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post #31 of 164
i'm not sure i follow what you said about the timer not starting quick? last night i went to go tape er at like 9:56, it begins at 9:59 or 10. so i went into guide highlighted er and hit 3 to record. i then turned off the unit. i cam back at 10:50ish and the unit was on but not recording and it didnt record any of it. what am i doing wrong?
post #32 of 164
Jay,

I like what you have done using the Hughes to control the DRC7005N. I have a Dish Network system with the Dish 301 STB that I want to use to control the RCA, because the RCA doesn't have the program guide.

I looked, but I can't find a place to plub in the G Link VCR control cable on the Dish. Any recommendations?

Also, are there any settings I should change on the RCA to make it slave to the dish?

thanks,

Ben
post #33 of 164
Quote:
Originally posted by Truevalueman
Jay,

I like what you have done using the Hughes to control the DRC7005N. I have a Dish Network system with the Dish 301 STB that I want to use to control the RCA, because the RCA doesn't have the program guide.

I looked, but I can't find a place to plub in the G Link VCR control cable on the Dish. Any recommendations?

Also, are there any settings I should change on the RCA to make it slave to the dish?

thanks,

Ben
Actually the Hughes model receivers (most of them anyway) have a VCR control port RIGHT on the back of the receiver and they include a VCR blaster with the box when you purchase it. That is what I'm using to control the 7005n. I didn't even use the blaster than came with the 7005n.

I'm not sure exactly HOW to get the D*/E* receiver to control the RCA WITHOUT having a VCR control port on the back of the STB. For me it was easy.......for you I'm not quite sure.......

:confused:
post #34 of 164
I just got my 7005N the other day, and everything seems to be working OK so far. I have recorded a few shows through the guide and have manually started a recording and both worked great. The only complaint I have is that the guide is out of order. I selecterd the correct guide for my Zip code, because all my channels are on there. When I hit guide and scroll through the channels the channel order in the guide is (3,9,7,6,17,4,21...). It isn't sorted by the show. Does anyone else have this problem?
post #35 of 164
Actually, I found instructions with the 301 on how to use it to control a VCR. It basically sends out something from its own IR port. It says the signal bounces off reflective surfaces, so I will try that to control the RCA.

What mode should I set the RCA in? Right now it is setup to control satellite, but if I Want to make it give it up to the Dish, how should I set it? How is yours set up?

thanks
ben

Quote:
Originally posted by jaypb
Actually the Hughes model receivers (most of them anyway) have a VCR control port RIGHT on the back of the receiver and they include a VCR blaster with the box when you purchase it. That is what I'm using to control the 7005n. I didn't even use the blaster than came with the 7005n.

I'm not sure exactly HOW to get the D*/E* receiver to control the RCA WITHOUT having a VCR control port on the back of the STB. For me it was easy.......for you I'm not quite sure.......

:confused:
post #36 of 164
Quote:
Originally posted by Truevalueman
Actually, I found instructions with the 301 on how to use it to control a VCR. It basically sends out something from its own IR port. It says the signal bounces off reflective surfaces, so I will try that to control the RCA.

What mode should I set the RCA in? Right now it is setup to control satellite, but if I Want to make it give it up to the Dish, how should I set it? How is yours set up?

thanks
ben
I *think* I stopped short of doing the "channel scan" or something like that.

If I go to the "menu" screen, the top choice I*believe* is the "Live" selection. Mine is set to "SA" or something like that....which I assume is satellite. So I must have (at setup) told It I had a satellite receiver....but I never did a scan or allowed it to TRY and control my Hughes receiver.

So when I go to the "Live" button it's almost like it goes right to the input that I've got my set top box hooked into and it's tuned to that input. Not sure if that makes sense.....so if I have my receiver on Channel 501 and I go to "Live" on the menu, my TV displays 501 through the 7005n. And, for recording purposes, all I do is leave the RCA unit ON (and my TV off) with the RCA left in the "live" mode (when I shut down my system I make sure to leave the RCA unit ON and just turn off the TV and make sure to leave my Hughes in the SD mode---not the HD mode because the SD outputs are "Dead" if I'm not in SD mode) and my Hughes will start the recording process....and end it when necessary.

I do know that the RCA unit says "LIVE SAT" when I'm watching the satellite channels THROUGH the RCA unit.

