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post #16591 of 25403
Did I miss a recent price update here on the 513/515? I noticed the prices for the 515 at Wally World online is $224 and the 513 is $198.
post #16592 of 25403
Thread Starter 
Those prices started a month or more ago?
post #16593 of 25403
Sorry, for some reason I thought the 515 was higher than that recently ($248?). My bad.
post #16594 of 25403
I did this procedure to just tune the analog channels. It has not locked up since. I've run 4 test recordings with no lock up. Previously it was locking up on every test recording I did, so it looks like this is a workaround. I'll continue to run various recordings to make sure.

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Originally Posted by wajo View Post

The problem is random and a very low number/percentage but no guarantees on another unit.

Before you take it back, and since you are MOST interested in the analog channels, would you do a test for me?

If so, do another Auto Channel Preset > Cable (Analog/Digital) but PULL THE INCOMING COAX TOWARDS THE END OF THE ANALOG CHANNELS and let the scan complete fully.

Depending on how diff. it might be for you to pull the coax, you can start unscrewing before 125, at analog 115 or so (?) or use a push-on type of coax for this test, then you can wait longer? You can always add analog channels manually if the higher-numbered ones are important. You can also START the scan with the nut unscrewed but the inner core still fully engaged (pushed in), then just pull the coax out at 124 or sooner... just don't let it see any digitals.

Then run as normal and see if this might be the opposite of what we've been thinking... it's not "analog interference" but "digital interference"???
post #16595 of 25403
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Sleeve1961 View Post

I did this procedure to just tune the analog channels. It has not locked up since. I've run 4 test recordings with no lock up. Previously it was locking up on every test recording I did, so it looks like this is a workaround. I'll continue to run various recordings to make sure.

Thanks for running the analog-only tuning test and finding good results. I hope it lasts.

Some time ago, I advised another user who wanted digitals to do the opposite (scan in ONLY the digitals) and we haven't heard from him, so maybe a workaround is to limit the tuning to EITHER analog-only or digital-only?

Might work for others who get freeze-ups and can get along with one or the other?

* * * * * * *

I suspect people with freezes could keep cable analogs and digitals IF they can find the specific channel(s) that are "interfering" and deleting one of them. Doing this has helped several people keep both channel groups while eliminating their cable-channel tuning problems.

The basics of this are described in this help file.


post #16596 of 25403
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Originally Posted by Sleeve1961 View Post

I did this procedure to just tune the analog channels. It has not locked up since. I've run 4 test recordings with no lock up. Previously it was locking up on every test recording I did, so it looks like this is a workaround. I'll continue to run various recordings to make sure.

If there are some digital channels that you want then add them manually one at a time testing between each added channel.

I did this when I was having the lock-up problem on my 2160's. I got all the digitals I wanted but never went far enough to find out exactly which channel was causing the problem. The channels I didn't add were the CableCo junk that I had no interest in viewing.

I've since dumped cable for TV (Cox KS) and gone OTA and found that the Maggie tuners can have problems even there. My local CBS station is broadcasting digital on both VHF 13 and UHF 44. I haven't let it go long enough to see if it causes a lockup but the tuner doesn't like having two signals as 13.1. I deleted channel 13 which took some work, I couldn't delete 13 if I tuned to it with the channel up-down button but could delete it if I manually entered 13. I then added ch 44 which ended up showing 13 (44) and it's been smooth sailing.

My TV tuners just show two different channel 13's.
post #16597 of 25403
Thanks, Wajo. I read the link you sent, opened up the case, and fixed my DVD tray. That was a confidence builder. Now I'm going to read through all the info on increasing storage. Thanks again for your help. I appreciate it.
post #16598 of 25403
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Originally Posted by jjeff View Post

To me more annoying than the light is the constant loud beeping(every 10 seconds or so) when the power is out to my 350va APC. My bedroom LCD, DVDR, and DVD player is on a older 350va APC and gives a loud chirp when the power goes out and a series of loud beeps ~every 10 seconds after that! It's so bad that I generally turn if OFF during the outage. I'm not sure if one can disable the beeps or even set it up to not beep at all but since I rarely record with that DVDR I just turn it off and try and fall back to sleep Luckily my power is quite stable(maybe one outage/year) otherwise I'd probably not use this UPS in the bedroom or anywhere near it.

