After Direct TV came out and changed out DVR box, the DVD burner says it is recording, but there is no picture on trying to playback, only snowy screen. I am sure it is a problem with getting the "input" correct, but I have tried everything! Direct TV says it is my problem, not theirs.
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Re: Snowy screen when I play a DVD
reconnecting the cables and make sure they are tightly plug in, try to do a hard reset on the receiver by pressing on the front button on front panel for 5-7 seconds, if there is no power button, unplug it for 15 mins then replug it, then try recording again. If all fails then its the DVR you are having issue with.
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What to do if you have an all snowy picture (blue screen or the TV displays unusable signal-no signal or no sync)
1 – If you are using a digital cable box or satellite receiver (make sure it’s on) and be sure your TV is set for either CH3 or CH4 (which ever you usually view it on). If you usually view it through video inputs (video1 or 2 etc.) make sure the appropriate input is selected.
If you still don’t get a signal see if you get picture using the DVD or VCR (if available) if you do than plug the satellite or Dig. Box temporarily into the place of the DVD (unplug DVD) you may have to use some A/V cables (RCA yel./red/wht like the ones on the DVD) to hook to the tv from the sat./dig. box. If you get a signal then the sat./dig box is ok. If not the Sat./dig box is not sending a signal and is either defective or needs to be rebooted (unplug wait 5 min try again).
2 – If you are using standard cable or antenna (source) if possible check that the source is good by connecting to another TV. Otherwise try running the source into a VCR and then out to the TV using video inputs (RCA yel./red/wht like the ones on the DVD) and then selecting the appropriate input. Try seeing if the VCR plays using standard CH3 (or CH4)
If the VCR plays on video input but not when connected to CH3 (CH4) then the tuner of the TV may be defective – see if you can use the VCR to change channel using the VCR remote. Be sure to vote/rate me if this helped Thanks!
After it is hooked up, it should have a white screen saying "searching for satellite signal." After fifteen or twenty minutes, it will go to a black screen saying the same thing in a blue box. Once you are there, you can prerss the LIST button on the remote and record and copy your selected shows. This is assuming you have a newer DVR. Model R15 or higher.thanks keep updated
I feel sorry for anyone who bought this piece of junk.
Nothing but problems. Flashes in recordings when constrast and scenes change. Black and white picture when it goes nuts and very often distorted or NO sound forcing you to stop and resume. Subtitles start automatically on every disc you put in, very annoying. Sony DVD remotes don't work at all on this box, which is also frustrating if you have kids and the original remote is often missing.
I am embarrassed to own this. I misread the box thinking it had component inputs for recoding. Not HD I thought...but component is definitely acceptable. To my horror there was only composite (Yellow Red White inputs)!. It's purposely designed this way so you can't get good quality recordings. In other words whatever you connect to the YRW is going to come out VHS lousy quality on your nice set.
This is like buying a cassette player to record your CD collection. I copied a couple shows for the kids and the poor quality and strobing backgrounds were too much to stomach on my Sony HDTV. The HDMI upscaling did NOTHING to improve the picture quality. I try them both separately and then together and toggled between both inputs and while there were some color shifts there was no difference in detail. I have many years in Photoshop so I knew what I was looking for.
The upscaled image actually looked worse than the original.
The only GOOD thing about this recorder is that it has a decent laser. It plays scratched discs that I know hung up the old player and goes through the rough spots without a single skip.
It also plays DVDR's that only played on the computer before.
The Jpeg slide feature is not impressive and the times I've tried to show I was reluctant to make anyone wait around while I fumbled around with the clumsy controls.
There are some overseas Sony models that have built in digital tuner, hard drive AND dvd burner with HDMI input so you can record right off the cable or digital channel and store it and later burn to a DVD and not loose any quality.
By the time US models have any decent capability we will have moved on to some other format.
It's the same for DVD burners. The 8.5 GB disks are still +$3/ea. even though the burners have been out five years or more!
Buy yourself an HD recorder and standard DVD player.
Make sure you read the box a couple times since "near HD quality" is often touted since it's most likely Component In instead of HDMI In. Check outside of the US for the best boxes. Also keep in mind how much storage HQ you can hold. The early models only hold 30 Hrs.