Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Toronto, Rogers, SA8300HD + 640GB external drive. Samsung LCD LN40A750 1080p 120Hz. Blu-Ray BD-P1500
Playback "stalls" or stutters, and a default has changed
I could use some help here.
SA8300HD PVR, Rogers service
Vantec NexStar3 NST-360SU-BK external hard drive enclosure
containing Western Digital Caviar SE16 (WD6400AAKS) 640GB HD.
This combination has been working well for four years.
Diagnostics screen, "Software Versions" section shows PVR has FLASH: DVR1.9.0_8300_MR.HR_F.p.3004.
Diagnostics screen, "Component Information" shows SARA: 22.214.171.124.
There's also a section showing "Software Anomolies" with entries for today's date.
When watching either pre-recorded programs or live TV, the show will "stall" or pause for a couple of seconds, then continue. If I rewind and replay that section, it plays fine. That may suggest that the issue is in playback, not in recording.
I have done a few reboots.
I wonder seems if there was a firmware update or some change recently, as using the Guide to record shows now works slightly differently. Previously I would navigate to a future program block in the Guide, press the Select button (which opens the Future Program Options screen) and press the Select button again to Record (as the Record option was default highlighted). Now, after entering the Future Program Options screen, the "Tune Ch. xxx immediately" option is default highlighted, so I must manually select the Record option and then press the Select button. This has changed sometime in the last 10 days.
Was there some sort of update in the last 10 days or so, that caused the change of default option in the Future Program Options screen?
Does the recurring "stall" or stutter indicate that something is failing?
If so, what's the best way to isolate the external HD to narrow down whether the issue is with the external HD or with the PVR itself?
Last edited by 57; 2012-09-11 at 12:15 AM.
Reason: Moved to existing thread, please read earlier posts.