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Magnavox converter box turns off

I just set-up a Magnavox converter box & was trying to record a show daily while i'm gone & the converter box keeps turning off & not recording the shows right even though when i set it up i recorded what was on at that time to make sure everything was connected right & it does record just fine, however, the converter box jsut randomly shuts off... is it a setting in the converter menus i need to change or what? Can anyone help??? Thanks a bunch!! :)

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There is a setting I think might be causing this. My mom had this
and we went into the menu and details there is a spot in there that
says 2 hour, 4 hour shut down and we turned it to off. Just a thought. Hope it works.

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