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Follow up to my post of 29 May.

Strange events. I'm now running a 630 which had been in my bedroom as my primary receiver. So, I connected my "bad" 630 in the bedroom to see what would happen. It appeared to have the same problem as before, and it had not "booted up" when I went to sleep. But, when I woke up in the morning it was up and running like normal. I tried a reboot to see if it was indeed operating like normal (ok, I'm stupid). It had the same result - the boot sequence took a number of hours. I still think there's probably a hard drive problem, but at least I have a way of watching the recordings I hadn't watched before (for now).

My guess is it will fully fail in the near future. The only solution would probably be a hard drive replacement, but then I'd still have a ten (or more) year old receiver. At this point I'm thinking of replacing it with an 830. Are there any flaws in my thinking? (I'm assuming the 830 has all the kinks worked out by now.)

Thanks.
The 830 has:

No front panel clock
No front panel "Presently Recording" indicator
No front panel "Satellite Signal lost" indicator
No rear "Component" output

If those are not important for you then the 830 would be the logical choice.
 

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In my case, I run HDMI to my media room TV elsewhere in the house and component to a TV close to the receiver TV. Since I've upgraded the 'local' TV I suppose I could use an HDMI splitter instead of one HDMI and one component.
 

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Converters

That is an interesting article. Also interesting are all the other converters that are featured at the bottom of the Wiki. I like to know that there seems to be a converter for almost any situation, Even the oldest piece of equipment one finds in the attic or basement can be joined to almost anything modern.
 

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I've been trying to find the answer before posting because I'm pretty sure I read about this over the years... I think the HD on my 630 is going out so I want to reformat it, and replace it if that doesn't work. What is the procedure to reformat the hard drive? I seem to recall a hidden remote sequence.
 

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DSR6XX Factory Reset:
  • Hit the Options button at the bottom of your remote (next to 0)
  • Press 4-9-8-8-6
  • Contact ShawDirect for a rehit (can be done online or over the phone)
 

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I notice that 630s are selling on Kijiji as low as $50. Seems like major departures to cable/streaming in Ontario?
 

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I notice that 630s are selling on Kijiji as low as $50. Seems like major departures to cable/streaming in Ontario?
And you’re telling people, before buying them yourself!!! Lol. If I didn’t already have a spare in the closet, I’d grab another one if it was free and clear...
 

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A couple months ago I posted about my 630 being on its last legs. Well... I can only say that it died peacefully, and had a good life, but alas it is no more.

I went ahead and bought an 830. I have a couple of questions that I hope someone here can answer. The 830 got the new channel map, which included all the channels I'm subscribed to on both satellites. After editing my channel list to not show the G1 channels they still come up when I search for a program to record. Is there any way I can do a smart record without including the hidden channels? This could be a real problem otherwise.

My second question has to do with the indicator light on the front panel. I figured it would only indicate "on" or "off". But mine is blinking. I can't find anywhere which tells me what they means. Has anyone here ran into this? If so, what does it mean?

Other wise, given the missing features (clock, RGB, ...) that I'll miss from my 630, I have to say the 830 is working as expected.

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@zeke There is no way to smart record and ignore hidden channels. You will have to edit the recording in the upcoming list to select/force the channel you want it to record on.
 

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A couple months ago I posted about my 630 being on its last legs. Well... I can only say that it died peacefully, and had a good life, but alas it is no more.

I went ahead and bought an 830. I have a couple of questions that I hope someone here can answer. The 830 got the new channel map, which included all the channels I'm subscribed to on both satellites. After editing my channel list to not show the G1 channels they still come up when I search for a program to record. Is there any way I can do a smart record without including the hidden channels? This could be a real problem otherwise.

My second question has to do with the indicator light on the front panel. I figured it would only indicate "on" or "off". But mine is blinking. I can't find anywhere which tells me what they means. Has anyone here ran into this? If so, what does it mean?

Other wise, given the missing features (clock, RGB, ...) that I'll miss from my 630, I have to say the 830 is working as expected.

Thanks.
If the receiver is activated, the blinking light indicates you don't have signal. This can be turned off in the Preferences menu under Hardware settings. This replaced the red "lost signal" LED you'd find on a 630.
 

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A huge thunder blast hit our house. It scared the heck out us. A barn 1 mile away was struck and burned - no animals were in the barn at the time. Surprisingly, our TV set reset itself and came back – whew. The 630 died. I had the complete "Good Eats" series and the "Good Eats – Reloaded" recorded, but un-watched. I am really put out that I lost those shows! I hope that 1 TB drive is still OK.

Shaw Direct will send us a refurbished replacement under warranty. I hope they have some 630's left, I would prefer not to receive a refurb 830.
 

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Channel 245 WGN was missing from the replacement 630 sent to me. 245 WGN was still working on my 600. Swapped satellite cables.

WGN appeared normal on the 600 – the replacementt 630 was now missing more channels.

Shaw had me do all sorts of things and finally scheduled a service call. After stewing a bit, I called Shaw to order a new 830 and to cancel the service call.

I suppose that I will have to call Shaw to authorize the 830 and find that I am no longer subscribed to channels to which I am already subscribed. Always something. That has been the history whenever I got a replacement receiver. After the dust settles, I hope for a long and happy association with the 830 and the mechanical wonder spinning inside.
 

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Our two 630s are on surge protectors - our 600 isn't. Recently we had a very close lightning strike (simultaneous flash / bang). The receivers all survived but two battery tenders and one garage door opener didn't (computer board out of stock everywhere. Wonder why?)
 
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