I just had my Moto 6412 swapped out for a TDC778X due to Armstrong (North of Pittsburgh) not being able to get my DVR service re-authorized. It actually happened on Christmas day and they did answer the phone and try to fix it a couple times. I believe the hard drive was no longer being recognized, nor was the 2nd tuner. I thought a firmware reload might have brought it back to life, but when the tech came out, it seemed he didn't want to wait for the download to complete and he said I lost my programs anyway...I needed to part with Super Bowl XXX one of these days
I was nervous because it seemed the Moto had finally been stable for the last 6 or 7 Months after dealing with a bunch of issues. I had never heard of Pace, so this added to my apprehension. The tech sort of indicated the moto's were out of favor with Armstrong, but I could have been reading him wrong.
I quickly found and read the TDC775 posts and this thread, and my apprehension progressively went away. (Thanks Lindend, BillKen, etc.). It's nice to see an actual developer and all the fellow Armstrong users out there (nice to get all our new HD programming additions lately).
My initial Pace impressions are good
The remote response is fabulous - night and day. Diagnostic screens are great. SATA being enabled is awesome, although from recent posts it seems I better be careful investing in my additional drive. I keep going back and forth on the picture quality. I have had no picture blips or 1-2 second freezes which was sort of a frequent occurrence with my moto. On my HP MD5880n via HDMI, the colors are a little more vibrant (maybe too much?), maybe a little more graininess, about 20 % more volume is required. No problems with VOD, in fact it is much more responsive although I haven't used it a ton yet.
One thing I have noticed that is different and somewhat annoying is when you do an on demand recording by going to the guide, highlighting the program you want to record, hit the record button on the remote, the tuner switches to the program you just set to record instead of using the other tuner. Is this a new design? The moto just used the other tuner and kept you tuned to what you were watching. This was helpful if you knew the other program channel was already tuned on the other tuner and had started. It would use the buffered data and record the complete program. It seems this won't occur. It's also helpful if you missed something while you were searching in the guide you could just rewind what you were watching. Since it switches the buffer is lost! I would think this is the TV Guide app, but you would think it would work the same as the Moto??
Also, if you go into the Power User Settings menu, when leaving, the box always switches to tuner one, even if you had tuner two in the background behind the Menu. It would be nice if it would return to the tuner you were watching when you entered the guide. Also, the tuner indicator light (play 1/play 2)does not go on until a tuner swap is initiated after leaving the power menu. They both are off.
My SW Version (DENA) = 9.02. In the Pace TDC778X (aka Tahoe CableCARD) Release Notes Thread
the latest notes are for 9.62 - 9.66. Is this correct that I would be behind so far, or am I missing/ mis-reading something?
Thanks to everyone, yeah, especially Lindend. They do pay you extra for doing all this don't they? I hope so!