Originally Posted by AgroCoders
I flashed my
with firmware from
and I ordered newest iView 3500STBII remote in the hopes that it will control the HW-150PVR flashed with 3500STBII firmware but it doesn't.
All that happens when I turn on the HW-150PVR with the hardware button is an iView screen shows up on my TV and then momentarily my TV will say 'No Signal'. The 3500STBII remote I ordered or the hardware channel changing buttons won't work.
Is it possible to flash with the HW-150PVR firmware by turning on the PVR with a USB flash drive inserted and the firmware in the root folder of the USB drive by some holding down some hardware button combination N number of seconds on power up?
If not, which of the two:
iView 3500STBII or the HW-180STB
do you think would most likely pick up HGTV in the clear over Time Warner cable lines? My Panasonic DVR/VCR 10 year old made even before HD was a requirement in the USA can pick up HGTV on this TWC cable line.
I did notice the HW-180STB is been made to look much sleeker than the previous HW-180STB, mainly by moving the USB port to the back. Actually, I take that back, large white lettering on the front is like advertising in your home but I guess that can be removed.
Well the batteries in the drawer was drained that I put in the remote I ordered from directly iView Company so good batteries and I was able to compare the iView firmware with the MediaSonic firmware.
That 10 year old Panasonic DVR/VCR/SDR, looks like I'll be keeping it although it must weigh 20 lbs and is bigger that even the old VCRs of the 1980s.
Functionality wise I was the iView and the MediaSonic SW are identical.
The OTA, video, photo, and picture playback work fine though and that's more than enough for me.
If either iView or MediaSonic make any improvements to future models other than minor cosmetic ones I'll buy another but in their current state without the addition of good and fully functional QAM there is no reason to buy any further models. Most problems spoken of in these forums and elsewhere regarding QAM problems on these PVRs due to poor signal are not true. It's a device design issue and it's not poor quality tuning chips.
Anyway, for now I have about 1000 CDs I've bought and ripped at 320 kbs so I'm looking to try 128GB USB Flash with this this year.
One thing I would like to see them offer for sale is the source code to the firmware and the build instructions and needed link libraries that were recompiled. I've not sure if this is Linux, Android, Java, vxWorks, or other RT firware though. Practically speaking, it'd need to be Linux or Android to have any interest in buying it (or rather more correctly buying a single user license to take a look at the source code).