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As per title, instore only. There were two sealed in Watford, I took one, so one remaining

great support site at http://www.toppy.org.uk/faq.php?category=top
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#1
I paid £300 for mine and it was the older Panther model 5800

Bargain for SD freeview
#2
What are the outputs on this? Just scart ?
#5
I think it can output component if that's any good - you just need a scart to component cable. Have a look around the forums at http://www.toppy.org.uk

Superb bits of tech if you only need SD freeview. I bought my original Topfield nearly four years ago and at the time it seemed like a lot (250?) but it's been worth every penny, many times over.
#6
Also currys. I got 2 at Kingston park newcastle. One was this one and the other was the black panther. Fantastic buy. Heat added. Cos there topfield. But there also doing the TF5800PVR. Which is the panther version
#7
pjk
I think it can output component if that's any good - [SIZE="4"]you just need a scart to component cable[/SIZE]. Have a look around the forums at http://www.toppy.org.uk

Superb bits of tech if you only need SD freeview. I bought my original Topfield nearly four years ago and at the time it seemed like a lot (250?) but it's been worth every penny, many times over.


Scart to component? Are you sure thats possible?
#8
craigstephens;8953314
Scart to component? Are you sure thats possible?


Take a look

http://shop.ebay.co.uk/i.html?_nkw=scart+to+component&_sacat=0&_odkw=scart+to+yuv&_osacat=0&bkBtn=&_trksid=p3286.m270.l1313
#9
Thanks to the OP.:thumbsup:

Just picked one up in PC World Milton Keynes.
There were 2 there (I got 1) plus the demo model. Don't know if they sell these off?

Been wanting one of these for a long time but the price stopped me. This is a fantastic price for a PVR let alone the fact it is a topfield, absolutely fantastic bargain.:-D
#10
This is a very good SD box. I'm on my second after my first gave up after 4 years of sterling service. This should give you an indication of how good it is. After 4 years none of the competition had caught up, in my oppinion.

There are a couple of things you should be aware of:
1. The user interface is poor out of the box. You will "need" to install some free software (optional donation) in order to make it the best SD box around.
2. It is very quiet because it doesn't have a fan, therefore you should ensure that it goes on standby overnight to prolong its life.

If you are happy to download some software and upload via USB, read a few posts on [url]www.toppy.org[/url] and play with the settings to make it perfect, then it's red hot, otherwise it's sub-zero. No in between I'm afraid.
#11
Good make and a good box.
Prices on these type of boxes are going to drop now that HD Freeview is here.
Heat added
#12
stamfordblue;8956159
Good make and a good box.
Prices on these type of boxes are going to drop now that HD Freeview is here.
Heat added


I don't think they will drop below this price. The Humax Freeview PVR is supposedly going to be £350. Other competitors are £300 and are full of bugs. My thoughts would be that this is a cracking piece of kit which will be great for the next 12 months until Freeview recorders get themselves sorted out. So much so I went and got one tonight to have a play with - having almost given up with Humax who I thought had finally sorted out the bugs with their machine.

EDIT : Having had a quick look at the much revered Topfield forum it looks more complicated than I imagined to get the machine working 'properly' using TAPS. The beginners guide seemingly has not been updated since 2008. If anyone buys this machine and succesfully updates it with TAPS could they please PM the link(s) to which instructions they used? Thanks!
#13
Why would you need to update it with taps .... (update it with firmware) then use the taps
#14
dontasciime;8958180
Why would you need to update it with taps .... (update it with firmware) then use the taps


I am new to Topfield.... my understanding is that you would possibly to update the firmware (but not necessarily to the latest version [Quote Toppy Forum "We currently recommend that users use firmware 5.13.65, which is the latest release and will run on any UK Toppy. The Freeview Playback firmware is not presently recommended. "]) dependent on what firmware this machine already has and then apply TAPS.

Now my issue is that, for example, the quote above was written in 2006 - so I wonder if the story is still the same. Hence I was asking what really needed to be done to this machine. "Update it with Firmware and then use Taps" is a bit more general than I was hoping for.

I can trawl through the forum tomorrow but if someone has bought this machine and done the updates and can pass on the info it would save a lot of time and would be much appreciated.
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Searcher2
I am new to Topfield.... my understanding is that you would possibly to update the firmware (but not necessarily to the latest version [Quote Toppy Forum "We currently recommend that users use firmware 5.13.65, which is the latest release and will run on any UK Toppy. The Freeview Playback firmware is not presently recommended. "]) dependent on what firmware this machine already has and then apply TAPS.

Now my issue is that, for example, the quote above was written in 2006 - so I wonder if the story is still the same. Hence I was asking what really needed to be done to this machine. "Update it with Firmware and then use Taps" is a bit more general than I was hoping for.

I can trawl through the forum tomorrow but if someone has bought this machine and done the updates and can pass on the info it would save a lot of time and would be much appreciated.


