I remember reading that after you set a timer you are not to turn box off and to make sure the auto turn off function is off or way past the time you need to record. Quote:
Originally Posted by mr100watt
Hmmm ... that makes sense - if I "disabled" the inactivity timer, then the box will not perform basic maintenance functions (as the "help" feature on the inactivity setting says). I can understand that if events are programmed, and if the inactivity turn off feature is disabled, then no intervening "download" will take place, and when an event is scheduled to turn on a station, then that station will turn on and nothing else.
I would still like to know why the "downloading guide" window was displayed on my tv screen when the event timer turned on the tv for the 9pm program. (I did have the box turned off for about 20 hours.)
You had the rare occurrence of the guide download not completing. That has been reported to happen occasionally. It has happened to me once.
Normal function is to have the unit powered off after setting the event timer. Earlier suggestions to leave the unit powered on
(with the inactivity standby disabled) was a work around before the "program guide download altering the timers" bug was fixed.
You can still do this to increase reliability, but not for an extended period or the clock time may start to go slow without a channel change.
If you are in a market with a CBS station broadcasting TVGOS, you will routinely get the guide download at power on.
It should complete in 15 to 30 seconds. In this case the guide downloading process got stuck and did not complete.
(Don't ask why.)
There is nothing you can do to prevent the guide download at power on
As you mentioned, you have to set a timer at least 3 min. before an event because you are not allowed to during the 2 min. countdown.
If you are present 3 minutes before an event starts, simply tune the desired channel.
The early power on and count down allows time for the guide download if the unit was powered off.
There is nothing you can do to eliminate the small countdown logo at the lower left, if you are not present.
(Even if the unit is left powered on.)
Originally Posted by mr100watt
It was suggested to always have the box turned on (for maintenance), except for when the user has scheduled for timer events (and turned off the inactivity setting). Is this correct? I thought it would be smart to TURN OFF the box, since a previous post said the box will turn itself on when downloading is taking place.
The default for the inactivity timer setting is 4 hours, so I thought Dish wants the box in the "turned off" state. I am trying to figure out what the guideline is for most efficiently having the box "download" program guide updates without interfering with program viewing. Is there a certain time when the program guide normally gets "downloaded," and if the box is turned off during this time, when the box is eventually turned on for tv viewing, does the "delayed" download now take precedence over the station turned on? If so, would going into the "inactivity standby" feature and disabling that stop the download from taking place?
If the manual had explained all of this, I wouldn't have to subject you to these questions.
There has been some confusion and incorrect statements posted regarding "Maintenance mode".
The purpose of the "Maintenance mode" is to update the program guide and clock if the unit is not powered on and used regularly
1. During maintenance, it will simply do a channel scan which will;
a. Update the guide info.
b. Find new channels.
c. Update the clock
2. The warning that you see when you change the inactivity standby setting to disable, assumes that you will never manually power off the unit.
If you manually power off the unit, it will do maintenance regardless of that setting.
3. The unit will enter the maintenance mode only
when it is in the powered off state
. (Either manually or via inactivity standby.
It will power itself on (for about 15 to 20 seconds) and off during the maintenance, but no audio or video will be available.Sometimes it will get stuck in this state (power light on) and require unplugging to reset.
4. When the unit is powered on manually (or via timed event), it can't enter the maintenance mode.If you have the unit powered on
when it would normally do maintenance, the maintenance will be skipped.
(Tasks a. & c. above will be accomplished because the unit is powered on and in use
5. Maintenance mode seems to occur at about the same times daily, several times a day. It seems to do so more often than is actually needed.
If you have the antenna detached (or switched elsewhere) it will still try to do maintenance, but won't be successful.