Originally Posted by archiguy
One of the "upgrades" introduced in that MDN update back in early December is that now the box will not record scheduled programs when the box is turned OFF. That and the buffer reduction from one hour to 30 minutes means they took away a lot of functionality and gave us nothing in return, that I can see, except slightly better graphics for some of the banners.
Can anyone running MDN confirm these observations?
I have not had the problem with my 8300HD not recording when the box is off. In fact if I am not watching I normally have the box turned off.
I had the resolution issue where it would revert to 480. That seems to have gone away/been corrected, hard to tell with TWC. I did change my set up from auto to just 1080.
I am not sure what you mean by slightly better graphics, but I did get some newly designed menus for things like deleting a recording or stopping a recording in progress. At first, I thought 'big deal' But the new menus removed the use of the A, B, and C buttons. You only have to use the up and down arrows and the SEL button. Now you, (or at least I, using a Harmony One), can navigate the menus without repositioning my hand on the remote.
And of course, I had the loss of 30 minutes of buffer time. This one really jerked my chain. I do occasionally pause for more than 30 minutes or want to go back more than 30 minutes. I can't imagine why they did this. Assuming the buffers were taking up drive space, then they freed up space for a single 1 hour show. Who cares? Does anyone out there have any idea why they did this?
I am also having some other issues. These were not happening prior to the "mini upgrade" in December. However, I have had some issues not being able to play back recordings with my box that precede the upgrade so these may be further indications of box failure not MDN issues.
There will be instances where the buffers stop working. I will change channels to another show and I go back to the first channel the buffer is gone so I can't back up. This is very random in occurance, but enough to be annoying if I go to check another channel during a commercial and don't make it back to the original channel before the commercial break is over.
I have had the progress bar get stuck during FF or REW or sometimes the entire info banner disappear during these functions.
Sometimes I will get a blank channel when I change channels or when I turn the box on. Changing to another channel and then back again will usually solve the problem. I am not sure if this is an issue unto itself or if it is simply good ole SDV rearing its head, and I am getting a blank screen instead of the usual channel not available screen.