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post #691 of 956
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Originally Posted by Constable Odo View Post

The reason why I said the password was three characters because when I tried typing 3090, three asterisks (***) showed up onscreen so I'm sure it's only three characters. But if the area is not worth getting into then it really doesn't matter.

I'm looking to replace my 3090 with something else because it's always freezing when I pause it for a few minutes which is rather annoying. I'd considered putting in a larger drive, but I don't know if that would stop the problem. I'll have to see what's offered at my NYC TWC location. Maybe I'll try the Samsung 3270 or the Cisco 8640 HDC. I used to have an SA 8300 HD for about 4 years until the drive crashed and that was perfect for me. What's the best recommendation for a new DVR from TWC as far as overall stability is concerned? Thanks.

I believe the freezing issue you mention is a product of the latest firmware. I don't remember it happening in the past. I also believe TW is aware of the problem so it will likely be resolved with the next FW update.
post #692 of 956
I'm experiencing the freezing issue after FF a recorded program. Ugghhh.

I'm hoping the preceding poster is right and TWC will address this soon.
post #693 of 956
Anybody have any success attaching an external HDD? I had an Apricorn 1TB that worked with with the SA 8300...can't get it to work with the Samsung.
post #694 of 956
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Originally Posted by mjw1964 View Post

I'm experiencing the freezing issue after FF a recorded program. Ugghhh.

I'm hoping the preceding poster is right and TWC will address this soon.

It's not inherent in the box... it was definitely introduced with the last firmware update. Hopefully it will go whenever the next update comes along.

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Originally Posted by mjw1964 View Post

Anybody have any success attaching an external HDD? I had an Apricorn 1TB that worked with with the SA 8300...can't get it to work with the Samsung.

It's not a Samsung issue... no box running the ODN version of Navigator supports e-SATA. That would include the SA/Cisco 82xx, 83xx & 86xx HDC series of DVRs along with the Samsung 30xx & 32xx boxes. Only the legacy boxes that run MDN Navigator, such as the 8300HD, consistently support external drives.
post #695 of 956
Thanks, jcalabria. The 320gb HDD eases my pain a bit, but I wish TWC would unleash the full power of these boxes.
post #696 of 956
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Originally Posted by mjw1964 View Post

Anybody have any success attaching an external HDD? I had an Apricorn 1TB that worked with with the SA 8300...can't get it to work with the Samsung.

Exact same issue here. After ordering the Apricorn 1TB DVR/eXpander drive I called TWC and requested a DVR that would work with the eSATA port. The sweet young lady on the phone told me to trade my SA8240HDC for a Samsung 3270 at the local office as that was known to work with eSATA drives. Apparently she got her info backwards. I did pick one up and soon learned that the 3270 would not connect to the Apricorn.

Other than that issue I'm actually pleased with the Samsung unit. It is notably quicker to respond, changes channels faster, and overall 'feels' more responsive than did the SA8240HDC.

The 3270 does not support PIP for unknown reasons. At first this annoyed me, but I could not recall the last time I actually used PIP on my TWC box. My HDTV has PIP which is more flexible since it supported signals from multiple sources. The PIP is a non-issue for me.

BTW, I did call TWC and attempted to ask that they 'enable' the eSATA port on my 3270. Over the course of 30 minutes or so I was bounced to phone queues for 'tech support' in various departments and various places throughout the USA. I believe the 6th person I spoke with finally understood my question and put me on hold while he checked something. I hung on for another 10 minutes until the phone went dead. Haven't had the urge to go through that crap again. Am thinking I might just order that Moxi I've been eyeing and turn in the TWC box. I wonder how much that'd trim off my monthly bill? I suppose I could call TWC to ask.......never mind...not worth the aggravation.
post #697 of 956
I'm in Milwaukee... anyone having problems with HDMI switches and these Samsung boxes?

It has been working for me for a while but seemingly after a software update the switch stopped working. I've tried 2 switches and my bluray works fine on it.
post #698 of 956
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Originally Posted by mjw1964 View Post

I'm experiencing the freezing issue after FF a recorded program. Ugghhh.

I'm hoping the preceding poster is right and TWC will address this soon.

Yes, I also get freezes in various situations, such as FF, pausing for a while, even sometimes in the middle of playing back recorded shows which causes me to restart the playback from the beginning. At first I thought it was due to a bad drive, then I thought maybe because of a low cable signal screwing up data on the drive because on certain channels I get occasional pixellation. Truthfully, I'm getting sick of TWC. I'm just waiting for Verizon to finish stringing cable on the phone poles on my block so I can get FiOS triple play. It's more than 8 months since they first started and they still aren't finished.

