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I am in the UK, have a Thomson DV3 Digital Terrestrial Recorder bought through Top UP TV. Whenever I delete a programme whilst it is recording another the system locks up, then reboots thus losing the part of the programme that had been recorded

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When i change channel on my thomson dvb i have to manually change the frequency to get the channel what is wrong with it ?

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