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    Default Vu+ solo clone

    Following on from lloydi's Skybox thread below and a little bit of trawling the net for info, I've decided to gamble on the maxsat solo clone linked. No guarantee it's a v2 box but there's a fix available I might have to apply to use current images.

    103 delivered. Ordered Saturday night and got dispatch email on Monday, from a London address via DHL

    I've had an Openbox S9 in the conservatory hooked to a 90cm motorised dish for the last year or so I'm hoping it'll be a straight swap and a bit of tinkering. The S9 is just so basic the only concern I've got is learning how to use a more sophisticated box - but that's half the fun isn't it? Just hope it all gets set up before Wednesday's CL footy!

    Will let you know how things go. Any pointers will be greatly appreciated.

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    BUGGER.
    Arrived today but the brown card reader board has come loose. Just waving around inside the unit.

    Having to return it.

    No v2 sticker on the base so have to assume the IC fix would have been needed anyway.

    Ah well.

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    I also purchased this box and recieved it yesterday. After hours of toil yet to see a result (even with support from the members on here). I can confirm it does not have the V2 sticker and as of yet I have not done the IC fix although I think I might need to and reimage as it comes with the blackhole image 1.7.7 (i think) and i believe the VIX image is more stable

    I must also state that members on this forum have been brilliant
    Special K+ enjoyed as a healthy breakfast!

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    Cheers Neil,
    Replacement on DHL today. Hopefully before I finish work. Can't fault the service from maxsat on that score.
    I didn't see an RS232 board when I unpacked mine earlier this week but I was concentrating more on the board inside.
    Yours from maxsat?
    From the reading I've done so far I still can't tell if the IC fix is across all clones or just the Ferrari-made clones.

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    FFS.
    Replacement arrived.Same bloody fault. Card reader board loose inside.
    No RS232 or null modem cable included.

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    I am also going to return mine as it looks like the tuner is goosed
    Special K+ enjoyed as a healthy breakfast!

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    Get an original FFS!
    "Where you are is what you eat. When I'm in London I'll have beans on toast for lunch. On holiday what? Tapas? Go on then I'll have a bit. You eat whatevers in that area"
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    Tbh if the returned one doesn't work I think an original will be bought. Nibb do you have a link for a source for the original that you would recommend thanks.
    Special K+ enjoyed as a healthy breakfast!

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    Quote Originally Posted by neilcritc View Post
    Tbh if the returned one doesn't work I think an original will be bought. Nibb do you have a link for a source for the original that you would recommend thanks.
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    I got mu original v+duo and solo from Alsat. The Solo was 180. They are London based so I managed to pick up

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    Quote Originally Posted by chizh View Post
    FFS.
    Replacement arrived.Same bloody fault. Card reader board loose inside.
    No RS232 or null modem cable included.

    did your replacement arrive?
    Special K+ enjoyed as a healthy breakfast!

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    1st arrived Wednesday and got sent straight back. The replacement arrived Friday morning having the same fault. Emailed to report fault and was told they're all built the same way, having clips to hold the reader board in place which must be coming loose during transit despite being fully checked before sending.
    Obviously then, given the build quality, transit damage is likely for any unit sent and I've asked for a refund as I don't want to chance a 3rd failed one. Justified reason I hope maxsat will honour.

    Once I get the money back I might think about buying an original but the S9 is doing it's job well enough. I was willing to fork out 100 on a whim but another 80 would have to be more thought thru'.

    BTW,If yours had BH1.7.7 on it then that's a kernel 3 image isn't it? Would mean IC fix already done to allow updated image on the box?
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    Mine arrived back at maxsat today and I hope to get dispatched one soon. Keep me in the loop on the refund as it might become a route i have to pursue if the replacement does not work out. Shame
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    Buy the gigablue from world of sat. Its original and it supports VIX for 150 delivered. Not worth clone headache for this price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neilcritc View Post
    Keep me in the loop on the refund as it might become a route i have to pursue if the replacement does not work out. Shame
    Been emailed with refund notice. May take up to 10 days though.

    At least that give me time to decide how to go forward.

    Will look at the gigablue eblaster101. Thanks

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    HE contacted me and offered me a V2 for no extra cost and delivery before wednesday....will update when i have more info
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    Quote Originally Posted by neilcritc View Post
    HE contacted me and offered me a V2 for no extra cost and delivery before wednesday....will update when i have more info
    Looks like a good option. Think he's just pissed with me for sending 2 units back.
    I would have given him one final chance of delivering a v2 box if he'd agree to hot-glue the card reader in place.

    Hope it works out for you neil.

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    Default Re: Vu+ solo clone

    any of these support internal sata?

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    Quote Originally Posted by raelmadrid View Post
    any of these support internal sata?
    Not by design. I've read somewhere you can install internally on a solo with some effort but that my be a usb link internally and not sata.
    Need a duo for internal I believe.

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    Default Re: Vu+ solo clone

    i'm shocked its not featured more - who wants usb drives hanging out all over?

    i'll stick with dm800s

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