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Sony DVD Recorder RDR-HXD890 tries to record BBC Wales channels when I've set it to record BBC England

When I set my recorder to record BBC (channels 001, 002) it switches itself to trying to record BBC Wales channels 801, 802. As we do not receive BBC Wales it just sticks waiting for the signal to record, which doesn't come. I've tried retuning the recorder skipping the Welsh Channels, but its auto tune facitility means that they reappear again the next day (just the names, no signal) and again, it changes itself to trying to record the Welsh channels when I've set it for English.

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  • Eric Wolff Jun 16, 2013

    Did you solve your problem. Not usre its anything to do with BBC Wales, but we have the same occasional symptoms on an RDRHX510 - timer list is set for BBC1, but when the time comes it seeks channel 801, finds nothing and fails to record.

  • Eric Wolff Jun 16, 2013

    Apologies for error in last comment: I read model number off old nmanual. It was actually on RDR-DC205 if that helps anyone's diagnosis.

  • Carol Marshall Jun 16, 2013

    Nope, it's still doing it. Did it again on Tuesday when I wanted to record BBC2. Think I'll just give up recording BBC programmes.

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Indeed, I did the same thing.... I did find the answer in the manual!
Here's a copy of it (pg 23):

Set the command mode for the remote so it matches
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1 Hold down ENTER
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