After that, it still said 100%. She recommended I bring the unit in to them, to have it swapped.
I've been considering pulling the HD (or at least just hooking it up) to a Linux PC to see if I could see anything on the HD partition, and possibly delete anything that might be on the file system.
Then I found several forums talking about the fact that you can have the box reformat itself by holding pause, then something, then something else .. (which I was not able to get it to do).
I did find a diagnostic menu, Front Panel: Hold select until mail flashes, hit the Channel -, then list three times.
Saw a thread about replacing the Hard Drive, so I happened to have a 120gb sitting around. Couldn't find a security T-10 sitting around (I'm sure I have one SOMEWHERE, heh). The front panel pulls off fairly easily (I noticed one of the side tabs is broken already). Then you can lightly (CAREFUL) lift the lid enough, to pull the power and IDE cable out of the front / top. Har har. So hooked it up, turned on the box, and it did
RELO (i think)
Then it counted down in Hex, rebooted again, did the _--- -_-- --_- ---_ thing.
Rebooted again, and it records very well, no problems. YAAAY!!!
I might just hook an IDE to the internal drive, and wipe it to zeros, or I might just leave it the hell alone
No, I don't own this box, that's why I didn't reg with my full name.
But it DOES work in the US with Time Warner cable (at least in the midwest).