Good point Jim so let me ask this. Is there anyone reading this thread with the updated SARA software and an EHD that never had any issues? And can you record 2 HD streams and playback a 3rd without any issues post upgrade?
I'm in Deux-Montagnes, north of Montreal and I use a 8300HD with a 160MB internal HDD and a 1TB WD Green external HDD in a NexStar3 enclosure. I'm a long time reader, first time poster.
I received the new firmware sometimes last week and I had a lot of the problems that are described in this thread. Live TV pause/rewind would freeze and required to change channels to recover. My previously scheduled recordings seemed to be ignored so I had to clear the schedule list and build it again. Programs would then start recording but they were deleted as soon as they were completed recording. I couldn't schedule two recordings at the same time. There was delays at various points during use, at least it looked like that to my, then very upset/impatient, self. Damn Videotron.
Old recordings were played back fine though (both from the internal (really old programs) and external HDD (more recent programs)).
After reading this thread, I cold rebooted and it fixed most of the problems except that I still couldn't schedule 2 recordings at the same time. I could manually start 2 HD recordings simultaneously but not through the scheduler. There would always be a message showing conflict with only one other recording showing as conflicting...
A second cold reboot seemed to take care of that too. So now everything **seems** to be working normally. And yes, I can record 2 HD programs to my external HDD and watch a 3rd HD program from my external HDD with stutter. I gues I'm lucky after all.
Note that there was some time (a whole day) between my last cold boot and my latest tests so it might something Videotron did that fixed the last problems, although when I turned it on tonight it was not on channel 1.
I still have two "gripes" though:
- The new color UI/schemes all have black text on darkish color for the program info in the TV guide. Very hard to read. I liked my black on cyan better (Boardwalk).
- The recorded programs/scheduled recordings lists still have the old (easier to read) UI, really weird.
That sure was one botched upgrade. Good thing Videotron/SA don't provide firmwares for planes or rockets ...