you can help with this machine. I have read the OM till I'm blue in the face but it is not sinking in.
To see if your HDD is full, select the HDD drive, then press the Display button. If the 515 is on a digital channel, ignore the 1st screen and press Display again until there's a bar of icons at top and a Time remaining section in bottom right. That TR section will show how many hours:min of HDD capacity is left at the currently selected rec mode.
If your HDD shows 0 hours:min, you need to Delete titles. I fill one of my machines up all the time (to use all the bits on the HDD), then use the HDD Menu > Delete all titles options. You can also delete one or Multiple titles by clicking the Title button, then click OK on a title and select one of the Delete options.
If your HDD isn't full, let us know since that might require more troubleshooting.
Be aware that, with the 515 or a FW updated 2160A or 513, you can pre-title your wife's timer rec program so each recorded title has not only the index pic, but a title, day of week, date and time, as described here:
I also read though your info on checking my version , Should I update.
So the HDD is not full, which means something else is wrong.
Just to be sure, I think you mis-spoke when you said you selected a channel then turned the 515 on since you have to do the reverse?
This time, turn 515 on, set channel, select HDD, press REC button on front of machine, and watch TV pic to see if you get the normal red dot and REC indication for 5-6 sec at beginning. You can then STOP the rec test and see if there's a new title.
I did mis write the process. I turned on the machine , set to channel, pressed rec. Then watched it for a moment on the tv. It was the chanel that I wanted. Two hrs latter went back and turned every thing off from remotes. Checked this morn and found nothing resembling what I thought I recorded. I however did nothing last night to save or name the recording and I am wondering if I am supoed to do that to save. I also downloaded the updated and just printed off directions for the update. All this will keep me busy for a few hours on my cold rainy indoor day. Thanks for all your info. Are you a product rep of some sort or just have vast experience with this stuf?
Not a product rep and never worked for/at or represented any players here.
You need to do that simple REC test detailed above and watch for the red REC dot for 1st 5-6 sec in TV pic.
It is possible. I did the update Sunday and set clock and in put her shows one by one with a title. It is thursday now and the clock has not changed and I just checked it and her shows are there. It is much nicer now with the record titles in place I understand how the menu system works. We had some minor power outages over the week but it did not affect recording. This machine is now working the way I expected it to. Thanks for all your help and suggestions. When it gets close to full do I have to delete rcording in any certain order, can the disk get fraged? Or does it fill in by itself where it needs to keep recording?
With the Mag models, you can Delete titles in any order since that will free up large segments of the HDD.
*Best* practice is to watch oldest shows first (logical since they're usually in "serial" order) and Delete after watching.
Pretty "esoteric" and may not be necessary but, once every year or two, it might be a good idea to let the HDD get as full as possible (assuming no massive editing) to keep all the bits "active" on the HDD, as described here.