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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Be Prepared

It has come to my attention that my DVD recorder with hard drive will not record things in widescreen. In theory you can change the format to widescreen, but only to watch stuff. Once you try to record something, it squashes it down to the old-fashined screen size and shape.

This made my Prof. Brian Cox DVDs look very peculiar. There is this tall, slim man made even taller and slimmer.

You can guess, can't you? I may be skint at present, but one day soon I will be able to record Bobby from the TV in widescreen when Season 7 goes on to Channel 5. (Season 6 got lost when my Sky+ Box died last year, or I would have discovered this shortcoming sooner.)

So I went and blew some dosh on a new recorder:

(Sorry there's a big gap, it's all part of the picture.)

First, I had to get as many copies as I could find time for of everything I have on the old player. Along with Season 8, I had Guy and Pelham.

I decided to record the S8 episodes in the order in which they were shot. Now, although I don't intend to ditch the old machine, if being unplugged leads to its losing the programmes on the hard disc, it won't be a complete tragedy.

Meanwhile, I can't understand a word in the instruction manual for the new one!


mauigirl said...

I am so in awe of your technical abilities, Val. I also know something of these things. If you need help, let me know, I can help plug it in, or, push the ON button.

val said...

How very helpful of you, dear one. I'll let you know.

ann said...

i don't even understand your post - LOL

Eliza said...

Good Luck!! We've got a Samsung too, and, despite having it for nearly a year I have yet to record anything on the hard drive, although I have managed to do it onto a dvd once or twice....maybe I should try reading the instructions again instead of randomly pressing buttons :-)

Music Wench said...

I'm with mauigirl. I'm happy if I can plug it in and push the on button and have everything work. Meaning I'm never happy. lol If it weren't for my husband, I'd probably be watching one channel only as I would have a problem with the remote. lol

JoJo said...

You can't understand the manual? I barely understood your post!! lol I gather your new gadget is a good thing and you transferred everything successfully then?

jazzy said...

No idea what you are talking about, but I wish I had Vincent's tall 'gadget'.

Tess said...

I'm clueless, but it looks like a nice machine :)

SnarkAngel said...

Good luck with those instructions, Val! Sounds like a real party! LOL

Anonymous said...

Since one of my DVD recorders (always have a back up plan is my motto!) died recently, I just had a new one to go with the new TV, and for the first time, can record to a hard-drive. However, this will only happen for things I have NO intention of keeping. Anything 'worthy' goes straight onto DVD.

The TV instruction book is 6 pages, the DVD recorder is 116!!

bobbybegood1 said...

Oh hell, Val. I'm like most everyone else - CLUELESS!!! So, now I know which post started it all. Hahahaha. Cheers!!

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