2 or 3 others have reported this "sticky-channel" problem. Funai knows about it but not enough specific info to duplicate the problem for pinpointing a source.
Since you're the first I've read about who detailed their setup and indicated you're connected as I advise... coax to Mag 1st, then on to box... it might be worthwhile to separate the Mag and the box on the incoming coax with a bidirectional 2-way splitter. Run with that for enough time to see if the problem goes away or not?
Also, I'd turn the Mag's HDMI > CEC (fun-Link) Control OFF if you have that on.
This might serve to prove whether a downstream component, like a cable box or HDTV with HDMI control, could be causing some "feedback" problem in the Mag, esp. with HDMI communication links involved to one or both devices.
Note: this is a wild-ass, unproved theory and NOT a problem statement.
Yes, and if you bought it from Walmart, you have 90 days to return it to any store.
Wow! That's service almost unheard of in today's world. Shannon, knowing the poster's zipcode might help. I assume there is no SDV and the PSIP isn't causing a conflict? I have a 515H but my cable headend (www.secv.com - Sunbury) grooms all PSIP and 99% of SCTE-127 data.
Update, went to support and they said unplug it for 30 minuets then reinstall but when I plugged it back in all was still set. So called the service and they said I need a RF modulator as the DVD was not getting the proper signal and needed to be plugged into the yellow video port not the ant. in port I have it in. Does this sound right? I'm just an 80 yr. old sheet metal worker so need all the help I can get. Thanks everyone.
I now know you don't have HDMI connected, so we can forget that.
However, did you connect a splitter on the incoming line with one output to the box and one to the Mag?
That will eliminate any feedback from the cable box as a potential cause... your box may be interactive and trying to send info back to the cable company thru the Mag..
You son'r need a modulator if your TV has at least YWR RCA connections. Better connections, if available, could be HDMI, S-Video or Component Red/Green/Blue (RGB).
The Mag is not like your old VCR... nothing internal (menus. channels, HDD titles or DVD playback) goes thru the coax. Connect YWR RCA from Mag to TV and select that TV input to see internal Mag stuff, like your DVDs.
Only if your TV is so old that it has ONLY a coax connector would you need an RF modulator (sold at Walmart and many other places) or an old VCR to act as the modulator.
No, you do not need a modulator between the incoming cable and the Mag. Keep your splitter on the incoming cable with coax out to both the Mag and the cable box.
You already have a separate connection between the Mag and your TV since you indicate your seeing recordings the Mag makes. What type of connection is this: YWR RCA, S-Video, Component RGB or HDMI?
That sounds right... and the other leg of the splitter has coax to the cable box, right?
Then, the cable box needs its own connection(s) to the TV (depends on the box what kind is needed).
No, as I said, Funai doesn't know either. Except for the sticky channel, keep things the way they are, you don't need anything changed in your conections.
The one "last straw" thing you could do is something I don't think you'd like... find out if you have a specific channel or pair of channels that's sticking. Basically, I'm thinking your problem is either something inside the Mag, which we can't do anything about, or it might be two channels fighting for one channel slot, This is called a "co-channel interference."
This is only a SWAG (Scientific Wild Ass Guess) for what *MIGHT* be causing one channel to stick on occasion. You'd have to notice that it only happens with a certain channel or channels... like it only happens when trying to record 43 then 87 or some such combo. Of course, you might have more than one combo of channels but if it involves several random channel combos, the problem is probably not co-channel interference
I'll give you this link to the "Map Your Own Solution" so you can see that it's all about.. I think it might be "above your pay grade"?
With lots of repeating channels, I feel more confident that your problem could be from co-channel interference.
However, on the Funai thing, all you can do is try.
Yes, at the link I gave. You have to do all the work to find the interfering channels, as stated there, and you might even have to go to the "Clean Tuner" solution described after the Map-Your Own solution. Takes some research on your part and experimentation with deleting channels with the Manual Channel Preset menu.
All you need to know is there, in the help files, and you're the only one who can implement one or both solutions as described in the help files.
If those are "above your pay grade," you'll have to go the return-to-Funai route.