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elephant posted on Wed, Jul 11 2012 6:54 PM

I thought my Beo4s were equal - now I am struggling to find [DTV2] on one of them.

  1. Is there a Beo4 service command string that reveals the Beo4's software level etc ?
  2. Alternatively, is there a hidden key sequence that magically adds [DTV2] to the list ?

(and yes, I know DTV2 seems some how to map to VAUX but I am chasing the answers to 1, or 2, or both Smile)

Thanks.

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Paul W replied on Wed, Jul 11 2012 7:03 PM

Strangely, my first Beo4 from 1999 is a far nicer metal material than my 2005 BV6 and all of the latest ones. I wonder why they changed the material used?

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  1. GO+MENU at the same time; then LIST through the displays.
  2. No. I think it's there starting from SW 6.22.

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personaltrainerpaul:

 

Strangely, my first Beo4 from 1999 is a far nicer metal material than my 2005 BV6 and all of the latest ones. I wonder why they changed the material used?

 

 

Of all my gear, the Beo 4 is the one piece I don't consider there is a better device to be had. And i already own a Beo 6(which sits in it's cradle waiting to fall over and break)

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elephant replied on Wed, Jul 11 2012 10:00 PM

tournedos:

  1. GO+MENU at the same time; then LIST through the displays.
  2. No. I think it's there starting from SW 6.22.

Thanks !

  1. Did that and it worked showing EE 6,1 and SW 5,0 on both units
  2. SW 6.2 ?
    Now I am confused Smile
    Is EE and SW combined the indication of level ?
    Or if it is SW only and your SW 6,22 is correct, how did [DTV2] get on to only one of them ? 

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Paul W replied on Wed, Jul 11 2012 11:46 PM

I agree Chris, the Beo4 is the world's best remote control!!! Just perfect in every way! The Beo5/6 truly sucks!  Beo4 simply incredible, iconic and does what it says on the tin!

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Vienna replied on Thu, Jul 12 2012 1:34 AM

elephant:
  1. Did that and it worked showing EE 6,1 and SW 5,0 on both units
  2. SW 6.2 ?
    Now I am confused Smile
    Is EE and SW combined the indication of level ?
    Or if it is SW only and your SW 6,22 is correct, how did [DTV2] get on to only one of them ? 

Very likely they have a different "Video-Config"
= Set of names for the same IR commands that fit to different (older/newer) TVs.

STDBY + LIST > >> LIST till CONFIG? > GO > VIDEO? > GO > LIST till VIDEO 4 is displayed > GO 

Verified on my oldest Beo4 displaying EE:6.2 / SW:5.0 / VIDEO4 / AUDIO 1
"LIST" is offering both  - "V.AUX" as well as "DTV2"

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Paul W:

Strangely, my first Beo4 from 1999 is a far nicer metal material than my 2005 BV6 and all of the latest ones. I wonder why they changed the material used?

Have they changed the materials on the Beo4? Huh?
I have had all of the Beo4's, except the latest version. I must say that I haven't noticed any changes in the materials...
Unfortunately I no longer have the Mk 1 to do a comparison...but the 3 Beo4's I have now looks and feels quite alike (except from the buttons, offcourse).

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Steffen:

Paul W:

Strangely, my first Beo4 from 1999 is a far nicer metal material than my 2005 BV6 and all of the latest ones. I wonder why they changed the material used?

 

Have they changed the materials on the Beo4? Huh?
I have had all of the Beo4's, except the latest version. I must say that I haven't noticed any changes in the materials...
Unfortunately I no longer have the Mk 1 to do a comparison...but the 3 Beo4's I have now looks and feels quite alike (except from the buttons, offcourse).

 

I have them all (Mark 1,2,3 and 4) and they're all made from the same materials.....

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Jonathan:

Steffen:

Paul W:

Strangely, my first Beo4 from 1999 is a far nicer metal material than my 2005 BV6 and all of the latest ones. I wonder why they changed the material used?

Have they changed the materials on the Beo4? Huh?

I have had all of the Beo4's, except the latest version. I must say that I haven't noticed any changes in the materials...
Unfortunately I no longer have the Mk 1 to do a comparison...but the 3 Beo4's I have now looks and feels quite alike (except from the buttons, offcourse).

