Originally Posted by JmC65
I don't believe the behavior of the DTVPal(+) turning on to do maintenance is “normal”. I think that when the unit’s green light comes on when it is powered off is caused by the unit crashing or doing a reset.
When the unit green light comes on the antenna signal is not passed through to the TV. The behavior is more like when you unplug and plug back in the unit. The green light goes on for ~30 seconds then shuts off. When you turn on the unit it loads the program guide.
That places you into the group of one or two people with that belief.
So when do you
think the unit enters maintenance mode?
The boot time is typically about 25-30 seconds. The maintenance mode and guide download time is about 15 seconds each in my market.
The guide download time and maintenance mode time may increase when receiving a greater number of stations, especially from two markets.
You are correct that when the unit powers itself on to do maintenance, it does not pass a converted ATSC signal to any output,
because it was not designed to. When the unit is in maintenance mode it only needs or uses the antenna input.
However, when it powers on to do maintenance, while you were watching an analog NTSC signal through it, you can still see a distorted analog signal.
More so on the DTV Pal Plus then with the DTV Pal/TR-40.
Originally Posted by JmC65
If you reset the DTVPal(+) to the factory settings, it will no longer go through the cycle of the green light going on then loading the program guide when it is powered on. After a number of days this behavior will return. Until that time the guide is kept up to date, it does not load the guide data at power up time, and new found services are not added dynamically. Services should only be added when I ask it to be done.
You're assuming that the behavior of your one unit is the norm.
After doing a factory reset, the guide download at power on occurs immediately and continues to do so on my DTV Pal, TR-40 and DTV Pal Plus,
and any of the various ones that I have set up for others. (Unless you are not in a CBS TVGOS market.
The guide will be kept up to date regardless of receiving the guide download at power on.
The guide download at power on is redundant and unnecessary if the unit is used regularly.
The guide is constantly updated any time you are actively using the unit.
The unit is designed to find new services during maintenance mode regardless of if you personally want it to or not.
You make it sound like your unit hasn't alerted you to new services found unless you have asked it to.
Or it just hasn't happened to find new services on it's own, for a short time after doing a factory reset?