Anyway, if this freezing problem is a firmware issue, I'll just wait it out and won't bother to switch boxes. It's not a devastating problem to me. Just more of an annoyance. I'd already had my safety torx wrenches and was ready to purchase a Seagate Pipeline drive when I noticed this freezing issue. Then I figured I didn't need to waste money on something that didn't even work all that well.
post #699 of 956
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Originally Posted by Constable Odo View Post

Truthfully, I'm getting sick of TWC.

...Anyway, if this freezing problem is a firmware issue, I'll just wait it out and won't bother to switch boxes. It's not a devastating problem to me. Just more of an annoyance. I'd already had my safety torx wrenches and was ready to purchase a Seagate Pipeline drive when I noticed this freezing issue. Then I figured I didn't need to waste money on something that didn't even work all that well.

I would love to have an option outside of TWC. I really do hate that company for quite a few reasons.
post #700 of 956
I have the following setup;

Samsung HT-WX70 Home Theater/DVD Receiver
Samsung SMT-H3260
Scepter X46bv-1080p

I tried to run HDMI out from the H3260 to the HDMI input on the HT-WX70 and then out to the Sceptre but was receiving "Not Support" messages on the Sceptre. So I now have HDMI out from the H3260 directly to the Sceptre. I then ran an optical cable from the H3260 to the Samsung HT-WX70 for the DD sound. The Samsung HT-WX70 is only detecting the 2Ch audio. I then moved the optical to the optical out on the Sceptre TV to the Samsung HT-WX70 optical in and I still only detect 2CH audio.

I have seen elsewhere in this thread about going into the Diagnostics menu on the Samsung H3260 and change the audio setting but that was for the 3090 box. I am wondering if I have to do that for the 3260 or do I need to change some other setting on the standard menu on the 3260?
post #701 of 956
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Originally Posted by crazywater View Post

I have the following setup;

Samsung HT-WX70 Home Theater/DVD Receiver
Samsung SMT-H3260
Scepter X46bv-1080p

I tried to run HDMI out from the H3260 to the HDMI input on the HT-WX70 and then out to the Sceptre but was receiving "Not Support" messages on the Sceptre. So I now have HDMI out from the H3260 directly to the Sceptre. I then ran an optical cable from the H3260 to the Samsung HT-WX70 for the DD sound. The Samsung HT-WX70 is only detecting the 2Ch audio. I then moved the optical to the optical out on the Sceptre TV to the Samsung HT-WX70 optical in and I still only detect 2CH audio.

I have seen elsewhere in this thread about going into the Diagnostics menu on the Samsung H3260 and change the audio setting but that was for the 3090 box. I am wondering if I have to do that for the 3260 or do I need to change some other setting on the standard menu on the 3260?

In the regular Navigator Settings menus (not the diagnostics menus), there is a setting for audio coding with three settings: HDMI, DD/AC3 and PCM. You must change the setting to DD/AC3 in your configuration. If you leave it on HDMI it will pick up the TV's 2.0 PCM EDID information (99.999999% of all TVs can accept only 2.0 PCM over HDMI and that's all you will ever get out of the TV's optical output) and that is what the box will output from both HDMI and digital output(s). The other two choices tell the box to ignore the EDID of the attached HDMI device and force either DD/AC3 or Stereo PCM from the digital output(s).

It is no longer necessary to go into the diagnostics menus to enable AC3 audio... it was always available over the digital outputs and the setting only pertained to AC3 over HDMI. The setting has since been defaulted to "Enabled", anyway.
post #702 of 956
Thanks for the reply...one thing I didn't mention is the 3260 is running Mystro, is that the same as Navigator? I do remember seeing the three audio coding settings you mention so I will give that a shot tonight.
post #703 of 956
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Originally Posted by crazywater View Post

Thanks for the reply...one thing I didn't mention is the 3260 is running Mystro, is that the same as Navigator? I do remember seeing the three audio coding settings you mention so I will give that a shot tonight.

