Originally Posted by TPeterson
That switch may be manual, but it's not "mechanical". It may not solve your problem.
The ones I have experience with are from Monoprice and work well with TViX. Since they are separately powered, I think that they would effectively disconnect the TViX and your TV when their ac power is cut off.
Out of curiosity, does the TViX fail to power up for reservations if it's connected to your DTV and the latter is "off" but not disconnected from the ac line, as you say you normally do? If not, then how about if the TV is powered on before the reservation time?
Terry, if the power is either connected or disconnected to the TV, it makes no difference. If the TV is not turned on, then the TViX won't turn on, if there's an HDMI connection between the two. If the TV is turned on, then the TViX will turn on.
We'll have to see about the switcher I ordered. If the manual button activates an electronic switch and it doesn't change the selection of inputs unless you push it sequentially, it should keep the connection to the TViX disconnected. I would set it to one of the other inputs after shutting off the TV and the TViX. The switcher I have now automatically shifts to the last input that has been activated, which causes the problem.
I have a row of on/off power switches for my equipment, that go through two surge-protected power strips. Each switch has a 3-way splitter cord coming out of it, so I could plug a powered HDMI switch into the one for the TV and it wouldn't be activated unless the TV was also. I may have to try your suggestion, if the unpowered switch I ordered doesn't do the job.
Added note on 6/23/11: I've found that since I was able to initialize and re-format the WD Green 2 TB HDD, even though it will now record and play TV programs on the TViX again, it is not recognized for use over USB to my computer. It shows up on the bottom of the Disk Management formatting page, but it won't appear on the Computer page with the other functional drives and I can't use it as an external HDD. I initialized it as MBR, with a simple partition and gave it the suggested name of Drive L and then was able to do a quick format to NTFS, with the pin 7 to 8 jumper removed.
I'm now working on a way to restore it for full use over USB, but don't know if there is actually any option to do that. I'll consult the Western Digital Help pages again and see if I can alter the way it was initialized and formatted, to get all its functions back. It won't work at all on the TViX now with the jumper installed, nor will it show up on the bottom of the Disk Management
formatting page if the jumper is in place.
Another added note: I went to the Western Digital website, got some instructions, then returned to my computer's Disk Management page. This time when I called up the HDD in the TViX, I renamed it Drive T and activated it, which was not done before. Then, I reformatted it to NTFS. Now, it shows up in the upper list of drives as active, healthy and with a primary partition. It also appears on the Computer page as a working drive and I'm able to transfer files to it over USB. I think that all is well at this point. The jumper from pin 7 to 8 is removed. I use Vista HP. I registered the HDD with Western Digital and it says that it is covered by their warranty for 37 months.