Originally Posted by shibez
like nascar said it probably is your box....i would exchange it for a 8300HD..its the fastest one they offer thats not one of thier Newest boxes thats like impossible to get. The 8300HD doesnt run on a cable card...so its like WAY faster.
Actually, the reason that the 8300HD is faster than the 8300HDC is that it runs completely different software. The earlier boxes ran MDN software which is MUCH
more efficient than the Java based ODN software used with the "C" boxes. When Scientific Atlanta added the CableCARD they added sufficient memory to run a new industry-wide software known as OCAP
. There was lots of stuff that cable wanted to do (like customized advertising when you fast forwarded) that lead to the development of OCAP. But, fortunately, the older (non-C) gear just didn't have the capacity to run OCAP, so TW had to develop a more efficient (machine language) software for them.
The later Cisco boxes (like the 8742HDC that I now have) do have faster processors and, for the most part, are up to the speed of the 8300HDs running MDN.
One BIG difference between the MDN boxes (8300HD) and ODN boxes is that MDN supports external hard drives while ODN has been very flaky in supporting external drives. The 8742s have 500GB drives, but they are often reserved for Multi-Room installations (that's what I have). It may be that the only way to get a 8742 is to get one from a service tech (ie: don't think that they have them in the offices). So, one strategy is get a service call for a "bad box" and convince the tech to leave a 8742 (if you can). Another would be to upgrade to multi-room, then after a month take one box back and downgrade service back to a single DVR.