Hello All, I've been following this thread a while and finally made the purchase on one these little wonder boxes. My results have been mixed. I did get the latest version (STB3500II w/3/4 switch) which I hear some of you say to avoid due to the upgradablity and the QAM issues. However, QAM is not a factor for me and it looks like they're shipping with a 5/14 Firmware so I figured it was fairly well updated at this point and the price was right for Black Friday.
So my issue is this: After a few days of usage the STB would lose connection to my USB hard drive. This would typically happen within the first 3 minutes or so of recording, then the STB would shut down. I'm using a WD My Passport Ulta 1.5TB. Prior to this recording 1 or 2 hours at a time worked fine. I tried reformatting, repositioning it, loading factory defaults, tweaking the USB internal connector, but nothing seemed to work.
I read how some users were using a Y USB connector with additional power and that seemed to help some, but not others. And to try and do a little more troubleshooting I formatted a spare 16Gb thumb drive with NTFS and to my amazement it worked! I did a test 1080i recording of an hour and it went smooth and played back fine. Also, for the first time the Fast Forward and Pause worked really well as well.
Another question I have is have any of you reformatted your HD using the optional 8196 File Allocation Unit Size? My thinking was it may provide better performance over the 4096 default. I tried a few tests with the larger size early when I got my unit but the USB problem added too many wrinkles to trying see if that was of any benefit.
I'll probably call iVeiw next week. As it turns out they're only a few miles from me. If I do and they have some useful info I'll report on that as well.
Last edited by SD73; 12-13-2014 at 02:42 PM.