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Recording from guide plus

Having owned my unit for well over a year when I selected a tv pogram to record from guide + the unit would record and automatically show the program title now however it seems to only sometimes do this it now just displays the channel no. Is it me???

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I have found a solution to my problem by updating the firmware on the DVR. A download of the firmware update and instructions on how to install it can be found at Please note that these instructions are for UK (and EU I think) recorders. Please look elsewhere for locations in other parts of the world.

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Recording from the guide requires that the unit be off to receive guide info regularly and copy it to the HD. If your reception is poor or your DVD on time is too great, the guide will not have any info, and the recording be nameless, except for channel and time info. You can force the EPG mode by removing the power plug from the back of the unit, but only do this after you have turned the unit off! While copying the guide to the HD, the display shows EPG while th unit is off, and you will hear the HD cycling.

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