My Thomson DVB 160gb Digital Terrestrial Recorder crashed yesterday. It now has a continuous red flashing light and will not respond with the remote. I unplugged in for 1 minute, plugged it back in and left it for 30 minutes..still nothing! Any ideas please??
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If your unit does not state DVB anywhere, either in the manual, or on the unit itself, and there are no options to tune in digital services via the menu on screen (as well as no EPG), chances are the tuner in it is analogue only, hence why you cannot tune digital channels in it. To receive all SD/HD digital channels, you would need to connect an external set top box to the recorder's AV inputs, and record/view them that way. (Set top boxes are cheaper than upgrading TVs and DVD equipment in many cases).
The only positive point here is it didn't cost you a workshop repair fee or a new unit - the user manual as a pdf for this model is available on FixYa if needed.
It is possible that the built in DVB tuner of your DVD recorder has failed, since your TV still has its DVB receiver working fine. I suppose if you have tried to reset the recorder numerous times, and it still has not found any DVB channels, then yes, the DVB tuner has died - probably not economical to replace that as a separate component, since it is hard-soldered to the motherboard, making the overall replacement cost-prohibitive.
But if you want to do so, you can submit your recorder to any authorised DVD service centre for a quote, as well as a detailed description of the problem(s) (assuming the tuner is found to be the culprit); this will help you to make an informed decision as to whether to go ahead with the repair or not. Up to you.
Presuming your unit works otherwise, you should not need a new one (but an external set top box connected via the recorder's inputs may be required if you need to record channels) - but get a couple of quotes from service centres FIRST before doing anything else ((you can always say no to the quotes if they are too high).
If the unit has a built in analogue tuner, the unit itself will still operate as normal, but without the built in analogue channels - to record a TV show, you would need to connect an external set top box to it (SD or HD - or both).
In other words, apart from a separate set top box, if required, there should be no need to change any of the unit's settings if it works as is. I do not believe this model has a built-in digital (DVB) tuner.
The recorder itself will not record the digital SD/HD broadcasts, no. This is because the tuner is not DVB supported (i.e. it is analogue only), however, you can connect a digital set top box to the AV inputs on the unit (assuming the box does not support macrovision to allow recording) - and select the input on the recorder - record the channels to it from the box.
It's messy but cheaper than having to buy a whole new DVD recorder with a digital tuner built in, if your existing unit works perfectly as is. And the bonus is no workshop expense.
hi i have sorted the problem i went on line of the make of the thomson freeview and their was other people with the same problem and they help me by reading their instrutions on their page now it is working .
First off, scart has an auto detect feature across pin 8, HDMI does not. If you have turn your TV to the HDMI channel, and at some point turn off the HD source device you are going to get a blank screen, you have to manually turn your TV back. In regard to whilst you are recording it sounds like you may have tuned in channels on your DVD but not your TV. Do you have an RF aerial lead connected from the DVD output to the RF on you telly? Do you have a sky/cable box connected to your TV via scart? Does the DVD have DVB (digital video broadcast) if so and you have none of the above that is the problem, any tuner running off a single RF lead can only record/play 1 channel at a time. If you have no RF lead going to the TV, then the TV cannot show any terrestrial channels.