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  Reply # 182680 8-Dec-2008 09:54
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cb1: I get
- occasional pixelation
- lock ups (of various flavours - 1) complete lockup , 2) "i" information banner won't go away unless you press exit, can't change channels unless you select the list and choose one). Power reset seems to fix it for a while
- clock problem did seem to be alot better with the 1.05 Nov 21 firmware, but noticed today time was well off what it should be
- signal quality has always 100%, but signal level has increased with latest firmware from 5-10% to 40-50%

Describes my situation exactly. + Audio dropouts on optical and dig coax out (but TV3 5.1 shows are fine now)

EPG is slow on any receiver, Zinwell included.  I had Zinwell for aprpox. 2 weeks prior to ET box arriving.  EPG is standard across platforms as is same Mheg5 software.  Zinwell didn't suit my needs at the time (changed now though) as I had an older TV with DVI in and Zinwell HDMI out was not compatible, and then it's component out is limited to SD.  Also interesting is Zinwell does not allow native signal resolution to pass through to TV, there is no Auto setting so all channels get scaled to only one of 576, 720 or 1080 by Zinwell box.  Zinwell had no real problems for me (not to say it doesn't, just it worked as it said it would for me).  Just ran hot was all but this didn't seem to affect it. 

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  Reply # 182682 8-Dec-2008 09:58
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robjg63:
Is slightly annoying that the sound level on these boxes is quite low and also annoying that when I set tv3 to the mpeg stream (I think thats the slightly louder stream that matches the other channels) it wont remember that setting when you change channels.

Think this is what the bypass option was brought in to do, to select dolby 5.1 if available on a channel.  If you change from bypass to alternative option in the options menu, does it stop defaulting to this audio source by default?  Try this out if it's really getting to you, just you'll have to reenable the option if you ever do want to pass the 5.1 audio to your receiver. 

Not sure if this will fix, but worth a try for you.  Cheers.

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 183082 9-Dec-2008 17:50
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Hi Pete, will the PVR functionality work with Flash drives as well as USB hard drives. I realise you are probably busy in testing, but some more info would be great, especially since the competition announced their PVR today.

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  Reply # 183087 9-Dec-2008 18:08
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PVR functn...they reckon by end of month...too slow...but its out of my hands...or I'd do it myself!!

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  Reply # 183116 9-Dec-2008 19:59
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BadMac:...especially since the competition announced their PVR today.


Yes a big difference in price Zinwell myfreeview 250GB DTR $1149  Can record two channels and view another!! 

Geeezzeee I didnt think there were that many channels worth watching at the same time.

I had a nice break for a week  . . .Thanks for those that posted reports to my request. 

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  Reply # 183253 10-Dec-2008 09:00
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Happy to offer our thoughts/experiences to aid testing to improve the product, but still a bit unsure as to how that information can help.  We've told you what/when the problem is but where to from here?

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  Reply # 183380 10-Dec-2008 20:27
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Jaxson: Happy to offer our thoughts/experiences to aid testing to improve the product, but still a bit unsure as to how that information can help.  We've told you what/when the problem is but where to from here?


YEH not enough complete reports.  Of course there are heaps of people out there with no problems at all like myself. 

Dont think that there are things that I wouldnt change.
This one below is at the top of my list an affect all Freeview receivers with MHEG5.
The first is to ditch the sluggish EPG MHEG5 and get a decent Middleware like MHP (european)  However Freeview NZ has adopted MHEG5 so its too late.  I'd be interested in seeing the new Zinwell MyFreeview work.  The EPG even further bloated with the PVR functions, it could be a nightmare waiting for the screen to change after pressing the button. 

ANOTHER SURVEY 

ET users (and  . . OK then . .  the odd Zinwell user)

How many times a night do you use the EPG (MHEG5) to look at advanced programme options?

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  Reply # 183451 11-Dec-2008 08:42
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Garglo:
Jaxson: Happy to offer our thoughts/experiences to aid testing to improve the product, but still a bit unsure as to how that information can help.  We've told you what/when the problem is but where to from here?


