Ughh, Tech came over just changed a cable said was prob radio interference.
Well after he left, I set to record olympic opening show, came back later it had stopped, recorded about 4 minutes of the set recording. in list just said recording failed. (even said I was not subscribed to this channel, contact provider on screen of tv) it was the CBC and still playing on the TV? then in list said disk full, (had about 6 hours of 5 programs recorded) not one of those recordings played back. all errors, unable to play, try later, lol
So, back on phone for 3 hours with some guy in northern Africa or Egypt I think he said. Anyways. We had a long discussion about many things.
I said The hard disc was prob faulty, So he did a reboot to original settings, wiped the disk, and it did all these updates for over an hour.
His tech engineer said that it was tooo long, so unplug it and see what happens.
Then when it started up a error code came onto tv screen after all the applications set up, but still managed to get it going, up and running.
Tried to record a few times, which seemed to work. it said was recording.
They were there in the list, ohh maybe this nightmare is over me thinks.
But on playback, would macroblock, freeze, studder, speech was sometimes ok but then also only weird noises, everything possible but play ok.
did play ok a few seconds here and there.
I have now put it back in the box, and re-installed by old unit and record onto my toshiba hdd recorder as I used to do, for now.
My other old PVR (illico 1.0) works great. but this was the first mess of crap I have ever had to deal with since Star choice about 15 years ago.
They will send another tech, someday, they will phone back. I just told him I hope he has another unit with him.
I have now spend about 7 - 8 hours of messing around with in 3 days, Not my idea of fun.
It was free, but still a pain to waste time on, sure glad I did not buy one!!
yesterday the phone guy said it was brand new, but it still had Montreal Postal code in it, so I figure its just a problem unit that was refurbished.
The machine its self sure made some awfull noises also when unplugging and re-connecting. I do not care to keep it, they can have it back
Never had any handshake issues with it, just unit would not power on, cannot rewind live tv or it will freeze up and need to unplug for it to work again. that was the first days issues.
and also would not wake up from sleep mode that it went into each night at 0100 am. press power on remote or console box, nothing would happen. although in settings sleep mode was not even activated either. would try to power on at 0600 am, and could not.