Well preliminary tests appear very positive for me with a LaCie 750gig (the one recommended by Bell). After 2 previous drives failed to work I bought one yesterday and brought it home. Recorded HD program, archived it and while restoring the drive disconnected. Today, after having upgraded to the latest firmware 183 I restored it just fine while viewing a TV show. I guess the real test will be when I transfer my previous movies back to the drive (they are living on a unix box).
Once I saw mention of the firmware update to V183 this morning, I checked my 9242 and found that it had already been updated. Running tests, I checked out all functions on the EHD and found they all worked without exception. It was a long wait but well worth it in the end. Thanks BEV.
While we are at it, let's check to see whether the audio drop-out bug has been fixed. As you will remember, the problem is with recordings, not live broadcasts. Many (most) recordings were peppered with one second audio blips.
I don't know the status of the audio dropouts with this release, but they were happening with both live and recorded material, as many will attest to. I did notice last night watching a Stereo recording, that I had to turn the volume up much higher than usual. Not sure what that's about.
I woke up today hearing the receiver shutting down and rebooting over and over again. I checked and the firmware was v183. Don't know why it kept rebooting over and over again.I know it has to shutdown and reboot for firmware install but it was doing it over and over.
I finally turned it on after it had shut down for the 3rd or 4th time and tried an archived recording from my lacie 750 gb hdd (bought at FS). Previously after 5 - 10 min i would get the disconnect, sometimes after 2 or 3 min. This time the movie played for about 56 min, BUT IT THEN DISCONNECTED. I only have one recording archived as I did not want to archive others until problem fixed.
I am still getting audio dropouts on previously recorded movies on the internal hdd. I have to see if it still happens on any future recordings i make.
Have v183 loaded, had previously archived 18HD movies to the LaCie750 over a month ago - experienced the USB disconnect problems common to this Thread.
My son is watching Bee Movie off the LaCie right now - 30mins in and no problems!
One thing I noticed was that by 9242 would not power on with the LaCie on first, but is now working after powering on the reciever first, then the ehd and letting the reciever discover it. Hopefully this will not be a recurring problem as I hope to keep the LaCie ON.
I have now tested the EHD under extreme conditions. I've moved movies back and forth, restored while recording and viewing, moved my archived movies from my Linux machine back to the EHD, etc...Everything works just great using the LaCie 750gig drive.
I have to hand it to Bell. They said by the end of October and they made it.
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