Well, I've been working with a new DVR+ for a few weeks. In a lot of ways it's nice, but I've just never been able to get comfortable with it.
So I've been watching eBay, and finally found a decent deal on a DTVPal. After last time, you'd think I'd learn.
The thing arrived today. First sign of trouble: it came from a pawn shop and was packed in crumpled-up newspaper, in a Bud Light box!
Obviously someone had pawned it and the pawn shop was dumping it.
Unlike my last attempt, this one's a true DTVPal, not the CM version. F208 firmware. And it came with one of those useless smart cards taped to the case. Second sign of trouble: the smart card wouldn't go back into the slot. This must've had some pretty rough handling.
Oh, well, I thought; might as well set it up. So I hooked it up and did a factory defaults reset. Third sign of trouble, the "loading...please wait" throbber kept stopping and starting.
I'd seen that symptom before. It's trouble with the HDD. Sure enough, once I finished the setup, the audio and video kept freezing, presumably as the Pal was trying to buffer it.
OK, I thought; I was going to open it up and swap out the HDD anyway. So I unplugged it, gave it a few minutes for its old HDD to spin down (don't know why since it's obviously bad), then got out the old cotter pins, opened it up, and put in the HDD from my old Pal.
And what do you know - it worked!
Well, at least so far....
Anyway, I'm back in the land of two-Pal households. At least as long as neither one craps out on my again. But I'm keeping the DVR+ for the day that happens.