Originally Posted by DeOlMan
I had an interesting situation last night I haven't heard of happening before. I purchased another device to receive TV content. The wife asked if this would disrupt her recording this evening and I assured her it wouldn't. (It was a season finale!) I even checked and it was scheduled. I changed TV inputs (electronically) to the new box. About 20 minutes after what should be the start of her recording I noticed the red light wasn't on, it was a dim blue. Sure enough I checked and it did not start recording. I can't think of a reason for this to happen unless it was because the DVR+ just wasn't connected electronically to the TV. Even that doesn't make sense. BTW the HDD is about 50% full and I am running the 124 firmware. Fortunately my other DVR+ was set to record. Anyone with any ideas?
I can say for certain that the DVR+ does not have to be connected to a TV in order to record a scheduled recording. Mine (running 124R) is connected to the TV through a remote controlled HDMI switcher, and quite often the switcher is set to another device, including last night when it recorded what it was supposed to record. In fact, even with the HDMI cable disconnected from the DVR+, scheduled recordings take place (I just tested that).
Perhaps you dislodged the antenna cable from the DVR+ when attaching the new device?... I scheduled a recording to start 5 minutes later, and record for 5 minutes, put the DVR+ into standby mode, then disconnected the coax cable from the antenna. The light was dim blue. At the appropriate time, the light flashed bright red, turned dim red, and a moment later went dim blue (that's bad). I waited 5 minutes in order to reach the end of the scheduled period, and took the DVR+ out of standby mode. The screen was black, and a few moments later a message appeared that the device was receiving a weak or no signal (see attached pic). The recording was NOT
made! So, that's my guess, you dislodged the antenna cable
. Please let us know if that's the case (or could be the case).
: I performed another experiment as follows:
In a second experiment, I scheduled a short recording to start a few minutes later, put the DVR+ into standby mode (dim blue light), and unplugged the antenna (still a dim blue light). Like the first experiment, when the recording was scheduled to start, the light flashed bright red, quickly went dim red, then dim blue (all within 1 or 2 seconds). This time I immediately reconnected the antenna (within 2 seconds), then took the DVR+ out of standby mode. The show was playing, but was not recording. This demonstrates that it only takes a brief moment of no signal for the DVR+ to give up on the recording, and it does not begin recording when the signal is restored (a flaw IMHO). I suspect the same thing would happen with a really “weak signal”, even if only momentary (at the wrong time).
Perhaps this explains why, every now and then, someone reports a recording was not made? Maybe the antenna was rotated for a particular channel, not realizing that would cause a poor signal on a channel that’s scheduled for recording. Or maybe an aircraft disturbed the signal at the wrong moment?