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daicha

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Seeking firmware for Topfield 7000. Last update was March 2009. V1.11.33
its still working but has nasty habit of dropping services. When retuning of services done the HD services are not picked up. 
Any advice appreciated.
thanks, Ros
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If i'm not misreading your Post i think all the HD services now are MPEG4,7000 series are all MPEG2.
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daicha

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Oh. Has this changed relatively recently? We used to have full complement of each MUP. Eg 90, 92, 93, 94, 70 72 73 76 etc. All groups included the hd stations. Just after it dumped all services and we did search again to restore them the hd channels were no longer there. Have done a few searches since then. HD still in hiding.
Archived firmware seems to be available for everything except the 7000. 😐
Thanks, Ros
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I just checked and it looks like the Link is broken for the 7000,perhaps someone on here can Email you the FW.I think 2010 as listed on the Toppy page is the last but you have to be careful,around 2009/10 it was easy to 'Brick' them when installing new FW.

Edit...my Brother reminded me one of the later FW's Formats the HDD when loading so be careful if you have Rec. you wish to keep.
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Yeah, we got past the 'stuck on RUN" stage with fw upgrade when it was still under warranty. Ended up with a new motherboard. Just with the nice new telly it would be good to record the football in hd. No recordings worth keeping now. Lost them all in a previous adventure. 😭
Thanks for your interest.
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We never had one that formatted the hd so maybe we don't have the latest.
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As far as I am aware no no HD transmissions are being made in MPEG2; if for not other reason than MPEG4 (aka H.264)  support higher resolutions with reduced bandwidth. All HD transmissions are, as far as I am aware, 1920 x 1080.  In the early days some HD content was transmitted in that resolution, but as they added services they reduced the resolution. The 7000 supports max resolution output of 1080i (if I recall correctly).

As far as I am aware all other (SD) services use MPEG2, with the exception of racing.com which uses MPEG4. At one 7Flix in Melbourne was MPEG4 but only for a short time.

I suspect the days of MPEG2 transmissions are numbered given they are spectrum guzzlers.

Most recent TVs support recording to USB storage, so that may be an option to consider.

Ian

I am amazed that the 7000 is still going. I gave up on my 7100 (similar firmware and hardware) about 5 years ago.

It may be time to consider getting a new PVR - if you budget steaches to it a Beyonwiz U4 (4 tuners, 10 simultaneous recordings) or T2 (3 tuners, 8 simultaneous recordings).
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Yep,time for a new machine,the 7000 series were out of date when they were released,by 2008 the TV Industry in Oz. had already made the decision to run with MPEG4.If not for Govt. interference the changeover would have started back in 2012-13,not 2016.
Family Friend is a Radio Technician with a major network,his opinion is MPEG2 will finish in Metro areas at the same time permanent 4K FTA Test Broadcasting starts which is probably 3-5 years.
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Thanks all. As a point of interest i just found the receipt for the 7000 the other day. In 2010 it cost me over a grand! Has been flogged to death. Now relegated to second telly in back room. Footy only. Main tv has two newer topfields attached.
Who needs netflix, eh? I suppose i am just old and set in my ways!
Must re educate myself. Thanks, ros
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Got my first 2400 at the end of 2009 and outlaid similar sort of amount. It is still one of my main Toppys, pride of place connection to my 4K LG OLED TV (I could not resist).

Ian
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daicha

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A 2460 masterpiece and a 7160 grace my new led. We were early to adopt and now reluctant to relinquish.
Ros
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Off topic but still,a walk down memory lane.

My journey with topfield started in 2005, when I got the 5000 Masterpiece. Got it for the bargain price of
$599.00. Had to travel across town to get it, an hours drive back then just to pick it up, but worth it, they were selling for $1199!

Hooked up to a  32" widescreen crt through scart connection, nothing better.

Found a review of it.
"The Topfield TF5000PVRt Masterpiece justifies its cost most convincingly." it sais!

https://www.pcworld.idg.com.au/article/140811/topfield_tf5000pvrt_masterpiece/

Ah those were the days!

Still have that old masterpiece and it still works.

The journey still continues, 13 years on, now with 3 x 7160.

Col.

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Quote:
Originally Posted by Col_W
Off topic but still,a walk down memory lane.

My journey with topfield started in 2005, when I got the 5000 Masterpiece. Got it for the bargain price of
$599.00. Had to travel across town to get it, an hours drive back then just to pick it up, but worth it, they were selling for $1199!

The journey still continues, 13 years on, now with 3 x 7160.

Col.


Similar story,started with a Strong single Tuner around 2003/4,cost around $800,then the Toppy 5000,late 2004,another $800+,then the expensive mistake,Toppy 7000,ordered late 2006 ,delivered March 2007 a the cost of $1000 and i did nothing but FR's and new FW every week or so for the next year and it still couldn't be relied upon to Rec. or work without Dramas.

I also have 3 7160's,unless i have just been lucky they are the best HD model Toppy for basic TV work that they released.I have 2 still connected that get daily workouts for News/Current Affair shows and they have never missed a beat since new.I also have a near new one sitting in a Box that ran for a few Months around 2012 just to make sure it was Ok then stored.

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daicha

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Ian, I'm a little jealous of the LG oled. We chose the sony because of the android interface but it is quite slow.
We live and learn.
Ros
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I have all the 7000 firmwares from the original repository (17 in total) I downloaded the entire site before it vanished.
However, the last version I have is 1.00.68 dated Sep 2010. Not sure where March 2009. V1.11.33 comes from.
Maybe the loader version?
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