Digital Stream DHR8205U 500GB overview

Number of problems: 12

Number of solved problems: 4

Number of unsolved problems: 8

Problem resolution: 33%

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Digital Stream DHR8205U 500GB: Likelihood of getting a solution

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Ranking: 21st out of 118
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Suddenly the machine has stopped recording. Schedule programs fail to record.
Pressing the red record button on the remote brings up message 'UNABLE TO START
RECORDING'. The disk is far from full. Any ideas please?


My DS will only show Syslog when accessing Media, no, no disc info or recording list. If I try to record message says Disc nearly full although I know it has 25% clear. Any ideas? Or do I consign it to the bin. :(
I've tried a new HD but it is not recognised and refused to format even though it is the same type as original.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks
Colin


One particular amateur radio frequency causes the unit to switch off. My husband has been avoiding using that frequency but did it yesterday but now the unit doesn't come out of "Loading". I left it for 15 minutes to see if it would resolve itself but it didn't. I have tried switching it off & on at the back & also switching the power off & on but it is still getting stuck at "Loading" Is there a way I can re-set it? I don't want to lose the recordings.


device U1 on power supply board has burnt out does any one know what it is. I believe it is some sort of protection device but all markings have burnt off.


The programme guide is no longer downloading fully and I cannot record programmes - even those that are shown on the limited guide. I can still watch all channels and previously recorded programmes.


When trying to set a programme to record it I click on the apply button but the recording won't set. I've tried seeing it worth the function button and the ok button as a single programme and as a series but nothing happens. Any help would be greatly appreciated


Hi my DHR8205U picture freezes, but sound keeps going - remote and front panel controls don't work, no option but to power off, then for an hour or so it's OK. It's not hot at all. The LED characters on the front panel are unevenly dim/bright - possibly a psu problem?


Recently, some recorded programmes will keep returning to start after 14 minutes or so. Sometimes we can fast forward and it will be ok but not always. Would doing a 'disk repair'help-no information on this in manual.


I have had my Digital Stream DHR8205U for nearly 6 years with very few problems. However, the last few days, the touch buttons on the front panel of the recorder have been flashing and this has caused the guide to jump all over the place and have been unable to change the stations by tapping in the number using the remote. It is currently still recording. Just now the touch buttons have stopped flashing and are now orange instead of red. Any idea why this is happening, is it about to stop working completely? Is it time to buy a new one?


Unit has reverted to 00.00 01Jan 2000. Cannot receive channels but can access recorded programmes



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Problem: The unit has just frozen up. It keeps freezing and then shutting itself down.

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Solution 1: It can be extremely frustrating when this happens. Most of the time, there isn't much you can do other than turn it off and then on again, at the mains if the power button isn't responding.

However, there are a few things you can check to help prevent it in the future. Number one is check how hot it is. Freezing can happen when the unit isn't properly ventilated or is in a hot place. Make sure all the vents are uncovered and there is nothing on top of it.
You might also want to check for system updates.
Finally, you might consider turning the unit off and then on again regularly to reboot it. Freezing often occurs when it has been running for a long time, so once a week or so you could try to reboot it by switching it off and on. If you don't want to do this yourself, you might consider buying a timer switch to do this for you at a time you know you won't be using the machine, e.g. 4AM.
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Problem: Recordings keep failing. Sometimes when I record a programme, I get an error message and I lose the recording.

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Solution 1: Recordings fail for a number of reasons. If you schedule the recording and it records - but records the wrong thing - the box might be tuned to two different regions. Reset the channels and manually tune them if you suspect this to be the case.
If the unit is on a series record but has missed the programme, check the programme guide to see if future episodes are being recorded. It may have identified the programme as a different series for some reason, so set a series link on any future episodes that are not being recorded.

Other failed recordings can show a problem with the unit. One or two failed recordings do not necessarily mean that your unit has a fault - it could be due to a power cut or your box could have (unluckily!) frozen or crashed prior to the start of the programme.

However, if there are numerous failed recordings and it continues to occur even though you can watch TV OK, it sounds like a problem with the hard disk and this will need to be either repaired or replaced.
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Problem: 10th june 2014
As of today, the problem of fast forwarding a recording to x64 is now affecting all HD Freeview channels. I can only fast forward to a maximum of x4. it is most frustrating

julian

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- I have the same problem. Where in Preferences is folder creation?
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- I have same issue.
I received this reply from Digital Stream

" Dear Customer,
You are right. There are no problem with FF/REW functions on the SD recorded contents
however there are FF/REW issues on the some HD contents.
In this cases, you may use Previous & Next buttons on the handset with FF/REW buttons
to find out a wanting point easily.
It is a little inconvenient but this feature is related with some HD contents so tricky
to solve at the moment sorry for this.
As soon as next update is available, we will inform you."



