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post #8671 of 8998
I'm thinking the WD DVR Expander just might be working with my SA8300HD after all. Remember how when I recorded a single 60 minute HD program and the % used went to 43%? Well now I have 36 hours of all HD programming recorded and it's at 66%, so the DVR Expander must be working, right?
post #8672 of 8998
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Originally Posted by MJVega View Post
I'm thinking the WD DVR Expander just might be working with my SA8300HD after all. Remember how when I recorded a single 60 minute HD program and the % used went to 43%? Well now I have 36 hours of all HD programming recorded and it's at 66%, so the DVR Expander must be working, right?
It is really easy to tell which HDD the recordings are on.
Disconnect the External HDD and reboot, if the shows still play they are on the Internal HDD, If they are not available, Then they are recorded to the External HDD.
post #8673 of 8998
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Originally Posted by deanbrew View Post
The HDMI port/jack on my 8300HD cable box is so sloppy-loose, I can't get it to work consistently. If I jiggle the HDMI cable just right, I get a signal on my TV, but once I move my fingers it stops working. I ended up connecting the box using component cables.

I'm thinking about trading-in my cable box and getting a new one. Is this a common problem with this box? Are people here able to make solid HDMI connections with their 8300HD? [And, BTW, I used three different HDMI cables and two different TVs, so the problem is definitely the cable box).]
I think I am missing something. I am not sure why many still prefer the old 8300 over the newer RNG-200 (which is already obsolete, BTW). My new RNG is running video from HDMI to my Sony XBR better than the 8300 ever did. Just like software, you need to run the latest version.

When Comcast in my area gets the newer Cisco 8640 series I will be down to my local office waving my $175/mo cable bill on auto pay (it's never late) in their face demanding one. Always works for me.
post #8674 of 8998
With TWC and Cox in Cisco Markets the only DVR which currently will accept an External eSATA HDD is the old 8300HD.
post #8675 of 8998
Quote:
Originally Posted by MJVega View Post
I'm thinking the WD DVR Expander just might be working with my SA8300HD after all. Remember how when I recorded a single 60 minute HD program and the % used went to 43%? Well now I have 36 hours of all HD programming recorded and it's at 66%, so the DVR Expander must be working, right?
What size expander are you running? I presently have 23 hours of all HD programming and my gauge is reading 17%. This is on 1TB plus 160GB internal. It varies slightly depending upon the amount of compression per channel, but not that much. Most I ever recorded was 71 hours of all HD @ 51%.
post #8676 of 8998
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Originally Posted by Bryan_CoxPHX View Post
With TWC and Cox in Cisco Markets the only DVR which currently will accept an External eSATA HDD is the old 8300HD.
Understood. Thank you.
post #8677 of 8998
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Originally Posted by MrJitters View Post

Good luck. I do not believe Cisco makes those anymore. I hope you get a better refurb than I did. Piece of crap, got into an endless loop of rebooting trying to get the new guide. That's when Comcast & I decided it was a brandy new RNG-200 or nothing.

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"Originally Posted by MJVega
I'm thinking the WD DVR Expander just might be working with my SA8300HD after all. Remember how when I recorded a single 60 minute HD program and the % used went to 43%? Well now I have 36 hours of all HD programming recorded and it's at 66%, so the DVR Expander must be working, right?"

Well - received a new RNG-200. Could not get box to authorize. Comcast guy came out this morning and got the RNG working......but......my external 1TB WD Black will still not work. The external drive is 100% ok. There is STILL some problem with their software recognition of the drive.

The drive is recognized and formatted by the RNG...but...as soon as I try to record anything the % full starts to increase dramatically. A 2 minute recording shows 3% full. This is essentially what was happening with the 8300HD after formatting also. A few recordings would fill up the drive - but this was happening on the internal and external drive. Now it seems only the external drive is having this issue. The tech that was here theorized that the 1TB drive was too big for the RNG to correctly recognize and therefore would not work.

Frustrated......

Seems like a similar issue to MJVEGA and others..... maybe it is working and the % full display is just wrong. The problem is that when it approaches 100% it thinks it is full and will not record (at least that is what it did on the 8300HD)

I will monitor and see if it improves.