Does any of this make sense ?!?!?:confused:
post #37 of 164
I am willing to look into retrieving the video of the hard drive.

I don't really want to crack the seal unless I know I can read the HD. (Chicken and the Egg)

If someone would like to send me a disk image (not the disk) from their system, or maybe you can send me a smaller disk that has been formatted with a 1 minute recording, I can try to get it off.
post #38 of 164
I got it working all good! I used VCR code 528 to control the RCA DRC7005N through the DISH 301 Player.

To set it to record an upcoming show, I go into the Dish 301 guide, click on the show, click on the select button, and set it as a VCR event.

To record a live show, etc, I use the RCA's controller.

The RCA is set up to let the satellite signal pass through it, and I have to keep it on and watch the satellite through the RCA.

BUT I do not use the "g-link" IR control cable. I unplugged this from the RCA.

Hope this helps any Dish-heads!

Jay, thanks for the help and inspiration!

I am very happy!

Good luck all!
post #39 of 164
Quote:
Originally posted by Truevalueman
I got it working all good! I used VCR code 528 to control the RCA DRC7005N through the DISH 301 Player.

To set it to record an upcoming show, I go into the Dish 301 guide, click on the show, click on the select button, and set it as a VCR event.

To record a live show, etc, I use the RCA's controller.

The RCA is set up to let the satellite signal pass through it, and I have to keep it on and watch the satellite through the RCA.

BUT I do not use the "g-link" IR control cable. I unplugged this from the RCA.

Hope this helps any Dish-heads!

Jay, thanks for the help and inspiration!

I am very happy!

Good luck all!
Glad you got it working.

I'm doing the same as you.....use the RCA remote (i.e Hit the record button on the silver remote) to record an event that I forget to set up/check off on the Hughes menu, and go directly through the Hughes to record something ahead of time. It's worked pretty well so far....and that "advance" button on the RCA's remote is a gem for buzzing through commercials.

I also haven't used the G-Link cable at all. To be honest, I JUST ordered a 2nd unit from buy.com.

I really can't stand the thought of using VCR tapes anymore. Between the chewed up tapes and the crappy quality, it was getting annoying.

Once the D* HD Tivo FINALLY materializes, I'm going to "take the Tivo plunge". Until then the RCA units will have to do!
post #40 of 164
Quote:
Originally posted by Supertech
Yes the guide plus works in CAnada ...that is it's main claim to fame!
;-}

Depends on your cable provider though.
Has anyone here tried this in Canada? Does it work with Rogers cable system? Shaw?

This would be terrific news if we have a real PVR choice in Canada

...Dale
post #41 of 164
OK, I'm reading the manual fo rthis thing here:

http://www.rca.com/documents/16166240_701853_25.pdf

I'm not understanding where Guid Plus+ gets its program information. There doesn't seem to be a phone line connected to this box. I know my cable box, a Scientific Atlantic box, gets program guide info from somewhere. Does Guide Plus use the same source? If so, that's disappointing because there is only a day's worth of program info in my cable box at any time.

...Dale
post #42 of 164
I believe that Guide Plus+ does come from the cable provider. And, as you mentioned, it is only daily.
post #43 of 164
The guide plus gets it's information from your local PBS station during the night so your recorder has to be turned off to download the programming.
post #44 of 164
77haven is right, Guide Plus+ information is inserted in the extra megahertz (bandwidth) on broadcast TV spectrum.

(FYI off topic: This is also the method Disney is using to dissemate information for their new in home, video on demand/PVR unit. But I think Disney is using the local ABC stations (many of which they own or have close working relationships with) to carry the header information.)

I am kind of peeved, because if Guide Plus+ can fit in broadcast and cable information, I am sure it wouldn't be *that* much more difficult to dump in satellite TV information as well. *sigh* and Guide Plus is actually owned by Gemstar TV Guide International which is in turn controlled by News Corp. and Rupert Murdoch, who of course just bought DirecTv. And we all know Rupert is not a big fan of cable, so maybe he will add in this feature to give us DBS users a boost. Of course, he might just add in DirecTv information and say, "Sorry Charlie!"

