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Selecting the Settings tab from the Home page takes you to the main Settings page where you can set up or change any of the current Settings on the 3View unit. Some settings will have already been set during the setup Wizard when you first installed and connected the unit. However, you may decide to change some settings later, change the name of the unit as seen by the Network, register your unit with 3view or change some other setting. To navigate and select any of the choices in the following Settings screens, use the direction arrow keys in order to access any of the choices you wish to change and then press OK.
Under this heading you are presented with the choices of Scan Channels where you can either choose to Keep and Scan or Erase and Scan. Keep and Scan allows you to add any new channels have been recently added to the Freeview lineup without losing the channels you have already installed. Erase and Scan will as stated erase all of your currently saved channels and begin the channel scan again from the beginning.
It is sometimes useful to be able exclude a channel from listings or to change its position within a list. The Manage Channels screen allows these changes to be made. To remove a channel from the list move to the relevant channel and press OK to turn the button from yellow to black. Repeat this as required. To reinstate a channel repeat the process and turn the button from black to yellow. Mark All will mark all channels to make all of them viewable and Clear All will have the opposite effect.
To move a channel into a different position within listings, find it within the list, move across and press OK on Edit Info, then enter the new channel number. It is possible to allocate two channels to the same number and the unit will function with that configuration. However, though it may be useful to have, for example, a high definition channel adjacent to its standard definition equivalent, it can cause some inconvenience when changing channels using the numeric keypad. The above process is also used to change a channel”s name. Select the channel and enter the new name using the on-screen keyboard.
To undo any changes, use the Revert button to move the channel back to its original position and the on-screen keyboard to re-enter the channel name.
It is sometimes useful to be able to display the Guide limited to only those channels which are most frequently viewed. The Favourite Channels screen allows those channels to be selected through the use of the arrow and OK keys. The Mark All and Clear All buttons may be of assistance in speeding up the selection process if you only intend to set a few channels as your favourites. Once you have set up your favourite list, you can access it by pressing Guide to display the full EPG and then pressing the Info button on the remote control twice in order to display only your favourite channels.
The 3view is capable of considerable customisation and the setting of recording defaults is a good example of this with a total of eight different elements able to be defined and chosen. Each element has a number of choices which are accessed by either pressing OK to see the entire list or alternatively by pressing the right arrow to move through the list an item at a time. You can of course also alter the settings when you set up each individual recording, thereby allowing even greater customisation for your recordings or just leave them at the default setting if you wish.
Recording Defaults (cont)
The elements are:
Priority The priority to be given to recordings with default attributes:
1 – Essential
2 – High
3 – Medium
4 – Low
5 – Optional
Keep Time How long a recording is to be kept:
As Long As Possible
1 Day … 6 Days
1 Week … 4 Weeks
Bonus Before How soon before the published start time a recording should start:
1 minute … 5 minutes
Bonus After How long after the published finish time a recording should stop:
1 minute … 5 minutes
Auto-Extend Bonus – Where possible, over-run the recording.
1 minute … 5 minutes
Bonus Required How important it is that a bonus is applied:
Try, no prompt
Which Episodes Whether or not repeats of a program are to be recorded:
First Run Only
First Run and Repeats
Auto-Record Whether a recording will occur without prompt, or a reminder to view a particular program will be displayed
NOTE! These same choices are also available for you to change on an individual basis whenever you set a single or series recording schedule from the Guide or the Info bar, thereby allowing you to set up individual elements for each recording as you schedule it. Therefore the above Recording Default settings will be applied to all recordings unless you change them on an individual basis.
The simple Network Setup Wizard is used to set the unit up on the local network. Pressing OK leads to a series of choices in which the type of network is confirmed (Wired, Wireless or None) along with the network name to be applied to the unit. There is also an option to set aspects such as the network address manually should the need arise. Once the Wizard is complete, confirmation of the unit’s network name and its successful connection are displayed in the Network Settings screen.
