Inaccuracies and ommissions may be present in this thread - if you have anything to contribute in that manner, please post them onto this thread:
to ensure this thread is kept clean.
and Supernet PVR's Firmware & other FAQ Information
Info on Firmware Releases:
All 'standard' firmware is based on the German Digenius
Why upgrade to a later firmware release or hacked firmware?
Additional functionality, bug fixes and stability.
Examples: ability to install larger hard drive, ability to edit saved programs, fix to playback-abort bug amongst many other items.
You can check the current firmware version in use on your PVR via the "system info" menu.
Apart from the 'official' firmware provided by the hardware manufacturers, GDRGuy69 produced a "hacked" firmware for Digicrystal, Wintal and Supernet PVR's that allow any size hard drive. (These units currently all use the same firmware from Digenius so all units are compatible).
, a PVR available in Germany also use Digenius firmware that appears to have functionaility in later firmware releases that unfortuanetly are not part of the standard Digenius releases - Ie - they check what hardware the firmware is running on.
One issue is that a lot of the information we hear on firmware releases is that it's in German language (digenius, grobi, pvr forums from Germany) - das ist nicht so gut! (that is not so good!)
How to upgrade:
Digenius info: http://www.digenius.de/UpdateTerm_en
GDRGuy69's any size hard drive (based on Grobi 3.40):
PCPro's instructions on installation and GDRGuy69's install file: http://users.bigpond...rmwareflash.htm
Please remember to thank both GDRGuy69 and PCPro on this thread
Serial cable info: http://wintal.com.au..._X10_Manual.pdf
Digicrystal 3.41 download and installer (should also work for Wintal & Supernet):
Digenius latest firmware download: http://www.digenius....wnload_mlstr_en
Grobi firmware (most recommended by experienced users of Wintal/Supernet/Digicrystal) is Grobi 3.40 or Grobi 3.41(
unless of course you happen to be German or are proficient in German as all other Grobi versions are German language only.
(German only, likely future versions will be German only, but previous version (3.41
) was in both German and English.
Anyone experienced with hacking around with code and proficient in German and English would be appreciated by all and sundry here!
GDRGuy69 requested that if anyone is interested in the sources and has good knowledge of C and assembler, they could work in parallel to improve functionality for the firmware.
GDRGuy69 said that chances are good that the new ucLinux kernel 2.4.29 for ARC
will appear soon and then a new start will be tried with running a ucLinux project on the boxes.
If you have the skills and time, please signify your interest in this thread:
PVR to PC Program Transfers:
To transfer recordings digitally from the Digicrystal SDT-9000PVR, Wintal PVRX-10 or Supernet to the PC in order to archive them onto DVD, PC Pro has written a comprehensive guide on how to do this.
The process is fairly involved and therefore will not suit everyone, but it will suit video enthusiasts who demand maximum video and audio quality.
Check out his guide here: http://users.bigpond.net.au/pcpro
Digicrystal, Wintal, Supernet Manual:
Having a PVR adds another remote control to your collection.
If you have a Universal Remote Control you may be able to use it for your PVR if a suitable model is available in Australia:
Advanced (hidden) Menu:
To access advanced settings, highlight the "save settings" button in the menu and then hit the "menu" button on the remote. Don't forget to save settings after you adjust it.
Other Forums discussing Digenius and Grobi Firmware (German):
All the dtvforum PVR contributors for the above hardware, especially those that this info was gleaned from.