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Records snow/static - intermittently

I will get a recording of snow/static only - but intermittently. Every week, I record the same TV show, on the same channel, at roughly the same time. I also use the same media - a Sony DVD-RW disk that I reformat and write over each week. About every 3 or 4 times, it records only snow, like there is no cable signal. I have moved the unit to another, newer TV, with the same results. It's not the cable signal because sometimes I come home early from my meeting and will flip the TV on to watch it while it's recording also. Viewing the DVD later, I will see that it recorded only snow, even though the cable signal was fine at the time of recording. Panasonic and the cable company are both mystified. The fact that it is an intermittent problem seems to make this harder to solve. Help!

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Intermittent problems like this really suck.
I have a simular problem on my Toshiba DVD recorder. Once in a while it just doesn't record anything at all.

Unfortunately, there really is no solution. It sounds like a glitch in the unit to me. Wether or not it's present in all the units of that model or just yours, only Panasonic knows for sure.

Posted on Feb 14, 2008

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