Originally Posted by mabuttra
Originally Posted by JHBrandt
I guess what you're saying is, if TVGoS is active in your area, once you enter a valid zip code for your area, it saves info from these 'timezonepkt's, and once that happens, there are only two ways to change that saved info:
1. Factory defaults reset
2. Move the Pal to another area with TVGoS active, enter a valid zip code for that area, and receive a 'timezonepkt' from that area's TVGoS host station.
Yes, that is correct. Number 3 would be to delete the host channel from the Channel list. Number 2 really isn't a solution since the clock would still be locked.
I see. #3 doesn't really change the saved info; it just renders it moot by not receiving the TVGoS data stream anymore. But you have to give up a major network station, so it's not very practical. #2 is also more theoretical than practical, especially now.
Ironically, my goal wasn't even to get the clock unlocked! I suppose one might want to do that, if their TVGoS clock data was awful and they wanted to sync to PSIP or set it manually instead (during the TVGoS era, this was a problem in Austin and in D.C. on occasion); but my goal was to get the Pal to automatically scan channels for PSIP guide info. We've had several reports of it failing to do so when TVGoS stopped but the clock was still gray; my thinking was if the same internal flag that grays out the clock also stops the Pal from overwriting the ex-TVGoS channels' guides with info from PSIP, then unlocking the clock would fix that too.
The reason I thought #2 might work in theory is if you moved the Pal back to your 'home' area, but didn't set the zip code back. Then the Pal wouldn't recognize timezonepkt's from your 'home' station and would use the saved info from the distant station instead, but would it still recognize your home station's clock data? And if it did, would it still refuse to update guides for the ex-TVGoS channels? Maybe it would; maybe not; but either way, I'm certainly not going to take my Pal on 'vacation' to Charlotte, NC just to test it!