Started by boomerangirl, February 07, 2011, 06:38:52 PM
Quote from: prl on February 08, 2011, 02:29:39 PMAs for your being "gobsmacked that the Topfield doesn't check in regularly even in stand-by mode": for Topfield and the Beyonwiz PVRs (and many others) "standby" really means "turned off except for the front panel". It's nothing like a PC being in Standby or Hibernate mode. It's like a PC when it is in Shut down mode.
Quote from: boomerangirl on February 08, 2011, 08:26:11 PMI agree with markb. Aside from the potential inconvenience of a locked tuner, powering the entire unit up for 90 minutes a day just to make sure IceTV is in synch is a waste of electricity. Integrate over the average lifetime for a unit and multiply by the number of units sold, and the waste becomes significant.If the hardware is active enough in standby mode to power up when the time comes to record something, I can see no reason why the firmware couldn't be modified to wake up automatically 12-24 hours (or the user decides the interval) after the last power down and then synch with the IceTV web server. That way you could go overseas for a week or three and leave the PVR in standby, but still send it stuff to record via the web.
Quote from: prl on February 09, 2011, 10:40:34 AMA way of using the front panel timer to wake up the recorder once or twice a day to update the IceTV EPG has been described to you. In detail, including the shortcomings.
Quote from: prl on February 09, 2011, 10:40:34 AMWith the current state of the Topfield firmware, it would still need to run for more than 60 minutes to get the update even if there was a specific mechanism for timed IceTV updates.
Quote from: prl on February 09, 2011, 10:40:34 AMAs for the kind of "active standby" you describe...
Quote from: prl on February 09, 2011, 10:40:34 AMMy experience is that for PVRs that are in regular daily use, this is close to a non-issue, or at least wouldn't be improved significantly by using an update timer. I only have an update timer on the PVR that's not user on a near-daily basis.
Quote from: tonymy01 on February 10, 2011, 04:19:09 AM...You can help that along on a regular basis by creating a view timer, this is not a hack, ...
Quote from: tonymy01 on February 10, 2011, 04:19:09 AMI think you are missing something. In standby mode, the unit is not capable of operating *anything* on the main motherboard. The only thing powered up is the front panel, it has enough smarts in it to know the time, and to know the next time it should fire up the power line going to the main motherboard to get the motherboard software booted.
Quote from: tonymy01 on February 10, 2011, 04:19:09 AMYou can help that along on a regular basis by creating a view timer, this is not a hack.... Not a hack in any way, just a smart thing to do.
Quote from: boomerangirl on February 10, 2011, 10:53:21 AM- The "Last EPG Fetch" should update hourly while your Topfield is on.