I will search for answers and try to call Comcast again. Any suggestions are appreciated.
post #8678 of 8998
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Originally Posted by MrJitters View Post

What size expander are you running? I presently have 23 hours of all HD programming and my gauge is reading 17%. This is on 1TB plus 160GB internal. It varies slightly depending upon the amount of compression per channel, but not that much. Most I ever recorded was 71 hours of all HD @ 51%.

I have the 500Gb external plus 160GB in the 8300HD. So I don't think it's far off at saying 66% with ~40 hrs of HD recorded.
post #8679 of 8998
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Originally Posted by jiujitsumaniac View Post

Well - received a new RNG-200. Could not get box to authorize. Comcast guy came out this morning and got the RNG working......but......my external 1TB WD Black will still not work. The external drive is 100% ok. There is STILL some problem with their software recognition of the drive.

The drive is recognized and formatted by the RNG...but...as soon as I try to record anything the % full starts to increase dramatically. A 2 minute recording shows 3% full. This is essentially what was happening with the 8300HD after formatting also. A few recordings would fill up the drive - but this was happening on the internal and external drive. Now it seems only the external drive is having this issue. The tech that was here theorized that the 1TB drive was too big for the RNG to correctly recognize and therefore would not work.

Frustrated......

I will search for answers and try to call Comcast again. Any suggestions are appreciated.

Does your RNG200 get channels like SyFy OK? That was one of the channels, among others, Comcast could never get the RNG200 to lock onto.

Also when I did have the RNG, it did use my 500GB Expander without issue. But that was under the old SARA.
post #8680 of 8998
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Originally Posted by MJVega View Post

Does your RNG200 get channels like SyFy OK? That was one of the channels, among others, Comcast could never get the RNG200 to lock onto.

Also when I did have the RNG, it did use my 500GB Expander without issue. But that was under the old SARA.

All channels are fine (that I have checked so far). - including SciFi.

Only problem I have found so far is the recording space %. I will keep recording stuff and see if it fixes itself like yours did. I recorded 2 mins of programs and it showed 3% this morning. Now, I have 3 programs recorded, still shows 3%. If I unplug the external drive it drops to 1% - so something is not quite right.


It does seem like my HD channels are not quite as clear. The picture is not quite as crisp. It says they are 1080i. I swear it is not in my head. I noticed it as soon as I started watching this afternoon. Of course, my wife notices no difference. Must be the video processor in the RNG unit.
post #8681 of 8998
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Originally Posted by jiujitsumaniac View Post

All channels are fine (that I have checked so far). - including SciFi.

Only problem I have found so far is the recording space %. I will keep recording stuff and see if it fixes itself like yours did. I recorded 2 mins of programs and it showed 3% this morning. Now, I have 3 programs recorded, still shows 3%. If I unplug the external drive it drops to 1% - so something is not quite right.


It does seem like my HD channels are not quite as clear. The picture is not quite as crisp. It says they are 1080i. I swear it is not in my head. I noticed it as soon as I started watching this afternoon. Of course, my wife notices no difference. Must be the video processor in the RNG unit.

My external did the same thing. I was at 0% of course after the new box was installed and the external was formatted. I recorded a 1/2 HD show and it read 3%. I got a little nervous. so I recorded for another 1/2 hour and it still read 3%. Now feeling a little better. It stayed a 3% until about 5 hours or so.

Question: Is your RNG new or just new to you? Like I posted earlier (I think) the newest RNG boxes now say Xfinity on them, not Comcast. My local Tech Supervisor told me he wanted me to have one of those as they are the latest and greatest. Not sure precisely what that all means, but it sounded good to me. I would pursue that and I would also Comcast Voices as the best avenue to get that extender working. Comcast is on record as stating that these expanders are supposed to work. As far as I know, they are the only cable company to publicly state that on an internet blog. I would hold them to it. Believe me, I was prepared to, I can be a pain in the a$$

Also, discovered today!! The IR port on the back is active on the newest Xfinity branded RNG. I picked up a remote IR receiver a few weeks ago from Comcast and it did not work on my older RNG so I chucked it in a drawer. Today I dug it out to try it again and bingo!! Works like a charm. Improves IR reception to the point where the remote does not need to be pointed at the DVR.

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Originally Posted by MJVega View Post

I have the 500Gb external plus 160GB in the 8300HD. So I don't think it's far off at saying 66% with ~40 hrs of HD recorded.

