From some others discussing it in this thread, it sounds as if the last firmware or two has issues with DD 5.1.
If your 8300 died, consider just replacing the hard drive and then supplementing it with an eSATA.
Thanks, I gather that, but don't understand why the box would work fine for a short while (hours) then suddenly start dropping sound...it's not as if the box is updating hourly. Of course I don't pretend to understand what the software is actually doing.
I thought of trying to replace the HD in the 8300 but I don't think it was the HD. Besides, for $180 I can get a refurb 8300HD with a 2-year warranty...which is worth it to me. Hopefully by the time two years go by Rogers will have something that works!