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Thomson DV3 digital terrestrial recorder

Hi, i have a thomson DV3 digital terrestrial recorder. while watching tv, it froze so i switched if off at the mains. Since then, i have been unable to get digital television and the machine has a constant red flashing light. Thanks.

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  • Anonymous Aug 05, 2008

    red flashing light. not turning on.

  • Anonymous Oct 20, 2008

    red flishing light

  • Anonymous Nov 24, 2008

    Top Up TV say it is a software problem and require a new box ):

  • IanLowe Nov 26, 2008

    Thomson DV3 Red light on front flashing, wont turn off or respond to remote or front controls.

    Ian Lowe

  • Anonymous Nov 26, 2008

    My freeview box has frozen. How can I re set it?

  • Anonymous Nov 30, 2008

    My box just flashes red and won't respont to anything

  • Martin Parker Dec 05, 2008

    The red light just keeps flashing. The hard disc is continually running.

  • VICNY05 Jan 05, 2009

    Hi, our red light wont stop flashing and box isnt registering a signal - any ideas how to fix it??? We've only had the box since June 08! There was c. 21h of space left on the memory.

  • ben200308 Mar 26, 2009

    same as every one else just a red flashing light when i turn it on, theres got to be something as lots of people had the same, please anyone out there help its very annoying thanx

  • Anonymous Apr 12, 2009

    I have exactly the same any ideas where to find troubleshooting advice?

  • petew123 May 03, 2009

    I don't have a red flashing light however it keeps passing some signal (blank picture) to my TV for approx 2 mins whilst maintaining a solid red light, then loses signal from the box whilst the red light flashes for a while,

    then the red light comes back on and flashes a few times, the blank picture comes back, the green light flashes a couple times and the red light comes back solid again. this is repeated continuously.

    any ideas? i hate this box.

  • Anonymous May 04, 2009

    Mine, when first turned on, blinks with a red light then has a solid red light, then turns itself off and does it again. Frustrating :

  • clairebarker May 08, 2009

    Same as above. Happened whilst on holiday and now the box won't work. Any ideas?

  • clairebarker May 08, 2009

    Box won't switch on, lights flash but thats all!

  • Anonymous May 16, 2009

    Red light on constantly, a green light flashes intermittently and occasionally another red ight flashes. I am unable to switch this on.

  • rosgregg May 16, 2009

    Thompson DV3. After power down and power up has locked with red light on. What a load of rubbish this product is!



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This recorder is constantly getting bad reviews, I think it is unfair because mine does the job, however this problem occured heres what you do.
turn off at the mains and wait 20secs turn back on and hold the standby button untill a light appears.
in sequence up down left right menu ok press the buttons on the front of the box wait 60 seconds and the normal red light will appear turn on box and there you go.
Good Luck further issues visit WARNING- doing this procedure will swipe your library but i think it is the only solution

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Pick up the box ripping it from the cables, open the nearest window (preferably upstairs) and throw it s far as you can, this box is an ABSOLUTE NITEMARE. worst product ever on the market, nothing but recording problems, box is a complete let down

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Hi all i had the problem of jumpy screen and recordings not playing and constant problems. I opened the unit hoovered all the dust out and remade all connections on the pcb and the hard drive and put it back together and hey presto...... it works as good as the day i bought it. hope it works for you too.

Posted on May 27, 2010

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After contacting the TOPUP-TV help desk regarding this problem they suggest continually pressing the 'On' button on the remote handset when the unit is first switched on.

It did not sort mine out but maybe it will fix yours.

Posted on Apr 02, 2008

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