DVR meltdown

posted by Jeff | Tuesday, November 25, 2008, 1:51 PM | comments: 0

My BeyondTV DVR has had a total meltdown. Last night I tried updating to the new version, and it hosed it completely. It can't tune over-the-air HD channels, and trying the obvious reinstall of the app and the drivers has only hosed it worse. I screwed around with it all morning.

The good news is that I haven't lost any recorded shows, but who knows if I can get things working again before it has to record tonight. I did lose all of my recording settings, and that blows.

So why do I still use this thing after five years? One word: "SmartSkip." It finds the commercials, and you skip them with one button. It obviously works far better than the standard Scientific Atlanta DVR as well because it's smart enough to know what's new, has moved time slots, what's a repeat, what you missed because of a conflict, etc. It's relatively great software. I just don't understand what happened here.

I hate dicking around with computers like this, and I especially detest reinstalling Windows. Admittedly, there's a good three years of Windows rot on that machine, so that's likely part of the problem. I finally decided about an hour ago to backup the recorded shows (slowly, because they're about 120 gigs), and do a clean install. What a waste of time. I should be ripping up carpet. Or snow blowing.


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