Join Date: May 2005
Location: Queens, New York City
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A bit of a surprise today.... after being unplugged for about 6 months, my DHG-HDD250 gave me an error message about the hard drive being faulty, and the time was reset to 2004. The error message also stated that recording would not be possible due to this problem. I tried recording a short segment, it was a no-go. Looked up 'reset' procedure in the manual, hit the Exit & TVGuide buttons, it reset the unit and came back to life. Time was changed to June 2014, and now there's a front panel clock again. Apparently the Sony "fixed" itself.
My other DHG-HDD500 is still plugged in, but basically unused because I got tired of having to re-calculate the time offset just about every week when it would freeze up. I've been using two Channel Master CM7400s that I picked up on Ebay this year for about $130 total. While not perfect, they do the job more than adequately, without having to worry about a clock issue.
I really wish there was some way to access the internal Sony software..... and re-program the correct time and date. This past weekend there were five NFL games on broadcast TV..... the Sonys would have come in handy for these football marathons.