Yup, that sounds just right. Pheew, I thought you were running a 1TB and those numbers didn't sound right.
post #8682 of 8998
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Originally Posted by MrJitters View Post

My external did the same thing. I was at 0% of course after the new box was installed and the external was formatted. I recorded a 1/2 HD show and it read 3%. I got a little nervous. so I recorded for another 1/2 hour and it still read 3%. Now feeling a little better. It stayed a 3% until about 5 hours or so.

Question: Is your RNG new or just new to you? Like I posted earlier (I think) the newest RNG boxes now say Xfinity on them, not Comcast.

It was a brand new RNG with "Xfinity" on the outside. Good to know about the IR port - I will have to try that. I can just request an IR remote receiver from Comcast?

I think I am ok - at 5% now - the % seems a little off, but nothing compared to what the 8300HD was doing before.
post #8683 of 8998
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Originally Posted by jiujitsumaniac View Post

It was a brand new RNG with "Xfinity" on the outside. Good to know about the IR port - I will have to try that. I can just request an IR remote receiver from Comcast?

I think I am ok - at 5% now - the % seems a little off, but nothing compared to what the 8300HD was doing before.

Whining to the Comcast tech about the touchy IR sensitivity, he tells me he has hundreds of remote receivers in his office. As I understand it from him, they are a Cisco product and the only ones that will work with the RNG box. Call and bug Comcast. They should provide you with one.
post #8684 of 8998
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Originally Posted by MrJitters View Post

My external did the same thing. I was at 0% of course after the new box was installed and the external was formatted. I recorded a 1/2 HD show and it read 3%. I got a little nervous. so I recorded for another 1/2 hour and it still read 3%. Now feeling a little better. It stayed a 3% until about 5 hours or so.

Remember on a new drive, the buffers (2 x 1 hour buffers) will also use space during the first hour even if not recording a show. /Dan
post #8685 of 8998
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Originally Posted by danki6x View Post

Remember on a new drive, the buffers (2 x 1 hour buffers) will also use space during the first hour even if not recording a show. /Dan

You are correct!! Never gave that a thought. With the new S25 guide, the buffers are now 1 1/2 hour each. Thanx!!
post #8686 of 8998
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Originally Posted by jiujitsumaniac View Post

It was a brand new RNG with "Xfinity" on the outside. Good to know about the IR port - I will have to try that. I can just request an IR remote receiver from Comcast?

I think I am ok - at 5% now - the % seems a little off, but nothing compared to what the 8300HD was doing before.

OK, thanks for the update. Now I have to think about keeping the SA8300HD or trying the new Xfinity RNG200. One of the supposed dvantages of the RNG200 is that it will be compatible with the next Comcast improvement phase to interactive DVR.

Update: The SA8300HD deleted a 1 week old NCIS recording, but there was supposedly only 66% used. So now I don't think I can trust the capacity used %. Frack!
post #8687 of 8998
Hi,

I have TWC in Enterprise, AL, with an 8300HDC box. I am not sure what the software is unless SARA v1.90.5a.119 is it.

I have read nearly all of the pages on this thread. I started on the last page and went backwards about 20 pages and then started from the front. So now I'm even more totally confused than I was when I started! I guarantee you that I likely missed the post that answers the question that I have.

Uncle Sam was very generous with the tax return so I finally made the plunge and purchased an HDTV. With that I have begun to watch and record HD content. That means that my 8300 is filling up fast! So, I purchased a Fantom GFB2000EU32 G-Force External Hard Drive - 2TB, eSATA, USB 2.0, 32mb Cache, Black and a Cables-to-Go cable.

When everything arrived, I followed the instructions to connect the drive to the port on the cable box. With the new HDD running I plugged in the 8300HDC and I never saw a screen about formatting the drive. After a few minutes the box booted and went to the default reboot channel of 2. When I attempted to change the channels on the box or with the remote, nothing happened. A few minutes later the box rebooted again. The next time it came on to channel 2 I just let it stay and it went into a reboot cycle that seemed like it was not going to end.

Then, following one suggestion from a post here, I disconnected the HDD from the 8300 and waited for the box to reboot. Withe the HDD running, I plugged the eSATA cable into the 8300. The cable box immediately rebooted and started back into the reboot loop.

I called TWC 800 tech non-support and was told that the eSATA port was disabled. I pointed out that if it was disabled then the box would not even know that anything was connected and would not continuously reboot. The lady became irritated and told me that she has been working tech support for 8 months and knows her stuff. I bowed to her expert opinion and disconnected the call. After all, how can I argue with 8 months of tech support experience?

