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post #17911 of 18096
yes, I did use MHDD in my professional career in IT for many years; it saved a company many $
post #17912 of 18096
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Originally Posted by bernieoc View Post

Thanks,
The set is a Walmart VIZIO.
No 'no automatic picture brightness' setting but has 'backlight 'which was high. (I turned it down some), 'brightness' which was at mid level and 'picture mode' (standard , Movie, sports etc) left it at 'standard '.
It is working ok this am. Hope 'backlight was problem. If not I will play with other 'picture settings.
This is first occurrence since we have the set (a year+).
Bernieoc
I had a similar problem. Certain screen color/brightness would de-sensitize the IR receiver in the 'Pal. I fixed it with a small piece of medium gray tint film glued to the inside of the clear remote light guide in the 'Pal. No more remote problems. BTW running the backlight up high makes the TV use the most AC current. My Sony draws about 220 Watts with the backlight up high "5". I run it at 2 (1-5 scale) which is still plenty bright and at that level it only draws 90 Watts. Runs a whole lot cooler too.
post #17913 of 18096
I've narrowed down an audio problem with both my 'Pals. On occasion usually a commercial will have no audio. Happens I know on KXAS 5 and KTVT 11. I thought it was the station having problems, until I tuned to the same station with the TV's tuner and there was audio! Back to the 'Pal, no audio. confused.gif

Both were set to "Dolby Digital" and one is connected to an older CRT TV via the analog Video and L&R audio jacks, the other via HDMI to my HDTV. I'm trying setting to "PCM audio" to find out if that makes a difference. Not any other things I know of to try.
Edited by ed_in_tx - 2/24/14 at 1:02pm
post #17914 of 18096
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Originally Posted by ed_in_tx View Post

I've narrowed down an audio problem with both my 'Pals. On occasion usually a commercial will have no audio. Happens I know on KXAS 5 and KTVT 11. I thought it was the station having problems, until I tuned to the same station with the TV's tuner and there was audio! Back to the 'Pal, no audio. confused.gif

Both were set to "Dolby Digital" and one is connected to an older CRT TV via the analog S-Video and L&R audio jacks, the other via HDMI to my HDTV. I'm trying setting to "PCM audio" to find out if that makes a difference. Not any other things I know of to try.
Mine has lost one channel of the stereo sound a couple of times since 2008.
A reboot has fixed it both times.
post #17915 of 18096
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Originally Posted by Chuck44 View Post

Mine has lost one channel of the stereo sound a couple of times since 2008.
A reboot has fixed it both times.
I have a recording saved of the Jan 31 Tonight Show with Jay Leno, whole show is missing the Left channel. The commercials are all OK! I didn't think at that time to check the audio on a different tuner since it happened only when they switched back to the show. Now I'm not so sure it wasn't some oddball glitch with the DTVPal. Also I rebooted both mine last week when the DST actuated a month early.
post #17916 of 18096
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Originally Posted by Pete-N2 View Post

Elements: Number of channels in the group -- PSIP (5) is a group
Ident: TSID
Time: Time in GMT and date in European format transmitted by the station
(+/-xxx) difference from the DTVPal calculated time
Save: Haven't figured this one out
Next: The hour and date that DST starts/ends. Year 2068 indicates no change pending in the next 30 days. (I guess our DTVPal's turn in to bricks in 2068)

A large clock error can mean the the stations PSIP clock has gone haywire. More likely the station is distant, is not received regularly, and subject to the DTVPAL 8 second-a-day gain. Tune to that station. If you can receive it then it is a station problem.
Now decoding status after Ident:xxxx=0xHHHH:
Values of nibbles(4 bits):
0x0=UNKNOWN
0x1=BASEGUESS
0x2=BASE
0x3=KNOWNGUESS
0x4=KNOWN
Meaning of nibbles:
NextDST, DST, ZONE, TIME

Example: state 0x3404 means NextDST is KNOWNGUESS, DST and TIME are KNOWN, ZONE is UNKNOWN.
post #17917 of 18096
used a converter from these outputs or a RF modulator ...
post #17918 of 18096
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Originally Posted by P Smith View Post

Now decoding status after Ident:xxxx=0xHHHH:
Values of nibbles(4 bits):
0x0=UNKNOWN
0x1=BASEGUESS
0x2=BASE
0x3=KNOWNGUESS
0x4=KNOWN
Meaning of nibbles:
NextDST, DST, ZONE, TIME

Example: state 0x3404 means NextDST is KNOWNGUESS, DST and TIME are KNOWN, ZONE is UNKNOWN.