I don't have a UPS in my bedroom, but beeping every 10 seconds is a bit much. OTOH, persistent beeping reminds me that I need to go around and shut everything down in an orderly manner, assuming that the outage lasts more than ten minutes or so. The UPSs are there to cover short outages; for longer ones it's better for the batteries not to deep-discharge them unnecessarily.
post #16599 of 25403
Thread Starter 


I added a new help file on "Tuning Interference - Missing Channels & Machine Freezing."

It's actually a combination of a new subject, "Machine Freezing" and the many cable/OTA tuning tips and workarounds from the old "Scanning" file, which now just covers the basics of scanning.

Still a work in progress.

post #16600 of 25403
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Originally Posted by L David Matheny View Post

I don't have a UPS in my bedroom, but beeping every 10 seconds is a bit much. OTOH, persistent beeping reminds me that I need to go around and shut everything down in an orderly manner, assuming that the outage lasts more than ten minutes or so. The UPSs are there to cover short outages; for longer ones it's better for the batteries not to deep-discharge them unnecessarily.

I have several APC ups units, all connected to various PCs via USB. The PCs have the APC software installed. The software has a setting to suppress the beeping when the power goes off. Don't know if the setting is internal to the ups, ie. if the USB connection is removed the unit will still not beep.
post #16601 of 25403
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Originally Posted by rdgcss View Post

I have several APC ups units, all connected to various PCs via USB. The PCs have the APC software installed. The software has a setting to suppress the beeping when the power goes off. Don't know if the setting is internal to the ups, ie. if the USB connection is removed the unit will still not beep.

Sadly, there are probably thousands of people in New England looking for ways to turn off the beeping. The not so smart units I have all include an alarm disable button. A good feature is a sensitivity adjustment so that it doesn't come on when I'm doing my laundry.
post #16602 of 25403
I just wanted to thank all who were involved with discovering and publishing the fact that the 515 firmware update worked with the 2160A. I installed it without problem and I'm really pleased to have the upgraded functionality. Today, I successfully upgraded the Hard drive to a 500 GB WDBAAY5000ENC-NRSN using the instructions in wajo's archive and, again, no issues. The accurate and concise information provided in this forum is greatly appreciated.
Charles W.
post #16603 of 25403
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by *hoby* View Post

I just wanted to thank all who were involved with discovering and publishing the fact that the 515 firmware update worked with the 2160A. I installed it without problem and I'm really pleased to have the upgraded functionality. Today, I successfully upgraded the Hard drive to a 500 GB WDBAAY5000ENC-NRSN using the instructions in wajo's archive and, again, no issues. The accurate and concise information provided in this forum is greatly appreciated.

Hey, you went all the way! Now, you only need the 515 remote!?
post #16604 of 25403
Those that have CyberPower UPS's that have the LCD screens can set them not to beep when on battery power. Just push and hold the display button until you see a speaker icon with a line through it on the display.

Unfortunately one of mine doesn't have the LCD screen so the only way to turn off the beeps is through the computer software and it's not hooked to a computer.
post #16605 of 25403
I have 2 1500 va units on the PC's in the house here, they'll run a pretty strong system with lots of goodies for half an hour and huge amounts of time if everything happens to be off and just in standby mode.
My A/V system has a 750va unit that will run all the dvd player/recorders and TV for about half an hour if the TV's on and much more time if maybe one unit is recording by itself and everything else is standing by.
Bigger is better and true sinewave output with boost and buck is best but most cheaper units use approximated sinewave output and don't always do the boost and buck part which means they will raise or lower incoming voltage as needed in case of brownouts or surges(within reason).
None of my currently in service units are true sinewave but most modern equipment will be OK with it, some will not so double check before you plunk down your money.
Watch the office stores and sales on the bigger and smaller units happen all the time. My last APC one was 100 and it's a medium quality unit with a nice LCD display that shows all the important info you'd ever need.
My older one was like 80 out the door with a 50 rebate when they were closing them out so my final price was like 30 bucks, less then new batteries for all my older ones that finally ate theirs.
Watch the black Friday sales as I bet at least one office store will have a good deal on one or more, that's where I found my last one later in the morning because everyone was buying up all the really cheap stuff first thing and nobody wanted to spend 100 on a UPS Also got a great price on a 2 gig USB drive that I will cycle into my media player system soon.
post #16606 of 25403
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Originally Posted by Dartman View Post

