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Old 26th Aug 2013, 20:06
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freeview box strange behaviour

my freeview box, which is used to provide a signal for a vhs video recorder, has recently started to change channels for itself. Most annoying. It doesn't seem to matter what channel it is left playing in the evening, by the morning it has invariably changed to Skynews channel by the morning. A real pain if you want to record something on the timer.

Any idea why it has started to do this and/or how I might stop it?

The box is a cheapo Dreamax we have had for about 18 months.

Ta,

Rans6........
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Old 26th Aug 2013, 20:28
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Digital stuff does mysterious things,try unplugging it from the mains ie yank the mains from the socket or unplug the power supply from the unit, dont just switch it off,give a few seconds power it up again and retune it or if it has the menu option of first time install let it do that, reload the freeview channel,if that doesn't work disconnect it altogether pick it up and throw it in yer recycling bin,buy a newun they's cheap enough.
I recommend the Humax HD freeview one it gives you the four freeview High Def channels as well, if your budget runs to it the Humax with a hard disk recorder beats the poo out of a VCR.

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Old 26th Aug 2013, 20:39
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My freesat box - same thing but fed by a pie-dish contraption on the roof - brings me nothing but repeats on BBC1 and BBC2. Is this normal ?
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Old 26th Aug 2013, 20:41
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That's BBC1 and BBC2 for you.

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Old 26th Aug 2013, 20:43
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Go to the setup menu, select 'revert to factory default' or similar, then re-scan for your local stations.
If that doesn't provide a solution then you may have to invest in something better.
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Old 26th Aug 2013, 20:46
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you may have to invest in something better

Like a good book, for example. I recommend anything by Michael Connelly.
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Old 26th Aug 2013, 21:10
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Probably not the answer but

As a relative yoof, I got hold of a couple of primitive TV zappers, and went round the TV rental shops in the local high street (Remember they used to leave sets on all night?) Through the glass, turned them all to whatever was the noisiest channel (Usually ITV iirc) and volume up to full.
What fun...

Seriously, might someone be playing silly b=gers?
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Old 26th Aug 2013, 21:23
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Old 27th Aug 2013, 07:39
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Possibly dodgy PSU causing a reset (or maybe mains interference?)
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Old 27th Aug 2013, 07:48
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my freeview box, which is used to provide a signal for a vhs video recorder
How many people still use those?
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Old 27th Aug 2013, 09:27
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I'm not being funny, can you still buy VHS tapes?
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Old 27th Aug 2013, 09:36
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You can in most 3rd world countries and they still rent out
tapes as well as flogging off blank ones when you can find
them. DVD is catching on but VHS is still quite popular.
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Old 27th Aug 2013, 09:44
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I'm not being funny, can you still buy VHS tapes?
A quick google shows that Maplin still sells them.
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Old 27th Aug 2013, 09:48
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Never mind the tapes, I need a VHS player for all my old recordings.
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Old 27th Aug 2013, 10:34
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Amazon has several VHS recorders on sale

Amazon Amazon
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Old 27th Aug 2013, 10:38
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How long before CDs, DVDs and BluRay are superseded by something else?
Remember [email protected] discs??

This is why I am reticent about committing all my photographs to digital media.

After I am gone, the photographs that date back to the early 20th Century will remain viewable, and anyone discovering them will be able to riffle through them and decide what is worth keeping and 'archiving', whereas a pile of CDs/DVDs or flash drives could contain anything (or nothing of value) and will require suitable equipment to view.
Already I have computer hard drives that contain photographs that present difficulty in accessing as the standards have moved on.

8 inch and 14 inch Winchester hard discs, 8 inch and 5 inch floppies, 3 inch discs, 3 inch discs, zip drives are all now virtually obsolete. What about Sony memory sticks?

How long before SD cards are replaced by infinitely more efficient storage media?

I also have VHS tapes containing audio-only recordings of classical music.
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Amazon has several VHS recorders on sale



I know. I was looking for a 2nd hand one in the London area, being fiscally challenged (a.k.a. a tight git) and not wanting one with a DVD player built in......
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Old 27th Aug 2013, 12:48
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video tapes and recorders are easy to come by, for free, around these parts (Reading, Berks). Since the big analogue switch off my partner has acquired several job lots of tapes and a few recorders through the local "freegle" organisation. After sorting out the pre-recorded tapes into films we might watch and stuff we won't some get added to our collection and the rest go to a charity shop. All of the non-pre-recorded just go into a box of tapes for re-use. Getting a few spare recorders also seems to be a good idea 'cause they don't last forever.
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Old 27th Aug 2013, 13:23
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I still have a dusty but working Sony Betamax recorder...AND a Philips original, too!
The Power Off Reset works most times when digital stuff gets it's knickers in a twist. You have to unplug it or turn the mains socket off and leave it off for long enough for the capacitors in the power supply to discharge. Then fire it up again, and it will run through the start up routine in software...this usually gets you to a defined start point where it all bursts into life once more. Getting a unit with an inbuilt hard disc really improves the televisual experience...it becomes simple to record whatever you want, then replay it and fast forward through the pestilential advertisements!
I agree about photographs...modern kit means that millions and millions are taken, but they are quite likely to go unseen by future generations...who will still be looking at the products of Granny's Eastman Box Camera....
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Old 29th Aug 2013, 06:00
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2 TV's. hence 2 Digital Freeview boxes. One works as switched on over a year ago, the the other - ZeaTek - changes channels every day or so, and also scrambles the order of channels that I have programmed into the remote button selections, and I have to set to and move all the priorites around again.

I think (?) I can just about reach the water when I finally flip my lid and throw it out of the window. Drives me mad.

I had no problem with the non-digital stuff. It wasn't broke, so why fix it ? I can live without CNN, Fox News, Al Jaseerah etc. and as they aren't part of my Freeview options - I do !

Progress ?

I watched the Coronation on a black and white 8" CRT tube housed in a heavy wooden cabinet the size of the average wardrobe - quite adequate.
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