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Technomate TM-9100 Linux Satellite PVR Ready Receiver - £99.99 (ends today)

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Only £99.99 for a receiver that is similar to the Dreambox 7020!!!!! The rrp is £199. The offer ends today. It has a lot of Third Party support for the forum. NOTE: This is NOT FREEVIEW or SKY r…
teckman Avatar9y, 5m agoFound 9 years, 5 months ago18 Comments
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Great receiver at a pretty unheard of price for a linux based machine.

The Dreambox is the 'now' established benchmark and the 9100 is about the same and better in some respects. It's a very good machine : period.

The bugs some people are having is nothing new in this field and the Dreambox had many faults in it's early days as well, probably more so than the 9100.

The Dreambox in it's early form did not even have an adequate power supply to be able to handle a HDD !!! At least the 9100 does. The issue with the size of a compatible HDD is also down to spindle speed and current rating. You want to try stick to a 5400 spindle, failing that as these are harder to come by now, you can try a 7200 that draws the least current. Anyone having used a Dreambox in the past should be familiar with these aspects.....it is wrong to criticise the 9100 for this.

The 9100 is getting massive support in it's early days and at this price there will be an army new of owners that will ensure that it keeps getting the development going forward as well. The UR beta images for example are getting revised every week or so at the moment.

£99 or over £300 for a Dreambox, it's a no brainer really.
talkshop
1TB :roll:
Does not even work properly with 20GB drive, and I have tried several HDD's of varying size.

The UR8 beta images you say are stable, are anything but stable, and it's not just me. Other beta testers are having same problems, that is why they are called beta.:roll:


I'm using a 300GB drive and finding it as stable as my DM7000, again I have no idea what you're doing with yours. Maybe you're using a realy poor image. Maybe you've set it up wrong. Maybe you don't have much of a clue what you're doing? I have three friends who are using the same image and have also put large drives in it. They too are finding it quite stable for a beta.

Many beta images are actually the final versions, especially if you have a late beta and especially if it is stable. Unless you think they just keep on making beta's for ever. :roll:
wow, it's getting a bit heated!

this is my 2pence:

there is a huge thread with a list of compatible hard drives at alsat, and lots of people are using 250gb+. i have not read about anyone having an incompatible hdd.

also, there is a new beta image about every week or so, so support is very good considering it's only been out for a few months
davelfc
Your 7000 takes a 1TB drive? Has a 7 in 1 card reader? Can boot from CF while there is a HD installed? Has a decent tuner?

No I didn't think so, I own a 7000 as well and the technomate is far superior. I'm also running an image that although a beta is very very stable, as stable as my 7000 so god knows what you're doing.


1TB :roll:
Does not even work properly with 20GB drive, and I have tried several HDD's of varying size.

The UR8 beta images you say are stable, are anything but stable, and it's not just me. Other beta testers are having same problems, that is why they are called beta.:roll:
guv
What do you mean by running an image? Can you clarify a bit? Is it like a sat OS system? Sorry for being so dumb!


Image is the operating system.
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Technomate 9100 Linux Satellite PVR Ready receiver - £109.00

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Yet another great deal from Alsat. This time they offering Technomate TM-9100 satellite PVR (you need to buy your own hard drive for it) for only £109.00. This is by far the best price on market as th…
Kommunist Avatar9y, 6m agoFound 9 years, 6 months ago39 Comments
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I finally managed to unpack my TM9100 yesterday (had no time to play with it before).
Installed Juliet 06, don't care much about CAMs, TBH.
Recorded a couple of videos and watched it on my DSM-320RD network media player via network (had to install Twonkyvision on TM9100). Now if I could redirect live stream to DSM - that would be an achievement! :)
If you connect to your 9100 using DCC (dreambox control centre) user:root password:technomate then ftp the movie to your pc (it's quite quick) you can then use convertxtodvd to write it.

Go into settings/expert settings and set the 1gb file size to 4gb otherwise the box slits all movies into 1gb chunks.

*if you are connecting your technomate to the net, then please change your password. This can be done easily using technomate control centre or via DCC using telnet and the command 'passwd' then type in your new password, hit return and type it in again. It won't show on the screen but it will have changed it.
Have now bought one of these. Not only does it seem like a very good product, but the support is second to none and this makes an enormous difference.

Thanks (again) for help, advice and guidance Kommunist.
To the best of my knowledge, there is only one receiver like this on UK market: DigitAll DVR-8000EX. And the price is... ouch!
Note that it got no HDD, just DVD recorder.

I am not sure whether it is possible to attach DVD recorder to Dreambox 702x (I've heard it is possible DVD-ROM though) but it costs 3 times more than TM9100.

On the other hand, you can easily transfer your videos via network to your PC and make your DVDs if needed.
Kommunist
gekkoa

You can't record straight to DVD as TM-9100 doesn't have DVD recorder. There was some interesting project to connect IDE DVD recorder to it but I am not sure how it ended.
I think you'll have to transfer files to your PC via network and then convert it to format suitable for DVD. Then you can record it to DVD at whatever speed your recorder/disc allows.



Thanks Kommunist

From what i've read and seen this is a great satellite box and I am very tempted HOWEVER the lack of a simple facility to burn to DVD makes it a no, no for me. Ive never understood why people go for PVR's - if u like what u record on the HDD then theres a good chance you want to keep it - to burn it in real time is not worth considering. I have a Targa HDD/DVD recorder which makes it very,very simple to record, edit and burn programmes from terrestial TV and I want a satellite box which offers the same facility. (?anyone recommend one)
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DreamBox 500S + InX-TV Card - £98.99

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This is the lowest priced original Dreambox 500S (not the Chinese fake) from well-known satellite equipment merchant. * 250 MHz IBM PowerPC Processor (350 Mips) * Very small size: 4 x 19.5…
Kommunist Avatar9y, 7m agoFound 9 years, 7 months ago45 Comments
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well i e-mailed them before and no reply, they also have an address you can add to msn so ive added it, if no reply ill ring that number.

thanks Kommunist
Not sure about tradedoubler (aren't they just click tracking company?) but Alsat got a store and you can just give'em a call.

84 WILLESDEN LANE,
KILBURN,
NW6-7TA London


Shop Name:. Alsat Shop
Phone: 00442076044526
Hi, i bought this dreambox yeah from the link quoted (the £98.99 one) and i didnt get a UK adapter, ok thats easilly sorted i went down to wilkos and got a european converter for about £2.50 but the INX card i didnt not receive.

Im not too bothered about this card but why say i get it when you dont? has anybody else not got this card when it says you do?

I was going to give it to a mate of mine and because i didnt open it fully i persumed it might be inside the card slot already but nothing and nothing in the box.

And the thing about tradedoubler is once you contact them they never reply back lol.
Personally I am interested in something similar that will record

All Dreamboxes have an Ethernet port and can be setup to record to a PC hard drive.
scorcher
But is it possible to get a sky card to work with that? I want to be able to archive to DVDR without the waste of time of copying from a sky+ box as analogue video.


Yup - but you have to keep your sat receiver to update the subscription card every so often, look here for a detailed thread on it.
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