Setpal boxes to stop working?

Discussion in 'TiVo Series 1 - UK' started by TheBear, Jul 26, 2008.

  1. TheBear

    TheBear Member

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    I'm really, really p*ssed off with the people that ran Setpal/Novapal.

    When I first bought the box it didn't work and had to be repaired (Dry joints on the memory chips, apparently). I never got a refund for my postage!

    Then, those flippin' adverts that they introduced on the EPG. When I bought the box it didn't have them and there was no mention of them as a future feature. Despite this, Setpal forced them down my throat.

    Then, Setpal go bust and their successors decide to CHARGE for an extended EPG. More money spent on the bl**dy setpal box.

    And to put icing on the cake "someone" decides to change the transmissions such that it renders my box completely useless as Setpal scrimped on the design!!

    I mean, the thing is less than four years old. I must have spent an extra fifteen quid getting what was a fairly expensive box repaired and upgrading the EPG and for what? A pretty ineffective door stop!

    Grrrrrr!
     
  2. IainJH

    IainJH New Member

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    Question for "the bear" - the Clarity STB you bought, what IR codes did you find worked with it please?


    cheers! :)

    ps I'm another setpal owner, mine's not died yet but for a second tivo I got the cheapy Clarity STB - seems pretty good but I just need a code! :)
     
  3. Ian_m

    Ian_m Active Member

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    Mine still works as well, just ensure the auto update of channels is disabled in the setup menu and you will be fine. You will of course not be able to receive newer channels or renumbered channels, but until that time it should still just work.
     
  4. terryeden

    terryeden TiVo, Tivum, Tiva,

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    I disassembled the SetPal, took the dark plastic from the front and placed it over the LEDs. Turns down the brightness by just the right amount. A little bit of DIY recycling :)
     
  5. gadgetgaz

    gadgetgaz New Member

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    Yes, it has happened! My setpal was forced to do a rescan due to a power interruption and now there are no channels found.

    I am well pi55ed off - the thing is now in the bottom of my dustbin:mad:
     
  6. terryeden

    terryeden TiVo, Tivum, Tiva,

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    Just to clarify, had a genuine power-cut and the Wharfedale DV832BN powered back on to the channel it was on previous to the cut.

    So, if you're after a replacement - it's highly recommended.
     
  7. jed

    jed New Member

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    Hi, following the above recommendations I bought a Wharfedale DV832B (now £19.99 from Argos) - did I miss what the difference between that and the DB832BN was?

    Unfortunately it's only at V0.3 so I'm going to have to wait for an OTA upgrade.

    I see on the http://www.dtg.org.uk/consumer/receivers.html website they don't even mention Wharfedale - can someone please confirm I am looking out for Wharfedale on the http://www.dtg.org.uk/retailer/download_schedule.pl website?

    Presumably my only option now is to disable updates on the Wharfedale to keep Tivo happy and check the above website on a weekly basis for any updates or contact Wharfedale direct for a date and obtain one when it is next available. Not ideal, but hopefully it will be worth the wait.

    Thanks,
    Jed
     
  8. AMc

    AMc Active Member

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    Jed - my much older silver box didn't update with the last broadcast a couple of weeks ago. Earlier in this thread terryeden reports his black one is on v0.3 and didn't update either. I would just disable updates and forget about it.

    FWIW if it is set to autoupdate every night it spends 'about 20 mins' messing about (according to my partner whos late night olympics was interupted long enough to wake me up and harrang me about it :( )
     
  9. jed

    jed New Member

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  10. steveroe

    steveroe Must do some work...

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    Apologies for the old thread resurrection and late notice - I've just noticed my Wharfedale DV832B updated to version 2.9 on Monday night - according to http://www.dtg.org.uk/retailer/download_schedule.pl this version is being broadcast until 9 a.m. tomorrow if anyone wants to force an update.

    No idea what changes it incorporates.
     
  11. AMc

    AMc Active Member

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    Spotted your post at 9.03 this morning. Ran a manual update on my Wharfedale DV832B (2) and got no new software found :(
    If it fixes the sound drop out issue then it would be worth turning on auto updates for a while in the hopes of a repeat.
     
  12. Fred Smith

    Fred Smith Still learning

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    According to threads on DS it add Teletext Extra, which apparently can be a blessing or a curse.
     
  13. steveroe

    steveroe Must do some work...

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    I can sadly confirm it definitely does not solve the sound dropout problems. :(
     
  14. AMc

    AMc Active Member

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    I don't know if I'm pleased or not - if it had fixed the problem and I'd missed the update I'd be annoyed, as it still isn't fixed it it remains an irritation which may never be resolved.

    Teletext extra sounds...unexciting.
    I noticed on engadget the other day some new TVs in the US are coming with RSS readers for weather, news etc. I was mightly impressed that they'd reinvented the teletext we had in the 1980s :)
     
  15. Fred Smith

    Fred Smith Still learning

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    There's another but different models update tomorrow until Monday.

    http://www.dtg.org.uk/retailer/download_schedule.pl

    You might want to think about it and turn on or off auto updating tonight? Starts tomorrow at 10AM.
     
  16. AMc

    AMc Active Member

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    Thanks Fred - I'd already set auto update back on - but the DTG site is pretty specific that the "DV832BN(2)" was in the 17th-19th update so I doubt it will do anything this time around.

    On another note its vaguely interesting that the Wharfedale LPDV832B and Wharfedale DV832B appear to share the same code but the DV832BN(2) doesn't - given they all have the same case I'd assumed they were internally the same.
     
  17. steveroe

    steveroe Must do some work...

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    This may have actually made it worse :mad:

    I've had two programs recorded since the update where the sound fails after some time, then doesn't come back. A channel change then restores the sound.

    Anyone else had the same (Wharfedale DV832B)?
     
  18. AMc

    AMc Active Member

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    In two years with my DV832BN(2) I've had one recording like that - as you say a channel change restored sound. Perhaps I'll turn auto update off again!
     
  19. steveroe

    steveroe Must do some work...

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    I've had another two recordings with partial silence in the last two days. Well done Wharfedale, you've broken my box. :mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad:

    Time for a new one...
     
  20. AMc

    AMc Active Member

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    Sorry to hear that - but thanks for the warning.
     

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