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Frozen hard drive

Hi, i wonder if you can help, the hard drive has frozen on the above box, it won't record, play or anything and when you go on the library and try and delete the frozen programme it won't delete and then non of the functions work so you have to turn off at the mains to re-start the functions but the hard drive is still frozen. any ideas. thanks, regards andy.

Our Thomson digital terrestrial recorder (DV3) does exactly the same thing. I spend half my time pulling the plug out to un-freeze the thing. It will work happily and then I try to delete a random programme and it just freezes and you can't do anything but pull the power out. Whichever programme it froze on seems to be corrupt in some way so you can't watch it or delete it, it just sits there. Is there a way of resetting the whole system and starting from scratch because surely eventually my whole machine will become full of unwatchable programmes...!

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  • ianwoolsey Mar 09, 2008

    I have the same problem - was thinking of chucking it and getting another model - I now have about 6 recordings that I have to avoid !!!

  • lecbruce Jan 04, 2009

    I have the same problem

  • pigginclover Feb 08, 2009

    Yes I too have frozen programmes. The machine has now taken a turn for the worse and will not even turn on. An orange light flashes on the front and judging my the vibrations coming from the machine, I suspect that the hard drive is active. Pulling the plug and restarting does not help.

  • chrisrobbo Feb 09, 2009

    Thomson DT16300. the orange light constantly flashes, unable to get into menu or anything. does anyone know how to reset this thing or will i have to use it as a UFO.


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If you have a Thomson DT16300, here's a handy fix that address freeze ups, lack of reception and problems on your Hard Disk:

goto MENU screen
goto SETUP screen
goto HELP screen
At HELP screen, Enter 1397 - this accesses the engineer panel - you can reformat the HDD in this menu - you will lose all recorded programmes and planned recordings but it clears locked or corrupted files

OR - at the HELP screen, press the GREEN button

On the lower half of the screen youwill see 3 options:

Blue - Reformat HDD - clears all the memory/HDD - useful if you have a corrupted file - you will lose all recorded programmes though

Red - reset the whole box to factory settings - good if you have a locked box or reception problems or cannto scan for new channels. It goes back to when you bought the box, so you will have to input favourites and planned recordings again

Yellow - Software revert - allows you to go back to the previous software driver - you may lose new functions, but you can always restore it back again using the same feature

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Hiya, I have had the same problem a couple of times and I have been lucky enough to fix it. Firstly switch off the player, switch it back on (my actual TV works, it just freezes when it goes into the library). What you have to do is delete the last recorded program (at the top of the list) and this unfreezes the player. 
So, once you click into the library mine freezes within around 2 seconds, what I did was select library and as soon as that library screen appears press the BLUE button and then the green button to confirm the deletion. It takes a little while longer to delete the program but eventually it does and then seems to reset itself. Its a bit of a pain really, and tricky to catch - but rather that than lose the contents of the HD.
Hope this helps?
Best Wishes. Ben

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