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Newbie Questions on HDR-Fox T2

Discussion in 'HDR-FOX T2 Freeview Recorder' started by sod-it, Feb 17, 2012.

  1. sod-it

    sod-it New Member

    Hello, I have started having problems with my HDR Fox T2 in the last couple of days. (6 month old)
    picture freezing, box switching of , trying to restart itself but not succeeding. (TV or Recorded Prog)
    If I turn the box off for awhile it will restart, the remote works again, however after a few minutes
    it will all freeze again. I am wondering if the box could be overheating although it seems OK.
    The cooling fan in not turning when checking, Should the cooling fan be turning all the time the box is in use. or only when the box requires cooling?
    I have also had the problem of low signal strength, (poor recordings)

    Only 15 miles from Emley Moor Tower.
    Grateful for any assistance. Thanks
     
  2. Ezra Pound

    Ezra Pound Well-Known Member

    The fan should not be on all the time, It is on roughly 50:50 over about 60Min. cycle. Does the metal base of the Humax feel Warm / hot to the touch?, If so the fan should be on. Here are some measurments taken from the bottom of the case :-
    fan off at power up
    fan full on at 36.0C
    half on at 24.5C
    Quarter on at 23.3C
    fan off at 23.0C
     
  3. brianmt

    brianmt Member

    Are you sure you're tuned to emley moor? Have you got any stations in 800 + range ?
     
  4. sod-it

    sod-it New Member

    Ok Gents thanks for the pointers. We may have solved the problem, fingers crossed.
    I have checked all stations; all Emley’s no channels in the 800’s.
    I then checked all inside connections were all secure, and the cooling fan free to spin.
    I then checked the channel signal strength, all low 25-30%.
    I then went to disconnect the aerial and noticed the signal jump to 60% when I moved the cable in the Humax socket !!! I decided to remake the aerial connection, now all the channels show a 60%+ signal strength.
    Now thanks to you guys I can go back to enjoying and exploring a great Fox2.
    Another Q. please If you had to reset to factory settings at anytime, would the HD be reformatted?
    2.Is the cost of having a new didgy aerial a worthwhile expense?
     
  5. MartinLiddle

    MartinLiddle Super Moderator Staff Member

    No. A default settings and a disk format are two distinct operations.
    Not if the signal strength is 60% (anything above 40% should be workable and we survived for some time with 30% on some multiplexes and very few problems) and you are having no problems with reception or interference.
     
  6. Black Hole

    Black Hole Felinos Guru

    A "digital" aerial is only a marketing ploy. The broadcast spectrum is the same as it ever was, possibly using a wider span of "groups" so it might be worth getting a wide-band aerial, but check what channels you need to receive in the "final situation" and what group your current aerial is first.

    Another aspect of the so-called "digital" aerials is sensitivity - when DVB-T started out it was at low power, so you needed a good reception hence a high-gain aerial. But that is/was only temporary, when DSO is complete the digital channels will be at full power (comparable to the analogue channels).
     
  7. brianmt

    brianmt Member



    For what it's worth If your signal is now ok, don't upgrade otherwise if you have to do a retune in the future you rise picking up other transmitters. Unfortunately the old Analoque signal didn't travel to well, hence repeaters all over the place, the new digital signal is much more robust hence a lot of people having tuning problems. I have a friend who had major tuning problems still has BBC wales on his telly, I live in Manchester, says he prefers it
     
  8. sod-it

    sod-it New Member

    Thanks guys, sound advice and saved £££££££££
     
  9. Ezra Pound

    Ezra Pound Well-Known Member

    Here are some more detailed temperature measurements taken form the sensor inside the Hard disk drive, they were taken every 5 Mins.
    View attachment 143
     
  10. Ezra Pound

    Ezra Pound Well-Known Member

    Above mesurement taken from line 194 here :-

    Code:
    === START OF READ SMART DATA SECTION ===
    SMART Attributes Data Structure revision number: 10
    Vendor Specific SMART Attributes with Thresholds:
    ID# ATTRIBUTE_NAME          FLAG    VALUE WORST THRESH TYPE      UPDATED  WHEN_FAILED RAW_VALUE
      1 Raw_Read_Error_Rate    0x000f  115  099  006    Pre-fail  Always      -      173453632
      3 Spin_Up_Time            0x0003  097  097  000    Pre-fail  Always      -      0
      4 Start_Stop_Count        0x0032  097  097  020    Old_age  Always      -      3228
      5 Reallocated_Sector_Ct  0x0033  100  100  036    Pre-fail  Always      -      0
      7 Seek_Error_Rate        0x000f  078  060  030    Pre-fail  Always      -      78250290
      9 Power_On_Hours          0x0032  096  096  000    Old_age  Always      -      3634
    10 Spin_Retry_Count        0x0013  100  100  097    Pre-fail  Always      -      0
    12 Power_Cycle_Count      0x0032  099  099  020    Old_age  Always      -      1614
    184 End-to-End_Error        0x0032  100  100  099    Old_age  Always      -      0
    187 Reported_Uncorrect      0x0032  096  096  000    Old_age  Always      -      4
    188 Command_Timeout        0x0032  100  100  000    Old_age  Always      -      0
    189 High_Fly_Writes        0x003a  092  092  000    Old_age  Always      -      8
    190 Airflow_Temperature_Cel 0x0022  046  044  045    Old_age  Always  In_the_past 54 (0 114 55 46)
    194 Temperature_Celsius    0x0022  054  056  000    Old_age  Always      -      54 (0 13 0 0)
    195 Hardware_ECC_Recovered  0x001a  048  039  000    Old_age  Always      -      173453632
    197 Current_Pending_Sector  0x0012  100  100  000    Old_age  Always      -      0
    198 Offline_Uncorrectable  0x0010  100  100  000    Old_age  Offline      -      0
    199 UDMA_CRC_Error_Count    0x003e  200  200  000    Old_age  Always      -      0
     
    
     
  11. Ezra Pound

    Ezra Pound Well-Known Member