Am I doing something wrong? Are there are any tips/tricks/smacks that might make this thing work? Do I need a bigger hammer?


Thanks,

Will
post #8688 of 8998
Right about at the top of the first page is a data base showing people's experience with different external drives. Did you check that before buying one? I don't believe that 2 tb drives have ever worked, but I haven't checked the data base lately.

That said, I don't remember anyone experiencing box behavior like you described- the rebooting. Usually if the external doesn't work, the box still is fine, just doesn't record to the external. I am assuming that you carefully followed the instructions in this thread.

Step one- return the drive you bought. Get a drive that works. See what happens with your 8300. If the same thing happens try a new 8300. Also, it is possible, but unlikely, the tech is right and the sata port is disabled. Maybe wait to see if another TWC user here chimes in.

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Originally Posted by wmdrummond View Post

Hi,

I have TWC in Enterprise, AL, with an 8300HDC box. I am not sure what the software is unless SARA v1.90.5a.119 is it.

I have read nearly all of the pages on this thread. I started on the last page and went backwards about 20 pages and then started from the front. So now I'm even more totally confused than I was when I started! I guarantee you that I likely missed the post that answers the question that I have.

Uncle Sam was very generous with the tax return so I finally made the plunge and purchased an HDTV. With that I have begun to watch and record HD content. That means that my 8300 is filling up fast! So, I purchased a Fantom GFB2000EU32 G-Force External Hard Drive - 2TB, eSATA, USB 2.0, 32mb Cache, Black and a Cables-to-Go cable.

When everything arrived, I followed the instructions to connect the drive to the port on the cable box. With the new HDD running I plugged in the 8300HDC and I never saw a screen about formatting the drive. After a few minutes the box booted and went to the default reboot channel of 2. When I attempted to change the channels on the box or with the remote, nothing happened. A few minutes later the box rebooted again. The next time it came on to channel 2 I just let it stay and it went into a reboot cycle that seemed like it was not going to end.

Then, following one suggestion from a post here, I disconnected the HDD from the 8300 and waited for the box to reboot. Withe the HDD running, I plugged the eSATA cable into the 8300. The cable box immediately rebooted and started back into the reboot loop.

I called TWC 800 tech non-support and was told that the eSATA port was disabled. I pointed out that if it was disabled then the box would not even know that anything was connected and would not continuously reboot. The lady became irritated and told me that she has been working tech support for 8 months and knows her stuff. I bowed to her expert opinion and disconnected the call. After all, how can I argue with 8 months of tech support experience?

Am I doing something wrong? Are there are any tips/tricks/smacks that might make this thing work? Do I need a bigger hammer?


Thanks,

Will
post #8689 of 8998
Hi BIGA$$TV,

Yes, I looked at the DB, but after I started this process. I found one other person with the same HDD/enclosure. There is no listing on the DB for anyone from my area. I noticed that there are at least 9 entries for 2 TB HDD's and several for 1.5 TB HDD's.

With all of that said... I decided to see if the old "take it to the mechanic and it will stop making that funny noise" approach to fixing my problems. You know that as soon as the menchanic comes to the car the noise is not there any longer. That's when I posted here - and then...

I tried several more times following the directions. I went to Cisco's site and their directions were slightly different, but worked no better. Then I tried the "hot plug" approach and finally saw the box about formatting. I pressed the yellow triangle button and the blue LED on the HDD enclosure began going nuts. A few minutes later the 8300HDC rebooted. Having read something in another post on here, I did not touch anything but let it sit for a while. Eventually, the box rebooted again and the message box about the HDD working appeared.

Now, I have a new problem. The amount of space used is still the same as before connecting the HDD. Is this a lie or does it mean that the HDD was not completely formatted? Do I need to get that sledge hammer out again?

Thanks!

Will
post #8690 of 8998
I'm on Comcast/Xfinity Digital cable in Tomball, TX...using HD DVR. I was going to write a long, dull, boring, omnipresent saga about my DVR woes. I'm just going to summarize it with this one simple statement:

If you're having issues with your Scientic Atlantic 8300HD DVR box recognizing your external eSATA hard drive, ditch this useless hunk-o-junk and go swap it in for a Cisco RNG200.

