garrycol

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  1. Thanks Peter - your point about just reloading the software is agreed but the authorized service agent will not do a "house call" but will collect the TV for $100 and take it back to his shop or I can take it there. I appreciate that reloading the software may not fix the problems but is a logical first step. I have firmware V03.05.00 but am not sure if that is up to date. I have searched the internet on the subject without success. Thanks Owen - I will take the back off and ensure it is dust free. Unfortunately buying a PVR will not fix the problems of the TV. Cheers Garry
  2. I have a 2009 LG 50PS8OED Plasma TV that has an inbuilt 250gig hard drive - has inbuilt PVR and constantly records the last 2 hours of TV. For a while now it has been increasingly showing signs of corrupted software - behaves a lot like a normal PC operating system that has taken a hit and freezing but comes all good when turned off and turned back on. In the case of the TV it sometimes switches itself off and then back on, or the screen freezes but audio continues, or continues to work but has no controls. Switching off and back on fixes everything until next time. I visited an authorised repairer to get a call out to reload the software but they require the TV in their shop - expensive for them to pick up and awkward for me to take to them. Can the software be reloaded at my house or does it need to go to the service centre. Thanks Garry
  3. Yes it would seem so but to loose such a great feature seems a bit odd when it was relatively common on older TVs.
  4. Thanks Peter but all those examples have the same USB recording system that all the cheap TVs have - DSE and 22" 12v Kogan. Only allows a Time Machine type function after you start recording and pause then start watching the delayed video - all TVs with USB PVRs can do this - is not really practical. A friend of mine has a LG similar to the one you listed but with only one tuner the PVR function is very limited and the Time Machine function is more like the cheapy systems. Thanks for your input.
  5. Thanks Peter - but as I said I am not interested in a set top box - so if decent PVRs are not available on modern TVs I guess I will have to do without the MPEG 4 channels. Cheers Garry
  6. I have a LG 50" Full HD Plasma TV and I a very happy with it - it was made in 2009. The current process of networks changing their HD channels and bringing in MPEG 4 at the same time has highlighted the deficiency of an older TV in that they are not MPEG 4 compatible. Now one of the real attractive functions of my current TV is its inbuilt PVR function - it can record to an internal 250gb hard drive or to an external hard drive. Also it automatically records the last two hours of watched TV so you can pause current tv - replay etc. (Is called the Time Machine) Nothing special here as many set top boxes and other black boxes such as Foxtel etc can do this. So while the TV works well I would like to get the MPEG4 broadcasts without using a set top box - not interested in one. So I am prepared to buy a new TV and relegate the current TV to another room etc. I went to look at new TVs of various brands and there are many options with many having a PVR function via an external hard drive - however not one that I could find had the equivalent Time Machine function of my current TV - ie automatically records watched TV so you can pause, play ff etc currently watched TV. So does anyone know of a larger modern TV has the equivalent of LGs Time Machine function? Thansk Garry
  7. I also have found Aldi stuff to be generally crap and have had trouble returning stuff - no receipt not return even though it is clear an Aldi product. Despite the hype Aldi is no different to any other store. Other goods no cheaper than Woolies id like for like - that compare no name with name brands - brand names like coke etc are the same price as other stores. Full points to Aldi for their marketing con job though.
  8. While we are off topic - can we speak in English rather than Techno Babble that many of us cannot understand
  9. Thank goodness for that - I was getting worried I was the only one. The issue came back early this morning and was on my other TVs as well but seems all OK today. I was begining to think it might have been a damaged aerial after some strong winds but it is OK - so an ABC issue. I wonder why it took them so long to fix and didn't advise viewers not to adjust their sets.
  10. After suffering this issue most of the day - all of a sudden the issue has stopped - confused
  11. I am having issues with loosing audio sync on ABC 24 in Canberra. When switching to ABC 24 all is OK for a little while but then the video might freese for a second or two and sometimes a bit of pixelisation then audio then lags video by about three seconds. The Tv says signal strength is 75% with 100% quality. I do not have any problems with any of the other ABC channels or any of the other networks - only ABC 24. I have reformated the TV and rescanned but the problem continues. If I change channels and come back to ABC 24 all is Ok for a couple of minutes and then the problem start again. Any ideas? Thanks Garry
  12. I am having issues with loosing audio sync on ABC 24 in Canberra. When switching to ABC 24 all is OK for a little while but then the video might freese for a second or two and sometimes a bit of pixelisation then audio then lags video by about three seconds. The Tv says signal strength is 75% with 100% quality. I do not have any problems with any of the other ABC channels or any of the other networks - only ABC 24. I have reformated the TV and rescanned but the problem continues. If I change channels and come back to ABC 24 all is Ok for a couple of minutes and then the problem start again. Any ideas? Thanks Garry
  13. Yes but means another remote and sort of defeats the whole idea of having DTV - it is ridiculous if they are going to change the specs every few years and we have to buy new TVs or an additonal STB. So when we go to MPEG 10 is everyone going to have to throw perfectly good receivers out and get new ones. I already have a few STBs stored in the cupboard that receive MPEG4 - these were left over from when we first went to HDTV but sort of defeats the purpose of having a Full HDTV. And on HDTV - what a failure that is - only one channel per network has a HD channel - ABC24, 50, 63, 80 - none of the main channels are HD - why does the news channel need to HD when the ABC channels that you are likely to things like movies and docos are not in HD - but that is another issue. Garry
  14. LG advise that in the case of my 50PS80ED tv that the hardware cannot physically receive MPEG 4 so no amount of firmware updates will work
  15. This issue has not been looked at - I have a (when bought) top of the range LG 50" plasma that is exactly what I want - twin HD tuners, big harddrive - can record on one channel, watch another - even record while watching a recorded programme - no STB required - most newer TVs do not have this capability - record yes but not watch a different channel and most only now have 1 HD tuner - there are exceptions of course but I changed to DTV when required and I should not have to get rid of a perfectly good TV to get a version that may suit my needs less. A mate has a current 3D TV and its PVR function is no where as good as mine. The other two TVs - 2012 and 2013 are cheapie LED tvs - one is a DSE and the other a 12v kogan for use in the garage/camping. Both are like newer TVs - have USB PVRs which is a PITA to use (the LG is far superior). I have checked with the manufacturers/distributors and none are MPEG 4 compatible and all were made in the in the recent past.