So here's my story. Have 4 year old Pana DMR-EZ485K.
It works great, 99% of the time but we all know that
The build quality is nice, the menus are good and am more than happy performance. BUT, as we all know the firmware is BUGGY as heck and that is truly a shame for a Pana.....
Have it connected directly to Verizon FIOS cable to record local network shows for my wife. The digital tuner works just fine. Auto Clock finds time on the local PBS (I assume its that channel as it doesn't tell you what channel its using). But every 1 - 2 weeks it freezes or starts to lose channels. It seems to sometimes lose a channel that it was tuned to when shut off. Anyway, disconnect plug, count 30, plug in and good to go.... Noticed a new FW DF-366 that I will have to try.
Well, I got an idea a couple months ago, plug unit into digital timer and have timer power off unit every M/W/F at 1AM until 3:30AM. Figured this would give me my periodic reset. It worked great for a couple months, wife got all her shows, no problem losing clock or schedule, etc.... Until last week.
Now when you disconnect the AC plug, the unit remembers the time but doesn't update it. So if I unplug for 1 minute, the clock falls 1 minute behind.
2 minutes, 2 minutes behind. Not a prob, but two days later its still 2 minutes behind and auto clock does not seem to have done an update. I can go in to functions and perform an Auto clock and it finds the channel and updates the time... It just won't do it on its own. So the questions to some of you guys...
(1) When AC is unplugged, is the unit supposed to keep updating the time (but of course not display it)???
(2) When AC is plugged back in, doesn't it automatically perform an Auto-clock to update the time (remember it is configured for Auto and I can perform one on command)??
(3) Does unit have periodic turn ons to go out and get the clock (like the Mag 515 checks time at 12 noon and midnight)??
(4) Could I have a dead battery in unit (i.e. something like the coin cell used to back up CMOS memory in a PC)??? or is it just capacitor?? I see some have opened unit and played with the insides??? I'm wondering if my 2.5 hour power outages 3 times a week has weakened a battery.
My first step will be to start with the latest FW DF-366 as my unit is at DF-358.
Thanks in advance for any insight....