Quote:I no longer have a DVR from TWC, so my answers are from memory. Also, some of your questions have already been asked and answered in your previous posts.
Quote:Sorry, can't help you here. I don't use closed captioning and never investigated any of the CC fuctionality.
1. Is there a way to resize the closed captionings (CC) font and its size? They look ugly. How about turning it on/off easily without going through the annoying DVR menus? They still show up in DVR menus too and should only show in the video!
Quote:There is a way. You can't give it a name (it will show up in your recordings list just by its date/time, and possibly channel, but all of that information will have been stored and you can get to it with the INFO button), but you obviously CAN manually set up a recording as you desire.
2. Is there no way to enter manual dates, times, etc. quickly for manual recordings? I wanted to enter 10/1 and 10:00 PM to 11:00 PM without using its TV guide. I should be able to enter the numbers from RC easily.
From an old iGuide manual:
Quote:Can't recall. Probably not. I'm guessing they decided separating future recordings by 24-hour day was an acceptable user interface.
3. After setting up a recording for Sunday night, I noticed my future recording list is blank for the day (Saturday). I have to go to Sunday to see that future recording I just added. Is there a way to show ALL of my future recordings of all time?
Even with Windows Media Center, if you view your future recordings by date/time, they will be shown in sub-titled groups with the day/date in front of each group. So it's one long list, sub-divided by a sub-heading showing the day/date of the following items, and I suppose that's good too as you can then just use the PAGE DOWN key to continue scrolling through the list.
With the iGuide approach, you have to DAY FORWARD to see the next day, instead of PAGE DOWN to scroll through the list. Is one button that much different than the other? It's not entirely illogical in their design... they just didn't merge the lists into one large continuously scrollable presentation, although I must say I certainly like design that's in WMC.
Quote:This has been answered previously.
4. With the supplied 1056B03 remote control, can it skip 30 seconds at all? I only can fast forward (FF) at different speeds.
The 30-second skip function is NOT delivered by default into ANY remote. However it can be programmed into any remote that supports programmable keys, using the well documented Wiki instructions... as long as your remote has keys that can be programmed.
And that programmable key feature virtually always depends on the presence of a SETUP key on your remote. If your remote doesn't have a SETUP button then you won't be able to go through the necessary steps to program keys, and that's because that remote was not designed to have programmable keys.
The 1056B03 has no SETUP button. So you cannot program individual keys, beyond what the manufacturer has allowed for.
Your solution is to spend $15 and buy a 1056B01. This has been suggested previously and will solve your problem. The 1056B01 DOES have the needed SETUP key and can be programmed completely per the Wiki instructions.
There are many 1056B01 remotes for sale online. Shopping and purchasing is up to you.
Quote:This is truly unfortunate design in iGuide. There is no way to "drag the cursor along the fuel gauge" to randomly go to visually any position in the program (as there is using media player programs on a computer), nor is there any built-in set of predefined locations in the program you might be able to select from a list (e.g. each 15-minute mark, each 30-minute mark, each 1-hour mark, etc.).
5. Let's say I recorded something for over three hours. I don't want to watch the whole thing, but I would like to skip/start half-way or to/at its second hour? Do I really have to use fast forward at maximum speed (seems to be skip every two minutes per second)? That takes forever.
So your only options are FF (annoying, obviously), 30-second skip (if that works for you), or the new 5-minute skip that came out with A28 (didn't exist originally with A24 I don't believe). PAGE-UP (I think, but it might be PAGE-DOWN) is a 5-minute skip forward. This probably is faster and less annoying than FF, but is still not the random-direct navigation we'd really like.
Quote:No way to answer this. But it's certainly been noticed and reported by many over the years.
6. I noticed I had missing recordings and looked at the cancellations in my DVR's recording history logs. What happened to my scheduled recordings? I had a lot of the recordings and remotely cancelled ones. I can understand my manual canceled ones, but what about these "Not recorded due to a cancellation by the system." and "Not recorded due to the status of the channel." messages? Does this happen a lot to others with this DVR?
