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Sharon2491

@64.229.78.x

[TV] 24 hour faint humming sound from Pace recorder MNG200N

I am a senior and I finally went digital in the spring of this year (2014). I was a heavy VCR user so decided to get a HD recorder. I didn’t qualify for the 2 years free promotion so I decided to buy the Pace RNG200N at a local store. There was a bit of a learning curve but now I have the operation of the machine pretty well under control.

From the beginning I noticed that when the machine was supposedly off...no lights shining...I could hear a faint sound which I supposed was the hum of a fan. I hear this 24 hours a day and the machine is warm to the touch day and night.

I am wondering if there is a sleep mode to save electricity and wear-and-tear on the recorder.

Since I purchased the machine, I need it to work for at least 3 years before I break even.

Any thoughts?


squircle

join:2009-06-23
Oakville, ON
The sound you're hearing is the hard drive spinning. It actually causes less wear on the drive to be running constantly than to spin up and spin down when you want to watch TV/when a recording is scheduled. These boxes are passively cooled, so I would be concern if the box wasn't warm to the touch. Furthermore, you're saving power by not running a fan 24/7.


Sharon2491

@64.229.78.x

Re: [TV] 24 hour faint humming sound from Pace recorder RNG200N

Thanks, Squircle. Your thoughts on the matter are much appreciated.


powerhogs

@108.168.105.x
reply to Sharon2491

Re: [TV] 24 hour faint humming sound from Pace recorder MNG200N

Most cable boxes are power hogs out of the box. When you hit the "power" button on the unit, all you are really doing is terminating the video feed to the TV. Everything else is still running. These units typically use the same amount of energy regardless of the power state.

The only way to stop it from using power is to unplug it or otherwise terminate the power (with a switch or power bar), but that will require a re-download of all programming information, and it will also prevent firmware updates.

These things are wasting hundreds of millions of dollars in energy consumption yearly in North America, despite the totally bogus Energy Star compliance emblem on them.


Sharon2491

@64.229.78.x

Re: [TV] 24 hour faint humming sound from Pace recorder RNG200N

said by powerhogs :

The only way to stop it from using power is to unplug it or otherwise terminate the power (with a switch or power bar), but that will require a re-download of all programming information, and it will also prevent firmware updates.

Thanks for your reply. Looks like I am damned if I unplug and damned if I don't.

Marcer
Premium,VIP
join:2007-07-08
Hamilton, ON
kudos:13

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reply to powerhogs

Re: [TV] 24 hour faint humming sound from Pace recorder MNG200N

said by powerhogs :

Most cable boxes are power hogs out of the box.

Well.. this appears to be a blanket statement without any foundation.

For Clarity purposes... lets take a look at the numbers.

From Energy Star the RNG200N consumes 16.8W (Watts) while powered on

A little Math shows us that:

Watts * Hours = Watt-Hours
1000 Watts * 1 Hour = 1000 Watt-Hours = 1 KiloWatt Hour (kWh)

If we suppose that the unit is in use 24/7... We get:

16.8 Watts * 24 hours / day * 30 days / month = 12,096 Watt-Hours / month = ~12.1 KiloWatt-Hours / month ( 12.1 kWh / month )

Taking a look at Hydro one's Time of Use Page We can say the average price per KiloWatt-Hour (kWh) is 10 cents.

((12h * 7.5 cents/kWh ) + (6h * 11.2 cents/kWh ) + (6h * 13.5 cents/kWh ))/24h = 9.925 cents/kWh

So our total MONTHLY cost is 12.1 kWh / month * $0.10 / kWh = $1.21 / month

said by powerhogs :

The only way to stop it from using power is to unplug it or otherwise terminate the power (with a switch or power bar), but that will require a re-download of all programming information, and it will also prevent firmware updates.

I'll spend the $1.21 / month to keep it plugged in, guide information at the ready, and firmware updates running overnight when I'm not using it... My time is worth more than that.


Gone
Premium
join:2011-01-24
Fort Erie, ON
kudos:4
While your point is entirely valid, just for the sake of completeness you probably want to add on another 50-75 cents or so to the monthly cost for the delivery and regulatory portions of the hydro bill which are also based on usage.

I'd have no problem paying the $2, either.

robman50

join:2010-12-14
Beamsville, ON
reply to Sharon2491
I service computers and yeah that humming sound could be the hard drive vibrating, really notable if the receiver is a steel box. Does touching the cable box stop the humming?


Matty632nm

join:2003-02-25
Napanee, ON
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I have had my Pace RNG200N for 3 years now and just recently had DVR issues not working with this clicking sound. Would this be an overheating issue or the hard drive simply failing after years of continuous use? As I own the box I'm not shy of replacing the hard drive if need be.

Edit: Spelling and grammar heh


BigBlarg

join:2008-02-10
Longueuil, QC
kudos:1
Clicking sound probable mean that the hard drive is failing.


shwing
A Sphincter Says What ?

join:2002-11-14
Click of Death