A couple of weeks ago, during a thunderstorm, my Magnavox NB820 DVD recorder got zapped.
At first, it was non-functional, save for the clock display on the front. I unplugged the unit for a day, plugged it back in and to my relief, the DVD player was fully functional and my recorded TV programs were still on the hard drive and watchable.
However, I have not been able to preset channels on the unit since then. The manual was no help and I want to exhaust all possiblities to get the channels preset before throwing up my hands and buying a new unit.
Is there something I can do to get the channels preset so I can record shows again?
Any help is much appreciated,
Is there anything else I can try or am I going to have to get a new recorder?
As a last resort, disconnect both coax cables from the recorder and do an Auto Channel Preset with coax off to clear any channel memory or stray lightning bolts.
Then, reconnect coax cables and do a normal Auto Channel Preset.
If no joy from the Auto Channel Presets described in my post above, which you should try first, the ultimate resort would be to reload the FW, but only if your unit is a 513 model. The "NB820" you mentioned is the model # of the OEM remote for the 2160, 2160A and 513... you haven't mentioned the model # of your recorder yet.
That FW procedure will allow you to upload the 02C FW for the tuner, which *could* have been zapped by the lightning strike, as well as the appropriate BE FW for your specific recorder model and its current BE FW version, I'd upload them both.
There are no FW updates for the 2160. Make sure you have a 2160 and not a 2160A... 2160 will have mfg date in 2008, 2160A in 2009, on back tag of unit.
If you can't tell for some reason, you'll have to check the FW Versions installed and compare to the 2160/2160A "Model" dates as described here.
2160 Model is E2M01UD
2160A Model is E2S00UD
There have been no user-downloadable FW updates for the 2160, only OEM FW which we have no access to.
Basically, looking for one that has a hard drive to record programs to and can burn DVDs as well.
Any input would be appreciated.