This is my first post, and I need some technical help.
My old E55 has problems with the laser, so in the meantime I bought a panasonic DMR-ES25. The unit is a far cry from the DMRE55 I bought just a few years ago. the 25 has only two inputs and is very slow in disc functions like deleting titles, and has no battery back-up for the memory functions.
As if that isn't bad enough, I have problems with the timer function. For example when I tried to turn on the TV while the unit is in timer recording I get nothing, as if the recorder isn't turned on. I even turned the unit on even though timer recording is already in progress and still nothing. The manual of no help either.
The only way to get a picture on the TV was to take the DVD recorder remote and just randomly punch all the buttons at once and work that remote over and over until finally I get a picture of the program being recorded. Huge frustrations :a :a
I still cannot play back while the unit is doing the timer recording even on the ram discs. The only way to do so is to wade through the on screen messages and stop timer recording. :Z Then I manually restart recording, and by hitting direct navigator and selecting the previous recording can I actually watch what was being timer recorded.
What a hassle, this just does not seem to be what Panasonic is known for. I went to Panasonic and downloaded firmware. I copied the zipfile to a CD. But because I am new to computers I really don't know what I should do next. Will this help, or am I better off taking the unit back and buy something else? If so which unit would make for a decent main unit. I am thinking hard drive recorders at this point.