Originally Posted by TatorTot
How do i find out how much hardrive space my cable box has
Turn the box over. There should be a white tag on it.
The hard drive size is usually a suffix on the model number shown on the tag.
The remote is a dark silver, and whats good about it is i dont have to point the remote to the box for it to work, i have the cable box in a stand real low to the ground, below sitting level so this is good for me
Probably the IR flash from the remote is VERY "bright", and may be bouncing off of the walls in your room. The IR sensor on the front of the box is picking up the flash, no matter whether directly head-on from the remote or from reflections.
But the remote and DCX3400 are both IR-only. They are not working by RF. So it's definitely limited to an IR flash.
If you put the remote in your pocket so that zero light got out to bounce around the room and reflect into the IR sensor of the DCX panel, and pressed a button on on the remote, I'm sure the DCX would not respond.
I like that it says 1080i in the display next to the clock
This indicates the OUTPUT resolution of the box to the HDTV/AVR. It is not indicating the SOURCE resolution of the program you are watching.
If you push the FORMAT button on the front panel of the box (or program a button on the remote to be the FORMAT function, and then press that button on the remote) you will move to the next lower available output resolution. As you continue pressing FORMAT, you will cycle through all available outputs and return back to the 1080i value.
Your best image on the HDTV will occur if you "match" output resolution from the DCX to HDTV/AVR to be the same as the source resolution of the program you're tuned to. So your best video results are 1080i program -> 1080i output, and 720p program -> 720p output.
This matching of DCX output resolution to the source program resolution can be done automatically by the DCX box, through a hardware setup option called "native". The box default is NOT "native", but instead always puts out a fixed 1080i.
For 1080i source programs this amounts to the same thing as "native" would do. But 720p source programs will also be upconverted to the fixed 1080i output, and even 480i (non-HD) source programs will be upconverted to the fixed 1080i output. This is not "ideal" (in my opinion) for the 720p and 480i situations, but will still probably look very good or excellent to you anyway.
Note that you can still manually push the FORMAT button even if the box is set to fixed-1080i, and manually change the resolution to fixed-720p if you want. This 720p output resolution will remain in effect indefinitely (as long as the box is left powered on), unless you push the FORMAT button again, or unless you power the box off. If you power the box off an wait a minute or two, when you turn the box back on it will automatically be reset back to the default fixed 1080i.