Originally Posted by jprc It's an interference issue.
These boxes are very sensitive to interference and with such a weak signal (I'm surprised you're even getting the channel in at all really) when you add the interference of the hard drive it breaks up the signal.You can try moving the hard drive father away
or try a different drive that may have less effect on the signal, and if you happen to have an indoor antenna move that as far away as possible. But with such a weak signal to begin with there may not be anything you can do. Depending on your setup and circumstances an amplifier may or may not help.
First, the only reason the signal is so weak is that I have temporarily relocated my outdoor antenna while doing some work on my house. Before this, I had never experienced some of the effects I had read others have - weather, planes, etc. effecting reception. I have been OTA only for years.
Signal strength varies all the time now on some stations. Tonight, I turned on the HW and checked channels until I found one at 2% (different channel then before) - this time, time shift / record worked. The problem channel from before was at 5% and now time shift / record worked.
So, at least for my environment, 2% is pushing the limit.
Originally Posted by JHBrandt
Another possibility, if
you were watching live using either your DTVPal or your TV but recording or time-shifting using the Homeworx: the Homeworx tuner is a bit weak, so a signal that looks fine on your DTVPal or TV may be broken up on the Homeworx.
If that's not what you were doing, then clearly the tuners aren't the issue. But it's still something to be aware of since you have weak stations.
JH - all remarks are HW only. I only mentioned the DTVpal because since it provides a much better user experience, I only use the HW when I need a third tuner recording. Which isn't that often, so I do not have a lot of user time with the HW. That said, I haven't really noticed a difference in reception between the pal and the HW.
Okay, before posting this I played around some more. The problem station had dropped to 2% again and again the time-shift was bad, not as bad as before but not clean like live. So I moved the drive as far as the cable allowed and now time-shift is clean at 2%. Looks like the drive broadcasts at about the same frequency.
It occurred to me that if farther is better, closer should be worse. So I tried moving the drive around, I had it right next to and even on top of the HW with very little effect. Maybe the 2% tonight is more steady than before. I just can't get it as bad as before. When I originally experienced this, live was clean and recorded was unwatchable - both picture and sound badly broken. The worse I can get tonight is a little pixelation, minor breaks in the image.
Thanks jprc, I probably wouldn't of thought to try moving the drive without your suggestion. If I experience a similar situation, I will see if moving the drive helps.