Since there's no real diagnostic detail there, it's never been clear why these "system cancel" occurrences happen. Of course the fact that one of your scheduled recordings was not recorded through no action of yours is the net result, and this doesn't make you happy.
Anyway, it's a symptom that's been present forever, although only since A28 and the birth of "History" do we even now see any brief explanation at all for what went on. With A24 there wasn't "History".
Incidentally, "History" (which keeps the last 30-days of recording experience) was primarily invented to assist in better scheduling of upcoming recordings in order to avoid repeat recordings of shows already recorded, based on the INFO details for the program when the REPEAT vs. NEW item was not present in the Guide for the upcoming show. WMC has addressed that issue much more elegantly and precisely, because the INFO data provided by Zap2it (which is the Guide provider for Microsoft in WMC) actually does have a "original aired date", so it's explicitly obvious to the recording scheduling algorithm whether or not a program is NEW or REPEAT. Unfortunately, the TV Guide data provided to iGuide does NOT have this "original aired date", so they have to go on the basis of comparing text in the INFO which really is far less precise.
Quote:Previously asked and answered. There is no way to enter alphabetic channel names as your GO-TO intent. You can simply enter its channel number if you know it, or use the Guide if you don't know the channel number.
7. Is there a way to go to a specific channel (CNN, ComedyCentral, KTTV, etc.) with DVR's iGuide without entering its numbers (use names and/or call signs)? There are so many channels, it's difficult to remember their numbers to enter, and tedious to look them up.
But you can make Guide use easier for yourself by reducing the size of the Guide you need to browse through by just using a subset, either any of the built-in subsets (e.g. the HDTV family) or one of your self-invented FAVORITES lists.
Quote:Previously asked and answered. Takes about 3 days. I know.
8. How long does it usually take to update DVR's iGuide? Let's say there's a power outage or I had to manually disconnect the Motorola DVR-DCX3400. Does it take hours long to update them? I wonder why DVR doesn't keep it in its memory until the old data is outdated.
Quote:Actually, this probably means "digital user interface" if it's really "dUI", or it might actually be "dVI" which probably means "digital video interface".
9. A few weeks ago, I think I had my first DVR crash and automatic reboot. I was deleting a bunch of my recording histories (had a bunch of cancellations from me on purpose, system, and channel status in its logs), and then all the sudden the Samsung SyncMaster T22B350 HDTV said it lost HDMI signal from the DVR for almost 15 seconds or so. DVR's LED screen said dUI (drunk under influence? :P),
Quote:Actually, I think the presentation of that "dUI": is part of the boot process, not a predecessor. So the boot process had already actually begun, and "dUI" is one of the things you normally see during that process as the HDMI handshake takes place between the DVR and your HDTV.
and it seems to have rebooted.
Quote:Yes, sometimes it happens. It's like a self-detected "program abend" occurred in the software, and the operating system re-booted as its recovery. Surely you've seen this on rare occasion on your PC as well, although BSOD (with no automatic re-boot) is another fairly common similar symptom, from which YOU must then manually re-boot the machine yourself to get operational again.
That's not good. Does this happen to you guys often?
It seems like a reboot would mess up iGuide too and have to wait for it to be updated.
The iGuide software does not retain a "latest available up-to-date version" of the Guide on hard disk, to be used instantaneously in case of a re-boot and which then might be quietly re-updated in the background to restore 100% accuracy. This would have been very good design, requiring zero time instead of 3 days to re-populate the Guide. I mean it was up-to-date and accurate as of 5 minutes ago, so why wouldn't it be a reasonable compromise to just start using it again immediately after a re-boot?
Anyway, this isn't the way it works.
Quote:No. It's a bit smarter than a toaster, but not too much smarter.
Does this DVR keep logs and stuff like cable modems do? I did not see one except for recording histories. I did see the technical specifications like firmware version (24.35).
It's intended for millions of untrained un-tech-savvy home users. They want to watch TV, not analyze diagnostics of machine malfunctions.
Edited by DSperber - 9/29/12 at 11:01pm