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Magic Pvr Arrived Today

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Any chance a firmware update will allow >2GB internal drive?

The current firmware should work for internal drive up to 4TB.

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You've made my day! Thanks wklie

Please post your results if you actually put in an internal HDD of size between 2TB and 4TB.

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Bought a 4TB WD Green.

Knowing how painfully slow file transfers are, I thought I'd try cloning the original Hitachi in my Bauhn USB3 dock. 2.75hrs later I mounted the WD in the Magic - worked a treat! Magic recognised it as 4TB but available recording space was unchanged.

Removed WD, inserted into Sharkoon dock attached to lappy, booted lappy from GParted Live CD. Unable to resize the partition - presumably MBR needing to change to GPT. (In hindsight I should have checked in case GParted offers that option) Didn't want a separate partition using all the free space so returned the WD to MagicTV, formatted and started transferring recordings from USB drives. That's still a "work in progress"

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I thought I'd try cloning the original Hitachi in my Bauhn USB3 dock. 2.75hrs later I mounted the WD in the Magic - worked a treat! Magic recognised it as 4TB but available recording space was unchanged.

Cloning is often not the correct way to transfer recorded programmes beween two HDD of different sizes (unless the cloning software is very smart), especially with one being MBR and another being GPT.

The use of USB dock presents another level of pitfall. It's often the case that a >2TB drive formatted with a USB dock will not be accessible from SATA without reformatting it.

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Weird behaviour once again - as once reported before the output claimed no signal from the aerial. But of course there was as a DVDR connected to the same splutter was fine and weather conditions are ideal.

And then things got worse ,- it seemed to die completely. But a check of the power supply with a meter showed a clear 12V but of course that did not reveal how it behaved under load.. I had already replaced that PS once so looked for the old unit.but of course could not find it.

Then, maybe because its Xmas time, a MIRACLE occurred and the Magic behaved normally again. The internal signal meter displayed 100% quality and 84% strength.

I guess it could be the PS again so I better order a third unless someone has another suggestion. The thought of a non MAGIC TV existence is too depressing to consider. OK if terrestrial conditions fail to give it enough signal - I'll go over to satellite again then. But if reception is OK that MAGIC is my first choice every time.

John

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Just purchased another PS from here

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=161094298105&ssPageName=ADME:L:OC:AU:3160 Thought to post this for the info of other posters. So cheap maybe a good idea to have one on standby as the PS appears to be a MAGIC weakness. But good it is an external and not internal as is usually the case.

The same unit is available elsewhere for twice that price. It will take awhile to land from Hong Kong so here is hoping the MAGIC behaves until then.

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Thanks TD. I have done exactly that - ordered one just in case...

Just purchased another PS from here

http://cgi.ebay.com....ME:L:OC:AU:3160 Thought to post this for the info of other posters. So cheap maybe a good idea to have one on standby as the PS appears to be a MAGIC weakness. But good it is an external and not internal as is usually the case.

The same unit is available elsewhere for twice that price. It will take awhile to land from Hong Kong so here is hoping the MAGIC behaves until then.

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That is advertised as 2.5mm. Although I think it should work, the original Magic TV power supply is 2.1mm.

No real problem as it is a simple enough job to solder on another plug if necessary.

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I just noticed that, when pressing the Menu button, the Magic logo displays "Happy 2014!" - a nice touch :)

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With recent firmwares, you can use 3.5" external HDD (with its own power supply) up to 4TB.

Help needed. I have firmware 6.06au. I already had a 1tb usb powered drive connected. I have bought a WD external 3tb drive (with power supply), and made it into 3 NTFS partitions. The Magic is seeing only 1 of the WD's partitions, giving me 1tb instead of 3tb of extra disk space. What have I done wrong? Should I not have partitioned the WD drive and left it as one 3tb partition? Or perhaps I stuffed up the partitioning process somehow. :hmm:

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I just noticed that, when pressing the Menu button, the Magic logo displays "Happy 2014!" - a nice touch :)

They had a Christmas logo too. I recall that they did it last year too.

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Help needed. I have firmware 6.06au. I already had a 1tb usb powered drive connected. I have bought a WD external 3tb drive (with power supply), and made it into 3 NTFS partitions. The Magic is seeing only 1 of the WD's partitions, giving me 1tb instead of 3tb of extra disk space. What have I done wrong? Should I not have partitioned the WD drive and left it as one 3tb partition? Or perhaps I stuffed up the partitioning process somehow. :hmm:

The Magic TV is supposed to show 3 drives when you select Preferred Recording Disk. If for some reason it doesn't work properly for you, you may try:

1. Reformat the whole 3TB as a single NTFS partition using a Windows PC

2. Format by Magic TV (as Linux ext2 format)

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Is it SBS or have I done something wrong when I originally scanned available channels?

Wanted to record a programme on channel 30 SBS HD but no matter how long I watch the current programme, EPG is never available.

Surfing around I find that it looks as if the EPG is broadcast on channel 351 but when I tune to it I'm told to check the aerial . . no signal . . .duh?

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FynrDzynr, are you running MTV3700 firmware? If yes, try manually removing channel 351.

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