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Video failure... My SDH400 is connected to OTA antenna and I am running off of the Tivo Basic service (no monthly fee... love it.) I recently brought my SDH400 to a friends house to record a show on Comcast cable. I still have the original packaging as I am very protective of the unit. When I brought it back home I was not able to get the video to work. I see the grey powering up screen but I get a black screen in lieu of the Tivo welcome screen. From there, I get the black sreen regardless of wether I am trying live TV, pre-recorded content or the DVD. The unit behaves as if it is working, the lights on the front seem to respond and the LCD for the DVD indicates operations Opening, Loading, Play and such. Every once in a while, I get a flicker of the Tivo welcome screen. I have tried blowing any dust out of the unit and disconnecting/reconnecting the power, the antenna, the coaxial cable to the TV without any luck. I see that there are replacement disk drives with the software preloaded but my guess is this is a hardware problem. Anyone advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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Re: Video failure...

Check the interlace/progressive switch on the back.

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