kiwisat: Just look on the bright side guys. In 10 days time you will be able to record via PVR the "supposed" pixellation for review by the supplier. Can't wait.
pete9321: Message for "rustyviewer"
did you return box to Ascotts?
They're not gonna give me a refund if they can help it, that's for sure!
At home, it starts pixelating immediately, I don't have to wait for a memory leak.
I've had my box reboot randomly too. Currently, it's hardly worth watching on (particularly TV3), and it's certainly not worth recording with. extremely unreliable.
Goods must be:
What strikes me as a little weird is that the freeeviewshop's own forum has been virtually silent on the topic of any issues with this unit.
My ET has rebooted several times and it always happens if changing a channel or when going to check the EPG which i find is very frustrating to use and when changing from the guide to list view it jumps back before you can make another selection! ....
Pixilation occurs instantly even if the unit is turned off for a period of time.
I dont think any supplier will be keen on refunds especially if noted on forums like this they would get a tidal wave of returns!
If you recently purchased the reciever i would say under consumers act you could take it back just because of the pisture quality problems alone. Has Ascot tv offered to check your aerial istallation with a spectrum analyiser? I dont know much about how they work but i believe it is the only way to check properly the signal your aerial is providing. Im not to hopful mine is going to improve if you have 60% signal strength and still have picture stability problems. Admittedly the pixilation is not to bad here but its still not the picture expected on the Freeview advertising, maybe i should have ordered the screen cleanng mop to go with it!
pete9321: More rubbish from Zinwell...
heres a report on the latest Zinwell PVR...total crap!!
Regularly when the machine is put into standby, it will continue to
run the hard disk and fan as noted by others. You have to power up
and down a couple of times before it properly goes into standby.
Exceedingly slow response to the keys on the remote - a lag of up to
2 secs behind. Harmony 1 remote with Zinwell codes is far quicker.
Poorly written manual - nothing in the manual mentions OTA firmware
updates - it shows the use of the USB port! No mention of the segment
keys on playback for jumping to "chapters"
Display lights on the front panel (such as timer recording light)
randomly do or don't display.
The unit will not always come out of standby when it has timer
recordings set by using the remote - you have to use the standby
button on the machine. If the machine has been off for the day, then
the remote won't power it up. Pushing the standby button powers it on
and it goes through the "boot" process. After that, if the duration
between power on/off is not too long, the remote will power it on
quickly - weird.
Random loss of set recordings in the rec list - including loss of
series recording. This seems to happen if you power it off/on in a
particular way but I haven't worked it out yet! Bizarre that it
should lose all the settings though - and a bloody annoyance
especially if you have gone through the EPG for the whole week!
Regular loss of sound when playing back recordings. You have to turn
off the machine a couple of times until it will bring back sound. The
annoying thing is that the loss of sound is random - if you exit the
playlist, the sound of "live" broadcasts will be there and also for
some of the recorded programmes - just not all. See below for more details.
Loss of audio
Zinwell connected by HDMI through Denon 3808 receiver to Sony 1080P LCD.
SPDIF coaxial connection to Denon.
Denon set to pass HDMI video to TV and ignore HDMI audio. Set to pass
Dolby Digital through coaxial cable connection.
Turn on all equipment and watch live TV broadcast - all channels play
video and audio correctly. Denon decodes TV3 Dolby digital and
displays all channels being received. For other channels, AC3 is
decoded and converted to Dolby PLII, then output over the 5.1 channels.
Record programmes (all channels). Now the fun starts.
Watch recorded programmes - sound will play as normal (as above) with
TV3 correctly playing Dolby digital. Stop watching programmes and
turn off for the viewing session. Turn everything back on later in
the day and guess what? No sound being played back EXCEPT for TV3
recordings in Dolby digital. Turn off Zinwell and turn back on. Play
any programme NOT recorded on TV3 = no sound. Select a programme
recorded on TV3 = sound and now, the programmes that previously had
no sound, do have sound! (randomly works)
Set the Denon to ignore the coaxial cable and play HDMI audio. Result
- all programmes play audio as 2 channel. However, this defeats the
purpose of the Zinwell outputting Dolby Digital for the receiver to
decode when we are watching programmes encoded with it.
Therefore, it appears that at some point the Zinwell loses the
ability to play non Dolby recordings - probably a codec failure?
Setting the audio options during playback or before playback makes no
difference either. It is only playback of recorded TV - watching live
TV through the Zinwell properly decodes the audio without a problem.
(also randomly occurs with HDMI audio as well - go figure!)