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Solution 1: I had the same prob, tried recording a prog today tested it and everything seems back to normal. only thing different was i went into preferences and checked folder creation. I unchecked after test and all working fine.

Kev.
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Solution 2: The problem has been caused by a change in the way the transmitted data is encoded.
Those lovely people at Digital Stream have released a beta firmware that solves the problem and it can be downloaded here:
http://www.mediafire.com/download/21b6q9wuknf0kt5/4.23.r8984Beta-DD-AO3-DSK.zip

Source: AVForums post 1250+ http://is.gd/2hl9Bs

Big thanks to petrev for all his help.
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Problem: When recording a programme the machine never gives me the option to record the series. In the manual it states that a window should appear offering me the option. This does not happen.

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Solution 1: From the EPG screen you should highlight the program and press ok button and the option screen should appear.
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Problem: update micon message. unit has failed. cant find any solutions or files to upgrade

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Solution 1: http://digitalstream-dhr.wikia.com/wiki/Software_Versions has a range of options. This happened to me and I uploaded the FVU version, loaded onto a recently formatted USB2 stick, switched off the PVR, put the USB into the slot at the rear, turned it on and it quickly ran through the rebooting. Only problem so far is that the type on the Guide, Media and Schedule pages is elongated, and the coloured button guide normally at the bottom of the screen has disappeared.
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Problem: Picture keeps stuttering and is blocky and pixellated.

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Solution 1: Check for loose cables and check your signal strength.
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Problem: Picture keeps stuttering and is blocky and pixellated.

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Solution 1: Check for loose cables and check your signal strength.
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Problem: Unit fails to start up, power is going to it the blue light comes on under the front panel and the fan start up, however there is no info appearing on the front screen. Have rebooted many times to no avail. Unit was working perfectly yesterday.

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Solution 1: http://digitalstream-dhr.wikia.com/wiki/Software_Versions has a range of options for updating the firmware. This happened to me after a 'micom upgrade' error message appeared once - switching it on and off resulted in the same problems you have. I uploaded the FVU version, loaded onto a recently formatted USB2 stick, switched off the PVR, put the USB into the slot at the rear, turned it on and it quickly ran through the rebooting. Only problem so far is that the type on the Guide, Media and Schedule pages is elongated, and the coloured button guide normally at the bottom of the screen has disappeared.
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Problem: Suddenly the machine has stopped recording. Schedule programs fail to record.
Pressing the red record button on the remote brings up message 'UNABLE TO START
RECORDING'. The disk is far from full. Any ideas please?


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Problem: My DS will only show Syslog when accessing Media, no, no disc info or recording list. If I try to record message says Disc nearly full although I know it has 25% clear. Any ideas? Or do I consign it to the bin. :(
I've tried a new HD but it is not recognised and refused to format even though it is the same type as original.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks
Colin

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Problem: One particular amateur radio frequency causes the unit to switch off. My husband has been avoiding using that frequency but did it yesterday but now the unit doesn't come out of "Loading". I left it for 15 minutes to see if it would resolve itself but it didn't. I have tried switching it off & on at the back & also switching the power off & on but it is still getting stuck at "Loading" Is there a way I can re-set it? I don't want to lose the recordings.

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Problem: device U1 on power supply board has burnt out does any one know what it is. I believe it is some sort of protection device but all markings have burnt off.

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Problem: The programme guide is no longer downloading fully and I cannot record programmes - even those that are shown on the limited guide. I can still watch all channels and previously recorded programmes.

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Problem: When trying to set a programme to record it I click on the apply button but the recording won't set. I've tried seeing it worth the function button and the ok button as a single programme and as a series but nothing happens. Any help would be greatly appreciated

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Problem: Hi my DHR8205U picture freezes, but sound keeps going - remote and front panel controls don't work, no option but to power off, then for an hour or so it's OK. It's not hot at all. The LED characters on the front panel are unevenly dim/bright - possibly a psu problem?

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Problem: Recently, some recorded programmes will keep returning to start after 14 minutes or so. Sometimes we can fast forward and it will be ok but not always. Would doing a 'disk repair'help-no information on this in manual.

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Problem: I have had my Digital Stream DHR8205U for nearly 6 years with very few problems. However, the last few days, the touch buttons on the front panel of the recorder have been flashing and this has caused the guide to jump all over the place and have been unable to change the stations by tapping in the number using the remote. It is currently still recording. Just now the touch buttons have stopped flashing and are now orange instead of red. Any idea why this is happening, is it about to stop working completely? Is it time to buy a new one?

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Problem: Unit has reverted to 00.00 01Jan 2000. Cannot receive channels but can access recorded programmes

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