5.13.65 is still the best Topfield-supplied firmware, but your best bet is to simply install the full MyStuff package.

http://www.toppy.org.uk/~mystuff/

This not only adds loads of extra functionality such as usable EPG, better-than-series-link recording, etc but also uploads their own recommended customised version of the 5.13.65 firmware which has various bug and stability fixes implemented by the members of the toppy forum.

The MyStuff installer is a pretty professional piece of kit now, and should handle all of the steps for you.
#16
rivergold;8959240
5.13.65 is still the best Topfield-supplied firmware, but your best bet is to simply install the full MyStuff package.

http://www.toppy.org.uk/~mystuff/

This not only adds loads of extra functionality such as usable EPG, better-than-series-link recording, etc but also uploads their own recommended customised version of the 5.13.65 firmware which has various bug and stability fixes implemented by the members of the toppy forum.

The MyStuff installer is a pretty professional piece of kit now, and should handle all of the steps for you.



Thanks for that advice. So - no need to update firmware (which will be the Playback + version) and just install MyStuff. Saved me loads of time.

Cheers!!
#17
Searcher2
Thanks for that advice. So - no need to update firmware (which will be the Playback + version) and just install MyStuff. Saved me loads of time.

Cheers!!


You still need to update firmware if you want the mystuff to work .(EG it will use the firmware associated with mystuff which is not an official firmware) So you don't need to update to the official firmware.
#18
dontasciime;8960501
You still need to update firmware if you want the mystuff to work .(EG it will use the firmware associated with mystuff which is not an official firmware) So you don't need to update to the official firmware.



Now I'm getting confused. According to 'rivergold' the install of MyStuff does everything for me. According to MyStuff "MyStuff 6.2 (Installer)
Install program for MyStuff 6.2, including TAPs, firmware, skins, favourite lists. For automated installation from PC to Toppy via FTP or direct USB connection. Download, unzip and double click on 'Setup.exe'"

So you're saying that the automated install does not install the best firmware??

I haven't tried it but it looks like it does. When I execute the MyStuff installer the first step gives the option of Automatic MysTuff install with firmware and says

"Use this option if you wish to install or update both MyStuff and your firmware. This installs MyStuff and some support TAPs and the recommended firmware including the "essential" patches for correct operation of your Toppy plus patches to replace some of the supporting TAPs."

I haven't run it yet past this stage but it looks like the procedure is to follow the instructions on page 9 of this manual :

http://www.toppy.org.uk/~chunkywizard/MyStuff62Manual.pdf
#19
To get the most from MyStuff, we recommend that you use the full install package (from the Downloads section), which will also install the MyStuff Recommended Firmware (including recommended patches), and additional support TAPs.
#20
dontasciime;8961430
To get the most from MyStuff, we recommend that you use the full install package (from the Downloads section), which will also install the MyStuff Recommended Firmware (including recommended patches), and additional support TAPs.
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Yes - so it's a one stop shop at MyStuff. I don't have to decide what firmware I should have on it as it does it all for you. It looked like you were advising me to install the correct firmware to get mystuff to work... whereas in fact MyStuff installs the correct firmware.
#21
Searcher2
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Yes - so it's a one stop shop at MyStuff. I don't have to decide what firmware I should have on it as it does it all for you. It looked like you were advising me to install the correct firmware to get mystuff to work... whereas in fact MyStuff installs the correct firmware.


Yup, what I said :) MyStuff is well thought out and has had many man years of effort put into it by a capable team of volunteers (not me, wrong skills!) You won't go too far wrong with it, and as you are now using their recommended custom firmware, you are using the "most tested" scenario, so hopefully least bugs.

MyStuff actually does a better job of implementing Freeview Playback benefits than the later non-recommended firmware from Topfield, and certainly better than the newer TF5810PVR, which should NOT be assumed to be a better box simply cos it is newer and has a higher number!
#22
As already said, use the mystuff installer which will update the firmware automaticaly.

I suspect that after this batch of TF5800 have gone there will be no more, hence the clearence price. Also as said before the TF5810 shouldn't be seen as a better machine. It's not. It does add HD upscaling but does introduce a few more problems than the mature and stable (as long as you use mystuff and associated firmware) TF5800.

Cracking piece of kit and as long as you are prepared to tinker a little out of the box it will put the rest of the competition to shame.
#23
Yep..thanks for the advice. Installed MyStuff (needed to let XP automatically find the driver for the Topfield when connecting to my laptop). Had to switch it on and off a few times but eventually the new firmware kicked in.

So far - looks good. Need to suss out how to delete unwanted channels and one or two other things. :thumbsup:
#24
[QUOTE=Searcher2;8964027
So far - looks good. Need to suss out how to delete unwanted channels and one or two other things. :thumbsup:[/QUOTE]


Might be worth searching out the ChannelRemover tap thread over at toppy.org.uk ... that may suit your needs. Quite a few retunes will be needed over the next 24 months as we go digital, that tap may make the whole process of removing channels more push-button after each retune. ie Worth investing a little research into whether it will make life easier than just the simple method of deleting channels!

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