Originally Posted by jjeff
Well I'm happy then since he's in my market. It's just too bad the Pal didn't have S-video. I wonder if I could set the Pal up to input 3 for the guide but record from input 1 which would be the better PQ CM-7000??
You can ("manually"). I have a Samsung HD tuner (component out going straight to the TV, S-video out going into L1 on the E85H) and can use that if I feel the quality is lacking on the Pal and for watching live TV (since channel changing thru the G-link is a long process). You don't get TVGOS labels on the L1 recordings, of course, but it's not that hard to figure out/remember when the preview video starts playing in the "title list." The Pal setup is handy for daily recording shows where I don't really care about the quality (and watch with the lovely 1.3x playback feature). The Samsung H260f's guide/timer solution isn't ideal for planning more than a day in advance, and the Pal/TVGOS solution shines here.
I think you can already use an E85 with a CM and g-link to do manual timers, so that won't help much.
Now that I typed all that, I think you're asking if you can use the G-link/IR Blaster to control the CM via the guide (not manual timers) and still suck the guide info out of the Pal.
That's a really interesting question. My first answer would be no, you can only choose L3, Ch3, or Ch4 when setting up the Pal as a cable box, so you can't set up the CM on L1 and operate it with the TVGOS other than a normal "manual" timer set to record from L1. However, what if you put the yellow composite video output of the Pal on L3, but then plugged the CM into the S-video of L3 (not L1) and aimed the G-Link at the CM after leaving the Pal on your CBS channel for guide info?
I think the the CM and Pal use the same blaster "code" of 5.1 = 151, etc., don't they? Maybe I'm incorrectly remembering some long ago post (I don't have a CM).
If you plug an S-video cable into the E85 while the yellow video cable is also plugged in, the S-video "overrides" the yellow RCA video. I don't know if this disables the port in such a way that it would no longer get TVGOS signals or not. If it does fully disable the TVGOS download, a hacky way might be to unplug the s-video from the E85 at night so the guide can download, and then plug it back in during the day/recording time.
It's something to ponder and experiment with if you have all these boxes to play with. I don't have anything besides the Pal to try g-linking/IR blasting.