My 8300HD box [schenectady] is starting to act up. It clicks like there is a relay trying to open- then freezes, or the picture freezes and the sound continues. A reboot sometimes fixes it for a bit- but then it happens again. When it does this the list shows the recorded shows, but says I am using 0% of my space. And if I try to watch something it says it is unnavailable.
This box uses Mystro software. I have another that uses Cisco.
If I'm lucky, and this is not a drive issue, can I just swap drives between these two to save my 2 weeks of recordings? If not, is there anyone in the cap-district that can back up all those shows and restore them to a new DVR?
Your SOL - the drives are "keyed" to the hardware they are on. You can't swap drives (even eSATA ones). You likely have two different versions of Navigator if one box is an 8300HD and the other is a Cisco branded set top.
To check your versions Hold down Select on the remote until the mail light flashes, then press the Down arrow.
Thanks- I was afraid of that. Too bad we watch so much ABC which isn't available on demand as far as I see. Guess I'll work on my computer to TV connection as most of the shows are online at ABC now.
On the version number- I swear I tried that a dozen times yesterday with no joy. This morning it took forever, but worked. I never watched the TV with this box on it, but it is *way* slower than the one that just died. Takes a least a full second or two to respond to most remote commands. This one is the Cisco box- the 'fast' one was Mystro.
The ODN version on the Cisco is 4.0.2_4. Updated Sept 2. I'll check the Mystro later.
Keep in mind that it's pretty easy to set up a computer as a DVR for broadcast and unencrypted cable channels. Just add one or more tuners internally, via USB or Ethernet. Many people use Windows Media Center for the control program, but there are others, including MythTV for Linux. The resulting files have no DRM restrictions (not sure that's true for Media Center, which alters the file format) so you can move them around, edit them and keep them as long as you like.
You'll still probably want the cableco's DVR for everything but local stations since most computer-based tuners won't pick them up.
Enter your zip code on the SiliconDust Lineup Server (http://www.silicondust.com/support/channels/), then select your cable company from the dropdown box to see what's available.