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My contour dvd box picture freezes every now and then when changing channels or starting a recorded show. The picture is frozen but the audio continues on the new channel. I see others reoporting the same problem. Is there a fix in the works?
Becky, I highly doubt that this is a signal issue. Here’s why: it also does this when I start playback of a previously recorded show. After resetting the box to clear the issue, I can go back and start playback of the EXACT same previously recorded material without any problem. How can that be a signal issue??
But LOTS of things can cause frozen picture. Not to mention "frozen picture" is generic for all kinds of tiling. But in the end you could be right. It could be a bug. However I think it makes more sense to troubleshoot it as it was not a bug until you have ruled out all other possibility.
Number one cause of picture problems is from signal problems. Have you tried getting into the diagnostics yet? If you can't get in, you can also swap your cable modem where the cable box is and use the modem's 192.168.100.1 diagnostics to look at signal levels. They wouldn't quite be the same as seeing your cable TV signal levels, but it would be close enough. What we would be looking for is low SNR on specific downstream channels.
SNR 39.4 dB, power level -8.7 dBmv. I believe that is within acceptabke limits. However, back to my original point, the problem occurs when initiating DVR playback of recorded material, and persists until a hard reset is performed. But after the reset, the EXACT SAME recorded content plays back flawlessly. Given that, I don’t really see how signal level can the cause.
Thanks Erica. Good to hear that Cox is award of the problem. Is there any indication from the manufacturer (Arris?) as to when the next update will be available? And will it be automatically downloaded or will I need to exchange my box?