Originally Posted by JHBrandt
You can try reinstalling the firmware, but I don't think it'll let you reinstall the same version twice. I would plug in the thumb drive, then power up the Pal. Let us know if that does anything...
Sadly, I declared it dead as of 7:30pm last night.
I attached the thumb drive with 208 on it, applied power, saw that the thumb drive lit up and flickered like it was being accessed, but nothing. Same thing as before: no menus, couldn't change channels, etc. Tried a warm reboot, but no change.
I opened it up and removed the hard drive, hooked it back up to the TV, and fired it up. After the boot screen, it popped up a message saying something to the effect that there was a problem with the drive, and to reboot the system. To my surprise, I was able to get to the System Info Screen and all of the other menu screens. So I thought, well maybe it really was the hard drive.
I had the unused, brand new drive that came with my CM-7000PAL (I put a 1TB drive in when I bought it). I installed it and proceeded to power everything up again. Unfortunately, same as before: no menus, couldn't change channels, etc.
So I thought, well, I'll disconnect the drive again, reboot, perform a factory reset, and see if that would wake it up. However, this time, with no drive, same unresponsive results. I washed my hands of it.
I'm getting them a TiVo today. Ultimately, I think they'll be happier. The PAL was constantly deleting scheduled recordings for no apparent reason. If two shows were set to record at the same time, they always had to have the TV and PAL on to confirm that both shows were recording, even though they had offsets programmed in to prevent one from not recording. They also had the random Spanish audio be the primary audio track, which required going through the menus to change. Adding to all of this was the now shorter duration guide. Also, they, and I, were about to go through the DST dance, so I'm done.
I appreciate everyone's help.
It's been a little stressful lately: my Sony DHGs became basically useless due to the lack of TVGOS, forcing me to get a TiVo. Now I get to teach them how to use one. Plus, my Mom's been learning to use a computer for the first time, so that's been a fun experience.
Thanks to all!Edited by Michael1138 - 3/1/13 at 7:47am