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Timed recording I'm trying to record a program. I'm not able to get the channel that I want. F-1 and 3 are the only channels that I get. I've done the auto channel scan but this hasn't help. What the hell do I need to do to get this to work. Thanks.

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  • mmuhr Jan 21, 2009

    I have the exact same problem. I'm not impressed. I followed setup instructions & this is all I get.



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Check in the tuning or preset menu that all the channels you should be able to record are tuned in & look to see if you have set any to SKIP.
If any are set to skip unskip them.


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