Where did you get the terms BASEGUESS, KNOWNGUESS? I'm trying to figure our their meaning.

Based on your interpretation my PSIP elements and group are all KNOWN except the Zone. (4404)

The DVB group with has no elements is KNOWNGUESS except the zone. (3303)

The USER group (one element) is 3323. When you manually set the clock it changes to 3324. After a warm boot it changes back to 3323. After the next boot the time, for that group, agrees with PSIP time. The code for the element is 0022.

GEM* and VIEW (zero elements) are both 3313

Note it appears that the groups are in a hierarchy. PSIP is the lowest, If nothing else is available it is used and replicated down through the list. Next is DVB (maybe the do have code to handle that standard), then USER, then GEM*, then VIEW. In other words start with PSIP then DVB, then user entered, then TVGOS, then VIEW.
Edited by Pete-N2 - 2/23/14 at 8:20am
post #17919 of 18096
thank you for your help in uncovering obscure knowledge of functioning TR50's FW and OS21

the values (as-is) taken from debug messages inside of FW (all details of getting it normal way is unknown to me )

About "DVB" - my guess would be [based on reading strings inside of FW] a source when the TR50 would be (as designed) feed by dishnetwork payTV stream (how ? by their own stations ?) and the smart card will govern access to individual packets/channels and PPV events.
post #17920 of 18096
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Originally Posted by ed_in_tx View Post

I didn't. Congratulations. You caught my mistake. And I can't correct it since you quoted me!
Darn - I was hoping to arrange a swap wink.gif

Oh, well; deleted my post. Correct away
post #17921 of 18096
PALDVR#2 (my newest) failed today. It also passes through to my TV and when I turned the TV on there wasn't any picture via pass through. So I tried turning the DVR on and it did not respond at all to the remote. No red or green lights and nothing to the TV.

So I unplugged it and waited 30 seconds and plugged it back in and voila it came back to life and into operation. It seems to be fine now. I never had that issue before but P. Smith might know if it is an indication of failing components.

I took the cover off and cleaned out the dust inside and scrubbed the fan as a precaution. There was some dust buildup.

If it does die can I view the many hours of recordings I made on PALDVR#2 on my PALDVR#1?
post #17922 of 18096
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Originally Posted by LenL View Post

If it does die can I view the many hours of recordings I made on PALDVR#2 on my PALDVR#1?

Yes.

When my PALDVR#1 died, I just moved the drive to my PALDVR#2 to watch. Both my pals were setup with external docks which made it easier. Just follow the "swap drive steps" :

1. Pal to standby / OFF - then unplug / kill power

2. turn dock - OFF / power down drive - allow for spindown

3. swap drives

4. turn dock - ON

5. plug Pal in / power on - loading please wait screen, then going into standby screen

6. Power ON Pal with remote / ready for use
post #17923 of 18096
I could help in moving your content to bigger drive or to good drive
post #17924 of 18096
I guess I should have mentioned that both PALDVRS have external drives now. So it is easy to move the drives. I just wanted to know if recordings made on PALDVR#2's external drive would be readable by PALDVR#1. Just in case it dies and I have only one PALDVR to work with. Unless of course the hard drive failed. I probably should go into the diagnostics to see if any errors were reported.
post #17925 of 18096
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Originally Posted by P Smith View Post

I could help in moving your content to bigger drive or to good drive

What are you trying to tell me? The drive failed or is failing and that is why it behaved the way it did?
post #17926 of 18096
[as last resort in case if you're desperate to keep the recordings wink.gif]

sure, do run MHDD, post SMART data, run Scan+Remap and post new SMART here
or Victoria if your PC is not that busy
post #17927 of 18096
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Originally Posted by ed_in_tx View Post

