Humax PVR-9300T

Digital Switchover
A relative has Humax PVR-9300T Freeview digital set-top box and recently asked about the Digital Switchover which happens next month. The old analogue signal is being switched off.

I was asked what should be done to ensure there is no loss of TV during the switchover period. I did some digging a couple of things need to be done.

The Humax PVR-9300T needs to be retuned on April 4th and April 18th. If you have saved programs on saved on your PVR hard disk and wish to keep them. You need to carry out a factory reset. This will not delete your recordings but you will lose all your user settings and any timers you may have. So it may be worth making a note of them before you do the factory re-set.

You will need to do a second factory re-set for stage 2 of the switchover on the April 18.

The Humax PVR-9300T will re-tune itself to the new signals and settings.

To carry out a factory re-set do:

1. Press the MENU button.
2. Select Installation and press the OK button.
3. Enter the password using the NUMERIC(0-9) buttons.
4. Select Automatic Search from installation menu and press the OK
5. Automatic channel search begins.

Default password is 0000. That's four zeros.

The Humax is an excellent Freeview box. Affordable with a 320GB hard disk which allows 160 hours recording. It allows simultaneous viewing and recording of separate channels or programs.

The Humax has a couple of recurring bugs in the software. It occasionally hangs while switching channels. There are two solutions to the bug.

1. Wait. It takes 3 or 4 mins for normal operation to return.
2. Switch off and on. Normal startup follows.

The other minor irritant occurs during recorded programs replay. Sound drops intermittently. Hitting pause, then play sometimes fixes it. Sometimes not.

Otherwise its a great Freeview box.

That's about it.