Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Mississauga, Ontario
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I wish it was hardware problems, aside from the HDMI weak output, that is just the luck of the draw, 1080i is fine, TV does 240 so I'll not see any difference. As for the rest, it's not hardware at all, it's all software fixable.
The 240GB SSD is formatted using the Linux format as suggested, works fine on the PC (which is how I found debris of old recordings). Sadly, since from the looks of their site, the firmware development has ended.
The Record (video playback) has never been stable (on either version), the MPG especially on the first version, would lock up after a minute or two, tried taking a tv show off of mine (VRX2) to the other unit (VRX) via USB stick, the player in it lasted 30 seconds and froze, the next attempt, it went roughly 2 minutes before it froze. Seems to me that there is an underlying issue with either the kernel being used or the actual software running in it (somewhat believe that more than the kernel).
As for Tuner 1 failing to work, I've got a DVR (DVD-RAM) that also has 1 tuner and it too crashes from time to time, but I can repeat the process with it not working easily, play a show, turn the unit off (don't exit out of the Record section, back to Tuner 1). I tried putting it onto Tuner 2 and doing that, the same thing happens, Tuner 2 becomes dead until I swap inputs manually to Tuner 1 and back, so it's not an issue with the hardware, the software isn't properly initializing the tuner before use, it's assuming it's in a proper state.
Playback during recording is just unsafe with the stability of the playback code, occasionally (unsure why), the unit seems to "wander off" while playing a show. One time we watched it to the end (commercials and all) and when it got to the end, the unit sat there showing a black screen without sound. Still ended powering it off and waiting 2+ minutes for it to actually go off. All I can think of, is it was trying to do something in the background online and wasn't able to, a process or thread was dragging the system down or the user interface thread crashed. Upon hitting the power button, it shows "Off" on the display until it finally does go off. It doesn't happen too often though, so I'm not entirely sure where the problem lies (it's software for sure, just not what is causing it).
The Youtube app seems to be just as bad on both VRX and VRX2. The VRX was the one to exhibit the lost user information and lockup. I don't use it on mine much, so I can't say I've run into it as much as the VRX owner has, but the VRX2 (mine) did stall on me once, most likely a network issue on Google's end but the VRX2 didn't recover from it without being powered off (which it goes off quickly from, unlike during playback).
A shame the system isn't appealing to those who write alternative media center solutions, would like to see some actual working media center code running in the unit, would probably have made this unit much more appealing to owners to have and buy if the software was polished as such. I know the quirks of the active firmware and all the headaches it has to offer, I've worked around them for this long, I guess when the unit finally dies, I'll put in a 4 tuner i5 HTPC instead. I guess I was expecting too much from an unknown manufacturer to produce a product with a polished solution. Just really wished they'd not removed that manual power button...