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You're probably the only person I've ever heard of who didn't have at least some kind of problem with the DTVPal's original firmware (101).
By the last version (105 - actually, by 103), it was much better, but the initial state of release was pretty problematic.
I don't think it was so much the heat issue, because to my remembrance, that never really changed - at least much, if at all. It was more general bugginess. If the surrounding area heat is that bad, you probably should have the box placed in as cool a place as possible. Maybe even have a fan on it - because I know it does get pretty darned hot, particularly at the coax connection point. Can barely even touch the metal there.
However, I'm sure the self-added holes could only help, at least with the lastingness, if for no other reason, if applied carefully. If you look back to earlier in this thread, I'm sure there's plenty of detail on how to do it.
I don't think not capturing a solid hold on a signal would cause the unit to overheat - but it could have something to do with shutting it down.