Originally Posted by kev4321
Anyway. So I have a suspicion that when you find it unresponsive it is busy downloading guide data. If you don't pull the power, but instead wait 7 minutes, or so. Will you then find it comes on like normal?update2(
I think 7 minutes is overkill. I don't think mine has taken much longer than 70 seconds. I have noticed that the more channels you have the longer it takes. So a test I have yet to do is cut my channel list down to 10, then find out how long it takes to get the guide info after briefly pulling the power. Then do it with 20 channels, and so on.
I'm also curious whether older DTVPals spend more time downloading guide info when you see that progress bar. Either from powering on the DTVPal or pulling the power briefly.
Something I have noticed is that the PSIP-based guide info isn't downloaded after every time I turn it on. Only if I had it off for say 30 minutes.)
I finally turned on my old CRT TV and DTV Pal today after a few weeks of not using them (summer = slooooooow times on TV). DTV Pal's green power light came on when I hit power on its remote control, but it hung as usual. I waited over 15 minutes and still nothing. Pressing remote control buttons didn't even make the device's light blink like before when frozen.
I unplugged DTV's power cable from its rear (too lazy to do it from the power strip
). I waited about five seconds and reconnected, then still frozen. I unplugged again for a minute and replugged in, and still frozen. I did it again but with five minutes. Same results!! Um, is it dead?
If so, then what the frack? I haven't used it very much and it died already!
Earlier in this thread, someone mentioned heat is an issue with this DTV Pal, there has been a heat wave for the last few weeks. Outdoor weather's temperatures have been almost 100F degrees. My room temperatures have been up almost 90 degrees(F). Maybe DTV Pal overheated to kill itself even though it was off (no green light), but still plugged in with power. The box didn't feel hot (just warm) right now (83 degrees(F)) in my room).
I guess I will leave DTV Pal disconnected from power overnight and see what happens in the day time when I connect its power again.
So far, I am unhappy with this DTV Pal. Maybe it's bad luck for me but it doesn't appear to be so from here and DTV Pal's Web site where it mentioned to disconnect power if frozen/hung.
Thank you in advance.