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post #2461 of 2480 Old 10-11-2015, 11:33 AM
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kb9nvh: I don't know what DNLA is... Wikipedia only offers "Danish National Library Authority."

But there is a menu item on the PHD-VRX (or 2) SETTINGS>DATE AND TIME screen that lets you turn on/off setting time from PIPS data - the free broadcast scheduling info of dubious quality and limited length. That will pick up time from any broadcast carrying valid PIPS schedule data. Turning it off lets you use other sources, which I don't have and haven't explored. I prefer to set time manually (1) because I avoid DST/ST errors, and (2) because I like to set the time 15 seconds early to allow for the 15-second delay before switching channels to start a programmed recording.

I discussed cleaning up files and failed recordings earlier - it's post #2349 as of today, though that may change.

Yesterday, during some rather nasty weather, I experienced two instances of Purple Screen of Death (Some might call it pink) during programmed recordings.

In both cases, the recording was interrupted and I had to go to standby (not power off) and back. In both cases, the recordings re-started automatically when the next minute changed, and in both cases only the second part of the recording appeared in the RECORD list but both parts were visible in VIDEO.
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Recordings missing audio

I have an aggravating problem...recently some of my timeshifted recordings are missing their audio....The video recorded just fine....This recorder has a few issues...

A scan of this thread I haven't seen this mentioned....Anyone else.
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Any pattern to the problem? Station, time of day, CATV or OTA, HD or SD? Something specific to the audio tack itself?

PC's as video recorders are a PITA.

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I have an aggravating problem...recently some of my timeshifted recordings are missing their audio....The video recorded just fine....This recorder has a few issues...

A scan of this thread I haven't seen this mentioned....Anyone else.
Now I find that when timeshifting backward skip time set to 120sec skips me back sometimes more like 30 minutes...
This is getting so unreliable its getting hard to count on. Maybe I need to reformat my hard disk..its EXt2 format.
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This thing is the most aggravating POS and I wish I had never bought it...I thought to my self how hard can it be to get this to work. Turns out, from what I've read, it will be a constant battle and constant disappointment when things dont record. There, I vented sitting here looking at the dvr saying its recording on tuner 2 but having it NOT changing to the specified channel and NOT recording. I wonder if I can return this?
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Well, I went ahead and retired my PHD-VRX2 (and will pack it back up into it's original box and such, all clean and factory reset), perhaps sell it to someone who will use it lightly, not sure yet. The remote is in need of replacing, the power button is dead on it and a few others are on their way out, such a sad remote. Upgraded to an i5 Win7, 8GB ram, 240GB SSD with 2 1229 Haupage tuners and a BluRay RE drive, all this running on an Antec 650W E80 Platinum supply for power sipping. I am using NextPVR and an AERB air mouse, with little to no issues, minor software ones which I've been relaying to the author and hope to see improvements.

Massively happy, though the 4x the cost of this unit is something of a downside, but the super upside is, I can use all the streaming services with it (the You Tube app on the unit is defunct thanks to Google) and I can enjoy 1080i output without worries of watching a show while others are recording!

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Well, the unit will "out of the blue" freeze while recording (becomes unresponsive, can't turn it off, yet it's been recording for 10+ hours, and yes, data is still going to the drive). When this happens, the only thing I can do with the unit is... unplug it (VRX2).
I have the same problem with my VRX2. It didn't always do this; it only started doing it about 6 months ago. Perhaps age related...

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Massively happy, though the 4x the cost of this unit is something of a downside
You forgot the 4-6x increase in current consumption.

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I'd be willing to bet after reading enough about various electronic entertainment devices failing, starting with the supposedly mighty TiVo, it's either cap failure or microprocessor failure due to heat & age.

I have had two Oppo DVD players start to fail after an hour of use due to thermal problems with the system processor. I proved that by adding a heatsink to that component which solved the problem. Have have had a relatives DTVPal fail due to two 'bulged' caps that I replaced and it now works fine. Lastly, as a gift to another relative, even after asking the seller to check, there were two bulging caps in a Series 3 HD TiVo that needed replacing though the unit seem to operate ok. I replaced anyway.

