You're right, it was more of a coma that a power off reset corrected. But it did go pffft instead of recording the show it was supposed to. If it does this again, it's going back to Shaw for a replacement. If the new one does it, I'm replacing Shaw. Bell has working PVRs and so does Rogers. Aftermarket ones that actually accept inputs from things other than Sat also exist and work. No reason for this model not to. The S-video output has also been dropped from the 630, so if you wanted to offload to a DVD recorder, you're stuck with composite quality.CompEng
I dont think your 630 has died. I think it is just needs a reboot. As posted here numourous times, the reboot will/should restore any problems after the upgrade. I think the analogy was to a windows machine, they often need a system restart after an upgrade.
I also agree that its an excellent idea to reset/reboot any 'computer' device after an upgrade. I only wish I was notified it was coming and to do so. Or better yet schedule it and apply at my convenience as opposed to Shaw's. I'm guessing 80% of their customers don't read these forums.
As for not supporting external HDD's , its just ridiculous in 2011. But i guess it's ridiculous it only was released in 2010 also.
This isn't the thread for it, but the quality of the SD channels is pretty sad now too, much worse than when the company first launched. I'm guessing compression is to blame trying to squeeze more channels in the pipe. Maybe support can comment. But when I'm paying so much to get VHS quality images and only a handful of HD chanels, its time to consider options ... it was Star 'Choice' afterall.
I've been trialing Netflix ... and when I can pay for 1 yr of movies with one month of satellite ... I'm scratching my head why I have satellite now. On demand HD streaming is the future.