Originally Posted by KerryNY
Since you are getting the "Welcome" screen, there are some other things you can access. I saved some instructions from when the unit was hanging up at some point similar to yours. It would seem that you have nothing to lose at this point, so you might want to try "Clear NVM", and if that doesn't work, go through it again and try "Zero HDD". See below, and take note that you sometimes need to hold buttons for a long time:
Hidden Front Panel Menu
When the unit boots up, the instant Welcome appears, press and hold Menu and Format simultaneously.
Keep holding until the display says Repair?.
Release both keys.
Then press and hold one of the following keys:
* Format to get Clear NVM? (NVM = non-volatile memory)
* Select to get Zero HDD? (resets CPRM code? does not appear to modify the disk itself)
* Exit to get Wipe Unit? (performs both a Clear NVM and Zero HDD in one operation)
Release the key.
Once one of the above questions is displayed, there is a lengthy confirmation step to actually
execute the operation. You'll notice there's a 1 displayed above the operation name.
1. Press and hold Guide until the number changes to a 2 (takes about 5 seconds).
2. Release Guide and press Exit until the number changes to a 3.
3. Release Exit and press Format until the number changes to a 4 - the operation will then begin.
I did not author these instructions, but I successfully followed them once. I probably don't remember much to help clarify them, but someone else here might be able to help, so just ask.
Well, at around 2:07am today / last night, while scanning my Cable channels, the word, "Sony" in white over a black background pops-up. Near the bottom of the screen is a long, thin, jagged horizontal line of multi-colored 'static' blocks. Looks like something I've seen on VCR when it mis-tracks.
I'd power-down and back up and a picture would be there for about 4 seconds and then my 250 would turn itself off. Before I got to do the above, quoted instructions, I end up pushing a number of key pairs while 'Welcome...' was on the DVR display. It ended up freezing at 'Welcome... 06'. Many minutes go by. Still frozen. So I unplug / plug-in and got it back to 'Welcome...' again.
Somewhere while trying the above info, I was at the 'NVM Clear' part, but I didn't see anything after holding the 'Format' button for a while. However, I did this part after 'Repair?' had disappeared. So, to start over, I unplugged / re-plugged and the Cable channel I last was on, stayed on! I scanned through the Cable channels slowly and quickly and watched a few recorded programs, quick-jumping (set at 15 second jumps) through commercials and non-interesting content, then deleted the programs. All seem back to normal.
The clock on the display came back.
The time was way, way off, so being Thursday morning - Reset Day - to match Day-of-the-Week, I waited until 3:30am to do the 653 214 741
Reset. After the Menu drops off, I turn-off the DVR for 30-to-45 seconds and then back on. (There's a reason for this. I forgot, but it must be done after using this particular Reset Number Set.) The date on my 250 after Reset is 01/01/04.
Then, I edit all my Scheduled Programs 3-and-a-half hours ahead of time. I'll do this Reset again or just edit the Times again for the November changed to EST.
Question is, is this going to happen quickly again? Is this a failing Hard Drive? Interesting, in that it was just about 1-year to the day since I last did this 653 214 741
Reset. Many Scheduled Events were at 12/30/2004 and I saw at least one already at 2005. I wonder if this lock-up had anything to do with this? Guess I'd have to go another year before Resetting to find out, eh?
(Assuming this problem has 'gone away'.)