HR10-250 6.3 upgrade announced

Discussion in 'DirecTV TiVo Powered PVRs & Receivers' started by codespy, Jul 8, 2006.

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  1. az_double_eagle

    az_double_eagle Certified Golf Nut

    Aug 13, 2006
    Glendale, AZ


    I just came back to life after a massive migraine and this was one of the first posts I read. Thanks for making me laugh loudly. I really needed that.

    Great post! :D
  2. Jeanesco

    Jeanesco akaAlphaWolf Rakeesh

    Dec 29, 2003
    You are probably referring to the R10 (the only "HR-10" is the HR10-250.) The R10 is a tivo DVR which is branded as directv. In directv model numbers, R means DVR, and D means just a regular (non-DVR) receiver. H is added if it is a high definition unit. The 10 means the generation of that particular combination starting with the directv in-house brand receivers. The D10 was the first directv branded receiver. The R10 was the first directv branded DVR. The HR10-250 is the first directv branded HDTV DVR (the 250 indicates the storage capacity.) The mpeg-4 units have a 20 in the generation nomenclature, e.g. the mpeg-4 standard receiver is the D20, and the high def version is the H20. So on and so forth...

    The R10 is commonly referred to as a S2.5, as it uses the gen04 platform that all newer standalone tivos use (but tivo still refers to them and the R10 as a series 2 platform.) In a few ways the hardware of the S2.5 tivos (standalone and directivo) is actually inferior to the regular S2 units, but the specifics on that I can't link to due to a certain policy made by Adolph Bottler.

    The R10 in particular uses software version 6.1 (as opposed to 6.2 for the current dtivo S2 units, though there isn't any major difference between the two) and the USB ports do work if you hack it.
  3. chris_h

    chris_h New Member

    Dec 17, 2003
    Sacramento, CA
    I have heard of a few HR20 owners sending it back, saying they would wait until the bugs are worked out, and maybe wait for OTA tuners to be activated.

    I had not heard of anyone actually tossing the thing at their dish! :eek:


    Sorry, but I just plain could not resist!
  4. Lee L

    Lee L Got Basenji?

    Oct 1, 2003
    Morrisville, NC

    When I had one HR10-250 in teh living room and one SD DVR (pre 6.2) in teh bedroom it did not seem that bad, then we got 6.2 and it spoiled us, making the living room TiV oseem so slow. THen we got a second HR10-250 for the bedroom so both are slow.
  5. SpankyInChicago

    SpankyInChicago New Member

    May 13, 2005


    The irony of your post is quite, well, ironic.
  6. old7

    old7 That's all I know! TCF Club

    Aug 7, 2002
    Medford, Oregon
    Perhaps, but I wasn't the one complaining about worthless posts.
  7. Sknzfan

    Sknzfan New Member

    Jul 23, 2006
    I have NOT read Every post in this point me in the Right Direction if this has been mentioned...and I'm ALMOST Sure it has... :p

    What if they ( D* ) decides NOT to UPDATE the HR10-250 ?
    Just telling people to Upgrade to the HR20 ?

    Just wondering....?

  8. cheer

    cheer Registered Offender

    Nov 13, 2005
    Gurnee, IL
    Not sure what you're asking. If D* decides not to update the HR10-250...well, then, they don't.
  9. thebarge

    thebarge New Member

    May 2, 2005
    Then we're screwed. I just had my HR10-250 installed two days ago and I want to keep it. But if they refuse to update it to 6.x I'm not sure what I'm going to do. I really don't want to upgrade to the HR20 (mostly due to no dual live buffer), but I also don't think I can stand the slow guide and folders.
  10. iwantmyhdmitv

    iwantmyhdmitv New Member

    Sep 23, 2004
    Fremont, CA
    Here's my speedup experience with the HR10-250

    After ~2years and 18 SP's, a re-order of the SP list would take between 3 to 8 minutes.
    Hitting record while "live" would take 0.5 to 2 minutes to setup the event.

    After putting in a WD-3200JB (320GB) using I.C., I think it works better than new (can't remember how it was 2 years ago:)
    With 15 SP's, 3hrs of HD recording, and about 12 hours of SD on the new disk:
    Re-order of the SP list now takes between 4 to 14 seconds (depending upon whether the tuners are busy with HD or SD).
    Hitting record while "live" takes 3 to 6 seconds to setup the event.

    In summary, it now runs as fast or faster than my T60's
  11. biomedico

    biomedico New Member

    Aug 30, 2006

    Just so i don't loose track of what this thread is all about, and to do kind of a quick recap...
    Has anybody (anybody in the world that is), gotten their HR10-250 upgraded to 6.2 or 6.3 yet?

    Thanks :)
  12. cheer

    cheer Registered Offender

    Nov 13, 2005
    Gurnee, IL
    No, DirecTV has not released the update yet.
  13. SpankyInChicago

    SpankyInChicago New Member

    May 13, 2005
    I'd dress you down for your failed logic, but I do not wish to further sully this thread.

    Happy Tivoing!
  14. harley3k

    harley3k New Member

    Jul 19, 2006
    And I believe the current *speculated* time frame for 'release' of the update is Mid-September or Never, depending upon your level of optimism.

    'release' may or may not mean that the update is sent to a select region first for testing before it is 'released' to the rest of us....depending on your definition of 'release'.

  15. biomedico

    biomedico New Member

    Aug 30, 2006
    Meanwhile, back at the castle...

    Us mortals continue to wait, and pay for D* crippled service.

    somebody wake me when we get there ..
  16. kbohip

    kbohip New Member

    Dec 29, 2003
    The speed won't last. I just installed a 400gb drive in mine last month and it's already acting exactly the way you say your's did after 2 years. Of course I do have 40 SP's and Wishlists. My drive is empty for the most part though. I really think all of the suggestions slow these down quite a bit, and I don't mean only if you have them turned on either.
  17. sluciani

    sluciani TiVowner Since '99

    Apr 21, 2003
    This has been said by others before, but bears repeating. Best work-around for speed issues is to tune to two "blank" channels when setting up a new recording or season's pass. Of course, you need to do this when nothing is currently being recorded on either tuner, which is not very convenient.

    I usually tune one tuner to channel "0" and the other to channel "1". Not quite as quick as a new HR10-250 with no Season's Passes, but certainly a more tolerable wait on my 30+ SP configuration.

  18. Arcady

    Arcady Stargate Fan

    Oct 14, 2004

    Learn English.
  19. BrettStah

    BrettStah Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Nov 12, 2000
    San Antonio
  20. slydog75

    slydog75 Not all that sly

    Jul 8, 2004
    Warminster, PA

    That is not a complete sentence. If you're going to lecture someone on proper english you should probably be sure to apply it to your own post! :cool:
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