- Sep 7, 2003
You can use composit or RF for real time transfer of playback.
??? It may be that if you plug it into a Windows PC you'll have problems because Windows doesn't recognize Linux filesystem types. But that's not a firmware thing ... that's a Windows thing. If replacing/duping/expanding the HDD is even possible you would be in much better shape attempting that under Linux, not Windows. If you only have Windows PCs available, you can boot them from any of a number of Linux LiveCDs (Knoppix, SysRescueCD, Ubuntu, ... and many more).except for the part where Dish messes with the firmware and the drive is not recognized by a PC.
They don't even SPIN UP? Wow! What did Dish do to these disks?! You normally don't need anything other than power to spin one up (ignoring power-saver modes and stuff like that).You should find a lot of threads/posts where is ppl complained about DVR disks is not spinning up in PC, regardless of OS.
<snip> I was thinking of canceling Dish and going with only the DTVPalDVR and OTA. But if they're now planning on charging for THAT too, well, my piano expertise will improve with the additional practice, and I'll get more books read.
They're expect to ride new wave: Pay-TV over the Air. Look into TR-40 [DVTpal] - it have already smart card for conditional access; I'm pretty sure the DVR will have it too. Soon ( Seattle ppl testing it now) you'll see how Dish will get new revenue.
Hear ?I didn't see a Smart Card on the TR40, and I don't see any indication of one on the TR50. Where did you hear that they had them?