The memory on my built in DVR is full and I can't access the recorded material inorder to delete some things and make more room. The tv wants me to initialize the HDD, thus erasing everything we have recorded.
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You did not specify if you are using a DVR capable cable/satellite box, which I what I presume is the case.That DVR has two tuners in it - each tuner allowing you to watch and/or record two programs at one time and in any combination.If both of those tuners are used for recording then you cannot watch another "live" stream as there no available tuners to tune and display (or stream to the DVR hard drive for recording). You can only switch between the two recording programs.
As a side note, if your TV has a built-in tuner, you can split the cable and have one going to the DVR and the second run going to the TV set. You can then use the TV's built in tuner and watch what anything it can get. It won't get scrambled digital cable but will get analog and Clear QAM channels.
If it is only during watching a recording on the DVR then it may be the DVR that is the problem. Does a recording always break up at the same point? If so then the recording itself is bad and this may be due to a poor signal being received. If the breakup occurs randomly then the DVR may not be able to read the data from the recording media (Hard disk or DVD - you did not specify). The obvious first step is to try the DVR on another TV.
What happens if you move the DVR off your Sony TV and put it onto your wife's TV (swap DVRs). Does the problem follow the DVR?
If it does, then you are looking at something common with the DVR, since the expander appears to work just fine on another dvr. If it problem doesn't follow the DVR when swapped, you may be looking at a ground loop issue.
Ground Loops occur when different devices are plugged in at different points. Ideally, everything should be plugged into the same power strip, or wall outlet. But, when things are plugged into different points, noise can pop up due to the difference of electrical potential on the grounds of the equipment, and even the neutral conductors. This can occur even when using an extension cord that is plugged into the same strip. Also try using a different power strip temporarily to see if that improves things as well.
you have to use the remote control for the tv not the dvr. the dvr control likely cannot control the tv inputs programming unless you can program the correct code. and most new lcd panels don't have the correct codes for existing remotes access using ext on the tv remote. you may have to go into the menu and tell the tv what the ext is set to ie.. a channel or a input.
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