This is the first time I've posted anything about my Channel Master 7000Pal on your site. I bought mine about 5 years ago, and after a perfectly wonderful, non quirky first year, that is when I began experiencing the many quirks and hair-pulling dilemmas of this wonderfully working but mentally ill (when not on it's meds) OTA DVR. The latest, and perhaps greatest problem started on this last Friday, and continued over the Daylight Saving Time weekend, when the loading screen began going into a perpetual loop of upgrading, then either coming back to the last station I was watching or a black screen, for just 2 minutes then starting the loop continuously again. I also lost the ability to control the remote except for the volume. I tried all the fixes known to man and beast that didn't involve the non-working remote. Nothing worked! AHHHH! The only reason I was willing to 'hang in there', was that a similar situation happened last year at Daylight Saving Time, though not as long. And luckily, I remembered going through it. Just not the pain. A little like a Mom, each time forgetting the agony of childbirth, because she continues to have 4 more children. By about 3AM, little things began coming back on the remote, like the ability to change channels, and the mute button. By 6AM this morning, I was suddenly holding a perfectly working remote. I was so relieved and happy that I kissed my little PAL ( I do believe that if you treat your electronics kindly, that they will somehow treat you kindly in return), and was able to use the MENU button and tweak some issues that may help prevent any further future meltdowns.
Deleting all of the record timers:
Hit MENU and then go up to TIMERS. Delete all of the record timers. Unplug it, reconnect the antenna, and plug it back in.
4. After a now a proper bootup, re-program your timers and you will be good to go.
5. And the best thing is, all of your pre-recorded shows will still be there on the hard drive.
Do a yearly "TIMER CLEAN" to avoid this trouble in the future.
Correcting internal clock error:
By default the internal clock on this DVR gets it's time from the "Guide" system. In April of 2013, somebody somewhere stopped setting the clock that distributed that time signal. As a result, that clock, and the time displayed on the CM-7000PAL, drifted further and further away from reality.
Just setting the clock through the menu system, by itself, does not solve this problem. Before long, the GUIDE time will undo your setting of the clock and the clock will be wrong again.
1. Press "menu" on the remote
2. Select "Preferences" on the menu that pops up
3. Select "Guide Display"
4. Push the left arrow (left of the SELECT button) on your remote to blacken the options box under the red TV Guide logo. It probably says "enabled." Change it (with the up or down channel button on the remote) to say "Disabled." Contrary to what you might expect, this does not disable the Guide itself, just the ability of the Guide to control the internal clock. The technician said your Guide would now come from PCIP (whatever that is).
5. Exit out with multiple presses of the CANCEL button.
Once you've done the above to give control to your own CM-7000PAL's internal clock, you'll probably have to set your clock.
1. Press "menu"on the remote
2. Select SETUP, SYSTEM SETUP, INSTALLATION, SET DATE TIME. Then enter the correct time.
You might check "SET TIME ZONE" (after INSTALLATION, SET TIME ZONE) while you're at it. Also check daylight savings time handling, and your zip code if you've moved.
Of course, your internal clock may slowly drift away from the correct setting, depending upon the accuracy of it's crystal. However, the drift will be slow, and you can reset it whenever you notice it's strayed away. This is not Channel Master's fault, as they probably never anticipated that the GUIDE service would cease and therefore fail to keep time.
Well, that's it. My Pal is working perfectly now, and I love it. When I thought all was lost, I really was looking into Tivo Roamio. The Roamio over-the-air digital video recorder is a subscription-free HD antenna-compatible DVR with integrated streaming apps and 1TB hard drive storage. Its $359.00 on Amazon, but it would have been worth it. It's all about cutting the cord!!