I've narrowed down an audio problem with both my 'Pals. On occasion usually a commercial will have no audio. Happens I know on KXAS 5 and KTVT 11. I thought it was the station having problems, until I tuned to the same station with the TV's tuner and there was audio! Back to the 'Pal, no audio. confused.gif

Both were set to "Dolby Digital" and one is connected to an older CRT TV via the analog Video and L&R audio jacks, the other via HDMI to my HDTV. I'm trying setting to "PCM audio" to find out if that makes a difference. Not any other things I know of to try.

This is probably the DVR using the SAP channel instead of normal audio. If you are watching live try the SAP button on the remote or change the channel then go back to the channel you want to watch. If you are watching a recording see this post:
http://www.avsforum.com/t/1251820/channel-master-cm-7000pal-hd-dvr-aka-dish-dtvpal/630#post_23916117
post #17928 of 18096
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Originally Posted by rahanner View Post

This is probably the DVR using the SAP channel instead of normal audio. If you are watching live try the SAP button on the remote or change the channel then go back to the channel you want to watch. If you are watching a recording see this post: ....
Excellent! Copied your "Try this" suggestions over from Channel Master CM-7000PAL thread, useful information now that I know I am not alone! Thanks!
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Originally Posted by rahanner View Post

It's yet another bug in the firmware. The SAP button never works while playing a recorded show, but both audio tracks are there. Try this:
  1. Press "Menu" button
  2. Select "Setup" (3)
  3. Select "Audio setup" (3)
  4. For "Audio Language" select "Spanish"
  5. Select "Done"
  6. Select "Audio setup" (3)
  7. For "Audio Language" select "English"
  8. Select "Done"
  9. If the problem is fixed, back out of the menus.
  10. If the problem is not fixed, repeat toggling the language until it either is fixed or you are tired of trying.

Sometimes this works the first try, sometimes it takes a few tries and sometimes it never works. One time I got it working when I watched a recording, then the next day when my wife went to watch the same recording it never worked.
post #17929 of 18096
I used to use a Samsung HDTV tuner with a similar bug. You could only select audio tracks by language. So if the station had two audio tracks and flagged them both as English, the Samsung would pick one, and if that wasn't the "right" one you were SOL. We had one station, KLDT (now KAZD) that I could never get audio with the Samsung. (Luckily, at the time it waa all infomercials, so I wasn't missing anything.)

With the Pal it seems more random. Usually it seems to pick the "right" track but sometimes it doesn't.
post #17930 of 18096
Is anyone else in the Austin area getting fast clock time? I did the two soft reboots thing and clock is still about 3 minutes fast. Maybe the DST changeover will fix things . . .?
post #17931 of 18096
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Originally Posted by golinux View Post

Is anyone else in the Austin area getting fast clock time? I did the two soft reboots thing and clock is still about 3 minutes fast. Maybe the DST changeover will fix things . . .?

I had a similar issue in my area (Providence, RI/Boston, MA DMAs) where my clock was off by a minute +. I did a factory reset and then followed that by two back-to-back soft reboots and my clock tightened up substantially. Sometimes I think you need to clear out the "cobwebs" that remain from out-of-area stations that are only received during certain weather conditions.
post #17932 of 18096
Thanks. Factory reset = scary procedure. If it doesn't self-correct, I might have to give it a try though . . .
post #17933 of 18096
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Originally Posted by golinux View Post

Thanks. Factory reset = scary procedure. If it doesn't self-correct, I might have to give it a try though . . .

I usually do a factory reset twice a year-right after each DST time change. I have found in my 5+ years of using the DTVPal DVR the reset helps to eliminate the "cobwebs" and "gremlins" that have accumulated since the last reset. Just remember to do the two back-to-back soft reboots after doing the factory reset so that you can get a lock to your local PSIP times.
post #17934 of 18096
In a light latest findings: how to decipher Ident code - did you guys try to investigate that Debug screen ? To get some clue of the time inaccuracy ?
post #17935 of 18096
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Originally Posted by happy2Lurk View Post

bernieoc, I converted both my pals to external drives a year ago. I collected as much info as I could before proceeding. I started to put it all together for a post but never finished. Enjoy ...

