Nothing new there. Only the type of problem is new to me. The recorder has started rebooting itself. It does not matter what mode it is in, record, play, stop. It reboots and the recording channel is reset to the first off-air channel.
i tried flashing the firmware to the latest on Philips website (dvdr980_051_fus_eng) but the recorder is telling me that the firmware on the machine is newer than that on the website. Philips have told me that, no, the firmware on the website is the newest and that I should take the machine to my retailer or service centre for "inspection" (at my own expense too, I would hazard a guess). So I downgraded the firmware and flashed it with 051. Same problem. But at least I know it isn't laser related this time.
I got this repaired under warranty in July last year and it was 2 years old in November. Should I push for a further repair?