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  • ricky4027 Apr 29, 2010

    thats very helpful however the problem I am having is that when starting the whole set up process nothing happens ie unable to follow manual. I can get the guide up and set up the channels that way. Also not geting any more than 5 channels ie not the rest of freeview channels.



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Hello, Ease of Use The Panasonic DMR-EX87 is very easy to use with a clear intuitive on-screen menu system. Installation was automatic at first power up and all available DVB-T channels were found and installed. Signal strength and quality readout are provided in bar graph can be accessed from the Setup menu to check or align your aerial.
Most digital recorder functions are accessed by the Function Menu on the handset and are clearly labeled "Playback", "Recording", "Delete" and "Copy". Most functionality is intuitive and doesn't necessitate referring to the comprehensive owner's manual.
Playback of stored recordings is simplicity itself with a choice of a thumbnail menu or table layout both of which show a clever preview of each HDD recording for easy selection.
Recording and Editing Direct timer recording programming from the TV Guide (EPG) is possible on the Panasonic DMR-EX87 which proves very convenient, and an alternative manual programming method is provided if preffered.
5 different recording modes are provided to increase hard disk recording capacity. These include XP (extra high quality) – up to 55 hours, SP (Standard Play) – up to 111 hours, LP (Long Play) – up to 222 hours, EP (Extra Long Play) – up to 443 hours. The recording capacity figures quotes are for the Panasonic DMREX87.
Although the unit provides over 400 hours of recording time on Extra Long Play, the video quality is reduced down to levels similar to conventional VHS recordings. We consider LP, SP and XP offer the best performance for everyday use.
The Panasonic DMREX77 and DMREX87 both offer advanced editing functionality (Partial Delete) to remove unwanted sections of any recording like adverts and unwanted captions, useful if you plan to archive any recording onto DVD using the integral DVD recorder.
DVD's created by the DMR-EX87 can be played on other DVD Players since disks are finalized prior to completion. Recordings made onto DVD RW format disks can be erased and the disk media re-used as needed.
Time Delay Playback Being the owner of a Freeview PVR, it was refreshing that the Panasonic DMR-EX87 and DMR-EX77 both offered some really useful functionality, including the ability to playback any recording from the Hard Disk whilst recording another. This means that you time delay playback is possible, whereby a recording can be simultaneously replayed even before it is completed, after a short delay.
It is possible to start recording a programme, then play it back shortly afterwards, with the ability to pause the playback giving similar functionality to "pause live TV" on a conventional PVR. In this way you have the next best thing to pause live TV with the benefit of the DMREX87's integral DVD Recorder thrown in. The DMR-EX87 offers flexibility which is currently unmatched by Sky+ and the popular Humax PVR9200T and Topfield TF5800 PVR's all of which lack the integral DVD recorder offered by the Panasonic.
Using the tips above, both the Panasonic DMR-EX77 and DMR-EX87 could replace a separate Freeview PVR, stand alone DVD recorder or DVD player, providing a neat and powerful all-in-one solution.
Recording from a Sky Box or Video Recorder HDD and DVD recordings can be made from an external sources such as a Video Recorder, Sky or Sky+ box using the DMR-EX87, by means of rear panel AV2 Scart input which supports RGB for improved picture quality. It is more convenient to record onto the HDD and then edit and copy the footage onto DVD if required. An additional S-VHS input as well as composite video and two audio inputs are provided under a pull-down flap on the DMR-EX87 front panel. The S-VHS input allows high quality archiving to DVD from compatible equipment.
Copy Functions Fast copy to DVD is provided for HDD recordings of less than 2 hours in duration. When copying films over 2 hours in length, flexible recording is used to compress the video to fit onto a single sided DVD. This reduces picture quality slightly and prevents the use of the fast DVD copy, resulting in DVD authoring taking up to 1 hour to complete.
The Panasonic "Copy menu" allows several shorter programmes on the HDD to be recorded onto a single DVD. These then appear as separate DVD chapters to allow easy viewing.
Freeview DVB-T Only Tuner It's worth noting that the Panasonic DMR-EX87 is supplied with a terrestrial digital TV (DVB-T) tuner and will not receive or record analogue TV channels. Thus, it's important that you check Freeview coverage in your UK region before purchase.
Freeview Upscaling When connected through an HDMI cable to an HD Ready TV, Freeview DVB-T broadcasts can be upscaled to HD formats including 720p, 1080i and 1080p. Viewed in this way, Freeview pictures become sharper and more detailed compared to conventional Freeview boxes or integrated digital TV's.
MP3 and JPEG Media Playback Both DMR-EX77 and DMR-EX87 Panasonic DVD recorders support the playback of conventional audio CD's, MP3 music CD's as well as MP3 DVD's.
DVD Playback Region The UK DMR-EX87 is compatible with Region 2 disks or disks labeled as "All". This implies that the UK model is not multi-region compatible without modification. A Multi region hack for the DMREX87 is available from Multi Region Upgrades. After modification, the unit will play Region 1 -6 disks.
DVD Recorder Capabilities The Panasonic DMREX77 and DMREX87 DVD recorders accept DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD-RAM and DVD-R disks and will record onto each, but 1-16X DVD-R disks or DVD-RW are recommended to take advantage of fast copy to DVD, which will burn a 2 hour DVD in around 11 minutes. Longer programmes will be converted to DVD using Panasonic's Flexible Recording mode, which adjusts video quality to fit the DVD media. Although DVD+R and DVD+RW disks can be recorded on the DMR-EX77 and DMR-EX87, recordings are reproduced in 4:3 screen format.
In use the Panasonic DMR-EX87 produced excellent quality recordings (indiscernible from the original in Standard Play (SP) mode. Recording quality on LP also eclipsed VHS recordings, although digital artifacts around edges become more prominent.
Limitations Neither of the DMR-EX77 or DMR-EX87 offers a UHF modulator, but UHF loop-through is provided. The unit can be connected to an external modulator if required or feed the AV input of a Video Recorder that has an integral modulator.
Conclusion The Panasonic DMR-EX77 and DMR-EX87 digital TV recorders both offer excellent picture quality, ease of use and functionality and come highly recommended. Recently, these DVD/HDD recorder models have now been replaced. John Lewis stocks a selection of the latest digital TV recorders.

