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Scrambled picture DVR records fine and sound is fine, but at times picture will begin turning red and scrambles like a scrambled station on TV. Sometimes will clear on its own and sometimes I have to turn off or unplug to clear. Picture will do this whether watching TV through DVR or watching either recorded disk or purchased movie disk. Used lens cleaner disk and did not fix problem. I think problem originated when trying to view a disk that received an error telling me to clean disk or disk was bad. Any suggestions or ideas? DVR only 7 months old.

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SOURCE: Scrambling for first 15 mins

That is the exact problem I am currently having with my toshiba 50 in. I did some reading and it sounds like there is a temperature drift across one of the capacitors on the board and it takes longer and longer to warm up. Havent fixed it yet...

Posted on Aug 23, 2007

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You could try the factory initializing process I found on another webesite (AVS Forums): "Had this message pop up a few weeks ago. Tried the solutions in the manual, no go. Tried unplugging it for 7 days, no go. Called Toshiba customer service @1-800-631-3811, the tech told me: 1) turn on TV and set to receive your DVD signal 2) Turn on DVD player and remove any discs 3) put Dvd / VCR selector on DVD 4) at the same time, push channel selector button UP (^) along with the PLAY button 5) hold the buttons down until TV screen shows "Initializing" message, release buttons, let DVD player go thru it's reset cycle and shut down 6) turn DVD player on and watch your DVD movies now Works like a charm. Put this in your manual for the next time." My unit has not worked since December of last year, I only had it for one year and it conveniently stopped working right after the one year warranty. My unit was not functioning whatsoever past turning it on, but when I did the factory initialization I was able to operate my unit again....UNFORTUNATELY, it still does not read disks, I still get the "Incorrect Disk" message. I guess I could consider it progress. But still try it, it may work for you. My unit just seems to be fried beyond repair. If anyone has any suggestions on how to correct the incorrect disk problem, I would be greatly appreciative. I'm not ready to throw mine away yet!

Posted on Sep 08, 2007

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SOURCE: picture appears to be trying to scramble

Bad hyper board == No longer available
Bad electrolytic capacitors on board need changing-
Let me know if you need more info......T.

Posted on Nov 01, 2007

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FYI...the best suggestion I've seen is to hold the channel up and play buttons simutaneously....thereby causing the machine to return to the "factory initialized" state. So far so good for me. We'll see. photog1

Posted on Dec 03, 2007

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SOURCE: movie skips and freezes during play

CD and dvd disc cleaners will not solve the problem, a deeper and delicate cleaning procedure by cleaning the lens manually with an cotton swab is needed...
Although the quality of newer discs is to be discussed.

Posted on Dec 08, 2007

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