A month ago I bought the PHD-VRX base on the comment read on this thread. I'm satisfied so far except for a bug I have with tuner 1. I read all the thread and found no similar problem.
If I playback while I’m recording on tuner 1 nothing is record during the playback and the record time will be the time of the recording + the time of the playback. As an example, if I schedule a recording for 60 minutes, then I start a 30 min playback (already recorded previously) 15 minutes after the record start, nothing will be recorded between minute 15 and minute 45 (after minute 15 the video jump to minute 45 instantaneously). The total length of the 60 minutes recording will be 90 minutes (but video stop at minute 60).
I wrote to the epvision and got those responses from sales and info.
Thank you for your email. This is not a problem but rather a limitation from main Broadcom chip. For now, the tuner 2 should work fine as you described. Please try to use tuner2 to record while playing in the same time. Of course, we will check with Broadcom people to see if they can help us to open tuner 1 capability for this particular situation. Thanks.
Thank you for your email. Recording, playback and displaying video all in the same time does require a lot of main chip processing power. If that is easy to do, there will be many PVRs in the market today. So far, we can make tuner 2 working while recording in tuner 2 and playback. The function requires the work on the software level to associate and down to the chip hardware level so we need to see if Broadcom chip can open up certain limitations. Anyway, our engineer is aware of that and hope will come out the improvements soon.
Is anybody having the same behavior with the PHD-VRX or I’m the only one?
There is a resume of my setup:
The unit is with firmware VRX_242_23_36 (I try with firmware VRX_242_23_22 and VRX_242_23_14 also)
The problem does not occur when recording on tuner 2.
The USB disk speed test is 25 MB/s (format in ext2).
I can record on tuner 1 and 2 simultaneously. If I playback while recording on both tuner, the recording of tuner 1 is bas and tuner 2 is good.
Tuner 1 and 2 are with antenna.
I test with two different USB drive and got the same problem.