I just purchased a used Pioneer DVR-540H-S hdd/dvd recorder from a good ebay vendor after reading that it was a very solid unit. I paid $399 U.S. It came today.
I've hooked it up in the simplest way possible - just like a vcr. Outside cable directly into the VHF-UHF (RF In). another cable from the VHF-UHF (RF Out) to the Cable-In connection on TV.
I turned on the dvd recorder. The front panel display reads "SETUP NAV"
That's it. I can't get any menus for setting up to appear on screen - no matter whether I push Home Menu' or 'Top Menu' or 'Disc Navigator' or 'Help' on the remote control. Nothing is happening on screen to help me get set up.The tv (an old CRT) is set to channel 3 - I've switched it to channels 2 and 4 to see if that would make a difference - it didn't.
Can anyone help me with this? Like I said before - this is kind of embarrassing.