Yep, old out new in. It made some noise for a bit then came on after a while of thrashing around and it had 237 meg available and 119 hours in SP mode. The case top was a bugger to get back on as it's flimsy and you have to pretty much stand the tabs in almost vertically and then gently as you can pivot it back down again to clear the burners shield which pretty much is right up against the slots the tab needs to fit in and slide under. I wouldn't bother with the loader as the shield is kinda hard to get back in properly too but the Hard drive is pretty easy to remove and replace. I need to resize the pics, I'll add them later.
Unfortunately it appears the tuner is mono
but it sounds good and most of my shows stereo wont add a lot too.
The editing function is pretty bad but it does work, it just skips the marked parts when watching or burning, and the marks can be cleared so you can try again or just not loose anything. The clock may be funky, it kept changing time but it may be from all the changing settings I've been doing too, and yes if you set a timer recording the timer Icon stay on screen down in the lowest right corner.
It did burn a so so Maxel 8x minus R just fine to about a gig, error levels were low and low jitter too.
When I tested the disk it came up as being burned by Philips jan 1 2055 so it is based at least partly on philips tech.
I also did a recording from a HD channel through component in set at 480i and the quality was excellent even at SP, tried HQ also and pretty much same thing, haven't tried lower settings yet.