Originally Posted by Gibson500
First time poster. I'll start with a comment(s) then you KNOW there's gonna be a question or three. I read most if not all the posts in a couple different & related threads. I unknowingly swapped out a 320 sammie for the smaller version before I found out all these problems are in the software, not the box. Thank you all for your most excellent responses. I've seen several posts from various people stating the FF/Rw works better. I must agree to some extent. However, I'm still experiencing the freeze effect when paused for more than a minute or two. The only way out of it I can figure is to click live tv, then rewind to the point I want to resume viewing. I've not yet complained directly to TWC. I promise to do it soon. Man, I had to record the Olympics is SD. Like a lot uf us, I'm anxiously waiting for the test results of the most recent external HDD install. I forget who you were but pls update us. From the diag screens, I can't figure out how to make change. I've seen posted how to get deeper into the diagnostics of the box, if memory serves (big if) a 3090 box pw is 3090. It does nothing for me. Any help? Also, someone posted a ? about the SEL then UP or DOWN, I have same issue, UP works but not DOWN. That could be vice/versa but I think I have the up/down correct. Is there any difference to the two selections? Jcalabria, I knew I liked reading your post, especially when you told the guy who's trying to figure out how to order pizza with the D button not forget the beer. All of you keep up the good work!!!
While looking at the "preview" to this post, it appears my signature isn't right yet. I have SMT-H3090, V126.96.36.199 ODN_4_0_0_6
Hold the phone... where in Charlotte are you and when did you get ODN 4???? I'm still on 3.2.0_15. Most of the country outside of Charlotte and San Diego is on 3.1. ODN 4 would be MAJOR news if a rollout has indeed begun here.
The 3090 freezing during extended pauses began with the most recent Samsung firmware update (4.3.5.x here, 188.8.131.52 elsewhere). I actually have not been able to make it do it lately even though the firmware version has not been changed (but we have had some patches in the last few weeks). When I did experience the problem, I found the quickest way out was to just change channels, then hit List, select the show again then select Resume Play.
The the password to access the advanced diagnostics was changed several Samsung firmware versions ago... but the need for it also disappeared as well (the need to activate DD/AC3 audio via HDMI). However, that password had nothing to do with accessing either the main Samsung diagnostics (hold [Select], then press [Up]) or the ODN diagnostics (hold [Select], then press [Down]). The password only got you into a small submenu of the Samsung diagnostics for some deep settings like performing a factory reset. Since the AC3 audio factory default has been changed to Enabled, there is really nothing much else of interest there for the user anyway.
Don't feel too bad... I also returned a 320GB unit that I thought was defective only to have the 160GB replacement have the same problem. The particular problem that prompted that exchange was that the box was booting into its native GUI instead of booting Navigator. That turned out to be a strange interraction with my Onkyo AVR that still hasn't been fully resolved, but I now know that the AVR has to be turned off or the 3090 will not boot Navigator correctly. Since the update to 4.3.5.x, it now boots into Navigator when connected to the AVR, but the time will be incorrect and there will be no guide listings. It's really not a big deal since the AVR is off for any unnattended updates/reboots and I know to shut off the AVR first if I need to manually reboot the 3090, which is basically never since the latest updates cured the FOX/CBS recording issues we were having here in Charlotte.