YEH not enough complete reports.  Of course there are heaps of people out there with no problems at all like myself. 

Dont think that there are things that I wouldnt change.
This one below is at the top of my list an affect all Freeview receivers with MHEG5.
The first is to ditch the sluggish EPG MHEG5 and get a decent Middleware like MHP (european)  However Freeview NZ has adopted MHEG5 so its too late.  I'd be interested in seeing the new Zinwell MyFreeview work.  The EPG even further bloated with the PVR functions, it could be a nightmare waiting for the screen to change after pressing the button. 

ANOTHER SURVEY 

ET users (and  . . OK then . .  the odd Zinwell user)

How many times a night do you use the EPG (MHEG5) to look at advanced programme options?


None.

Is there something specific you want to know or test as I am happy to do it if it helps improve the experience.

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  Reply # 183460 11-Dec-2008 09:27
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How many times a night do you use the EPG (MHEG5) to look at advanced programme options?
Sorry not even sure what you mean here.  I'd probably use the EPG more if the PVR thing eventuated.

I you mean do I use the epg, (what are advanced programme options), then yes I use this to check if a show has dolby surround sound or is in HD, or when it starts etc...

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  Reply # 183462 11-Dec-2008 09:39
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I use the EPG every night to see what's on (on my Strong SAT unit)

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  Reply # 183615 11-Dec-2008 19:54
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My experience with this unit has so far been pretty good.  I have used it in two different scenarios
1)  In a small room with average to poor reception, using a 25dB powered internal aerial.
2)  In the living room wired up to the roof mounted (but small) UHF aerial with average reception.
Both positions received all the channels, although there were some signal breakups and pixellation in the small room

In the small room with the internal flat panel aerial I had:
-  The box seize up once, requiring a full reboot.
-  Total loss of audio (but with normal picture) on one occasion which could not be fixed by a power cycle.  A factory reset and rescan of all channels fixed this.
-  Total loss of the picture (with no audio)on a couple of occasions, which could not be fixed by a power cycle.  A factory reset and rescan of all channels fixed this.
-  The other channels appearing on the screen for a split second during House.
-  Clock out of sync (using the 21st November firmware which was supposed to resolve this)

In the lounge wired up to the sub-par roof aerial (but with much better signal strength and quality), the box has been rock solid.  No changes were made to the setup other then to change the aerial and the STB supplied power for the aerial.  The only problem I have seen is the brief occasional flash of another channel during House, but I suspect that this is a broadcasting issue rather than anything to do with the ET box.

  Maybe the instability issues some boxes have been having are due to poor signal strength, as all my problems seemed to go away when I improved this.?????




PETE

  Would it be possible to send out a group email to interested parties on this forum when the new firmware comes out.  You should have most of our emails on hand from when we ordered them.


 

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  Reply # 184492 16-Dec-2008 12:47
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this is a real silly question, however,when using the EPG, I get a description of the programme selected. Fine, however some of these descriptions are 2 pages. Now I get of course page 1/2, but which button do I press to get page 2/2....?

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Reply # 184510 16-Dec-2008 13:30
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rizzo: this is a real silly question, however,when using the EPG, I get a description of the programme selected. Fine, however some of these descriptions are 2 pages. Now I get of course page 1/2, but which button do I press to get page 2/2....?


page down . which is on the bottom rhs of the remote  Wink

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  Reply # 185434 21-Dec-2008 10:41
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Looks like someone else is sourcing from the same OEM manufacturer

http://www.freetv.co.nz/webapps/site/61418/52840/shopping/shopping-view.html?pid=314007&b_id=&find_groupid=13026

That back pannel looks very similar, and then go to their own page and look at the bugs on the downloads page......

http://www.visione-newzealand.co.nz/downloads/

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  Reply # 185441 21-Dec-2008 10:49
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new PVR software promised before end of month...will definately infirm you guys...merry xmas to you all...freeviewnz.com

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