I have 2 1500 va units on the PC's in the house here, they'll run a pretty strong system with lots of goodies for half an hour and huge amounts of time if everything happens to be off and just in standby mode.
My A/V system has a 750va unit that will run all the dvd player/recorders and TV for about half an hour if the TV's on and much more time if maybe one unit is recording by itself and everything else is standing by.
Bigger is better and true sinewave output with boost and buck is best but most cheaper units use approximated sinewave output and don't always do the boost and buck part which means they will raise or lower incoming voltage as needed in case of brownouts or surges(within reason).
None of my currently in service units are true sinewave but most modern equipment will be OK with it, some will not so double check before you plunk down your money.
Watch the office stores and sales on the bigger and smaller units happen all the time. My last APC one was 100 and it's a medium quality unit with a nice LCD display that shows all the important info you'd ever need.
My older one was like 80 out the door with a 50 rebate when they were closing them out so my final price was like 30 bucks, less then new batteries for all my older ones that finally ate theirs.
Watch the black Friday sales as I bet at least one office store will have a good deal on one or more, that's where I found my last one later in the morning because everyone was buying up all the really cheap stuff first thing and nobody wanted to spend 100 on a UPS Also got a great price on a 2 gig USB drive that I will cycle into my media player system soon.

Only 2 gig USB drive?, this year I am looking for them to "give" away a 16gig thumb drive.
post #16607 of 25403
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Originally Posted by timtofly View Post

Only 2 gig USB drive?, this year I am looking for them to "give" away a 16gig thumb drive.

It's hard for me to say too. I think he probably meant 2Tb drive.
post #16608 of 25403
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Originally Posted by JoeKustra View Post

It's hard for me to say too. I think he probably meant 2Tb drive.

Prices of hard drives have gone up 90% in the last few days, so good deals are going to be hard to come by in the near future.
post #16609 of 25403
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Originally Posted by rdgcss View Post

Prices of hard drives have gone up 90% in the last few days, so good deals are going to be hard to come by in the near future.

The future ain't what it used to be, fur sure.
post #16610 of 25403
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Originally Posted by rdgcss View Post

Prices of hard drives have gone up 90% in the last few days, so good deals are going to be hard to come by in the near future.

Yeah, I know. It was reported in another thread that the monsoon rains in Thailand have flooded the factories where the drive motors for HDD's are produced, so the factories are shut down. 2TB drives suitable for mass storage and video were selling for $80 with free S/H and I was getting ready to buy another pair. The day after that report was posted the prices jumped to $100 +$8 S/H. When I checked again last Friday, those same drives were now $150 +$8 S/H. 3TB drives were selling for less than that. Their price now is out of sight.

Just going to have to wait for the rains to stop and production to start up again.
post #16611 of 25403
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Originally Posted by JoeKustra View Post

It's hard for me to say too. I think he probably meant 2Tb drive.

Yeah, duh, 2tb. it gets confusing when the first hard drive I ever bought was a 20 meg hard card I put in a Tandy 8088 sx XT computer back about 90.
Keep getting MB and TB mixed up
post #16612 of 25403
Time to buy anything you want with a hard drive if you can find it before the prices go up. This includes DVRs, DVD Recorders with hard drives, computers, hard drive equipped media players and so on.

Hard drive sales have disappeared. I'm glad now that I stocked up when I could. I have a 3TB external and a 1Tb external sitting as spares. The prices were just to good to pass up.

I could open the 3Tb and copy smaller drives to it if I needed them for replacement in a 515 for example.

From what I've seen it is going to be while.

Western Digital says loss of 60% of production.

Lenovo is saying "while also increasing our product costs at a time of widespread shortages".
And is also saying "we currently expect shortages to last into the first calendar quarter of 2012."
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Originally Posted by Kelson View Post

Yeah, I know. It was reported in another thread that the monsoon rains in Thailand have flooded the factories where the drive motors for HDD's are produced, so the factories are shut down. 2TB drives suitable for mass storage and video were selling for $80 with free S/H and I was getting ready to buy another pair. The day after that report was posted the prices jumped to $100 +$8 S/H. When I checked again last Friday, those same drives were now $150 +$8 S/H. 3TB drives were selling for less than that. Their price now is out of sight.

