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sandp

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per title.
looking at ways of getting a cheaper outlay for PVR
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IanL-S

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Yes, you can do so. Given the ventilation of the 5300 you may need a 2.5" HDD. Cannot remember if it has an integraed fan or not. Difficult to find AV specific HDD, but I have had no issues with stanard 2.5" HDDs (other than audible noise when it shuts down). Check out the discussion on the oztoppy wiki.
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sandp

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hmmm,

I was planning on repurposing a 3.5" WD green (or a blue - which I thought are the replacement for greens).

i'm not worried about noise.

been looking on ebay and there's not much there - just tossing up between a 5300 500gb or the 8800 2TB (having read thru that thread) OR spending more and going the Beyonwiz T4....
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IanL-S

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The Purple replaced the AV. I cannot recommend the 5300; only beta firmware and still buggy.

If your budget extends to it I would go for a T4 as it has ongoing support and does up to 10 timers across 4 tuners, plus supports up to 6TB HDD.

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sandp

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thanks for the tips.

"only beta firmware and still buggy." I must have missed that bit of info.

does buggy mean it won't be reliable as far as recording goes? I'm looking to use it simply as a pvr and copy files from it to other drives as it fills up

is the 2400 considered a better alternative to 5300 given it's 'maturity' of firmware?

how's the testing of the 8800 going?
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IanL-S

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"only beta firmware and still buggy." I must have missed that bit of info.


It not said anywhere. The 8800 was never released by Topfield/Toppro. The number of units sold by the liquidator suggest that they were pre-production units intended for pre-release testing. I was the primary external beta tester for Toppro and I never had anything to do with the 5800. They seemed to have downed tools when the litigation started in expectation that things would go badly wrong.

The 5800 is less buggy than many pre-releases I have seen. As far as I can work out they do not seem to have fixed the bugs in the RS (record series) module. The major problem I have noticed is missnaming of recordings. A large proportion of the recordings on my 8800 have 'HDMI imput' as the name, when they were free to air recordings.

The firmware for the 2400 and 5300 is very similar. The main difference is the EPG, where the 2400 has IR (intelligent recording) and the 5300 has RS. There are bugs in the RS module. However you can avoid those issues by using IceTV or SmartEPG TMS.

The 8800 does not support TAPs, unlike the 2400 and 5300.

I do not use any Android based Toppys day to day. They are not as easy and reliable to use as those running Linux (2400, 5300 and the like).

Ian

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sandp

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so the bugginess of the 5300 is related to the EPG?
and that can be overcome by using SmartEPG?
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IanL-S

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Yes, that is the case. SmartEPG is far more sophisticated once you get the hang of it. I use it on my Toppys that do not support IceTV.

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Don't forget a combo of TMSTimer and AutoSched also is a great alternative too.
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