Here’s a weird problem that just happened to my Channel Master CM-7000PAL (the Dish DTVPal dvr twin).
After four years of constant use, I finally decided to open up my DTVPal yesterday for a good cleaning and to install a 1TB drive.
After unhooking the DTVPal dvr, I pulled the CM 7000 (my backup) out of the closet after nearly 3 years of storage to use while I did the DTVPal clean and upgrade. The 7000 worked OK when stored.
Hooked up the 7000PAL, it booted, loaded the (now PSIP) guide data, and then it started to reboot again! Figured it might be the ‘corrupt timer reboot loop’ described in this thread, so I unhooked the antenna, let it boot and interrupted it with the ‘Sys Info’ button. Did the ‘Menu – Setup – System Setup – Restore Factory Defaults’ to ensure factory settings and rebooted again. Same thing – reboot loop.
Did the factory reset again and after another boot, I interrupted again with the ‘Sys Info’. Pressed Guide, which opened and looked normal. Selected a channel and it tuned to it and seemed to work OK on every channel UNTIL I got to the lowest channel in my area, 002-1, at which point it went back into the reboot loop. Tried twice more to restore factory settings and each time worked normally EXCEPT for channel 002-1. Only that channel made it reboot-loop. ???
At a loss, I unplugged it while I did the DTVPal clean and drive install. Before putting the DTVPal dvr back in my system, I decided to give the 7000 one more try so I plugged it in, it booted, loaded the guide, and this time it tuned and displayed channel 002-1 with no reboot loop! Tried a few other channels and all seemed OK – except now it reboot-looped on only a single, but DIFFERENT channel!
Frustrated, I put my clean, upgraded DTVPal back in my system, and thankfully it worked like a charm with the new drive (1TB WD10EURS) Whew!
I left the CM7000 plugged in over night. This morning when I turned it on, ALL channels work with no reboot loop at all – now the two channels that individually forced the looping were just fine!
Anybody ever heard of something like this? I’m guessing that maybe some capacitor didn’t like 3 years of no power, and the overnight ‘burn-in’ made it happy. Any other guesses?
The Channel Master is using F400TALD-N, is this equivalent to F208 in the Dish DTVPal?