I have never performed the SKIP013 so I am going to give that a try. My logic was the disk drive works great meaning that the operating system was ok. I believe you are steering me to continue testing and not throw money at a new hard drive which may not fix my problem. The SKIP079 showed no problem with the DVD or hard drive.
In looking at this problem again, again. It may not be a disk problem but an operational problem. What tells the HDD to turn on? Should be the timer. I was under the assumption that what turns the HDD on is the same as what turns on the DVD to record. If the operational system is currup that turns the HDD on. How can this be repaired. You would think that this is a software program?
My Magnavox just finish the SKIP 013 test. All passed. But, this of course does not fix my problem or does it? If doing the factory test exercise the HDD maybe I should go back and try to use the HDD again. I will do as you suggested and do a manual record and check the alternate auto-switch recording function.
It passed the manual recording no problem. I did as you requested in putting in a time recording for the DVD without placing the DVD in the tray. We have to wait as at first the time recording wanted me to place a disk in the tray. I had to alternate the time a little in the future to allow for the time recording.
Works as advertised. Automatically switched to the hard drive. So where do we go from here. The hard drive is unreliable for time recordings. Yet, it test out ok. This would mean putting in a new hard drive would not fix my problem? As it is a timer problem? But, how come the removable disk continues to work without any problems?
Now, do a manual-timed recording to the HDD on HQ rec mode for max. hours allowed... press REC multiple times until the time shown on screen = 6 hours. Do that again if you've been recording and deleting for awhile, until you get enough hours recorded that you think the recordings are all on NEW HDD sectors. (You can Edit - Protect those long HQ titles if you think someone might delete them too soon, before more tests.)
Then, set some "normal" timers for a few shows (as many as will test its timer recording ops now) and see if/how it works with your most-used HDD sectors "out of action" with those manual HQ recordings.
Recorded with no problem. I am going to put my regular schedule to the hard drive instead of the removal disk for Monday. I am hoping that the factory reset SKIP013 did the repair and that everything is working properly now.
Quick. It was less then an hour. To tell you the truth I started it then walked away. It recorded two shows this morning (Monday 7/28/2014) on two different channels, two different times with no problems. My fingers are crossed that it will continue to record correctly.
Sorry about that. I did not record the time for the SKIP013. As I reply in the previous message, I started the SKIP013 and walked away. Went back approximately an hour and the display was flashing and unplugged per direction. If I repeat this procedure (SKIP013) I will record the time and get back to you.