I have them all (Mark 1,2,3 and 4) and they're all made from the same materials.....

We handled the new (joystick) Beo4 last weekend at the dealer in Collins Street - to me the underneath has a new texture and feel to it - perhaps it will age over time, but it felt quite different; and Sue said she thought it felt lighter than ours at home

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Chris Townsend:

 

 

Of all my gear, the Beo 4 is the one piece I don't consider there is a better device to be had.

Cannot quote enough.

For me; especially for materials used and for 'look and feel', BEO4 is the best remote command ever made.

I tried a BeO5 from a friend of mine;but it seemed to me way 'cheaper' than BEO4; i mean it looked like a gadget ...you would thought that BeO5 could be make in China or whatever, BEO4 is so firm and  solid that you would NEVER thought that Smile

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Vienna:

elephant:

  1. Did that and it worked showing EE 6,1 and SW 5,0 on both units
  2. SW 6.2 ?
    Now I am confused Smile
    Is EE and SW combined the indication of level ?
    Or if it is SW only and your SW 6,22 is correct, how did [DTV2] get on to only one of them ? 

 

Very likely they have a different "Video-Config"
= Set of names for the same IR commands that fit to different (older/newer) TVs.

STDBY + LIST > >> LIST till CONFIG? > GO > VIDEO? > GO > LIST till VIDEO 4 is displayed > GO 

Verified on my oldest Beo4 displaying EE:6.2 / SW:5.0 / VIDEO4 / AUDIO 1
"LIST" is offering both  - "V.AUX" as well as "DTV2"

Thanks Vienna - your advice and details are always so accurate.

My two Beo 4s are:

 

  • VIDEO 1
  • AUDIO 1
  • EE 6.1
  • SW 5.0

 

However there is a distinct difference when I step through ADD? LIST LIST LIST comparing their "features"

The one which has DTV2 also has P-DTV2, L-DTV2 et cetera; and of course VAUX.

The other one has NO DTV2s at all.

As you can expect, looking at two Beo4s and pressing

 

  1. LIST, LIST compare 
  2. LIST, LIST compare 
  3. LIST, LIST compare 
  4. LIST, LIST compare 
  5. et cetera

 

is very time consuming, boring, and incredibly irritating when the two lists get out of order because at different times they have had different things ADDed, REMOVEd and MOVEd !

But I will eventually find what is added and/or replaced and/or missing .......... even though it is largely an academic exercise !

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Vienna replied on Thu, Jul 12 2012 10:12 AM

elephant:

.... even though it is largely an academic exercise !

Just a guess, maybe the other Beo4 has previously been in an other video-config than "video1" and is
therefore still "remembering" the set of DTV2 commands ...

Big Smile ...  on the Beo 4 w/o "DTV2" try a change of the config for  video to a different version ( video 2 / 3 / 4)
and check if "DTV2"  appears in the "LIST" ...

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elephant replied on Thu, Jul 12 2012 11:15 AM

Vienna:

elephant:

.... even though it is largely an academic exercise !

Just a guess, maybe the other Beo4 has previously been in an other video-config than "video1" and is
therefore still "remembering" the set of DTV2 commands ...

Big Smile ...  on the Beo 4 w/o "DTV2" try a change of the config for  video to a different version ( video 2 / 3 / 4)
and check if "DTV2"  appears in the "LIST" ...

Yes, I had a similar thought - so I took your advice ... first observation is that doing this wipes the pervious settings !  Secondly since you mentioned you had VIDEO = 4 I tried that first ....

  • VIDEO = 4 ... no DTV2
  • VIDEO = 3 ... no DTV2
  • VIDEO = 2 ... no DTV2
hmmm, what do this different video options do ?

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Vienna replied on Thu, Jul 12 2012 1:10 PM

elephant:
... hmmm, what do this different video options do ?

"History" compatibility =  Change of "displayed name" in the "LIST" for the same IR commands 
(to better fit to different older/newer TVs).

Adding / removing "special commands" needed only for some types of TVs  


PS:  My Beo4 is EE:6.2  - that may explain the difference
        but you say, both of your Beo4s are EE 6.1 and only one has DTV2 ! - I'm also Confused

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