I'm in Rochester and Time Warner just started general deployment of the 8300HD units last week. They have 700 people on a waiting list since mid June for these boxes. They had been stocking up on the 8300HD units waiting for a software update that just arrived last week. I understand the 8000HD units had a lot of problems. So I was able to return my 8000 non HD unit this past Friday to finally get an HD DVR. I ordered the HDMI to DVI in cable Friday for $31 from Pacific Cable and it will arrive tomorrow for me to hook up. I understand the software update TW got enabled this port.
HDMI to HDMI:http://www.pacificcable.com/Picture_...ataName=HDMI-2
HDMI to DVI:http://www.pacificcable.com/Picture_...Name=HDMIDVI-2
The box is very impressive so far and I'm using the Pass through mode with component currently till my HDMI cable arrives tomorrow.
The only problem I've seen to date now is that my box crashed twice. I was changing channels at a fast rate and it blew up. The second time I was watching one channel and using PIP when I was changing the channel again at a fast rate on the smaller PIP and the whole box crashed. Does anyone know of a way to report these crashes or bugs to TW? I know the system logs them within the unit as I could see the crash debug details.
I also want to find out if the SATA output is working to add another hard drive for storage. I understand SA was waiting for the SATA 2 specs to become final before enabling this port.http://www.extremetech.com/article2/...1405051,00.asp
I just wished the interface would improve to be more like Tivo. It is so hard to find your shows to record and the guide only goes 7 days forward which can be a pain if your traveling.
Incase anyone wants the current software details of the SA-8300HD they are:
# ROM Image. . 220.127.116.11
# OS. . . . . . . . .18.104.22.168
# SARA. . . . . . .22.214.171.124
# PowerKEY LIB 126.96.36.199
# HAL2 Driver. .188.8.131.520
# PHAL3 Driver. 184.108.40.2065
Also attached is a PDF of the 4 pages in the manual of interest to folks.
sa-8300hd.pdf 99.2861328125k . file