I had read that this model would interupt a DVD-READ session (watching a movie or whatever) when the timer kicks on to record to the HDD. It gives the warning about 2 minutes before the program starts. The manual says that you can hit play to start watching what you have recorded but I don’t think it can play DVD while recording to the HDD, which is a bummer and rather odd. This can’t be a hardware issue as there are other single tuner DVDR-HDD that can record to HDD while reading from DVD. These are two separate devices on two separate IDE channels controlled by the firmware. That this function does not seem to exist on these units seems to be a firmware issue. Either someone out there with the skills can hack the firmware to allow this or Lite-on gets enough complaints and they release a new firmware that will write to HDD while reading from DVD drive. I can deal with it but I did experience this annoyance last night when I forgot about a timed recording and was interupted. The timed recording didn’t continue on though, it was canceled. Which is odd but that may have been my fault.
A person on another forum added this:
LiteON actually has two “modes” for the recorder to be in - It’s either HDD or DVD. In DVD mode, you’re either writing to or reading from the DVD unit. Once your timed recording “kicks in”, it’s FORCING a switch to HDD mode, thereby eliminating your chance to pass the DVD signal to your external source.
I agree, there’s no logical reason that is HAS to be this way, but that’s way they implemented it on this unit.
This unbalanced mode of operation is a bit dissappointing and I consider it a serious flaw from an otherwise excellent unit. I’m still convinced this is a firmware issue and can be corrected with an updated firmware from Lite-on or after-market manipulation. I just don’t have the knowledge or experience to edit the firmware code myself.