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Old 03-29-2011, 12:14 PM   #1
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Hi, I currently have the older Silver Fios DVR which I had hooked up to my older CRT TV. I recently purchased a 50" Panasonic VT25 Plasma. I have my Silver DVR hooked up by HDMI.

I have an issue where sometimes when switching to the input that the Fios box is hooked up I sometimes get no picture or white snow screen and sometimes just sound. unplugging the HDMI Cable and plugging it back in fixes the issue.

I called Panasonic and they said that it wasn't my TV, they said that it was my fios DVR. I called Verizon and they said that alot of people have these issues when using HDMI.

She recommended that I should use Component. I was thinking: is the Motorola 7232 DVR better than my older DVR?

Would it eliminate the issues that I'm having? Last question, is there a way of transferring my recorded movies from my old DVR box to the new one?

I appreciate the help
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Old 03-29-2011, 12:35 PM   #2
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I also have a Panasonic TV hooked up with HDMI and never had an issue like that. I've had all three models of DVR with Verizon too. I don't know if going to the 7232 will fix that issue for you, to be honest. Are there reasons to upgrade to the 7232 anyway? Yeah, there are. First, you have to figure out which model DVR you have - there are 2 that look very similar and are silver: the 6416 and the 7216. Both look similar but are very different under the hood.

If you have the 7216, then there isn't much of a reason to upgrade. If you have the 6416, though (you can tell the model number by looking at the front panel, near the bottom left), the reason you MAY want to upgrade comes down to version 1.9 of their s/w. I've posted this elsewhere, but when 1.9 rolls out for real, there are three areas in which the 6416 is deficient (but both the 7216 and the 7232 work just fine):

1) Speed - the 6416 is pretty sluggish under 1.9. I saw no real difference under 1.8, but under 1.9 it's noticeable. It's better on the 7216, and better still on the 7232. But on the 6416 button pushes can take a long time.

2) Expandability - 1.9 will introduce the ability to add an external harddrive to your DVR via the eSATA slot. Allowing you to increase your harddrive space by up to 1TB. The 6416 doesn't have an eSATA slot, so you can't add the external drive.

3) 16:9 guide/menues - 1.9 introduces a 16:9 guide (and menues). Unfortunately the 6xxx series of boxes (including the 6416 DVR) doesn't have the graphics capability to handle HD on the guide/menues. 1.9 allows you to select either a 16:9 guide or a 4:3 guide. But on the 6416 you don't have a choice - it will automatically be set to the 4:3 guide with no option to change it.

Do you care about any of that stuff? If not, and if you have the 6416, then don't worry about upgrading. If you do care about any of that stuff and you have the 6416, then you probably want to consider the upgrade.

Finally - no, there's no way to transfer your recordings, settings, etc. from one DVR to the other.
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I appreciate the help, I have the 7216 DVR. I have a PS3 hooked up via HDMI and a WD TV Live Media Player Hooked up by HDMI. The issue occurs when I'm using the media player (input 3) and then switch to the Fios input (input 1).
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While I understand the deal with the different DVRs, I just wanted to compliment you on a great post clearly explaining the differences for others who need to know. There is a lot of confusion out there and Verizon doesn't help. So good job!
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Old 03-30-2011, 10:45 AM   #5
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Thank you so much for the helpful information JPL. I have a question: Will the 7216 DVR be receiving the 1.9 update? Is there any other reason to upgrade to the 7232 if I own the 7216?
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Thank you so much for the helpful information JPL. I have a question: Will the 7216 DVR be receiving the 1.9 update? Is there any other reason to upgrade to the 7232 if I own the 7216?
Yes, all boxes will be getting 1.9. I ran 1.9 on the 7216 and it runs just fine. The only differences between the 7216 and the 7232, really:

1) Increased harddrive space - the 7216 has a 160 GB harddrive, and the 7232 has a 500 GB harddrive.

2) Speed - you won't see it while running 1.8, but under 1.9 there is a bit of a difference.

3) The 7232 is supposed to be marginally more energy efficient than the 7216, although I don't have the numbers on that.

That's it. If you're ok on the space of the harddrive, then there really is no need to upgrade, unless you want to. I don't think the speed difference alone is reason enough - the difference in speed between the 6416 and the 7216 under 1.9 is very noticeable. The speed difference between the 7216 and the 7232 much less so.
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As food for though, I might be unlucky, but I'm currently on my 3rd 7232 DVR. The first one's hard drive went kablooey. The second one just stopped turning on. A fios tech came out to check my install location to make sure I didn't like have it in the oven or something and said my location was fine. So I dunno. Crossing my fingers that number 3 works out.
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Old 04-04-2011, 08:45 AM   #8
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I just got my new 7232. I have it hooked by HDMI to my 61" panasonic dlp. When I go fro sd to hd or hd to sd there is a 20-45 sec delay where the screen is black and all i see is my tv's input notification in upper left. I also see the same delay when activating vod menu. anyone else seeing this?
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jfisch, your tv is making an adjustment when the TV goes from SD to HD and vice versa. If youd like to rid yourself of this nuisance, go into the menu-settings-video setting, and change SD OVERIDE to OFF. This will send all channels to the TV in a HD resolution and the TV will not have to adjust itself.

Some TV's are quicker than others, yours is exceptionally slow.
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3) The 7232 is supposed to be marginally more energy efficient than the 7216, although I don't have the numbers on that.
All my past STB's both DVR and regular all ran hot. The 7232 is cool as a cucumber...hard to believe really. Much cooler even than the little companion STB in the bedroom, the 7100.

And of course, the 500 gig drive is SO desirable as to blow away all the competition.
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