Being a more or less satisfied owner of the DVDR75 for the last couple years ( aside from messed up FF speeds) I decided to try another Philips when the HDRW720 became available at my local Costco for the amazing price of $199. You simply can’t find a high capacity DVR/DVD recorder for anywhere near that price and from what I’ve read they all have their issues.
Since the unit had old CF2.6 firmware on it I upgraded the firmware to CF3.2 immediately. That went just fine. I didn’t have any trouble setting it up and actually got the TVGuide to work pretty well for the first week and a half. It did shut down with a error a couple times during the first week while using the TVGuide. It would seem to freeze and then the drive bay would light up red and it would shut down. Upon power up it had returned to Channel 2. While this is annoying it didn’t happen often so I didn’t get too upset. Being a Philips owner has taught me to be very patient with my tech toys.
Anyhow, this Saturday it became very flakey. The TVGuide had several days showing NO LISTING in the upcoming schedule. The 720 did the error shutdown a few times Saturday morning and then shutdown 3 times that afternoon in the middle of recordings. I’m glad that didn’t frag the hard drive. At that point I checked the Schedule screen and all my scheduled recordings were shown in grey. I checked the TVGuide debug screen and noticed that the unit had lost track of it’s data source channel which is usually channel 17. I decided it was time to reset the TVGuide so I went into setup and set the ZIP code to another local ZIP - not mine - and shut the 720 down. I powered it back up and reset the ZIP to my own. I did this because the TVGuide system can be forced to look for updated listings if it detects a ZIP code change. It seemed to work normally after that and a short while later made me choose which local listing was correct (as it has done in the past).
So, I’m back on track at this point. My listings are mostly full and the 720 is making recordings just fine again. Of course, I’m wondering how long it will be before the TVGuide gets corrupted again and requires a ZIP code reset though. I called Philips and discussed this at length inquiring about when new firmware will be available. They are nice, but have apparently no knowledge of when or even if new firmware will be released.
So, here are a few questions that hopefully you people can help with …
According to Philips support the cool red glow around the drive bay should be on when archiving from the HDD to the DVD. Is this true for CF3.2? My red glow light certainly works but I’ve only seen it in demo mode and when there is an error that causes the unit to reboot or shutdown. I think the support guy is wrong as obviously my red glow light works, and the logic to control it is there also. I think they shut down the glow in the latest firmware but I’d appreciate it if one of you could verify if the red glow appears during archiving to DVD.
Has anybody else experienced these shutdowns or reboots when using the TVGuide?
I have burned about 15 DVD+R’s just fine with the exception of my first attempt. My first burn was an attempt to burn 45 minutes of M1 video to a 4X DVD+R. It burned a coaster and could not recover it. After that I used 8X and 16X DVD+R’s without any problem. DVD+RW has not had any problems.
Also, I’m thinking about trying older firmware like 3.1 or 3.0. Does anybody have a copy of this firmware (US Version)?