Hi,
Been running succesfully with your ez-dock setup - thanks to your info.
A couple of questions - if you can help
I am using WD10EURXSP drives (that were in the PAL) and the red and green lights are always on..
Is the drive always spinning? I believe it did in the PAL.
I have seen comments in this and the DVR+ forum that some folks set HD's to shut off after some idle time.
Do we have the same option. And if it is - is it appropriate with our setup and how would you do it?
Thanks
Bernieoc
post #17936 of 18096
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Originally Posted by rahanner View Post

This is probably the DVR using the SAP channel instead of normal audio. If you are watching live try the SAP button on the remote or change the channel then go back to the channel you want to watch...

I've been experimenting with the audio settings. So far what I've found :

1) No matter what I did, I could not get the missing Left channel of the audio to play on my 1-31-14 Jay Leno Tonight Show recording. (Audio both channels OK on commercials.)

2) You can't change the audio output from Dolby Digital to PCM playing a recording even changing the setting in the menu. Whatever way it was set during the recording that's how it plays. I played a recording through my AV receiver and it stays with Dolby Digital. During LIVE viewing changing this causes the AV receiver to switch from Dolby Digital to matrix decoding.

3) During live viewing, when the local NBC affiliate audio is dead on local commercials for example, this happens with audio set to Dolby Digital. Setting to PCM restores the audio.

4) During live viewing audio set to Dolby Digital and dead audio occurs, changing in menu from Dolby Digital to PCM resets the buffered video start point, so you can't back up and replay that section where the audio was dead. Seems to be buffer-recording only the mode the audio is set to in the menu, not the whole audio stream.
post #17937 of 18096
Bernieoc,

The answer is NO to shutting off the hd. The PALDVR requires the hd to be spinning all the time that it is plugged in and powered. Even when in standby. You only unplug the PALDVR and then shut down the hd. The you would have to power up the hd and then plug in the PALDVR the next time it is to be used.
post #17938 of 18096
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Originally Posted by bernieoc View Post

Quote:
Originally Posted by happy2Lurk View Post

bernieoc, I converted both my pals to external drives a year ago. I collected as much info as I could before proceeding. I started to put it all together for a post but never finished. Enjoy ...

Hi,
Been running succesfully with your ez-dock setup - thanks to your info.
A couple of questions - if you can help
I am using WD10EURXSP drives (that were in the PAL) and the red and green lights are always on..
Is the drive always spinning? I believe it did in the PAL.
I have seen comments in this and the DVR+ forum that some folks set HD's to shut off after some idle time.
Do we have the same option. And if it is - is it appropriate with our setup and how would you do it?

Thanks
Bernieoc

Is the drive always spinning? I believe it did in the PAL. Yes and Yes.

I have seen comments in this and the DVR+ forum that some folks set HD's to shut off after some idle time. Do we have the same option. And if it is - is it appropriate with our setup and how would you do it?

Even if you could, I would not. If you read, recall, one of the things I was looking for was a dock/enclosure that did not let the drive sleep. This is because I had seen reports that the pal does not/cannot wake the drive.

I do not know if there is a definitive answer but some believe, "always on," can extend drive life.
post #17939 of 18096
Great - I am good with that (let the external drive run - it may outlive the six year old dtv pal dvr's)
As an aside I tried the DVR+ and returned it - working with the new interface was very difficult after so long with the 3 PAL's plus wi-fi problems and some bugs and or limitations.
Bernieoc
post #17940 of 18096
Ugh. I noticed my weekly timers (manual and Guide's) were messed up for tomorrow night (supposed to be 7:55 PM - 8:35 PM PST and 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM PST) when I was about to watch my tonight's weekly recording (7:55 PM - 9:05 PM PST with automatic paddings; this one was OK). I noticed the timers said tiny DST on the top right of each item. I had to delete them and remake them. Bah. Everyone check your timers since DST change happens this Sunday morning if you're required.
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