Originally Posted by GaryE
Wow, that's fast service.... My 530 died Monday night, I phoned Tuesday morning and they said they would ship another one out that I should get in 5-10 business days. Well, I got woken up by the Purolator guy this morning (Wednesday a.m.) with my "new" (refurbed by the looks of it) receiver. Installed it this morning and I'm going again!!! One day shipping... nice!!!
Mine is just on 12 months old and it has decided to die every evening in the past week just as I sit down to watch something! Recordings I have tried to make on the previous evening are usually broken and any programmed for after that time just don't happen.
It locks onto the last channel tuned and responds to absolutely no input from the remote. Won't change channels, can't get to options or guide or even turn off. A hard reset from the front panel usually doesn't work but turning off the power for about an hour or more does get it back to the usual (poorly functioning) state.
However many times when it comes back on after the power off routine it says that by disk is empty! It is actually about half full. A front panel reset at that point will usually work and all my recordings reappear but it rarely works properly for more than a couple of hours before the complete lock up happens again.. The weather has been warmer than usual so it might be temperature related but *C tech support doesn't seem to think so. However they haven't offered me a new unit either.
On the "normal" operating front (when my 530 was working) I did discover the reason for my bad sound sync. I had changed my sound system to an new BOSE system that had optical input and I had connected that to the 530 optical sound input on aux on the sound system. I also left the normal sound input connected as well on the TV input to the BOSE. The sound quality was great on optical, but the 530 has an almost half second delay in the sound from the optical output when compared with the normal digital sound outputs. It is easy to demonstrate if you connect two sound sysyems one connected optically and the other a normal wired connection. I have reported it to *C but they claimed nobody else had complained.
Is it just my unit? Would anyone else with an optical connection please confirm. The DVI signal still drops out for a second or two every minute or so even when viewing the guide, so it isn't related to program content or reception issues! Apparently the 530 just fails to give a reliable continuous sync signal and the TV looses the DVI connection for a brief period. *C do know about this but I doubt there will be a solution offered even when new software does arrive.