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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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  • john176 May 29, 2008

    I have an identical problem. I have had the DVR-530H-S for a year or two and it worked fine. I have had this problem for the last few months.
    1. If recorder is on standby overnight the EPG downloads OK but when you record from a program name in the guide only the chanel and time etc. are shown in the schedule. The title cannot be manually edited in the schedule until after the recording has taken place.
    2. If the recorder is left turned on overnight no new EPG is downloaded but when you record from a program name in the guide the program name is correctly set as the title in the schedule.
    I have tried re-setting all the settings I can. I get the EPG from ITV. I have cable [Virgin(Telewest)] on AV2\L1.

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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 http://www.pioneer.co.uk/uk/content/support/support/update/DVR.html. 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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