Originally Posted by Anthony7
Thanks so much for sending me that firmware. It worked like a charm. I was actually reading through the thread on the Channel Master box and I saw your posts there, as I was looking into replacements if I couldn't get this box to work again. I read about the issues that you and others were having with it; it seems that all these cheapo boxes have their faults, so everyone just has to decide which faults are better for their given situation. Brightness issue aside, do you like the Channel Master better or think it is of higher quality?
You have made me curious about the composite issue. Tomorrow, I am going to try all 3 generations of the box with the composite output just to see if there is any differentiation in the brightness levels. Do you have the new version of the box with the green LEDs?
Thanks again to both of you!
I've been away from this forum, sorry for the delay in responding. Were you able to try the composite output on all of your boxes?
I'm trying to remember what color was on the 35000STBII front display LED's.. you know I can't remember. I know that the serial number began with 1609, and it did not have a physical 3/4 channel switch. My original 3500 has the red LED display and the channel master cm-7003 has a yellow/amber color.
And you're absolutely right, it's like we accept the faults/bugs for what they are and try and work around them. I found with the CM-7003 if I just leave the original channel scan order and not arrange the channels, it does not try and reboot to rearrange them. Oh well. I did return the original CM-7003 because I wanted to see how another unit performed. The replacement still did the rebooting so it's definitely inherent in the firmware for QAM tuning.
As far as quality.. The remote is terrible, small buttons you have to push hard (and yeah i've tried 2 of their remotes). I'm probably going to get a universal remote to learn the functions. The 3500STBII remote is the best of all of them, it's very responsive and I don't have to point it directly at the unit to work. And if I want to page ahead in the channel linup I can do that with the 3500STBII remote. I have to push the channel up button (or hold it) on the cm-7003. Kinda of annoying.
The one thing that is better on the cm-7003 is the odd re-tuning issue that I've had on the 3500STB. For example, I've tuned to a channel, begin watching, then within seconds it re-tuned that same channel! Screen goes blank, channel display/description comes up, image of channel is back up. It will also happen when the local cable co. injects local ads. That has been greatly minimized with the cm-7003. But all of this is talking about QAM cable tuning, not over the air. Since I am only using it to avoid paying for a set-top box.
So how's your 3500STBII running after the firmware I was able to send you? Is it back to normal?