Point is, it can happen to anything, some more than others, this seems to be one of them. I wonder if anyone has tried a thermal solution, namely a fan inside the chassis??

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I just fixed a bulging cap problem with one of my Pals too. The Pal has a fan, plus I had long ago moved the HDD to an external case to reduce heat; but I guess after 7 years caps are bound to start failing no matter what.

But back on topic, it's certainly worth opening up a balky PHD-VRX(2), or anything else for that matter, and looking for bulging caps. Replace any you find, or find someone with good soldering skills to replace them for you. And if heat is a concern, often you can find replacement caps with a higher heat tolerance for just slightly more money.

Edit: BTW, I'm trying a fan with a Homeworx; only problem with that unit is, there's not much 5V power to go around, so some USB-powered HDDs no longer get enough juice to work. I suppose that can be fixed with a USB Y-cable or powered USB hub though.

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Glad your PHD-VRX2 is working well.
There is a newer firmware version available, but I don't know what it changed.


http://www.epvision.com/HDTVSTB/Docu..._21_29_RC1.zip
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You forgot the 4-6x increase in current consumption.
Actually, other way around. The machine is using on average 4 to 12 watts of power, the reason I paid so much for the power supply. The APC it's on is showing me the consumption and in sleep (which I can't test without another piece of hardware, which I do have), the usage is far less than a watt. I can easily live with that consumption. In fact, all of my PCs here are E80's, the one I'm on uses 4 to 18 watts on average. I may have spent 4x the cost of the unit, have double the tuner capacity and I'm not restricted to "Tuner 1 has to record this, while Tuner 2 has to record that" mentality that the units both share, but I'm easily saving hydro more over the original unit. And the heat inside is a far cry less than what was there with the VRX2 (seems to be an Easy Bake Oven in comparison).

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Glad your PHD-VRX2 is working well.
There is a newer firmware version available, but I don't know what it changed.


http://www.epvision.com/HDTVSTB/Docu..._21_29_RC1.zip
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Hello all. I was showing the PHD VRX with firmware VRX 243.25.43 to my neighbour the other day when I noticed that the Youtube player was no longer working. This used to be the outstanding bugless star on this otherwise quality challenged product. Would anyone have any idea why it has stopped working after all these years and if it can be restored?

Many thanks

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Google loves making random and useless changes to YouTube in order to prevent all non-Google products from accessing it. Now that it's changed too much for the VRX firmware to understand, YouTube will never work on the VRX again, since the VRX no longer gets firmware updates.
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I install the newer firm ware it to works Great

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Glad your PHD-VRX2 is working well.
There is a newer firmware version available, but I don't know what it changed.


http://www.epvision.com/HDTVSTB/Docu..._21_29_RC1.zip
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Hello all. I was showing the PHD VRX with firmware VRX 243.25.43 to my neighbour the other day when I noticed that the Youtube player was no longer working. This used to be the outstanding bugless star on this otherwise quality challenged product. Would anyone have any idea why it has stopped working after all these years and if it can be restored?

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Edit: BTW, I'm trying a fan with a Homeworx; only problem with that unit is, there's not much 5V power to go around, so some USB-powered HDDs no longer get enough juice to work. I suppose that can be fixed with a USB Y-cable or powered USB hub though.
Cheat! Get yourself a USB 2 Y cable, buy a cheap (6$-ish) 0.5amp AC to USB adapter, plug the spare one onto it, then the data cable (has 2 wires on it) into the Homeworx, should work fine. If you find it doesn't work, keep the bill for the 0.5amp AC to USB and go get a 1A one, that *will* make it fire up because combined you're giving it ~1.25A to play with, if the external drive can't run on that, then you really need to find a replacement for that power hog, but yes, the Homeworx doesn't have great USB power, their port is the typical 250mA that is necessary for standard hub pairs (500mA for the pair).

As for the heat issue, not sure why you're having it, my sister's doesn't seem to heat up that much after an hour of playing off their usb stick, though due to it being plastic, it's possible it's receiving heat transfer from whatever you have above or below it? Is it alone or enclosed in a cabinet?

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