Originally Posted by mac24
Crap. I always forget about your tapes.
Still .. have you tried setting up your time and grid with the tapes, then setting 00000? Whether you use tapes, OIM or whatever, setting the day/time is still a pain. Once set, keeping it correct would seem paramount and I believe the 00000 helps with that. And anyone who goes to the trouble of maintaining tapes for these DVRs could never be labeled "lazy".
I leave my DHG set to 00000. After playing with FP resets, and such, I usually wind up with no FP clock. I connect the VCR+RF modulator to my DHG, and then fast forward 15 minutes into the tape. The first zip code packet arrives about 18 minutes in, followed by a timezonepkt 17 minutes later. It has to get both to set the FP clock. Once the tape is positioned, I set the zip code on the DHG, and turn it off. I immediately start the tape, and after 20 minutes, the FP clock is back. I can then stop the tape, disconnect the VCR, and set the zip back to 00000.
As for the rest of your post, yes I agree and we seem to have a similar purpose for these. The truth is that more and more more is being moved to the TiVo and I'm only recording 2 or 3 shows a week on the DHG (plus using it for live TV when the Tivo is recording 2 shows). Now that I have the Premiere in location 2, that DHG won't be used for much. I still like having it there ... but it's more out of loyalty than anything else as silly as that might sound.
I haven't recorded anything on the DHG for a few months. I literally am using it for its front panel clock (which is a waste of energy I realize). I just can't bring myself to throw away a perfectly good clock (once you get it set)
The simple truth is that, although there are things about the DHG that I like better, the TiVo is an all around superior product. The S3 I purchased is almost as old, has 2 tuners, is more reliable, and now that I have the Premiere I can network the 2 machines. All in all, pretty nice.
I wonder how many others on this thread are noticing the same thing. Perhaps some have not only come to accept the situation, but actually welcome it now.
After getting the TiVo, I quickly realized that the DHG would soon be history. It's fun to play with, but its days of having to rely on it to record my regular shows is over.