Originally Posted by jcalabria
Plus... even the "speed patch" 4.0.2_4 update made only minuscule improvement, still leaving the 8640 well behind the 3090/3270 in the speed department. While the patch did (very) slightly improve GUI navigation, it did nothing for the miserably slow series scheduling functions. When you press "A" to finalize a series schedule add, change or delete, you can go make a sandwich while the schedules update, and there's no processing indicator to let you know that the box hasn't just frozen on you.
Whatever processes it runs during those updates, such as conflict checks, still run considerably slower than they do on the Samsungs. Those that have but a handful of series scheduled might not notice so much... but a very heavy series load easily chokes the 8640, where the Samsungs fly through the same processes.
Maybe it's only because I have two series in Series Manager scheduled, and in general don't record a lot of shows, but on my SA-8300HDC, it only takes about 5-10 seconds tops when it does, the "Updating Recordings, please wait" thing. The box however, is slower than my SA-8300 that ran MDN, but not that much. Sometimes it will "hiccup" often just before a recording starts or it will lag a little bit behind. ODN 4.0.24 may be just a tick faster, than where we came from. It's been awhile, maybe 3.2. A bit faster, but hardly worth advertising.
I do have that "guide lag" thing where as you scroll in the Time Grid, information in the left-hand corner for the show description does not change until you stop scrolling. Do the Samsungs still do that? I loved my old SA-8300 with MDN! Because you had where you could hold the FF arrow down in the Time Grid, or the Page +/- button down and those stations would just friggin fly! I don't know if the Sammy's are like that or not. Now, when you hold the buttons down, it's just a little faster. But on MDN, you could go from 1-100 in like 5 seconds! On ODN, at least my box, it takes about 10-15 seconds for so called "Power Speed Mode" to do what the older boxes did in half the time!
Oh, I found out how remember on Passport, I think you could scroll in the time grid by 100 channels at a time by pressing the "A" button in the Time Grid? I heard that this was a copyright feature, and TWC could not add this to Navigator. We will see if the forthcoming Altacast middlewere update for ODN gives the SA/Cisco speed boosts that they so desperately need!
Some people have noticed speed increases on the Samsungs when they use Component Cables over HDMI, go figure. Than they say, when they go to HDMI cable, the Sammy's are slower. Has anyone heard of this? However, I have heard that the even a "slow" Samsung is snappier and faster than the best of the HDC SA/Cisco's. regardless of HDMI or Component Cable hookup.
A little OT. I told you guys the story of from time to time our HD channels 1005 (CBS) and 1012 (ABC) and maybe one other channel WMLW local (7) go out in ever other week increments, but come back like a day or so later like nothing happens. The electric company did not say why, but the other day, the told us the power would be off for two hours while they replaced the lines in our area. When we "lost" channels 1005 and 1012 early this morning, they were back up within hours not days, the fastest that turnaround has been, so we will will see what happens.