I took it home and it came on just fine. I put in a DVD-R that had a movie on it and it started playing just fine. Unfortunately I have no remote and can't test anything other than DVD playing.
I took an old Uverse remote and found a Philips DVD code that worked for basic DVD control.
It has a Seagate 160GB drive in that that sounds good, so I've decided to order a used OEM remote from Amazon.
Is there anything I can test without having the real remote? If I press the info button on the Uverse I get a drop down menu with just information and the ability to change language while playing a movie.
Is there any way to test recording at all without the remote? The last person that owned it left it tuned to 11.1 which is the local CBS station, but reception is so poor here, I was never even able to get digital stations to stick on my digital TV or the separate decoder box I bought.
Years ago I had a Panasonic DVD recorder that was great but failed after a few years of really not ever using it more than about 20 times to record DVDs. It was a DMR ES something with the SD slot on the front. The main reason I got that recorder was the DVD-RAM ability for on the fly recording and pseudo DVR functionality.
There are STOP, PLAY and RECORD buttons above the door on the right side. If you have any other Funai-manufactured devices, like other Magnavox, late-model Toshiba, Sylvania, Emerson, Symphonic, those remotes might be able to operate it.
I'm going looking for one.
Found it, first attempt.
$34, ships in one day.
If you're considering a non-OEM remote, here's a help file on a $15 Philips universal learning remote that I know works very nicely with the Philips and Mag HDD/DVD recorders. Used to be found in Walmart stores and is available on Amazon.com... same or similar in the series are probably at other B&M stores as well.
I erased everything and set it to record a show for my wife and this thing can pull in stations that my TV and two set top boxes can't, the tuner in it is really good. I'm really impressed so far!
By the way, did you find an instruction manual anywhere? The current machines aren't that different. Even one of theirs might do, in a pinch.
A $26 MCM Video Stabilizer should take care of that problem.