Though I changed the setting option to 120 minutes from the default 60, the buffer continues to be max 55 minutes. Did try turning it off/unplugging it, too, trying to get the new setting to "take". This is true for both rewind and if you choose record and save the buffer. Since a longer buffer time than the one I currently have of 45 mins was of major importance in my buying decision, this is probably going back. In addition, response time to the forward/rewind commands in TV mode (haven't had enough time to check out everything yet) is very slow compared to my old RCA model DRC7005N. What a great unit my old one is
Tho the old guy doesn't burn, is a DVR only, timeshift is mainly what I want. I paid $250 used 3 years ago for my 7005 and it was worth every penny. This 8030 unit I paid $198 for, and IMHO it was money poorly spent. The 7005 also has stereo tuner, optical audio connections, and more setting options such as brightness.
Another REALLY annoying thing about the 8030 is that when you pause live TV, when the unit reaches the end of its pause-time, which is about 55min regardless of the 120 mins it says it has, it then just returns to live play as if you never paused it at all. This means you are now watching the program you paused 55 minutes into it instead of the beginning 55 minutes earlier. How dumb is that?? My 7005 doesn't do that; after its 45min buffer is full it begins playback at the -45min point, tho it will then jump to only 42 mins which I guess is the real buffer size. I've learned to live with that. I'd buy another 7005 in a hearbeat if I could find one, even tho the buffer size is small and the picture could be a little better color-wise and you can't save the buffer, the old guy is just a champ for time shifting with perfect chase-play, too. A bunch of other stuff is better in the old unit, too, prolly not of that much interest here so I won't go further into detail.
I'll never understand why oftentimes newer stuff isn't as good as its predecessor
Oh, another thing, the manual for the DRC8030N...well you may as well not even have one. If anybody else has been able to get the 120 minute buffer time, please say so, as I'd be interested to know if they're all only 55min or if mine is defective in that way.