Yes... Mystro = Navigator

The legacy version of TWC's Navigator software was Mystro Digital Navigator, or MDN for short. The version in your Samsung (and other boxes manufactured since 2007 that have externally accessible CableCards) is Mystro OCAP Digital Navigator, which is generally known as ODN.
post #704 of 956
Thanks again...
post #705 of 956
I just picked up a 3270 in the Mil area. I'm told it has a 320 g hd. I'd like to increase the recording capasity. I've read the posts going back at least a year. It seems that there has been some success with increasing the older units that came with a 160 hd to a 320. Has anyone had any success going larger. I saw some posts by riclesb. Seems like he got a 1tb internal working. I assume this voids the waranty. The sales guy said off the record that he heard that someone got a 1tbWD Hd external to work but wouldn't elaborate. told me to google it.
Thanks
post #706 of 956
The Multi room Samsung's have a 500 GB HDD, and you should use Seagate Pipeline HD drives over other brands. Thats the type that Samsung uses themselves and they work much better than WD and Hitachi drives.

The Multi room Samsung is SMT-H3272.
post #707 of 956
Hiya all,
I'm new to this board posting but been a longtime fan and reader. Just picked up samsung cable box 3260, connected it via HDMI to a samsung HDTV. Everything works and audio and picture are great except that i cannot use the cable remote to change volume. Any help is greatly appreciated.

Powell1979
post #708 of 956
hdtvfan2005
I'm not aware of a multi room dvr that is available on the TW system in Milw. I have 2 multi room dvr's with dish but I'm trying to ween myself off dish. I do like their dvr's but dislike too much of the rest of there program.
post #709 of 956
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Originally Posted by powell1979 View Post

Hiya all,
I'm new to this board posting but been a longtime fan and reader. Just picked up samsung cable box 3260, connected it via HDMI to a samsung HDTV. Everything works and audio and picture are great except that i cannot use the cable remote to change volume. Any help is greatly appreciated.

Powell1979

Volume control is disabled on the digital audio outputs. Technically, this is the correct way for it to behave. Program the remote to control the volume at the TV or AVR.
post #710 of 956
Would turning on AC3 over HDMI in diagnostics allow Audio to be variable rather than current fixed 'fixed' setting? I have samsung 3260 cable box via Time Warner.
post #711 of 956
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Originally Posted by powell1979 View Post

Would turning on AC3 over HDMI in diagnostics allow Audio to be variable rather than current fixed 'fixed' setting? I have samsung 3260 cable box via Time Warner.

The setting no longer exists, and it is now "Enabled" by default.

Volume control at the box is on the L/R analog outputs only. Adjusting the volume of a DD 5.1 stream is not possible without decoding and setting volume for all 6 channels... the box can only decode 2 channels internally. Even if it were possible, it wouldn't be advisable because of the adverse effects it would have on AQ.
post #712 of 956
Oh I see. I got remote Set to change volume through TV but it's kind of annoying Pressing 'mode' + 'TV' then 'Mode' + 'cable'. Definitely something i can live with, Was just wondering if other options were possible. Thanks for prompt response jcalabria.
post #713 of 956
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Originally Posted by powell1979 View Post

Oh I see. I got remote Set to change volume through TV but it's kind of annoying Pressing 'mode' + 'TV' then 'Mode' + 'cable'. Definitely something i can live with, Was just wondering if other options were possible. Thanks for prompt response jcalabria.

If it's a Synergy V remote you can program the volume buttons to work the TV by default without having to change modes. Others are likely similar as well.
post #714 of 956
My area just got digital cable and I had to replace my old cable box with a 3260 last Saturday. Our old cable box had the channel displayed so it was easy to see what channel you were viewing. The 3260 just shows 'Time'. Is there a way to make it show the 'channel' you are viewing instead of 'Time'?
thanks for any help.
post #715 of 956
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Originally Posted by Tweet2010 View Post

My area just got digital cable and I had to replace my old cable box with a 3260 last Saturday. Our old cable box had the channel displayed so it was easy to see what channel you were viewing. The 3260 just shows 'Time'. Is there a way to make it show the 'channel' you are viewing instead of 'Time'?
thanks for any help.

If it's a Time Warner (or BrightHouse) system running Navigator software (not a given if you "just' got digital cable in your area), there is an option in the settings menu for:
  • Time Always
  • Channel Always (still displays time when off)
  • Channel on Tune (displays time except during tuning operations)
post #716 of 956
Hi
I posted a question a few days ago and got a responce from "hdtvfan2005"
which I responded to and haven't heard back.
I've been checking in and see you seem to monitor this forum alot.
This is a copy of my questions.

