Black box on top of screen during HDD playback mode
When I tried to watch shows I had recorded on the HDD, all of the sudden I am getting a big black box that covers almost the entire screen. It seems to be some sort of caption box. Once, caption-type words appeared in the box. If I fast forward the show a few seconds, the box disappears. The box is there when I first enter the Direct Navigator screen, and every time I select a show to watch.
Can't find troubleshooting info for captions in my user manual.
In case anyone else has this problem, I'll tell you what I found out. This model DVD recorder does not have closed captioning functionality at all. So if this happens to yours, it is not the DVD recorder causing the problem. It is a setting on either your TV, cable box, or whatever else you have hooked up to it.
In my case, my daughter must have accidentally hit the "Text" option on our TV's caption menu. I changed that option back to its original setting, and the mysterious black box is gone.
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Actually sounds like the feed for your HDD is going south on you. I would get another recorder to verify this scenario. Or, you could supply a local signal to the HDD to verify the problem. Use a VCR, DVD player, or the like to check it this way. The outputs from most local sources will be copy-protected, but you'll have Some signal.
Have you tried to record your channels with the converter switch set to antenna?
Step 1. With your converter switch set to converter mode select the Direct tv channel you wish to record.
Step 2. With your converter switch set to antenna press the record button on your DVD Recorder.
Step 3. Switch your converter switch to converter mode.
Carl, Better late than.. I think that the Polo can record the encoded closed captioning onto the HDD, but you have to have a CC equipped television to display the captioning. The newer Magnavox and Philips recorders sold at Walmart record the captioning, and have the capability to display it even on sets without the built in CC decoder depending upon your recording settings. If you get a digital converter box and connect that as the source to your Polo, you can record CC displayed on the screen if you want. tom
If the player is in VCR mode you will get this problem when loading discs, make sure the light on the front shows dvd. It also happens when trying to record form VHS to DVD in the dubbing menu if you are in DVD mode.
I had the same problem, if you go through the channels from your DVD-R remote it should give you the option AV-1 and then AV-2 ? on mine it's AV1 (test it out first and you have to watch what your recording) then it should record from the cable box
I am having the same split screen black and white problem. I don't think anything simple will fix this. I have looked into the unit and almost all the video processing happens on one little PC board under the DVD. I think that the capacitors on the bottom of this board are at fault, as there have been MANY noted failures of Panasonic Professional DVC decks due to these type capacitors failing.