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Hi. I bought a PVR extender from a Rogers store today here in St. John's, Newfoundland. "FreeAgent GoFlex DVR" is written on the box. I have an older Motorola PVR that I bought a few years ago from Rogers. It only holds 20 HD hours and I badly need more storage than that. I have been on the phone with Rogers many times about that issue before I got this extender.

When I connected the extender, it didn't work. I got this message on my tv screen, "The use of external drives is not authorized with your account. Please disconnect the external drive and contact your provider. Alert 08"

I was on the phone today for an hour with different members of Rogers' support staff. As far as they are concerned, the extender should be working. They don't know why it isn't.

I have the extender using the eSata wire to connect it to the eSata port.

What do I have to do to get the extender to work so I can have more storage on my PVR? Any help would really be appreciated.
 

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1. Welcome to the forum. I've moved your post to the Rogers Atlantic section since they use Motorola instead of Cisco/SA in Ontario.

2. What is the exact make/model of your PVR? Some may not work. What size is the eHDD (External Hard Disk Drive)?

3. I noticed in the Shaw forums (where they use similar equipment) the latest firmware may not allow for eHDDs. I'm not sure if Rogers Atlantic ever allowed for eHDD - you may wish to search for previous threads on that topic in Rogers Atlantic and Shaw.

4. The CSRs may have assumed you had Cisco/SA equipment...

5. I see one person in the Shaw forums mentioned that it worked after switching to component video to format the drive, then switched back to HDMI. Are you using HDMI?

6. FYI, Rogers in Ontario stopped selling eHDDs a few months back.

Here's a post useful for those new to the forum - FAQs, Search Tips, Etc.

http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=57741
 

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Thank you 57 for your help. Here are some answers to your questions.

The PVR is a Motorola DCT6416 III. The eHH is 1 TB. The CSRs were told by me that the PVR was Motorola. They looked the PVR up on their screen too. One even said, is the PVR silver, and I said yes.

I saw in a thread from about two years ago on this forum that Rogers New Brunswick enabled the eSata. I was told by an employee at Future Shop who told me he used to work for Rogers that if it was done in New Brunswick it was done here too.

I know on the NextBox package it says an extender can be bought for it. The NextBox is sold here now.

I'm not sure how to switch from component video to HDMI. The PVR's remote gives me HDTV settings but doing that isn't one of them. I'm not given a chance to access any setting involving the PVR extender.

Any help is appreciated!
 

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1.The NextBox is sold here now.

2. I'm not sure how to switch from component video to HDMI.
1. Really? I don't believe that the Cisco/SA equipment is compatible with Atlantic Canada. Perhaps they're using the NextBox name for something else?

2. Component Video and HDMI are two totally different connection types. Which are you using?

Cables & Connections: http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=76085
 

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If I compare the images for the NextBox 2.0 on Roger's website for NB, the box look like the Motorola DCX 3400 or a model with same design.

On the website:


 

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The website changes, based on your location.

In Ontario, you will see for the NEXTBOX 2.0


And the nextbox 3.0
 

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Atlantic region uses the Nextbox moniker but they don't have to deal with the horrendous software that Ontario customers have.
 

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I did the unplugging and plugging in thing for the Rogers customer service person and it didn't work. I also did it again just as ExDilbert suggested, but unfortunately the Alert 08 message returned.

HDMI is written on the PVR so it must be using that.
 

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My extender on the pvr uses esata, got it online, HDMI will not work for an extender.
 

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So, the OP needs to switch to component video connection for it to work? As noted in my post 2, someone at Shaw was able to get the eHDD to work using component and then switch back to HDMI. (Disconnect the HDMI cable completely while activating) Since Rogers Atlantic likely uses firmware that's different from Shaw, switching back to HDMI may, or may not work...

Or perhaps I simply misinterpreted your last phase? "Obviously" you cannot connect the eHDD with HDMI since it doesn't have that connection.
 

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I mean that the PVR box itself has HDMI written on it. But the extender is connected to the PVR using the eSata ports on both boxes.
 

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In my experience, in Atlantic Canada, the PVR extender will not work with any PVR's besides the 3510, 3450, and 3400. The newest of the "silver" PVR's, the 3416, did not officially support it on Rogers either, but I cannot guarantee it won't work.
 
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