Originally Posted by Kevin M. Dean
Yes BHN here. No black guide yet. We only just got an update to 5.1.0_7 a week ago from 5.0.0_6 and a cable card firmware update.
Issues I see. I wonder if any have been already fixed in 5.2 yet?
I have an Cisco 8742 and still have problems with it not keeping track of the percentage used accurately. I thought 5.1 was doing better, but after a reboot the percentage dropped 5% indicating there's still a problem. Any sign of that being fixed yet with 5.2?
5.0 and 5.1 so far brings up the save and delete screen too early when fast forwarding near the end of the video and pressing play. It sometimes can appear as early as 5 minutes before the end if you're using 4x speed. I find you can't go higher than 2x speed to prevent this. If the screen does come up, you can at least press rewind then play real quick, but still annoying.
With 5.0 (not sure about 5.1 yet), I occasionally have seen the same show on the same channel get simultaneously recorded by both tuners. Weird. I think it happens when the guide timeslot slightly changes after the recordings are set causing it to see the same show as a new recording.
Series recordings really need to be reprocessed when the Guide data is updated, because too often shows that are no longer on the schedule are still set to record that timeslot when really they should be deleted. Also it would be nice if programs that only have generic data and not episode specific data weren't set to record even though they aren't flagged as new when you're recording is only set to record New programs. See Disney channels and Nickelodeon channels for often having shows in the guide without accurate data and then updated later, but too late because the recordings are already set. So, either reprocessing the guide should delete these or have a settings option to disable recording programs as new when they don't have data and are not marked as new.
The 8742 and my system seem to have issues with syncing to showing full resolution 1080i. I have the dvr set to only output 1080i (even if I output 720p the problem still occurs). Often when I turn on the DVR and it syncs through my AVR to the TV, the picture exhibits more aliasing than it should. Circles are jagged on channels logos and such and noticeable on text on screen. It's almost like it's a half resolution but not quite. I find that it doesn't really matter which order I turn my equipment on. The fix usually is to rapidly turn off and back on again the dvr until it displays correctly. Sometimes it takes 2 or 3 times to get it right. Sometimes if the clock screen saver has been up for a while, coming out of it could have the same issue. Overlay interface graphics look fine, but that may be because they appear to be low resolution to begin with.
With a show has a conflict, the next available airing should always be already marked to record, but it doesn't always appear to be the case.
We recently had a head-end clock drift problem that was bad enough since reboots don't fix that, but yesterday I noticed the clock started drifting to about 4 seconds early. Rebooting brought it back in line with the correct time. So more consistent clock timing that maybe gets updated nightly would be a good idea.
5.1 has started kicking me out of watching a recording when 2 new programs begin recording. Didn't do that with 5.0 that I noticed.
Of course then there's the usual we all want a 16x9 HD graphics better laid out interface that doesn't truncate show titles or show to little time in the guide. multiple tuners, the return of group by favorites in the Guide, etc.
I'm sure there's probably a bunch more that I'm forgetting, but these are the big recent ones.