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Posted on Apr 29, 2010

  • Egwe Emmanuel Onyedikachi

    if nothing happens or appears, Since the TV you connected it to is working fine, the system has problem with display.

    You can also check the cable you used for connection if they are OK.

    If the system is still other guarantee, i would advice you don't tamper with it yet, you can take it back for replacement.

    Take care.



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*** Please note *** You will need a laptop with an Infrared (IR) port to use this method.
Most modern laptops have now dispensed with IR ports in favour of WiFi and Bluetooth, so you may need to forage around and find an older laptop with IR.

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6) When the laptop has sucessfully booted from the CD you will be presented with a menu.
Using the down cursor key, select option "4. Minimal Boot" and press return.

7) At the "A:\>" prompt type "cd winamp" and press return.

8) At the next prompt "A:\>WINAMP\" type "winsamp" and press return.

9) The Remote control test tool should now be loaded (blue screen with white text).

10) Press the "r" key to load in the REMOTE.TXT file (this file contains the IR signal information required to reprogram your DMR-EX77).

11) The captions "button 1" to "button 10" near the bottom of the screen will now have changed from white to pink.
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I had my disk tray empty and ejected (sticking out) during the process just as a precaution.

13) Point the IR port on your laptop at the IR receiver on your DMR-EX77.
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I found the optimum distance between the laptop and the infrared receiver on the DMR-EX77 was approximately 5~6 centimetres, any more and it may not work.

14) With the IR ports aligned and "button 1" highlighted in pink press the return key on the laptop, wait a moment, cursor right to "button 2" and press the return key, wait a moment, cursor right to "button 3" etc....
Keep repeating this procedure until you have entered all buttons highlighted in pink from 1 to 10 in order.
If your DMR-EX77 reacts as mine did during the process you may see the display on the DMR-EX77 change and also experience the TV channel changing.
Don't panic as this appears to be quite normal during the unlocking process.

15) If all has gone well the display on the DMR-EX77 should now read "HELLO" and you should hear the hard disk spin down for a second, then spin up again.
The DMR-EX77 has new reset itself and has successfully been reprogrammed.
Leave the unit alone for approximately 10~15 seconds before doing anything else, just to be on the safe side.

16) The buttons on the front of the DMR-EX77 unit will no longer function, so switch the DMR-EX77 off using the remote control.
If you left the tray poking out during the reprogramming process (as I did), just wait a few seconds and it will close automatically, you can then switch off the DMR-EX77 using the remote.
There is no need to disconnect the DMR-EX77 from the mains supply.

17) Switch the unit back on, pop in any region DVD you like, sit back and enjoy biggrin.gif

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Switch off your DMR-EX77 using the power button and leave it off for a few seconds.
Switch back on your DMR-EX77 and when it's ready try the proceedure again.

I failed several times initially, but it didn't seem to do any harm and everything is fine.

You may also find that changing the IR mode setting in your laptops BIOS may help.
I had to try a few different modes until I found one that worked.

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