Originally Posted by jtsarnak
I just bought a STB3500II with the 3/4 switch and was able to tune to my local FIOS stations. I tried some sample recording with a 1TB USB hard drive and the recordings came out great except when they are scheduled.
I found that if the box is on when the scheduled record time arrives, it does not record. So in my case if I am out and I have 2 scheduled recordings in the time I'm away, it records the first one (powers on the box and records it) but not the second one (since it doesn't power down after the first recording and won't record if it's already on). Is my box defective?
I would also love the ability for the box to automatically shut down after a scheduled recording so it's not on all day/night in some cases.
Appreciate any help!
If the box was off before recording, it should power down after recording, unless the recordings are back to back, in which case it would power down after the last recording. I never had the 3/4 switch box so I don't know if there is a problem like that in one of the software versions. You could try the other FW versions (email iview or see if the recent link posted here is still active) and see if it makes a difference - although you may not get all your cable stations on all versions and may not have a choice about which to use because of that.
Is the box frozen or still say it's recording even though it isn't when you get back to it in the above circumstance? If so, then that's a bug that happens sometimes. Have you only tried this once or does it happen all the time any time you try it? Is there time between the recordings or are they back to back? Are you sure it didn't shut off in between? If you weren't there to observe it, it could have shut off after the first recording and then turned back on for the second recording but not have been able to record. Does it happen regardless of which stations you are recording - both the first and second stations? Did you check the time is accurate on each station? Does your hard drive power down when not in use? See if it powers up properly in time when scheduling multiple recordings. Test these out to narrow down the problem.
Depending on the answers to the above, it could be a bug. It could also be because the iview isn't getting proper time data. It could also be because of some irregularity in the PSIP data that makes the iview have difficulty locking in on a station. It could be a hardware problem as well, although with this box, that is the least likely of the options because of all the software related issues that can cause recording problems.
Edit: Also check to see if it records the first scheduled recording if you leave the box on. It's not clear from what you said if you are assuming this doesn't work because the second recording doesn't happen or if you have already tried recording with the box on and it never works. Recording should absolutely work with the box on, assuming you are not encountering any of the above problems.