Originally Posted by dogleg69
I certainly recommend upgrading as that is a very old version. If you are showing a system Id, I think you still have subscription software. The 2.5.57 is so old, that you need to use the an ext2 (linux) formatted usb key. It will not recognize the .bin file on the FAT formatted usb stick.
The instructions and release notes for the versions are at:www.mediafire.com/dogleg69
If you don't have access to linux, look in the windows -> pre 2.7.15 folder. Download the zip file and follow the instructions. That will upgrade you to 2.9.3. From there, you can use the FAT formatted stick to upgrade to 2.9.5.
That does not answer any questions, such as backing up. I have to wonder if the version in brackets is what it would revert to if I did the roll back trick?
And as of yet I have not found the current version in a file anywhere so that I could reinstall if necessary.
The current version does not have timers and that aiming antenna feature screen. What I have is a bar indicating signal strength available by add channel or the info screen. On signals that I have trouble with, that bar seems to jump about with a delay relative to it decoding a frame. And when playing with antenna for stronger indication, sometimes it looks quite strong and is still unable to decode. This may be common among some tuners and caused by phasing or ghosting of the signal.
The timers might be a nice addition, except that I have not as of yet found a way to record the output at the level of component output, 1080i or 720. Such recorders are very scarce and expensive.
I also have a Philips DVD recorder, alas the tuner is NTSC, ATSC, C-QAM, ATSC being only STDV. That sucks since even on the HDMI I get an upconverted signal. That can be expected when playing back from DVD because of the recording limitations, or watching NTSC or C-QAM, but sucks When a ATSC HDTV signal is available. Comparing both pictures, Hisense vs Philips, the Hisense HDTV is noticably better defined. That is likely partly due to the upconversion and the quality of the upconverter. The Philips has a 10-bit and I see there are some that use a 12-bit.
This box being my first experience with a true HD tuner, it far exceeds the picture of the Philips.
I'm not at all disappointed with it, but it would have been nice if it also tuned NTSC and C-QAM since I have cable as well and could use one box for all tuning available to me at present. That is even though it would not up-convert the lower quality signals.
Thanks to those working on improving the box.