Originally Posted by Amiga
Sorry, but my market is supplying TVGOS now and I am
still singing the praises of this box. Man, you guys just want to be pissed. The box has problems, but nothing monumental that a physical swap for a new DTVPal with 1.03 won't fix. I know, we might have to spend $10 on shipping it back to EchoStar / DISH Network, but my coupons were expiring and I wanted it for its awesome EPG. Any first adopters feel the growing pains. I've learned not to buy first generation Apple products because of this.
You seem to be the first person, I recall, with the F100 or F100 firmware, who clearly stated they were in a digital TVGOS market and getting the time lock, who was trouble free.
Let me get this clear. Have you done the same experiment that Symbios just performed?
1-Set several timers and noted the times and stations.
2-Put the unit in standby for at least 4 hours.
3-Turned on the unit, and observed whether the EPG download took place.
4-Verified that all the timers were still as originally set.
If that works, you will have wiped out the theory that the digital TVGOS station detection will always cause the fatal download on powerup, which seems to corrupt the timers.