[mythtv-users] How to ensure STB is powered ON? Re: SA3250HD is turning itself off?

Chris Weiland hobbiticus at gmail.com
Fri Jan 11 21:02:00 UTC 2008

Well, I can tell you that when I used my ultra accurate current meter, that
there was far less power consumption while in the off state.  However, my
ultra accurate current meter is my hand feeling a difference in heat
generation when placed on top of the box.  When on for a while, the top is
fairly hot, but after being off for a while, the top is nice and cool.  I
would assume that putting it into standby (because let's face it, you can't
actually turn off electronics these days), it actually consumes far less
power.  However, I do not have any scientific numbers to back that up.

On Jan 11, 2008 2:13 PM, David Brodbeck <gull at gull.us> wrote:

> On Jan 11, 2008, at 7:42 AM, Chris Weiland wrote:
> > At least for my SA4250HD, I was able to modify the mythtv code
> > slightly in order to turn on the STB when it begins capturing and
> > turn it off when the stream stops.
> Do you find your STB actually draws less power when off?  I haven't
> checked mine yet, but I did check my VCR once, and I found that "on"
> and "off" resulted in exactly the same power use.  I suspect that the
> same may be true of a lot of STBs.
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