Originally Posted by TVbc
but, why of course couldn't you recreate series recording? if you have the current show showing in the guide, a series record instruction will be picked up when the guide fully populates, won't it?
Yes, one would have thought so.
But there seemed to be a residual set of future scheduled recordings, from the previously existing series items, which now showed up as one-shot future recordings! Don't know how or why that should be, but it was.
Certainly I had already deleted all previous series recordings (which had all shown up as corrupted entries in the series list, and which I had manually deleted as my first step in the attempt to clean house from the "event" and get back to normal). I figured once I deleted the underlying series entries that all future scheduled recordings would also disappear. But I'm guessing since the series entries were all currently corrupted that there was no way the software could match up future recordings which should also be unscheduled.
And yet, there obviously was some disk-based information which remembered that at certain times on certain channels (over the next week, which is all my current old A28 software goes out to with its Guide, so that's all that any future scheduled series recordings could have existed for) that those shows needed to be recorded. And somehow, they now appeared as one-shot recordings instead of series recordings.
Furthermore, there were even future scheduled recordings from these previous series items which had not yet repopulated from the Guide, and only showed as "to be announced" (and therefore which I couldn't even try to manually delete). And yet, they were there... again confirming that there obviously was disk-based "memory" of the next week's scheduled recordings, at least physical channel and time.
I honestly can't explain why those "sticky" future scheduled recordings caused so much problem, but I'm fairly certain it had to do with the corrupted series entries which when I deleted them probably didn't really undo what they would have normally undone.
Well, it doesn't really matter any more now. Turns out the "HDD Reset" sequence I described earlier really DID clear the hard drive completely as I wanted. And now that sufficient time has passed to get the firmware/software reloaded I have confirmed that everything is now clean. No more residual entry in DVR History, no scheduled recordings of any kind, nothing in my recordings list... just completely empty.
I will now slowly recreate my series recordings as the Guide repopulates, and expect to be back to normal in no more than 3 days.
I'm very glad this happened on my DCX where I do daily recordings of talk and news shows almost entirely, with some assorted reality shows (e.g. Project Runway, which just finished its season). And I'd really "viewed" myself down to almost nothing left, so that erasing the hard drive really pained me very little.
It would have been a different story on my DCH, where I do all of my genuinely important HDTV series recordings that I watch seriously. I'm about 3 weeks behind on that one, and being forced to lose that drive's contents would have been something which would have caused me to proceed more slowly.
Can't wait to get my Ceton 4-tuner card and Win7 Windows Media Center and "record on one HTPC server, watch on any HDTV in the house" operational tomorrow (when TWC comes out to activate my M-Card), so that I can give back my DCX3400 and be done with it.