But hey, Jay, Rupert might spice up your DirecTv! Can't wait!
post #45 of 164
Can anyone confirm or deny the drive upgrade method mentioned in this post? If this in fact works, does it also work on the DRS7000N?
post #46 of 164
MethodMachine

Check the forum titled RCA DRS7000N Problem . The issue of upgrading the DRS7000n was discussed fairly rigorously there. The conclusion was that it was not upgradable. The primary problem lay in getting the DRS7000n to recoginize the larger space in the the large harddrive. You put an 80 gig HD but the unit would only recoginize 40gig of space. The Drs7000n was RCA's first incarnation of this device. It seemed NOT to be upgradeable.

So far the second generation machine the DRC7005n does appear to be upgradeable.

I have only found positive articles about upgrading the DRC7005n. I have not found any positive artcles on upgrading the DRS7000n.

I am planning to attempt an upgrade of my DRC7005n and the DRS7000n once my warranty expires on both machines and place the old harddrive of the DRC7005n into the body of the DRS7000n.

So far both unit have worked well. I do have a problem with the remotes because RCA has both units on the same frequency . I have cover one to operate the other when i use them in the same room.

Hope this helps
post #47 of 164
Quote:
Originally posted by beHolD
I just got my 7005N the other day, and everything seems to be working OK so far. I have recorded a few shows through the guide and have manually started a recording and both worked great. The only complaint I have is that the guide is out of order. I selecterd the correct guide for my Zip code, because all my channels are on there. When I hit guide and scroll through the channels the channel order in the guide is (3,9,7,6,17,4,21...). It isn't sorted by the show. Does anyone else have this problem?
Does anyone elses do this, or are your channels in numerical order?
post #48 of 164
Thread Starter 
Well my unit just stopped reading any dvd, svcd etc. It tries to read for 30 seconds and then it shows there is no disc. I have not been too impressed with this unit, so I would tell anyone to avoid it. I would stick with Replay or Tivo.
post #49 of 164
Quote:
Originally posted by beHolD
Does anyone elses do this, or are your channels in numerical order?

Mine does this too. Looks kinda like alphabetical order. I would have not paid $600 for this box. The $200 is a decent price. I can live with its "features" for a while until I make my Myth BOX. The problem is getting the myth box wife ready.
post #50 of 164
Does anyone know if this box is for sale in Canada yet? If so where? Has anyone installed one in Canada?

...Dale
post #51 of 164
I have seen the non-N version available at the brick. I do not own one, but have been researching it to see if it's sufficient.
post #52 of 164
Ok.

I've contributed to this thread for the better part of a month or so. I was so enamored with the unit, as well as it's price at buy.com that I ordered a 2nd one for my bedroom. Got it the other day. Just started hooking it up.

I can't get the (*&($*#&$ to "turn on". The front of the unit simply says "HELLO" and I get NOTHING on my TV screen no matter WHAT input I try to utilize on the back (composite, s-video or component). I've tried the reboots that the manual describes (unplugging and holding down power/stop and open-close at the same time) but I can't get the (*&$(*&$ to reboot.

Power button won't work. Remote won't operate ANYTHING. I'm stuck.

I didn't have these problems with my first one. Anyone care to share any similar experiences...or inform me of something I'm not doing right? If not, I'm boxing her back up and UPS"ing back to buy.com

As I said I hooked up my first one in about 10 minutes. It was a breeze. Now this one has me thorougly pissed!

Thanks.
:mad:
post #53 of 164
Sounds like a bad unit to me. I'd send it back. Electronics are finky. If it does not work right out of the box I take it back quickly.

Buy.com customer service has been coooperative with me. I got back the shipping costs from them. I am still waiting for the $50 rebate on the Drc70005n but if figure it will show up. Just make sure you make them understand you will are prepared to take the matter with you state's consumer affair's dept.
post #54 of 164
Quote:
Originally posted by lurker623
Sounds like a bad unit to me. I'd send it back. Electronics are finky. If it does not work right out of the box I take it back quickly.

Buy.com customer service has been coooperative with me. I got back the shipping costs from them. I am still waiting for the $50 rebate on the Drc70005n but if figure it will show up. Just make sure you make them understand you will are prepared to take the matter with you state's consumer affair's dept.
Got my RMA label on Saturday night after I posted my ranting! What annoyed me was that I had removed all my components in the bedroom, rearranged some furniture....and now I'll have to redo it all over again when teh replacement comes this week!!!

