Question about Pioneer DVR-640H DVD Recorder/HDD Recorder
Got unit for x-mas. Still doesn't work right. This is a mutli region unit but seems not to have any NTSC-M. Have system set to 525 but seems to tune and set channels using 625 with its "auto scan" feature. "Auto Tune" results is horibly fuzzy presets. Then going to to manual tune feature results in availability of manual tune "windows" where you can change the channel system, but only offeres UK&IE, Fra, Western Europe, and Eastern Europe which are 625 areas. All channels tuned are still very fuzzy even after adjustment of AFT. No sound is present and Sound System selection availability in the same manual tune area is I, L, B/G, D/K which are 625 ITC broadcast codes. Listing of tuned channels preview shows nothing but I and B/G. The AV2/L1 input is set to NTSC as well as L2 and L3. No matter what I do, it seems like this thing is trying to use 625 tuning. Unit plays DVDs fine. Unit is DVR-550H but this format only lists similar 640H. I am pretty A/V savy, have reviewed the operators manual indepth but making little progress. I can see why people go Tivo. Help!
It certainly looks like it should work according to the manuals. There are firmware updates available for this unit. Or you may have to take the unit to a pioneer agent to have it sorted.
The tuner may be faulty also. The agents would be able to check this for you. You could try to get to the source direct
Posted on Jan 28, 2008
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Unfortunately you can't make it 'region free' but you can change the region as follows:
* power up the player without a disc init.
* press setup on the remote control,an osd will appear on the tv.
* select GENERAL using right cursor and use down cursor to select BASIC,press ENTER.
*press DISPLAY, the current region will be displayed.
*press CONDITION/MEMORY followed by 1,2,3,4,5,6 dependent upon the required region.
* press SETUP.
* your player is now ready for use.
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