I recently swapped the second...yes, SECOND...SA DVR box I had been given (after MANY, MANY issues) and specifically asked for an Xfinity box (Cisco RNG200). Of course the lady at the Comcast store front said "All the boxes are the same". Yeah...I was born at night, but it wasn't last night. Got home with the Xfinity box, turned it on, hooked up my external WD 1TB drive and vioala...SUCCESS within 5 minutes!!!!

I recognize some have had success with their SA DVR box and an external drive, but I've NEVER been able to make it work despite following all the advice and instructions posted here.

Just trying to save some of y'all a lot of headaches...

p.s. My external drive is a Western Digital My Book Home 1TB WDH1CS10000N
post #8691 of 8998
Hi Airking99,

Unfortunately, I have no choice in the brand of cable box. Sort of like the calbe company here, it is them or nobody. So I am stuck with the SA. Now if you want to compare SA woe stories, we will be here for a year or more. I have swapped out the box in the den 5 times in the past few years and the box in my bedroom has been swapped out no less than 7 times. Both are on APC brand surge protectors. Nothing else on the same surge protectors has ever had a problem. TWC has been to the house and checked the signals and they are better than expected. That is likely because I ran all new cable through the house a few years ago.

Back to the external drive, the 8300HDC is now recognizing the drive and is displaying a much lower % of space as being used. Now I am having the issue where I cannot pause or rewind live TV. I know I saw that post somewhere, so I'm off to start sifting through all 290 pages again until I find it and find out if there was a solution. Whew! I'm sorry guys, but I'm sort of getting sick of flipping through these posts. I'll keep my fingers crossed that once I resolve this issue that there will be no further issues.


Thanks,

Will
post #8692 of 8998
Quote:
Originally Posted by wmdrummond View Post

Hi,

I have TWC in Enterprise, AL, with an 8300HDC box. I am not sure what the software is unless SARA v1.90.5a.119 is it.

I have read nearly all of the pages on this thread. I started on the last page and went backwards about 20 pages and then started from the front. So now I'm even more totally confused than I was when I started! I guarantee you that I likely missed the post that answers the question that I have.

Uncle Sam was very generous with the tax return so I finally made the plunge and purchased an HDTV. With that I have begun to watch and record HD content. That means that my 8300 is filling up fast! So, I purchased a Fantom GFB2000EU32 G-Force External Hard Drive - 2TB, eSATA, USB 2.0, 32mb Cache, Black and a Cables-to-Go cable.

When everything arrived, I followed the instructions to connect the drive to the port on the cable box. With the new HDD running I plugged in the 8300HDC and I never saw a screen about formatting the drive. After a few minutes the box booted and went to the default reboot channel of 2. When I attempted to change the channels on the box or with the remote, nothing happened. A few minutes later the box rebooted again. The next time it came on to channel 2 I just let it stay and it went into a reboot cycle that seemed like it was not going to end.

Then, following one suggestion from a post here, I disconnected the HDD from the 8300 and waited for the box to reboot. Withe the HDD running, I plugged the eSATA cable into the 8300. The cable box immediately rebooted and started back into the reboot loop.

I called TWC 800 tech non-support and was told that the eSATA port was disabled. I pointed out that if it was disabled then the box would not even know that anything was connected and would not continuously reboot. The lady became irritated and told me that she has been working tech support for 8 months and knows her stuff. I bowed to her expert opinion and disconnected the call. After all, how can I argue with 8 months of tech support experience?

Am I doing something wrong? Are there are any tips/tricks/smacks that might make this thing work? Do I need a bigger hammer?


Thanks,

Will

There is not a single long-term success "Pass" in the SARA database for a 1.5TB or 2TB Ext HDD. http://www.baseportal.com/baseportal/xnappo/main

I also have never seen a post of a 2TB Ext HDD working properly, with an 8300HD, 8300HDC, or 8240HDC.
Save yourself the headache and just stay with 1TB Max.
post #8693 of 8998
Try a hard reboot again maybe?

Good luck with it. I am still highly skeptical about a 2 tb external working. Yours would be the first on the data base (make sure you read the comments in the data base- some say pass, but then you read the comments and there are problems.

Also, I recommend you do stress test. Record an HD program. Then while watching this program, record two other HD programs. Then check the recorded programs to see if there are any problems with glitches. I had to pull my Caviar Green because of a glitching problem. I went with the 1 tb Caviar Black- a drive that has worked for tons of people.

