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Old 12-26-2005, 04:35 AM   #1 (Print)
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Freeview STBs crash

Apologies if this has been on before...

I did look (honestly) and can't find it. I have had a Tivo for a couple of years and have used it with quite an old Freeview boxes (Nokia from OnDigital days).Trouble is that I leave the STB on 24x7 so that I don't miss recording and after a few months it started crashing (pic freeze, no channel change, have to power off/on). So I bought another old STB (Pace) but that too has now started crashing.

Is this something that I could get around with a newer STB (and if so, which one would you recommend)or do I have to work out times when I can give my STB a rest for a few hours every day?

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Old 12-26-2005, 05:29 AM   #2 (Print)
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I had the same happen with my old on-digital Pace STB. However, I noticed that it always locked up on one of the BBC channels, usually BBC1. This rang a bell with things I'd read about the BBC interactive services causing problems so I set a 5 minute manual repeated recording on Five in the early hours of the morning (set to keep at most 1). Since then, I rarely get a problem and only reset the STB once a month or so to avoid lockups.


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Old 12-26-2005, 05:42 PM   #3 (Print)
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According to the uk.digital usenet groups, the beeb knows its graphics code is hanging the old Nokias, but see them as obsolete. There is word that they are close to a fix (possibly just a few lines to avoid loading every last byte of RAM-hogging code). My Nokia locks up on BBC1 and News24, which has lost me 2 Sopranos recordings from More4, so the Nokia is currently powered off as punishment while a Philips STB does service for the Tivo (but has probs with "3 0" for itv4! Will nothing work well in this beautiful digital world? )

The old STBs are not going to last long - if they could disable MHEG like Daewoo SetPals their chances of survival would improve greatly as its that MHEG that usualy does them in - puffed up graphics (impulse noise also kills them). Not for nothing did Nokia put a reset button on the front of the box. Shame the Tivo can't "press" it...
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Old 12-27-2005, 01:37 AM   #4 (Print)
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My old Philips box hangs on BBC-tv channels if left on them too long - but not on any other channel.

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