Yesterday, I decided to skip some of our weekly regular recordings due to the holidays. I made the changes, put the check in the skip program box and turned it off. When I turned it back on, it had deleted every program I had put a skip next to. This wasn't the 1st time but it has now happened everytime I tried to use it. I have had this unit for about 2 years and it has worked flawlessly for the most part.
The other issue is when I watching something I recorded and a program operated via the timer starts to record, it won't automatically shut off as usual even though I have stopped watching recorded material. There is nothing in the manual I found that says what to do in this situation. When I am finished watching and letting the DVR continue to record, it won't turn off at the end of the recording...
If that doesn't work, repeat but try the Power Off one time. Maybe you'll become the Magnavox expert. We learn a whole lot more from our mistakes than when everything goes acoording to expectations.
While this is annoying if you prefer the unit to shut itself off, I have found it isn't harmful to the Magnavox. Due to the small, confusing front panel display, many of my friends/family who own them can never tell if the power is on or off, so they leave them powered on continually for weeks or months on end. One of my friends has had his Magnavox MDR513 enclosed in an unventilated TV wall unit, powered on non-stop since he bought it two years ago. The Magnavox has its issues, like any other recorder, but in some respects it is really tough to kill. (I wouldn't count on running my Pioneer in a closed cabinet 24/7 for very long before it overheated and croaked- it starts blasting its fan into orbit within a couple hours).
Does the Magnavox have a auto-off feature?
Panasonics have a setting for OFF, 1 or 4hrs, after which if you haven't done anything with it, it will power down. I always set mine to 1hr but after 30 minutes the HDD spins down(no way to disable this energy saving feature). I'd guess the Magnavoxes also have this HDD spin down feature, I think it's some type of government requirement as my international Panasonics have no such feature.