Originally Posted by jjeff
Wow, this is the first I've read about the timer bug effecting VHS. Kinda eliminates the whole idea about RAM/-R/+R etc.
Yes Patman2, there is serious timer related problems with, I believe all, Panasonic EZ series DVDR's. Did you use weekly, or daily events? I think the bug only effects Weekly or daily events. Can you tell me the events that lead up to your failed RAM recording last night. Had your last recording event filled up the previous disc? What time was your event during the night. Lastly Do you use the autoclock set feature?
Well jjef, interestingly enough I read your "Failed timer recordings w/weekly events" post about the EZ-17 after I had already posted about the EZ-47 - it came up on a google search for: panasonic dvd recorder "fails to record"
. Got a lot of hits. I'm trying to see how your hypothesis might fit - especially the need for a power on/off cycle after midnight since my failed DVD recording was at 2:30am and the last power on/off was the previous day.
To answer your specific questions, I use a mix of weekly, daily, and one-time events. The failed VHS event was a weekly event that usually went to DVD but I had switched it to VHS. I figured maybe that's why it didn't work even though I had done that kind of switch fairly often and successfully in the past - sometimes I want things on tape to watch on a different setup that is VHS only.
I do use the autoclock set feature - is that a factor? I didn't note that in your previous post.
The events pertaining to the failed RAM recording were:
(1) the timer was added to the list of scheduled events on Thursday 1/3 as a one-time event to record in EP-8 mode on Friday 1/4 at 2:30am. NOTE: this was event #16 FWIW.
(2) the EZ-47 was powered off at around 7:30pm on Thursday evening
(3) A weekly event recorded as scheduled on Thurs 1/3 from 8:00-11:00pm in EP mode
(4) the disk was not full after that recorded.
(5) the 2:30am event did not record and in the a.m. when the unit was powered on, it displayed an erroneous msg that the disc was full.
(6) Had to delete the failed timer entry to get rid of the "FULL" display. (sorry if I'm repeating myself - just trying to be thorough)
It's a mystery to me why the 1/4 2:30am failed. I did fill up the RAM disk maybe a week or so ago and had my unit lock up - had to hold the power on/off button for 10+seconds to get the unit to power off. After that, things were recording fine until last night.
I think I'll call my problem in to Panasonic since they seem to have their head in the sand.