I have the same or similar problem, but the suggested solution is confusing. I am running a PAL signal from a PAL VCR into the 5005. The TV is only connected to the 5005 and not directly to the VCR. The 5005 is set to PAL. When I prepare to record the PAL signal, I can see the video with no problem and properly framed on myTV. When I then hit the record botton on the 5005, it tells me that I have the wrong signal type. Well, since I can see the video on my TV, which is set to PAL and the signal is running through the 5005 that is also set to PAL, I don't have a clue what is going on. When I set the 5005 to NTSC and run the PAL signal into it, it records it in NTSC, but due to the scanning line difference between PAL and NTSC, I am losing some of the picture, and NTSC is not very good compared to PAL. That is why I prefer transfering PAL tapes to PAL DVD. When I play BACK a PAL DVD on an NTSC TV, the frame is okay and the picture is good. In sum, I am losing picture content and quality by recording PAL in NTSC onto a DVD and I simply want to record PAL in PAL. The manual indicates PAL recording quality, so I assume it is capable of doing so. I also used blank DVD discs that have never seen a NTSC signal, so the pre-existence of a NTSC signal on the DVD is not an issue.
What could be the problem? I have looked at the firm and system ware updates, but since you have to pick the country you are in, I am not sure whether this would mess up my PAL capabilities or interfere with the region free setup I have. I also doubt if the updates would address my problem. It is also puzzling that LITEON does not tell you what the updates actuall are for or what they do.
Does anyone have an answer to this problem? Thanks in advance.