My CM PAL-7000 just went on the fritz today after maybe 3 years of abuse. I bought it refurbed from CM.
While I was watching live tv with my TV's tuner, the PAL's upper light lit up on its own, there was nothing timed to be recorded and I didn't have the remote so it wasn't accidentally turned on.
I unplugged it, replugged it numerous times. The CM PAL booted and the "please wait" screen came on, then the "aquiring the program guide" notification came on. After this it went thru the motions I got an hd picture and sound on my tv. The remote would not do anything, such as change channels, open the menu or guide, or power it off. Then the PAL would blank out after about 5 minutes and reboot again, this description went on and on and on.......
I powered it down and removed it from my tv. I popped the screws and the top off. It was a dusty mess inside especially around the cooling fan, so I used my air compressor to blast it clean. While it was apart I took out the hard drive and re installed it again. Also while apart I powered it up and the cooling fan spun up for a few seconds and stopped. After that I could hear the hard drive spinning, so I thought maybe I might be in luck.
I put it back together and re installed it to my tv, but the same situation described above ensued.
Could it be the hard drive even though its spinning? I couldn't hear any of the sound of the seek head moving in the drive as far as I could tell
Anyone ever experience this?