Is the button labeled "commercial skip"?
Doing an Initial Auto Channel Preset (Scan) for Channels
To do an auto-preset, go to the Setup > General Setting > Channel > Auto Channel Preset menu and select
She only uses cable so omitted the OTA part as it will only confuse her.
Let it auto-preset for its 125 analog channels (~2 min.) and 135 digital channels (~20 min.). Analog channels will tune quickly and you'll see them on the TV as they scan in, but digital channels can take up to 10 sec each to scan and they don't appear on the TV during the scan.
Recovering from a Frozen Digital Channel Scan
If your auto-scan freezes on a digital channel, remember the offending channel number. First try stopping the scan with the Setup button; screen should eventually go blue. Switch to analog tuner. If that doesn't stop the scan, pull the power cord. Replace the screw on coax with a push-on type so you can remove it quickly during the next scan.
Turn unit on and do another Auto Channel Preset. Just before the scan reaches the bad digital channel, pull the coax and let the scan complete w/o the coax.
Note: Don't think anyone's tried replugging the coax AFTER passing the problem channel and letting the scan complete with coax on... if fast enough, you might not have to manually search for digital channels above the "sticky" one?
Chase Play (basics only)
Chase play allows you to watch a show from its beginning while it's still being recorded on the HDD. The recording needs a 3 sec. buffer before you can chase-play it, and you can only chase PLAY to within 3 sec. of the live show. That 3-sec. is the buffer needed for the HDD to write to the HDD.
With a manual or timer recording in progress,
How does she start watching a particular program? On my Panasonic the procedure is:
- Press the DIRECT NAVIGATOR button.
- A menu will pop up allowing you to select the recording you want to watch.
- If you chose the one currently being recorded, then you are now in chase play and have started watching from the beginning of that particular recording.
(Note for Wajo: On my Panasonic, just selecting the program automatically starts playback without having to press the PLAY button. Does it work the same way on the 3575? Or does she have to press the PLAY button to start watching from the beginning?)
- Continue with wojo's instructions
You can stop the playback and return, press Play again and take up where your last playback ended. Whenever you stop the playback, the pic reverts to the live recording, so you'll lose the 3-sec. buffer of live show... it'll be in the recording, but your chase play will miss it.
When recording stops, the program is already saved on the HDD for watching again, dubbing to DVD, or deleting.
Be careful, if you press Stop twice, you'll stop both playback AND the recording!
Let's hope you get well soon!
Thank you so much Wajo! She is a novice so probably needs the additional steps I inserted. Please let me know the equivalent step-by-steps for the 3575.