Originally Posted by IrDewey
The 3/4 switch is indicative of a new hardware revision (i.e. completely new circuitry) and has little to do with the actual switch itself. This hardware revision has a lot of issues, and quite frankly is not ready for production, but it seems to work for OTA if that's what you plan to use it for.
FWIW, I had a 3500STBII without the 3/4 switch about six months or so ago. After updating the firmware, was able to tune in all of the in-the-clear cable channels that exist on my internet-only TimeWarner cable subscription.; the Iview tuned every channel that the tuner in my TV did. I used the "properties" menu on my TV to find out the physical channel and frequency of each station, then used the manual search function on the iView to program each physical channel.. which usually included more than one viewable channel.
Fast forward a month or two... the unit bricked. Just stopped working... shut off completely while we were watching a game and would not turn back on.. no lights, nothing. I opened it up and there wasn't any evidence of burned or shorted components, but I didn't do any actual circuit tracing. Amazon was nice enough to still accept the unit back as defective and credited me. Unlike most internet retailers, Amazon's service continues to impress me.
Well, football season is here again, and I wanted to watch the games on our tuner-less projector. Figured I'd chance another $30 on a new iView and hope for the best.. even if it only lasts one month, it's still cheaper than a month of cable. This time, Amazon shipped a 3500STBII WITH the 3/4 switch and the v2 firmware; just got it yesterday. I was bummed initially. However, after screwing around with it for about an hour, it tuned in NBC, CBS, ABC, ION, CW, FOX, and four local PBS stations... no firmware updates necessary.
The trick? Make SURE you've got all of the menu settings correct. I thought I had, but I had missed one. Country- USA, not Mexico (although earlier in this huge thread someone mentioned that Mexico worked for them better), signal - CABLE, not AIR (stupid, I know... but I thought I had set it correctly only to find that I somehow pressed too many buttons or not enough, and it was STILL on AIR when I returned to that screen to check my settings..I put it on CABLE and everything worked great). Then, manual scan by typing in each physical channel one at a time, waiting until the signal strength meter shows signal, then press OK... then repeat for the next physical channel you want to program. That's it.. works great.
So, either I got lucky, or all the talk about the 3500STBII w/ the 3/4 switch and v2 software not working for cable is not true and it's just a matter of making sure the settings are correct before scanning.
I called iView yesterday to get the new firmware, but they were closed (Saturday) and their voicemail was full....?@??!?! I emailed them instead and asked them to send me the firmware... we'll see. I just found the posts linking to the v3 software, which I've downloaded. Since, right now, everything seems to be working, is there any point in updating the v2 to v3?
Oh... any, just out of curiosity, does anyone have any idea why my first box bricked when it had been working great?