now playing listing opens on blank screen
I just upgraded a Hughes HDVR2. I bought a new 160 GB drive and loaded the latest PTVnet and InstantCake. All works well except for the fact that the Now Playing screen opens on a blank. This does not mean that nothing is available. If you go up a couple hundred spaces, you hit the recorded programs and can then watch them. Apparently, there are a whole lot more slots in the list than there are programs recorded so it inserts the cursor way down in the middle of nothing, at the end of the list.
Any way to fix this?
It isn't what I thought initially.
I t is just really really slow at loading the Now Playing list -- up to a couple of minutes.
If anyone is having this same problem, here is the solution.
The /etc/nsswitch.conf file determines what services are used to handle various tasks, including DNS lookups. For resolving names, the relevant line reads:
hosts: files dns
This means that to resolve a name, your Tivo will look your etc/hosts file and, if that fails, will do a DNS lookup via whatever DNS server your Internet connection is currently configured to use.
My problem was that my Internet connection was temporarily down. So the Tivo was waiting for a DNS lookup to time out. The Now Playing list did not reload until the lookup failed. Now that my Internet connection is back up, all is well.
I'm not sure why there ever needs to be any DNS lookups for any reason. Seems like that could be deleted from the hosts line without significant damage. I may try that.
<sarcasm>Thanks for all your help, DVRUpgrade!</sarcasm>
By default, if you install PTVnet your unit isn't using any DNS lookup, so it sounds like you were enabling extraction, HMO and MRV which we explicitly say we do not support.
If you would have mentioned that up front, you would have gotten an actual answer but instead you simply implied installing PTVnet makes your now playing list not work which is completely false.
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