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Originally Posted by wmdrummond View Post

Hi Airking99,

Unfortunately, I have no choice in the brand of cable box. Sort of like the calbe company here, it is them or nobody. So I am stuck with the SA. Now if you want to compare SA woe stories, we will be here for a year or more. I have swapped out the box in the den 5 times in the past few years and the box in my bedroom has been swapped out no less than 7 times. Both are on APC brand surge protectors. Nothing else on the same surge protectors has ever had a problem. TWC has been to the house and checked the signals and they are better than expected. That is likely because I ran all new cable through the house a few years ago.

Back to the external drive, the 8300HDC is now recognizing the drive and is displaying a much lower % of space as being used. Now I am having the issue where I cannot pause or rewind live TV. I know I saw that post somewhere, so I'm off to start sifting through all 290 pages again until I find it and find out if there was a solution. Whew! I'm sorry guys, but I'm sort of getting sick of flipping through these posts. I'll keep my fingers crossed that once I resolve this issue that there will be no further issues.


Thanks,

Will
post #8694 of 8998
Quote:
Originally Posted by BIGA$$TV View Post


I am still highly skeptical about a 2 tb external working.

True story, however my local Comcast Tech Supervisor told me he felt that there was a good chance that the 2TB externals will work on Cisco boxes upgraded to S25 and soon S28. Now mind you I have not tried this to confirm or deny. I just want to share what I heard, from a reliable source. Not trying to start rumors or anything. YMMV certainly applies here. Actually, when the local BB ever gets the 2TB DVR Xpander, I will try it and see for myself. Cheers.
post #8695 of 8998
Quote:
Originally Posted by wmdrummond View Post

Hi Airking99,


Now I am having the issue where I cannot pause or rewind live TV. I know I saw that post somewhere, so I'm off to start sifting through all 290 pages again until I find it and find out if there was a solution.
Thanks,

Will

That was me, or at least I was one of them with that problem. It occurred the day S25 was pushed to my venerable old SA8300 and would only go away temporarily. The only fix was updating to the RNG200.
post #8696 of 8998
Quote:
Originally Posted by MrJitters View Post

True story, however my local Comcast Tech Supervisor told me he felt that there was a good chance that the 2TB externals will work on Cisco boxes upgraded to S25 and soon S28. Now mind you I have not tried this to confirm or deny. I just want to share what I heard, from a reliable source. Not trying to start rumors or anything. YMMV certainly applies here. Actually, when the local BB ever gets the 2TB DVR Xpander, I will try it and see for myself. Cheers.

Can you access Diagnostic Pages with the new Comcast S25?

I am most curious what the OS Version is, Is it still PowerTV and what version?

What is the ResApp Version:
What is the OS Version:
post #8697 of 8998
Try this:

Using the Comcast silver remote control, press the Menu button twice, then select to Setup, then Cable Box Setup, then choose Configuration - press Select to display and then press the 'Fav' button on the remote control to go through additional diagnostic pages.

I'm reading S/W S25P2-7.1013.R-52
post #8698 of 8998
Quote:
Originally Posted by MrJitters View Post

Try this:

Using the Comcast silver remote control, press the Menu button twice, then select to Setup, then Cable Box Setup, then choose Configuration - press Select to display and then press the 'Fav' button on the remote control to go through additional diagnostic pages.

I'm reading S/W S25P2-7.1013.R-52

S/W S25P2-7.1013.R-52 would be the ResApp (Resident Application) Version.

Do you see another listing for the OS Version?
post #8699 of 8998
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bryan_CoxPHX View Post

S/W S25P2-7.1013.R-52 would be the ResApp (Resident Application) Version.

Do you see another listing for the OS Version?

No, I just checked again. I'm thinking there may be more diagnostic screens but right now I don't know how to get to them.
post #8700 of 8998
Well, I hate to say, but there is not a short term success here. Not only do the FF/REW/Pause buttons not work for live TV, nothing at all records. I spent the weekend reformatting, rebooting, changing cables, etc., etc., etc. So I guess it is time to punt and go with the set up that Bryan_CoxPHX has.

The TWC tech supervisor wants to see if he can get my 2 TB drive to work in his shop. I think the theory is that if he can get it to work in his shop on an 8300HDC, then it should work on mine. We will see... in the meantime off to order some parts...
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