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Program records only without video sporatically in timer mode

I have owned the Toshiba D-R400 DVD recorder for about 6 months now without any issues until recently. I purchased this particular unit because it doesn't use any copyguard when recording. Every once in a while, when I set up the timer to record it ends up recording only the sound and not the video. I noticed once I turn back on the unit, everything checks out ok. Most of the time it will record a program successfully, but recently it seems to be doing this more and more.

A few times I set up the timer to record 2 movies at 2 different times. The first movie recorded fine, but the second program ended up with only sound and no picture.

Last night I set up the timer to record a movie early this morning. During the recording, I turned on the TV to check it and found there was no sound or video on the TV, regardless if I was in the AV1 mode or TV mode. I had to stop the timed recording and change the channel in order for the sound and video to reappear. I never had an issues with the cable box in this regard, only the Toshiba recorder. Any ideas why this might be occuring?

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if you are using a cable box / converter dvd-r and tv must be on ch 3.............
okay you dont have a cable box the tv is set to ch 3....the dvd-r, set up, initial settings and change cable to air...........then channel setting auto (scans all channels except HBO)...now you able to look at a dvd, record your show (s)

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I don't see anywhere in the program menu to input a channel number to be recorded, only date and time.

Posted on Jan 25, 2010

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The timer and the schedule memory (and its activation) are kept active by the power source of the unit. In your case the source is no longer delivering the stable voltage the memory circuit and the processor needs to keep the data stored and processed - a sign that the source has aged and its components, mainly the filtering capacitors, will have to be replaced by a repair shop. You must take the unit to one, there is nothing else you can do to it.

Posted on Jul 03, 2011

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Hi, thanks for posting your Question.. This problem might be can be due to a writing error problem on bad media. What's more, this error is 'non-critical', and can easily be cleared in most cases by the user.

Press 'DISPLAY' button (should be on remote); this should clear it. Also check to make sure the recordable DVD media is 4x - 8x write speed. Recommended media brand: Verbatim DVD-R/RW if you can get it, or Kodak will work.

Discard any discs you previously used in this machine which may have triggered the error.

Or you can try the below step.

Unplug the unit from the wall AC outlet for two hours to reset .. If it doesn't reset, Turn on unit, select Hold channel up and play buttons on front of the unit for 5 seconds..Unit should reinitialize and work better..

Good luck to you..

Posted on Jul 13, 2011

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