Originally Posted by 645824
Is there a thread for disenfranchised DVR+ users? Since the DVR+ has been discontinued, I've been looking for alternatives. My DVR+ is still working, but I'm having more and more problems with the guide recently. I've had to do a manual request to update the guide several times now this past month -- and I never used to have to do that.
Originally Posted by crabboy
I'm in Henderson, Nevada. I'm having problems getting guide info for 3.1 (KSNV, the local NBC station). Other stations seem to be working fine, so the problem is probably not in my CM DVR+.
I'm getting "unknown event" for most (but not all) listings. I cannot find a way to set a recording without guide data. I tried a reset and got some, but not all data. What can I do? Is there a way I can record a period of time a la the way we used to do it on VCRs?
You don't specify whether you are using the Internet guide or getting your guide data via PSIP. But if it is PSIP there are 3 ways you can beef it up:
1. Revert to firmware version 108R. It is supposed to do better at scanning the channels and populating the Guide. The downside would be that you lose any new features that were added in later versions.
2. Create 5 minute, twice a day "dummy" programs for the channels you absolutely need in the Guide. They are just manual recordings that tune to specific channels long enough to grab PSIP data for the Guide. If you name all the dummy programs the same they will all be stored in a single folder, making it easy to delete them in bulk. There is a minimum of 3 characters required when you name them, and you don't want to name them something that might also include a program you want to actually watch. I use "ZZZ" as the default name since I've never seen a program with that name, as opposed to the "xXx" movie franchise which could cause problems if you used that name. The downside is that there is a limit of 55 (I think) recordings you can have, and this includes Series recordings as well as manual recordings. So the more channels you want to maintain, the more the dummy programs chew into that total.
3. Use a programmable digital timer to reboot your DVR+ from standby mode as per this post
. The DVR+ will scan the channels after a reboot, even if it is powered down. The downside with this method is that depending on the type of TV you have, it might power up when the reboot occurs, and won't power down--even though the DVR+ returns to standby mode. If you go this route I would suggest that you reboot the DVR+ at least twice a day, and preferably 3 or 4 times a day. Be advised that there is a delay after a reboot when the DVR+ won't begin recording a scheduled program. Make sure you set the reboot times so that there is enough lag before a recording is scheduled.