Hello: I just got this yesterday from the recent Dell deal. Its a D2 model, has vents on the bottom.
I want to use this to archive recordings from my DirecTV HR20. For now, I have installed the new driver, installed the ArcSoft software on a C2Duo XpPro 32 bit laptop , done some initial recording tests and things seem fine. I am keeping the PVR on all the time. Some questions I have ( I have read up a bit on this forum, and also read arogan's blog):
a)Last night I setup a recording using the Arcsoft software to record a 3+ hour program. I checked after approx. 30 minutes or so, and saw that the Xp had locked the user. I logged in, and saw that the Arcsoft Preview window was still showing the program to be recorded, and the record light on the PVR was on, but I didnt see the file on the disk grow any. I left it for the night, and in the morning today checked that while the PVR was still streaming fine, the file recording was only approx. 30 minutes long. I know the PC is not supposed to sleep during the recording. Is that what happened in this case? I will try this again tonight?
b)My RPTV is 6+ years old and has component video inputs. So I am using the component out of the DirecTV HR20, and passing that through the PVR. But instead I am thinking of concurrently using both the HDMI out, and the component video outs on the HR20, and sending one directly to the TV, and feeding the other into the 1212 PVR. This way my TV watching experience via DirecTV will not be impacted by the 1212 PVR in anyway ( as I am only planning to use the 1212 to archive). So is there an easy way to go from HDMI->component. I have found this at monoprice:http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2
and know that hdmi->dvi cables/adapters exist. Would this combination work?
I also saw the HDFury2, but don't really understand what that gives me if the above works?
c)Is there a better standalone virtual remote application that can let me control the HR20 so I have it go to list of recordings, and pick a certain recording etc? As I said in my case, because I am using this as an archive, it would be nice to be able to do that.
Thanks in advance