This part I cannot understand and I'm not even sure if anyone else can explain it. I have a Panasonic DVD-RAM disc inside the unit right now for testing purposes along with my satellite receiver attached to the S-video/RCA audio input on the back. The operation of the DVD recorder (specifically the power function) seems to be contingent on the mode the satellite receiver is in.
Assuming we start from a normal operation mode where both the DVD recorder and satellite receiver are "on" (with a normal TV picture)...
a) If I power off the satellite receiver FIRST, then power off the DVD recorder, it takes upwards of 5-10 seconds to change from "IN1" to the standby clock (nothing between--talk about rude)
b) If I leave the satellite receiver on, but power off the DVD recorder, it'll change from "IN1" to the "000000" display, then says "BYE", and changes to the standby clock.
Now, with everything off,
* If I try to power on the DVD recorder with the satellite receiver "off", it'll take a LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG time to acknowledge the power button press, and may end up in a long "READ" mode of the disc.
* On the other hand, if I turn the satellite receiver on (from off) FIRST, then power on the DVD recorder, it'll power right up, little or no wait.
I've tried these multiple times and came up with the same results, so it seems for whatever reason, the operation of the DVD recorder is contingent on what's being fed in through those jacks in the back. Is there some kind of auto-sensing designed into the software that's gone haywire or was it actually designed this way?