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Monday, April 19, 2010

Gobbledegook

New toy. Not yet used it to record. Watched Digital TV through it.

Sorry, JoJo, things are not transferable one to the other, at least not in any way that requires fewer than about 10 additional connections. As I can't even work out how to copy videos from the VCR on to the hard disc drive while watching what I'm doing through the TV (can't do it blind) I'm sure I'll have to leave the old recordings where they are.

Apparently I should be able to use one remote control for both the TV and the DVD recorder, if I connect them using an HDMI connector, and taking advantage of the Anynet+ system.

Right.

Well, it turned out that even though I connected them using a SCART cable, the remotes were operating each other's machines anyway. This meant that when I tried to change digital freeview channels on the recorder, I actually went over to the same channel on the TV. As I had already discovered that the recorder had a stronger and more reliable signal, I didn't want to tune away, but I couldn't get it back.

This meant I had to go into the Setup and disable the connection. On both machines. At great length.

When is someone going to design gadgets for the middle aged non-technical woman, and write the manual in plain, jargon-free language?

9 comments:

calico2 said...

Ruby says: Unfortunately, Val, *I* haven't found one yet!

bobbybegood1 said...

I haven't a damn clue as to what you are talking about, Val - as I am not all that tech savvy, yet. Hopefully, when I get middle-aged, "they" will make things more plain and simple. Ha. Cheers!!

val said...

I love you too, BBG1.

bobbybegood1 said...

LMAO!! Damn! It's like you can read my mind over the net, Val. Wow, talk about psychic. Maybe you and Pepper have something in common? Hahahaha. Cheers!!

JoJo said...

You're just lucky you even got a manual! Brian's new blackberry phone came w/ a CD with a 400 page manual that we'd have to print on our own, which we can all agree isn't going to happen.

val said...

Oh, JoJo, I HATE that. It is guaranteed that if I buy something with an online or CD manual, I will never master it.

Music Wench said...

I've had to deal with online manuals before - well my husband has had to. He's the one who deals with all the manuals - online or in book form.

SnarkAngel said...

Gobbledegook, indeed! I just don't have that much patience!

Diane said...

This is why I paid someone to connect all my new stuff up - but I still managed to accidentally hit a button on the TV the other night that changed the picture ratio, so everyone was suddenly scarily HUGE and missing the tops of their heads.....

.....I feel your pain!!

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