Panasonic dvd recorder goes belly up and freaking out

Both my Panasonic DMRE 85 and 95dvd recorders have started going crazy like they have a virus. Operating themselves in navigator mode and won’t power off. Panasonic says being hooked to a Sceintific Atlanta cable box has caused the on screen programming to screw things up and they are working on it. Anyone else with this mess? or a fix? Have tried re boot and re set but the problem just comes back.

Several reports here indicate that you cannot have the Sceintific Atlanta cable box connected to Panasonic recorders. Removing it should resolve the problems, I assume that means the coax connect. (as opposed to video/audio connects).