Originally Posted by gibbonsm
I followed your advice on disabling the auto seek and that seems to have worked. If I may impose on you, I have one more question. How would I go about manually setting the recording for a long event, like a football game, that might last up to 4 hours.
When you disabled the TVGOS, did you do the last step of setting a manual repeating timer entry? if so, then the manual setting for a football game would work the same way: set the date, channel or line input, and start/stop times. Pioneers have a maximum allowable timer recording of six hours per program, which should cover the spread of any football game: i.e. just set the start time for 4pm and the end time at 10pm.
If you haven't yet figured out how to set the manual timer, its a little confusing and not covered at all in the instruction manual. This is how you do it:
Press the Timer Rec button on the remote, or use the Home Menu to get into Timer Rec.
The manual timer screen will appear, all settings are made on the left hand side of the screen (the main area that once showed TVGOS data is dead space now).
The manual timer entry defaults to the Month being highlighted in yellow. select the number of the month using the numerical keys on the remote (i.e., 03 for March).
Move to the Day entry field by pressing the right arrow key on the remote. Enter the two digit day number (whatever day of the month you need) using the numeric keypad on the remote.
Move to the Year entry field by pressing the right arrow key on the remote. Enter the two digit year number using the numeric keypad on the remote (i.e. 11 for 2011).
Press the right arrow key to move down to the Start Hour field, use the number keys to set the hour, then right arrow to the Start Minute field and enter the minute with the number keys. Right arrow once more to set AM or PM: this is where it gets confusing. Once you highlight the AM/PM, the right and left arrow keys do nothing but toggle the indicator from AM to PM. In order to move down to the Stop Time fields, you need to use the Down arrow key on the remote. Then set the Stop Hour and Minute with the Number keys, and set the Stop AM/PM as above.
Use the Down arrow key to jump from the Stop Time AM/PM to Channel field, and set the channel with the numeric keypad. Right below this is the Input field: if this is set to L1, L2, L3 or DV the Channel field is greyed out. If you are recording from a cable box select the line input the box is plugged into, if you tune your cable using the Pioneers tuner then set the Input to "RF" so the Channel field becomes active and lets you enter a channel to record from.
Arrow down to the Recorder field and choose HDD or DVD using Left or Right arrow keys, whichever you want to record to.
Arrow down to Quality and use the Left/Right keys to choose a recording speed (XP, SP, LP, SLP, MN). Note that you cannot change MN speeds here, if you want to use a specific MN speed you need to set that first using the Record Speed function on the remote before
you go into the timer system. The MN speed in the timer window will reflect whatever speed you last set MN to.
Arrow down to the Frequency field and choose Once for a one-time recording, or Daily or Weekly for repeating recordings. Choose "off" if you want to skip the timer recording on a particular day, switch it back to Daily or Weekly to resume the repeat.
Arrow back up to the Schedule Recording button, when its highlighted in yellow press the Enter button on your remote to program the timer. Your new timer setting will appear on the right highlighted in blue.
To examine previously set timer entries, press the Menu button on your remote. The manual timer will be covered by TVGOS logos and become inactive. Use the down arrow key to move down your list of timer entries. If you need to change or delete a timer entry, while it is open (white) press the Menu key on your remote to bring up "edit recording" and "delete recording" options on the left. If you highlight and press Enter on one of those options, you'll either delete that timer entry or open the setting screens to revise it.
This sounds more complicated than it is to do, you get the hang of it after a few tries: the trickiest part is remembering which fields need to be set with numeric keypad and which fields need to be set using the arrow keys. Some of this may already be familiar to you from the automated TVGOS system, I spelled it out in complete detail just to make sure I wouldn't forget anything.If you have not yet done so, be sure to enter a repeating manual timer ASAP.
If you don't, the TVGOS will reset itself to auto-seek within a couple days and start in with the EPG display on the front panel and grinding the HDD for no good purpose. You will then have to redo the disabling procedure to stop it.