New Year (almost), new Sky Digibox

Posted by Chris Green on Thursday December 29 @ 7:24 pm

Pace DS430N Sky Digibox
On Boxing Day I decided it was time to replace the Sky Digibox in the study.

For some time now the Digibox has been struggling to cope – it’s an old box and technology plus the demands of the Sky Digital service have long since moved beyond what it was actually built to cope with.

The Pace 2200 dates back to when Sky first launched its digital satellite service. In that time much has changed with the service – the number of channels has exploaded and Sky has done a great deal of development on the platform, enhancing and bug fixing the Digibox firmware and adding new features. This development and expansion of the firmware on the box coupled with the volume of channels the box is being asked to manage adds up to more than its old and, by today’s Digibox standards, slow processor can cope with.

So, a quick wander on to eBay and £100 and two days later, we now have a brand new Pace DS430N (the very latest non-Sky+ Digibox) in the study.

And it runs like a sports car compared to the box it replaced.

Of course, this is just our secondary box, we still have the mark two Pace Sky+ box in the lounge with the hacked 160GB hard drive upgrade fitted.

3 responses to “New Year (almost), new Sky Digibox”

  1. Chris Green says:

    It’s worth mentioning that the 160GB drive died a few months ago in the Sky+ (thankfully it gave us enough warning that it was dying, so we were able to watch/copy off everything we had recorded).

    I have since replaced the drive with a 250GB Maxtor unit. Not working as perfectly as the 160GB, but only a very occasional recording and fast-forwarding glitch, nothing to worry about.

    Either way – loads of storage space.

  2. Simon Reid says:

    Have a Pace digibox model no DS430N (looks very similar to your old one) and been offered by friend Pace BSKYB2200 – model number sounds very like your old one. Which,if either, is the better ( newer?) machine. Or are they both very old nowadays?
    In ignorance
    Simon

  3. Chris Green says:

    Hi

    As explained in the post you have commented on, the Pace 2200 dates back to when Sky first launched its digital satellite service (1998). In that time much has changed with the service – the number of channels has exploded and Sky has done a great deal of development on the platform, enhancing and bug fixing the Digibox firmware and adding new features. This development and expansion of the firmware on the box coupled with the volume of channels the box is being asked to manage adds up to more than its old and, by today’s Digibox standards, slow processor can cope with.

    The Pace DS430N was launched in 2007, however, it is still considered to be current spec as subsequent standard definition Sky Digital receivers have used the same base hardware, just changing the case design and power supply.

    The DS430N is a good box to have. The BSKYB2200 is a doorstop, nothing more.

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