Originally Posted by aydu
I'm testing out a new theory on my 531's EPG.
I periodically lose the EPG, getting the "rebuilding" message. I've tried all the various reset codes, but the only one that works consistently is a complete reset of the unit.
The last time I lost the EPG, I did a reset of the unit, let it scan for channels, and entered the EPG information.
The next morning (as always when I do a reset) I get asked to pick my cable company from a list and things begin to populate.
Normally, things go well for about the next week, until the whole 8 days are loaded. It's then that things tend to get flaky with the EPG. It can disappear at any time.
This time I changed the way I select programs for recording.
In reading the manual for the new Pioneer 640 recorder (which does not have the EPG) I noticed that you can select up to 28 programs for recording. My 531 didn't have any limit on the number of programs I could select in the guide, so I decided to limit the number of recording selections in the guide, hoping this made a difference.
Normally, I select several programs for regular daily recording; another couple for weekly recording; and a mix of one time recording selections.
This time I limited myself to just selecting things to record once, and only selected programs for the next two days. My goal was to keep the number of selections under that 28 number mentioned in the 640's manual.
This has worked for me so far.
I am into two weeks of continuous EPG updates. I made it past the problem point of the 8 full days of listings.
My current theory (last of many) is that using the recorder to update daily (or weekly) program selections can over run the processing ability of the recorder if too many selections are made.
By eliminating recurring recordings, I'm eliminating the need for the recorder to update the guide as new days are added.
It's anybody's guess as to whether this will work long term, but it seems to be working now.