Just going to have to wait for the rains to stop and production to start up again.
post #16613 of 25403
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Originally Posted by Dartman View Post

Yeah, duh, 2tb. it gets confusing when the first hard drive I ever bought was a 20 meg hard card I put in a Tandy 8088 sx XT computer back about 90.
Keep getting MB and TB mixed up

I apologize if I offended you. I myself forgot, that USB could mean a Hard Drive. I am curious though if this "hard drive" trouble will not push solid state drives more and we could see them drop in price.

I never had a Tandy, but I do remember paying $500 for a 4 meg memory Dimm (actually I bought 2 @ $1,000.00). Now the price ratio is in the total opposite direction. $8.00 for 16,000 meg.
post #16614 of 25403
I don't know why but Best Buy hasn't raised their hard drive prices yet.

I have three Seagate 2TB drives that I use for media storage, one Barracuda LP SATA internal and two GoFlex Desk USB 2.0 externals. The internal SATA drive is on sale for $75 and the USB external drives are $100. Free shipping for both.
post #16615 of 25403
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Originally Posted by TBoneit View Post

Western Digital says loss of 60% of production.

Lenovo is saying "while also increasing our product costs at a time of widespread shortages".
And is also saying "we currently expect shortages to last into the first calendar quarter of 2012."

All just in time for the Christmas buying season. All those laptops, PS3's and X-Boxes that won't get sold.
post #16616 of 25403
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Originally Posted by Kelson View Post

All just in time for the Christmas buying season. All those laptops, PS3's and X-Boxes that won't get sold.

And then Amazon lauches their Black Friday web site. Nothing there now, but if I was looking for a 513H I would check it often. Add the bigger drive later. The software is here now.

This won't be a pretty holiday season. The USD/Yen is bad, and with SE Asia floods our usual January electronic's sales may become a plague of locusts.
post #16617 of 25403
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Originally Posted by Ken.F View Post

I don't know why but Best Buy hasn't raised their hard drive prices yet. I have three Seagate 2TB drives that I use for media storage, one Barracuda LP SATA internal and two GoFlex Desk USB 2.0 externals. The internal SATA drive is on sale for $75 and the USB external drives are $100. Free shipping for both.

I was going to mention that Best Buy had just advertised a 2TB HD in this week's newspaper flyer. I don't know if they actually have any drives in stock, as I had just purchased both a 2TB Seagate internal HD as well as a 2TB USB3 drive. Come to think of it, I haven't even hooked up either one of them yet to make sure they actually work (crosses fingers).
post #16618 of 25403
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Originally Posted by timtofly View Post

I apologize if I offended you. I myself forgot, that USB could mean a Hard Drive. I am curious though if this "hard drive" trouble will not push solid state drives more and we could see them drop in price.

I never had a Tandy, but I do remember paying $500 for a 4 meg memory Dimm (actually I bought 2 @ $1,000.00). Now the price ratio is in the total opposite direction. $8.00 for 16,000 meg.

Well my geek friend and I about the 386 days got all excited because we found used 1 meg 30 pin dims for 25 each we both got 4 meg and played Doom and Wing commander to our hearts content with all the extras enabled on our zippy 386 dx 25 machines.
I think I may have had a 52 and 120 meg hard drive by that point. I remember when hard drives first approached a dollar a meg and we both bought Western Digital 340 megs, oh so much space we'd never fill it.
post #16619 of 25403
This is probably a foolish question, but has anyone thought of the possibility of adding a SSD drive??

Not sure why, but only to see if it would/could work.
post #16620 of 25403
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Originally Posted by jjeff View Post

To me more annoying than the light is the constant loud beeping(every 10 seconds or so) when the power is out to my 350va APC. My bedroom LCD, DVDR, and DVD player is on a older 350va APC and gives a loud chirp when the power goes out and a series of loud beeps ~every 10 seconds after that! It's so bad that I generally turn if OFF during the outage. I'm not sure if one can disable the beeps or even set it up to not beep at all....


Once warranty expires you can open it up and cut or unsolder one leg of the beeper. It won't warn you that the battery is expiring any more, but at least getting back to sleep or not even awaking in the first place is possible. Here that's out of the question, as I have 8 units in the building, and there are always a few still in warranty.
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