"I just picked up a 3270 in the Mil area. I'm told it has a 320 g hd. I'd like to increase the recording capasity. Ideally with a external HD. I've read the posts going back at least a year. It seems that there has been some success with increasing the older units that came with a 160 hd to a 320. Has anyone had any success going larger. I saw some posts by "riclesb". Seems like he got a 1tb internal working. I assume this voids the waranty. The sales guy said off the record that he heard that someone got a 1tb WD Hd external to work but wouldn't elaborate. told me to google it."

Are you able to help me with it or direct me.
I've read alot of posts from over the last year or so
Thanks
post #717 of 956
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Originally Posted by woodeye3 View Post

Hi
I posted a question a few days ago and got a responce from "hdtvfan2005"
which I responded to and haven't heard back.
I've been checking in and see you seem to monitor this forum alot.
This is a copy of my questions.

"I just picked up a 3270 in the Mil area. I'm told it has a 320 g hd. I'd like to increase the recording capasity. Ideally with a external HD. I've read the posts going back at least a year. It seems that there has been some success with increasing the older units that came with a 160 hd to a 320. Has anyone had any success going larger. I saw some posts by "riclesb". Seems like he got a 1tb internal working. I assume this voids the waranty. The sales guy said off the record that he heard that someone got a 1tb WD Hd external to work but wouldn't elaborate. told me to google it."

Are you able to help me with it or direct me.
I've read alot of posts from over the last year or so
Thanks

There have been very few, if any, long term successes with external drives for any TW box running the ODN version of Navigator. There have been a few recent isolated reports of success with boxes running ODN 3.2, but nothing consistent.

As far as replacing the internal drive, I was one of the early ones to swap a 320GB drive into a 3090. Piece of cake. Worked great. I was hesitant to go larger than 320GB only because that was the largest drive available as OEM from Samsung and was fairly confident that it would work. I believe that HDTVFAN2005 did respond to your question, or one very similar to it... he had indicated that a 500GB Seagate Pipeline was probably a safe option since that drive was available in the 3272 multi-room version of the 3270. I concur with that. All of the Samsung boxes with drives >160GB have used the Seagate Pipeline drives, which are specifically built for DVR service and passively cooled devices.
post #718 of 956
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Originally Posted by woodeye3 View Post

Hi
I posted a question a few days ago and got a responce from "hdtvfan2005"
which I responded to and haven't heard back.
I've been checking in and see you seem to monitor this forum alot.
This is a copy of my questions.

"I just picked up a 3270 in the Mil area. I'm told it has a 320 g hd. I'd like to increase the recording capasity. Ideally with a external HD. I've read the posts going back at least a year. It seems that there has been some success with increasing the older units that came with a 160 hd to a 320. Has anyone had any success going larger. I saw some posts by "riclesb". Seems like he got a 1tb internal working. I assume this voids the waranty. The sales guy said off the record that he heard that someone got a 1tb WD Hd external to work but wouldn't elaborate. told me to google it."

Are you able to help me with it or direct me.
I've read alot of posts from over the last year or so
Thanks

Only use Seagate Pipeline HD drives with Samsung DVR's, since other HDD's cause major issues. A 500 GB Pipeline HD isn't that expensive, but there is a 1TB version as well.

http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/pro...nics/pipeline/

This is what you want, and the guy who did upgrade to a 1TB HDD used a Pipeline HD unit.
post #719 of 956
Thanks for your response
Seagate has 2-3 pipeline 500gb hd's.
1-ST3500312cs "7200" rpm 8mb buffer, 2-ST3500312cs "5900"rpm 8mb buffer, And 3-ST3500312 HD.2 5900rpm 8mb buffer.
The dif seems to be in the rpm and the 3rd one has a .2 after the hd.
Do you know which one would be the possible correct match for the 3270
post #720 of 956
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Originally Posted by woodeye3 View Post

Thanks for your response
Seagate has 2-3 pipeline 500gb hd's.
1-ST3500312cs "7200" rpm 8mb buffer, 2-ST3500312cs "5900"rpm 8mb buffer, And 3-ST3500312 HD.2 5900rpm 8mb buffer.
The dif seems to be in the rpm and the 3rd one has a .2 after the hd.
Do you know which one would be the possible correct match for the 3270

The 320GB drive I used in the 3090 was a 5900 RPM unit, same as the 320GB OE 3090s. Can you check what version 320 is in the 3270 now?... then follow suit with the 500GB equivalent.

The Seagate data sheet lists two 500GB units.
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