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Goodmans GD11FVRSD32 recording pixilates

rach91

Standard Member
Hi
Until last week had normal freeview box, worked fine.

Have upgraded to this freeview recorder so can record things over Christmas. Upon set up, very frequently, the TV picture froze briefly, or pixilated slightly, fairly regualrly.

Searched online which suggested moving box away form electical stuff, so now approx 50cm form TV. When watching live TV everything is fine, but, while recording something (and watching while being recorded, or later) or on "timeshift" all the previous freeze/pixilating problems occur.

Anyone know why this should hppen, and more importantly, how to sort it out? Thanks
 

mike7

Well-known Member
Some Freeview recorders, and TVs with inbuilt Freeview, are less sensitive that stand-alone Freeview boxes. They require a bit more signal and you may have to consider upgrading your aerial system.
 

rach91

Standard Member
Some Freeview recorders, and TVs with inbuilt Freeview, are less sensitive that stand-alone Freeview boxes. They require a bit more signal and you may have to consider upgrading your aerial system.
Thanks, had thought this might be necessary. But why would it need more signal to record than just to watch alone?
 

mike7

Well-known Member
It just seems to be the design of the Freeview tuner. Some well known TV brands are worse than supermarket Freeview boxes. The Goodmans label is not a particular brand. They are usually manufactured by Vestel and appear under a number of brand names. I'm assuming you have connected the aerial to the box and then to the TV aerial input. If you have split the signal and fed both devices separately you will have considerably lowered the signal to each unit.
 

lbear

Novice Member
Thanks, had thought this might be necessary. But why would it need more signal to record than just to watch alone?
The "pass through" on set top boxes frequently has a small amplification on the output side.

I recently put in a cheap HD box for friends who have to use a set top aerial in their rented flat and were having stability problems. Strangely there was not enough signal to fire up the box properly but the output to their IDTV was boosted enough for it to become stable. (Next job is a proper outside aerial install which should be fun as the flat is on the wrong side from the transmitter.)
 

rach91

Standard Member
New problem became apparent last night. We were watching a DVD at same time as Freeview recorder was recording...everyso often horizontal lines appeared on the scree.

I assume this is interference from Freeview recorder...?

THis happened when we first bought it and had a "3 scart to 1" lead, so we changed to a lead where you press a button to change the inputs (Wii, Freeview, DVD)
 

rach91

Standard Member
When we first used it with a 3 way scart we weren't able to see the Wii on the screen even when the Freeview box was in standby.

Have we just made a bad purchase... or are we doomed never top be able to relax and watch TV again....
 

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