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archiguy's Avatar archiguy 03:34 PM 08-13-2012
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Originally Posted by coyote2 View Post

The remote for my SA 8240 HDC is programmable, but sadly I'm reading that it's impossible to get the unit to do a 30-second skip. I wonder if there is a way, please?

If you get a universal remote that allows you to program macros with .1+ second delays, you can program a couple of buttons to represent any length of skip you want. I did that a few years back with a URC MX-700 controlling an SA8300HD. I programmed buttons for 30 second and 3 minute skips and it worked like a charm. I posted the necessary steps and delays required at the time. Takes a lot of trial and error, but you'll get there eventually and then you'll have defacto skip buttons.

dsteph2005's Avatar dsteph2005 08:56 PM 03-03-2013
Let me start of by saying I'm a newbie however I feel like I know more than anyone I spoke to at Comcast regarding my issue (3 days talking to at least 8 different techs and still no answer). Here is my situation. I'm connecting a 8300 HDC to a Yamaha RX-V367 receiver via HDMI, the receiver is then connected HDMI to a projector. I have picture but I don't have sound. If I remove the HDMI from the 8300 HDC and connect it to my DVD player everything is fine I have sound and picture. Also I have the Comcast remote (the one without the settings button). Is there someone that can help me understand what I need to do to have sound with my current setup?
Tesla1856's Avatar Tesla1856 09:17 PM 03-03-2013
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Originally Posted by dsteph2005 View Post

Let me start of by saying I'm a newbie however I feel like I know more than anyone I spoke to at Comcast regarding my issue (3 days talking to at least 8 different techs and still no answer). Here is my situation. I'm connecting a 8300 HDC to a Yamaha RX-V367 receiver via HDMI, the receiver is then connected HDMI to a projector. I have picture but I don't have sound. If I remove the HDMI from the 8300 HDC and connect it to my DVD player everything is fine I have sound and picture. Also I have the Comcast remote (the one without the settings button). Is there someone that can help me understand what I need to do to have sound with my current setup?

In the 8300-hdc Sound programming, you have to change Sound Output to HDMI or maybe Digital.


pbenjamin's Avatar pbenjamin 05:18 PM 03-22-2013
Tried this in another thread, no response. Found this one, trying again:

I have had an SA 8240HDC DVR (Cox) for a few years. Since it sits just above a Squeezebox Touch that displays the time, I would rather not have it display anything when it is not on, so I set it to do that, has been that way for some time. The box is typically only ON in the evenings, so it sits OFF from somewhere past Letterman's monologue until early evening. It does record things during this period. For a few weeks now, somewhere during the off period, it starts displaying the number 7. On a couple of occasions it has displayed 1027. Note that I do not have occasion to watch channels 7 or 1027. The box has been unplugged and rebooted a couple of times and this still happens. Any ideas?
julieamills's Avatar julieamills 02:44 PM 02-11-2014

This is my first post. I have read so many posts/threads for help, but I can't find what I need.

 

I have a Samsung un55f6300 tv and a Scientific Atlanta 8300hd dvr set up with high speed hdmi cables. We are paying for the hd channels (Comcast); the dvr screen said 480i last night, today it said 1080i, and right now it says 720p. We were enjoying the clear hd pictures, but a few days ago I noticed that we are not getting the hd picture we once were. When I compare them to regular channels, they look the same.

 

I get no help from Comcast, and my husband and I do not know what to do. I looked at the Scientific America setup guide posted, but I noticed I have a different remote and the options are different on my settings.


Bryan_CoxPHX's Avatar Bryan_CoxPHX 03:58 PM 02-11-2014
^^^^^^^
The 8300HD is from 2005-2007, (7-9 years old). Time for a new DVR from Comcast. You are leasing it.

Or

Perhaps look into a new TiVo Roamio, or a used TiVo Premiere w/ 2TB Upgrade with Lifetime Service, they are all over eBay for $300 - $400

Ebay recently Sold listings - Model TCD746320 Upgraded to 2TB:
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Tesla1856's Avatar Tesla1856 04:13 PM 02-11-2014
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Originally Posted by Bryan_CoxPHX View Post

^^^^^^^
The 8300HD is from 2005-2007, (7-9 years old). Time for a new DVR from Comcast. You are leasing it.
 

 

+1

 

Exactly!


Bryan_CoxPHX's Avatar Bryan_CoxPHX 07:07 PM 02-11-2014
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Originally Posted by julieamills View Post

This is my first post. I have read so many posts/threads for help, but I can't find what I need.

I have a Samsung un55f6300 tv and a Scientific Atlanta 8300hd dvr set up with high speed hdmi cables. We are paying for the hd channels (Comcast); the dvr screen said 480i last night, today it said 1080i, and right now it says 720p. We were enjoying the clear hd pictures, but a few days ago I noticed that we are not getting the hd picture we once were. When I compare them to regular channels, they look the same.

I get no help from Comcast, and my husband and I do not know what to do. I looked at the Scientific America setup guide posted, but I noticed I have a different remote and the options are different on my settings.

See this posting seems like they know what you need to access the Video Output settings:
http://forums.comcast.com/t5/XfinityTV-and-Equipment/General-Settings-on-SA-8300HD/m-p/1558975/highlight/true#M65405
julieamills's Avatar julieamills 12:54 PM 02-12-2014

This is did not work, but thank you. I will call Comcast to get a new updated dvr. Thank you so much for answering all.


FlynP5's Avatar FlynP5 05:04 PM 05-20-2014
I just connected all my equipment up to a Tripp Lite HT10DBS surge protector that has coaxial in/out. Is it good or bad practice to use the coaxial feature, I was told to connect the coax directly to the 8300HD PVR on another forum but I decided to try it out anyway and it has cleared up my problem of stutter/pause on catv recordings and I noticed the picture looks better. I guess I could test out connecting it directly but its a pain going in behind all the equipment.
g.costanza's Avatar g.costanza 12:24 PM 12-25-2014
I have an 8652HDC. I'm using HDMI cable and auto/HDMI mode on the cable box. Programming looks fine and in the proper aspect ratio and resolution on my Samsung 1080p plasma tv. When I bring up the channel guide, it shows up in a 4:3 mode with black side bars. Is there a way to force/trick the box or tv into stretching the channel guide to full the screen? I was thinking that if that guide page was being put out at 480, I could make it stretch out and easier to see, without affecting normal 720/1080 programming.
domino92024's Avatar domino92024 10:16 PM 12-25-2014
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I have an 8652HDC. I'm using HDMI cable and auto/HDMI mode on the cable box. Programming looks fine and in the proper aspect ratio and resolution on my Samsung 1080p plasma tv. When I bring up the channel guide, it shows up in a 4:3 mode with black side bars. Is there a way to force/trick the box or tv into stretching the channel guide to full the screen? I was thinking that if that guide page was being put out at 480, I could make it stretch out and easier to see, without affecting normal 720/1080 programming.

What software? Passport is 4:3 only. If it has Contour, go to SETTINGS->GUIDE OPTIONS->OTHER SETTINGS->GUIDE ASPECT RATIO->WIDESCREEN (16:9)
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