The 3view unit is capable of automatically detecting the screen resolutions available on the TV to which it is attached. Pressing OK on Preferred Resolution displays the choice available and moving onto the list, highlighting the chosen resolution and then pressing OK will prompt the unit to make the change. If there is a problem with the display, the previous format will be restored after a wait of 15 seconds.
The Screen Shape option is used to set the shape of the screen to which the 3view is attached: standard 4:3 or widescreen 16:9. Move across and press OK to make a selection.
Pressing OK on this menu entry will cycle through Bitstream (audio sent in original format), None (no digital audio output) and PCM (digital audio converted to stereo). Bitstream is the default choice for most installations, but PCM may work better if the attached audio device cannot decode the Bitstream format.
There are five settings to be made in this section:
Use the OK button to select the local time zone.
Daylight Saving Time (British Summer Time)
Decide whether or not the unit should acknowledge the change to and from Daylight Saving Time.
Choose between automatic and manual clock setting. If the automatic option is chosen, date and time will be set using broadcast information.
The date only needs to be set if Setting Mode is set to manual.
There are two particularly useful pieces of information in System Info: Version Information and Chip Serial Number. Version Information indicates which firmware is currently installed and Chip Serial Number is the equivalent of the unit’s Serial Number, the same number as that printed on the label underneath the unit and on the box in which it was packed. The unit’s Serial Number is displayed here and so this is a convenient way to obtain it.
New software (firmware) may become available from time-to-time either by download through the My3view link on the 3view website (registration is required) or directly over the Internet to the 3view unit. If the source is the My 3view link, the file must be transferred to the unit by USB flash drive which is plugged into one of the two USB ports at the rear of the case. USB/Removable-Media Update and Network Update allow the source to be chosen and the available releases are listed on-screen.
The central arrow keys are used to select the software to be loaded and pressing OK on Install Now will start the process which may take a little time. Once the software has been installed, the unit will restart. Settings, the program Guide (EPG), timers and recordings will all be unaffected.
This menu offers opportunities to reset all of the system or selected areas.
Clear Local Media is used to permanently delete all locally saved photos, music and video. Arrow right and press OK on the Clear button. This function should be used with care as its effects cannot be reversed.
Clear Data and Restart System Arrowing right and pressing OK on the Reset button will permanently delete all content on the device. All locally saved media, recorded TV programs, databases, settings, and preferences will be lost. The operation takes several minutes to complete, following which the device will restart and run the startup wizard.
Warning! Using this option will delete all data and settings and return your unit to factory settings!
Use this menu to enter the User Name and password already used to register the unit on the My 3view page on the 3view website. Use the Info button on the remote control to cycle through the upper case, lower case and numbers/punctuation versions of the on-screen keyboard. Pressing OK
on the on-screen Shift key will achieve the same. Registering your box helps us to support any problems remotely.
Warning! Using this option can delete all data and settings and return your unit to factory settings! Should the 3view software on the hard drive become corrupted, then the Maintenance Menu option may be the only way to restore it. In order to access the Maintenance Menu, remove all power to the unit then, with the standby button on the unit’s front panel held in, return power to the unit. Continue to keep the standby button pressed until you see the 3view Logo.
Update from Network.. The 3view box is still online even on rescue mode. You can select the latest version of the software to upgrade from the network.
Update from USB. Alternatively you can update the software using a USB stick connected to the unit via one of the USB ports.
Reset Video Mode. This choice will allow you to reset the current video mode to your TV.
Start Application. This choice allows you to boot into the currently installed software version from the Maintenance Menu.
Network Configuration. If you are experiencing any Network problems, this choice allows you to change the Network configuration.
Format Hard Drive – Formatting the hard drive before reinstalling is known as a clean install. This erases all data on the disk and should therefore be used only as a last resort when all other choices of recovery have been attempted.
NOTE. The Maintenance menu will always display if no hard drive or valid hard drive image is detected at the boot up stage.