I'm using an older Cisco PVR with the purple Guide. The Guide says I am recording a show right now, but the PVR itself does not have the usual red light appearing to indicate I am recording a show. The show is definitely not being recorded because when I try playing it, it just shows the PVR channel. So I deleted it and tried recording it again, but with no success.
I tried recording another channel though, and that worked. So could the problem be with this channel specifically?
I had a similar problem with an 8300HD PVR. It always resolved itself with a reboot and it would be fine for a while, then happen again. As far as I can tell, it was a problem with the hard drive, which eventually failed completely.
So does this problem indicate that there is a problem with my PVR's HD? Should I get it replaced ASAP? Or should I wait until the problem occurs again, to be certain that there is indeed a problem, then do something about it at that point?
I think with my skills, I can install a new hard drive no problem. But my concern comes from the software side. When I install a fresh new hard drive in there, then do I have to install any new software in the hard drive? Or is the hard drive solely for storage, and the PVR's operating system is stored somewhere else? Also, can I install a massive hard drive, like 4 TB, to record more stuff?
And of course, I assume that all my saved programs and future programs will be lost.
Okay thanks this is really informative. And any hard drive will do? I have built my own computers before so I assume I will be able to do this no problem, with the help of some online guides.
I assume if I put a 4 TB HD then it will just be read as 1 TB?
Yeah, i wouldnt put in anything physicaly more than what is sugested.. it may cause issues.
Which exact model of box do you have?
The 8300 uses a IDE hard drive. They are a little more harder to find.
DONT use a SATA to IDE adapter.. as they have been prone to issues in these boxes from what i have read.
The 8642 uses a SATA hard drive.
With any of them.. try and choose a REGULAR model one... a 7200RPM faster one will speed up performance... try not to choose a 'green' drive. they tend to spin down alot ot save power, etc.. but could really impeed performance.