Posted 23 March 2017 - 08:37 AM
Final results: tried 2 different power supplies, different ethernet cable, direct ethernet connection to router, different usb cable between original drive, different usb connection between different drive, cursing at the unit, packing up unit to put in recycle bin.
All but the last resulted in no change.
I guess I'm off to research a Tivo or equivalent.
This whole complicated scenario of recording off the air in the digital age seems ridiculous. I admit I haven't researched it lately, but even just a couple years ago the whole process of finding an inexpensive, stand alone DVR was fairly challenging. Yes, I get that there's big different between the good old days of VCR's and today's DVR's, between analog and digital, but a digital tuner seems to be the device that does the heavy lifting, the translating between a digital signal and a video signal we can watch. Any cheap TV manufactured since the digital transition can do it. Back in analog day the cheapest VCR would grab the analog signal from an antenna and record the resulting video onto the available media, which was magnetic tape. Why is it so hard to find an inexpensive device that can grab a digital signal from an antenna (which is what any TV does) and record the resulting video onto the current available media, a hard drive, whether solid state or actual disc. This whole SimpleTV inexpensive DVR experience has been frustrating over the past few years. It seems so simple, and it almost works. (In fact, it works/worked fine...some of the time.) It seems to be only a few tantalizing tweaks away from being an inexpensive DVR, a true 21st century version of the VCR. I don't understand why it, and many copycat others, has not become more commonplace in this (supposed) age of cable cutters.
[End of Rant - thanks, that felt good to get that out there.]