Originally Posted by Satch Man
In divisions giving out the Samsungs, do yours have four feet on the bottom? There was an influx of many early Samsung boxes that had only one or two feet on them and the rest were broken off.
What were some of the other bugs with the Samsungs? Our division had them in Milwaukee about six months ago, but I think they may be going with the newer SA/Cisco's. It will be interesting to do performance test evaluations between the Samsungs and the new Cisco's. But again, that varies from division to division. I think right now, they are only doing SA/Cisco 8300-HDC's
I still heed the advice of a TWC tech who we had that was decent years ago. "If your box is working at an above average or better capacity in terms of speed and functionality, keep it, because all units are rented as is. You don't know where the previous box came from, how well it was maintained."
He told us, don't fix what isn't broken.
Both of my 3090s were brand new and had all feet when I picked them up.
The 3090s have certainly had their quirks, but all of the serious ones had at least a workaround available. I would say that with the current versions of software on mine (ODN 3.2.0_15 + Samsung 18.104.22.168), that virtually all of them have been finally fixed, and the 3090 has been quite stable and reliable for a while now, and 320GB is awfully nice without any eSATA hassles.
The only remaining issue, that's really not a big deal, is that it still refuses to properly boot ODN when the HDMI is connected to my Onkyo 876 AVR (when on only, turning the AVR off allows the box to boot Navigator correctly). Before 4.3.5.x, it refused to boot Navigator at all with the AVR on, ending up in the Samsung native GUI after a couple of minutes of trying to load ODN. Since 4.3.5.x, it will boot into Navigator, but there will be no guide listings at all, but all is fine with the AVR off during boot-up. I say it's not a big deal because, if there are unattended reboots, the AVR is off anyway, and if I do it manually (something I no longer have to do on a regular basis to keep the FOX/CBS recordings working) I can turn off the AVR.