Originally Posted by JHBrandt
A lot of homes, including mine, have AC power problems. You could monitor it with a voltmeter or something like a Kill-a-Watt.
I wouldn't think it would affect an HDD hooked to an iView though. The power the iView supplies to the HDD is "supposed" to be regulated at 5 volts. But if the HDD draws a lot of current, perhaps the iView's power supply can't handle it well, and the voltage to the HDD fluctuates, causing those pulsations?
Well, if there's one thing I learned working around test labs for many years: if you're experiencing "gremlins" in your system, always check a) the grounding b) the quality/quantity of the electricity to the system. It seems like 90% of all problems that seem to require a re-design of a board can be fixed by checking/correcting those two things...
Today, I tried one suggestion to get surround sound from my iView recordings: I hooked the DD to my Sony blu-ray player front panel USB port (it has a rear panel port too). And the indicator light stayed on steadily, no pulsating!
Problem is, the stupid Sony blu-ray player said "cannot recognize the USB device connected to the front panel".
Great...a piece of junk like the iView can recognize it, and flash drives, or apparently whatever USB storage device you attach, but as usual Sony never fails to disappoint. I couldn't find any particular reason in the manual as to why it wouldn't work, except maybe it is a partitioned device...or as usual, Sony Sux.
Today I was going to record about five hours of broadcast video, but I guess I'll just do what I've almost always done, record it on my PC in my home office using Windows Media Center, and the iView will remain in the junk electronics box...