I took it home and it came on just fine. I put in a DVD-R that had a movie on it and it started playing just fine. Unfortunately I have no remote and can't test anything other than DVD playing.
I took an old Uverse remote and found a Philips DVD code that worked for basic DVD control.
It has a Seagate 160GB drive in that that sounds good, so I've decided to order a used OEM remote from Amazon.
Is there anything I can test without having the real remote? If I press the info button on the Uverse I get a drop down menu with just information and the ability to change language while playing a movie.
Is there any way to test recording at all without the remote? The last person that owned it left it tuned to 11.1 which is the local CBS station, but reception is so poor here, I was never even able to get digital stations to stick on my digital TV or the separate decoder box I bought.
Years ago I had a Panasonic DVD recorder that was great but failed after a few years of really not ever using it more than about 20 times to record DVDs. It was a DMR ES something with the SD slot on the front. The main reason I got that recorder was the DVD-RAM ability for on the fly recording and pseudo DVR functionality.
Edited by Stonent - 2/17/13 at 12:52pm