Originally Posted by artwire
Maybe mine is working because I'm watching a QAM channel through the internal tuner with a split coax from the wall. It may work differently when the reception is coming from another source or through a switch box? The latter may require some kind of extra signal or channel set? ALso, I have turned off HDMI control since it was driving me crazy, so for me, it doesn't matter if the tv is on or off ... you can still start the program loop (you just cant see it). When I'm ready to watch, I turn on the tv and rewind to where I want to start watching. Are you watching analog or digital channel on the 2160? (we only have digital, now) so it may (?) work differently if you are on the analog tuner on the 2160. Also, are you 'on' the HD side when you're doing it. It may be looking for the DVD if you have disc vs drive preselected on the 2160.
Mine are both 2160A...one was a refurb, one a 'new' purchase from Wally, and I honestly cant tell them apart.I'm pretty sure both were dated May 09 and I have not
done the firmware updates on any of my 2160As yet.
Well, we have the same coax input scenario , like I said above I go to a splitter and then directly to the TV on one leg and the 2160A on the other. I don't have anything HDMI. I am using the analog tuner on the 2160A, not the digital but it is a simple matter to test. The active switch I mention just selects one of multiple inputs to output to the television through composite or s-video, I chose s-video as it looked better. The loop /should/ start with no output connected at all, the presence of valid output connection can be tested for.
You brought up yet another bug , if it is one, in that I have the hard drive selected as default, I was on the hard drive when I shut the 2160A off that is. The 2160 shouldn't be looking for a DVD in the drive when it powers on if the DVD drive is not selected, it shouldn't be seeking the heads any way as the DVD drive should be able to tell it if there is a platter in there or not, spin up and set a bit or byte so the 2160A can read it.
They way I would program the HDVR for turn on would be poll the DVD drive, check for disc insterted bit set
Yes, load DVD
No, check last program operation and continue.
Check tuner, channel available ?
Don't start the auto loop, display error.
Display channel, start auto loop.
You would have to add a bunch more stuff like check for timer program and such.
I am still holding that this is a hardware or firmware error and not "just how it works".
I will test with digital selected on power on and see if the loop starts. After that I will try a factory reset with one of the skip codes. I have already tried unplugging for a couple of hours but it remembered its channel settings and clock so I don't think that will be much use.
Thanks for the reply,