In case anyone is still interested in the iView.
Hard to tell sometimes We tend to get "Off Topic"
I have a couple of observations.....
I recently picked-up a Toshiba 250Gb Sata-II 2.5" HD. Of course. wanting to put the 3500 and the HD through their paces, I ]preformed some extensive testing.
Following is while running Version 6 Firmware.
While testing the drive by doing several random recordings I found a couple of hang-up issues not related to the one we have been experiencing with viewing EPG. While selecting three programs to be recorded after selecting the 3rd program and the Schedule screen come up to show what is going to be recorded I am not able to Exit out of the Schedule page. The only way I have found is to hit the power button on the remote and then power back on. After doing the following and then checking the Schedule page three programs are listed to be recorded. From there I can select up to 2 more programs with out any hang-up. But, after the selecting the 6th program. It hangs again. In other words.... it hangs on the first three and then hangs again on the second three. Checking Schedule shows all 6.
After doing numerous recording tests with 2 or more events, I have experienced these issues at random.
Sometimes only the first event is recorded and not the others.
Once in awhile it was noted that no timed no events were recorded.
Lastly... At times the unit would stay on after finishing a schedule and not turn off as it should. Seems the not turning off might be at times when not all event get recorded.
Anyone else experience this issues?
Anyone interested in testing to see if you can duplicate the same errors?HHD Power Down Issue:
I read how some users mention that their HD shuts down while not recording or being accessed.
My drive does not shut down I'm using a pretty generic 2.5" drive enclosure where the PCB plugs on to the SATA connector of the HD and the HD is powered via the USB port. Of course. I would prefer that the HD shuts down when not needed.
Have we come to any solution or reason why some drives keep spinning and some do not?
Do we know if this is related to the type of drive. Or, the interface being used between USB and SATA? Perhaps some other factor.VideoBruce's Heat Concerns:
I have checked the operating temps of the power supply board and the main board. On the PS board the hottest component is diode D2 next to the power output connector.
I have recorded temps of 160F while the HD is running. On by PS this diode was pushed up next to the large cap next to it. Not a good situation, Since caps are rated to withstand certain temps. I pushed the diode away from the cap as far as I could. Perhaps replacing this diode with a larger one would be in order or providing some form of heat sink.
The other "Hot Spot" I found was on the main board and it was that mystery IC with the clear anodize heat sink. I didn't feel that the temp of that IC was anything to be concerned over.
The reason for my concern regarding operating temps is because I'm thinking about modding the iView's case to have a internal swappable 2.5" SATA HD.
In case you have not seen this before, (photo follows) there is a Computer PCI card slot device that you slide an 2.5 drive into and the cover on this device latches closed to secure the drive in place.
I'm pretty sure there is enough room above the main PCB to allow for the device to fit. Should be a rather simple mod of the 3500's case to allow the "rack" opening to face to the right side of the case. In my situation I'd like to be able to simply remove the drive and take the content to another PC for to process the recording. Naturally I could do this just my plugging an external drive into the USP port. Problem for me is that I don't need or want anymore devices plugged in here and there. I feel it would be a much cleaner way of having a swappable drive.