... turns out all I needed was a video amplifier. Whew! Glad I got that turned around. The DTVPal is now working excellently; image, reception everything! It works great! I really like it.
BTW regarding HD archiving, the disk imaging method is a very strong candidate for backing up a DTVPal or Channel Master hard drive since it makes a mirror image copy of the drive (not just file copies). Clonezilla bills itself as "Free Advanced Hard Drive Cloning Software". Google it and you can find its free download site.
Good instructions for using Clonezilla are at:http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/free-ad...om-clonezilla/
If someone gets to trying this (before my warranty runs out and I get to it myself) bear in mind the best odds for cloning a disk would be to:
(1) use two identical hard drives (same brand, model, firmware). This might not be necessary, but then again it might.
(2) before cloning, format the drive within your DTVPal or Channel Master unit. Again, this might not be necessary, but then again it might.
(3) Of course, backing-up is done via computer, but there are a variety of ways to go about it. From what I've read so far there is a method whereby the original HD is, semi-directly attached to the back-up HD for the fastest, most direct and least filtered (actually non-filtered) cloning.Also, does anyone know
who does warranty repairs on DTVPal's at this point. I mean since DTVPal is no longer part of DISH Inc.? I wonder if Channel Master would do non-warranty service on a DTVPal?