As crazy as it seems the recorder is stuck in standby mode, it still completes the timer recordings I've setup ! It's driving me nuts, I can see the unit comes to life and starts recording and then watch helplessly as it completes and drops back to standby??? Cant view anything though ! I've reset the device (Power button & Stop button) sevaral times in the hope that this time it's going to respond to the remote or me pressing buttons on the unit? I've replaced the remote batteries with fresh ones thinking it's just the child lock but no way jose. Unplugged the unit and left off for 10 minutes whilst I walked off ranting to myself taking an inordinate amount of time to make a cup of tea (that I left!) The unit comes on and flashes PLEASE WAIT just as the manual described - did it respond to my actions did it F udge... Removed all connnections from the rear and started again, clinging onto a few straws just knowing I'm going to need them when I seat the unit on the kitchen table and glare at it ! To top this off - I like the damn thing, it's very good, it records stuff for the better half and we can watch pre-recorded material at the same time. I've had it for 18 months now and dismissed 2 warranty extensions thinking "it'll never happen to me, besides I'll replace it in 3 years!" Has anyone come across the unit "stuck in standyby mode" if so please help !!