AFA the rebate goes, give www.rebatestatus.com a check. Put in your info there. I only tell you this because I checked on mine last week. From the ORIGINAL 7005N I ordered back in November. Back then, the shipment I received didn't have a "shipping" form in the box. I alerted buy.com about this, and a CSR told me "Don't worry we've forwarded your concerns to the rebate company and they'll accept your buy.com receipt". Well, when I checked last week my rebate was DENIED because.....I didn't include the shipping form!!! Funny thing is, the one I received the other day HAD the shipping form in it!

Go figure. So now I'm *waiting* to hear back from Buy.com's "rebate specialist" on how to move ahead.

I just hope the replacment 7005N I re-ordered works out of the box. I'm enamored with NOT having to use VCR tapes anymore....and annoyed at the same time that the damn thing didn't work!

But, it really isn't surprising when you consider that you receive the product in it's ORIGINAL OEM packaging....they don't put it in another cardboard box surrounded with airbags/peanuts/bubblewrap...so the fact that it "was defective" really shouldn't surprise me.....should it?? :mad:
post #55 of 164
Jay, I had the same thing, no receipt. So I printed out a copy of the email I got from buy.com saying that was ok, and put that in the envelope with my rebate form.

I just checked the status, and it says it was accepted and is on its way.

Quote:
Originally posted by jaypb
Got my RMA label on Saturday night after I posted my ranting! What annoyed me was that I had removed all my components in the bedroom, rearranged some furniture....and now I'll have to redo it all over again when teh replacement comes this week!!!

AFA the rebate goes, give www.rebatestatus.com a check. Put in your info there. I only tell you this because I checked on mine last week. From the ORIGINAL 7005N I ordered back in November. Back then, the shipment I received didn't have a "shipping" form in the box. I alerted buy.com about this, and a CSR told me "Don't worry we've forwarded your concerns to the rebate company and they'll accept your buy.com receipt". Well, when I checked last week my rebate was DENIED because.....I didn't include the shipping form!!! Funny thing is, the one I received the other day HAD the shipping form in it!

Go figure. So now I'm *waiting* to hear back from Buy.com's "rebate specialist" on how to move ahead.

I just hope the replacment 7005N I re-ordered works out of the box. I'm enamored with NOT having to use VCR tapes anymore....and annoyed at the same time that the damn thing didn't work!

But, it really isn't surprising when you consider that you receive the product in it's ORIGINAL OEM packaging....they don't put it in another cardboard box surrounded with airbags/peanuts/bubblewrap...so the fact that it "was defective" really shouldn't surprise me.....should it?? :mad:
post #56 of 164
Does anyone have photos of the inside board of the unit?

I am interested in finding a way to get video out of the unit, through some sort of NIC card. wondering if there are any open slots for that.

of course, the OS hacking would be a total other project.

thanks!
post #57 of 164
Quote:
Originally posted by Truevalueman
Jay, I had the same thing, no receipt. So I printed out a copy of the email I got from buy.com saying that was ok, and put that in the envelope with my rebate form.

I just checked the status, and it says it was accepted and is on its way.
Guess I had the wrong CSR opening my rebate envelope then eh?? :(

I'm still waiting to hear back from buy.com's e-mail support rebate specialist.

Yet another reason why I'm leery of buying items that require the submission of rebates. Similar thing happened to me with a cell phone and a printer as well.

:eek:
post #58 of 164
Jaypb

Thanks for the cite info! That place had my rebate info! Way cool!!

Hope all goes well with the new unit.
post #59 of 164
yes it does suck when companies delay sending you rebates. AT&T Wireless took about 6-7 months to rebate me $100 for a Siemens S46 phone, and that was *after* I called them in about the 4-5 month to ask where the heck my rebate was! I was polite but firm with the CSRs, and they were like oh we had some problems but now its on its way. My suspicion is that they probably would never have sent it had I not called, and probably try not to send it out to consumers who don't follow up, so especially with the big, $20+, $50+ rebates etc. you have to stay on top.

Also, if a company (like buy.com) doesn't send you a rebate, for whatever shady reason, you could play hardball with them, threaten their CSR that you will ask your credit card company for a chargeback if they don't get the rebate out pronto. And if they don't go ahead and call up your creditors and complain, its your right as a consumer.
post #60 of 164
Thread Starter 
Has anyone got a rebate back yet? I just checked my status: We have received your submission. We were unable to process your submission for the reasons indicated below. We did not receive a copy of your packing slip from the delivery with your request.
When I sent it in I explained that there was no shipping slip.
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