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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 18-09-2020, 15:09 Thread Starter
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Our 11 year old Humax Foxsat HDR has worked flawlessly up to last night. 320GB and twin tuners with two ariel leads.

But last night as we were recording two channels there was a 'conflict' and it decided to select channel 998 or similar. But today after booting it up it won't change from 998. Every button on the remote brings up the PVR light but the box does nothing at all.
I have been online and read many people have had a similar problem and their answer is to unplug, wait and reboot but still nothing happens. I did read and follow the instructions to unplug power and ariel cables and reboot pressing the 'menu' button to enter set up and retune after reconnecting the ariels but after that is done the box just sits on BBC1 and again nothing you do with the remote or onboard buttons does anything.

Just called Humax help line and after saying it was 11 years old they lost interest and said but a new one. Great tech help.

Anyone else had similar problems with their Humax?

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Cant help Ray but the one Mrs D uses (I never go near it) is a complete PIA. Does what it likes, records some stuff and not others, freezes. I have been saying for years to get a new one but she just says she cant as it has three zillion programs on it she recorded that she will never watch.

Bring back the old analogue VCR I say. You knew where you were with them. If it didnt record it was because you cocked it up. Progress? Not really.

11 years is not bad for a piece of tech these days Ray. Surprised a mechanical hard drive has lasted that long. Maybe thats whats knackered.
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Thanks Baz but that not really what I wanted to hear. 11 years is bugger all in my book. We had TVs that lasted 40 years and telephones again 40 years.
Yes my wife will be upset to loose all those B&W WW2 recordings.

But it won't even turn off with the power button.

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Sounds just like my 10 year old Panasonic VHF to DVD recorder.... the burger won't turn on suddenly, no idea why, but several Panasonic forums say it is a common problem, but not how to sort it....

We gave sent it back to "a little man in Southampton" who delights in sorting these things out, well I gave it to my daughter as she was returning to the UK before quarantining so she may well have forgotten.

They seem to make things to die after that sort of time and then say "buy a new one" but you can't when they don't make it anymore....🤔. 😩. 😖😖😖
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Ray, recently had a similar problem with our not nearly so old Humax, I resolved it by buying the new Freesat offering, which allows up to 4 programmes to be recorded at the same time with two cables.
The remote for it is bl**dy awful though, really weird shape, other than that very pleased with it.

Spend it, you can't take it with you, no matter how you try.

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Thanks Baz but that not really what I wanted to hear. 11 years is bugger all in my book. We had TVs that lasted 40 years and telephones again 40 years.
Yes my wife will be upset to loose all those B&W WW2 recordings.

But it won't even turn off with the power button.

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I have a 30" Sony Surround sound TV in the front lounge here. I reckon it will be 25 years old. Its a room that never gets used anymore but it still works. Sounds amazing. someone gave me it years ago. I think it was over £1000 new. I would take it to the tip but I cant lift it.
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Ray, recently had a similar problem with our not nearly so old Humax, I resolved it by buying the new Freesat offering, which allows up to 4 programmes to be recorded at the same time with two cables.
The remote for it is bl**dy awful though, really weird shape, other than that very pleased with it.
Spend it, you can't take it with you, no matter how you try. .
That doesn't solve the wife problem John.
Can you elaborate on your unit please?

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Tell the good lady she'll have to get over it (so long as you are brave enough).

We've got the recordable one. https://wwwprod.freesat.co.uk/get-freesat.

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It looks incredible John. I wonder why we haven't noticed this before?
Can you elaborate on the problems please? The Humax was 'wife' friendly.

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The unit itself is very similar in most aspects other than the ability to record 4 different channels with only two LNB connections.
Some of the Humax remote functions work with the Freesat box but not the record function buttons.
You'll find the menu somewhat different but easy to get used to, my biggest gripe with the remote is its stupid shape, it tapers down towards its base and nowhere so easy to hold onto as the Humax one.

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