Life after WMC as a Bolt Newbie (Ist day)

Discussion in 'TiVo Bolt DVR/Streamer' started by Dave with Bolt, Jan 5, 2020.

  1. Dave with Bolt

    Dave with Bolt New Member

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    To each their own, but to me the sound effects were (before disabling them) horrid, like a loud video game in a solemn church gathering; a terrible condescending user option.
     
  2. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

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    Miranda loved 'em.*

    * A "Sex in and the City" plot line.
     
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  3. JoeKustra

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    Common error. "Sex and the City".
     
  4. Dave with Bolt

    Dave with Bolt New Member

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    I can try this now (improvised) with 120mm fans I have. All I need are 4 bushings / grommets for the fan to rest on (reduce / eliminate any possible vibration). What of the AC Infinity fan set-up? The S7 looks good to me. Even a larger option to encompass the sides (and especially the RF cable area), but what model?
     
  5. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

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    Of course, you're right--thanks. :) (It's been a while for me.)
     
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    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

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    The AC Infinity AIRCOM S7 is way sleek and cool (no pun intended), for us tech. geeks (as long as you can stomach paying that price to just cool the Bolt box some).

    Having said that, the AC Infinity MULTIFAN fans look pretty cool as well, in a steampunk sort of way. :) And the low price is just as cool.
     
  7. jay_man2

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    I got the MULTIFAN S2 first, and switched it out for the AIRCOM S7 a few days later. The temp dropped about 6 as a result. Currently running at 47 in a 72F room.
     
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  8. Mikeguy

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    Thanks for the comparison report--makes me feel internally justified in spending the extra for the AIRCOM S7. ;)
     
  9. Dave with Bolt

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    For my (seemingly) 1st surprise, how do you turn the Bolt off? I can go on standby OK, but how to turn it off? Does it even turn off? I looked everywhere for power options & found none. I'm thinking that the Bolt needs to be on to record 24/7 instead of turned off. Is standby the closest what the Bolt can do?

    Just now I scrolled through the menu / help areas and found "no internet connection". Having yesterday set the Bolt up in a temporary test area, I used an "iffy" ethernet wire with a broken away plastic lock clip which caused bad contact, as the wire crept out of it's place. I slipped it back in and immediately checked my TV guide to see if the every 8th line was "Tivoed". It is ... now I wonder if disconnecting the ethernet wire is a way to circumvent around having every 8th line of TV guide clutter (by no live internet connection). Has anyone seen this or experimented with it? Connect it once a day or week for current guide update? I just now slipped the connector out, went to standby, woke up Tivo, and checked the guide ... Tivo+ in 3 of 4 pages. I will report back my findings.
     
  10. JoeKustra

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    No power switch and Standby/Power Saving has caused problems for some members. I never use Standby except on Mini boxes.
     
  11. Dave with Bolt

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    The TV guide Tivo+ 8th line reappeared after a loose ethernet was reconnected and I manually went through the menu and updated the Bolt to the internet. I then experimented with removing the ethernet connection (same 8th Tivo+), placing the Bolt on standby (same 8th Tivo), then I unplugged the Bolt for a moment ... Voila! The guide looses every 8th line filled by Tivo+ and is slick and clean! My theory is leave the ethernet cable off until I need a TV guide update, plug the ethernet cable in when I do a Bolt update, receive new guide with Tivo+, exit all and disconnect ethernet & unplug for a moment again. I will update this post with any deviations of my findings.

     
  12. Dave with Bolt

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    The bolt stays on? Don't go into standby, it may cause (a) problem(s)? Does it miss recordings in standby? I'm leaving it as-is on until I experiment with it with bogus recordings.
     
  13. Mikeguy

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    Yep, it stays on--so that it can record Suggestions (if you have that feature set to on), record things on your Wishlists that show up in the middle of the night or while you are away, record shows on your OnePasses whenever they might occur, etc.

    People have reported TiVo system issues from TiVo's standby options (there are posts/threads here on this)--given the very small amount of energy savings (yes, I know, all energy should be conserved), many people feel it best just to not use standby. (Also, one could get into hard drive wear-and-tear explanations, also discussed in earlier standby posts/threads.)
     
  14. Dave with Bolt

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    When in standby it won't record? It doesn't partially wake to record what I have set to record? Tivo is different from WMC and Channel Master Cm7500, they do, so new rule book w/Tivo. I will experiment with this.

    I assume the hard drive spins when in standby (without searching posts for info on it) and the amount of power is negligible to me either on or in standby. The HD life may be 2-3 years as found in my environment with previous needs, so I expect likewise here with the Bolt, all mentioned HD's run 24/7.
     
  15. JoeKustra

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    It records in Standby. Find System Information and post your ODT. Something in the 50s is ok. Keeping the unit cool will let it live a longer life.
     
  16. Dave with Bolt

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    My Rovi guide is back on WMC (through Jan. 21). Someone made note of this while EPG123 searching & I checked ... it was there. Win7 support ends Jan. 14 ... what of this Jan. 21 guide?

    I noticed when my TV is switched from Bolt HDMI to regular TV on my TV remote, the Bolt does (how long? I didn't watch the time) does "light off" and goes into standby. I woke up the Bolt and all recordings were made A-OK. ODT is 58 after 5 hours on.
     
  17. JoeKustra

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    Power saving is causing the Bolt to enter Standby. These are the options: 20.4.6 issue?

    Most find removing the cable card cover helps with cooling. Most find Standby is not worth the tiny savings.
     
  18. Dave with Bolt

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    I have power saving set from day one set-up at medium, so the Bolt enters standby after 4 hours dormancy. Lowest ODT observed is 55 and highest 62 (before setting small fan to blow over/under unit). Cable card cover removed from 1st set-up time. Current ODT is 59. Not the "plug & play" I thought Tivo was.
     
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  19. Worf

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    Well, Windows 7 support ends on January 20, so guide data should continue around then. The only thing about January 1 was how WMC guide always stops around the new y ear, when DST changes, and other such things where it appears Microsoft needs to fix their guide data server. This wasn't a problem when they were working on WMC (you'd get down to maybe a week of data), but when Microsoft disbanded the WMC team, it routinely gotten worse and worse - I'm guessing some WMC user at Microsoft goes and fixes the server when it dies.

    Of course I use both WMC and TiVo, and upgraded my WMC to use EPG123. I'm sort of torn now - I like TiVo, but now WMC has superior guide data.
     
  20. Dave with Bolt

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    Being curious, I went to WMC guide update and it advanced 15 hours, from Jan 21 2AM to 5PM. I also have Win7 across the board, with one computer Win10 capable. Getting a Bolt was to me separating away from expiring Win7 support and having a stand alone DVR away from computers, as were Beta & VHS recorders way back when (then go to Win10 & live that). More & more thinking to ditch the Bolt & go EPG123, using my Channel Master CM7500TB1 as redundant failsafe until EPG123 fully integrated & time tested. Still exploring EPG123 for now, main question being is whether to have WMC on Win7 or Win10, or what configuration of WMC will work until ATSC 3.0 fully in place.
     

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