Philips HDT8520 Freeview+ HD recorder help needed


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I have a Philips HDT8520 Freeview+ HD recorder and when you turn it on, it just shows the red recording light on the front..and the blue HD won't seem to do or display anything else as it should do. I'm aware that there is a few issues with these boxes, but wondered if anyone knows how to reset it to factory settings other than using the method given in the manual, as you need to go into the menu in order to do that. Obviously I'm unable to do that, and wondered if anyone has experience with these and knows of a service engineers reset method, or indeed whats wrong with it. :lease:

Tight Git

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Sorry you didn't get a reply to your original query, but please don't double post as it's against forum rules.
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First of all do the usual things of turning the unit off at the mains or unplugging it. Leave it for a few minutes before plugging back in to clear any volatile memory that may be causing the problem. It would be worthwhile replacing the batteries in your remote control as well.

If that has not worked, do you get a signal to your television or is it stuck in boot-up mode? I do not know these units but the Humax satellite boxes can freeze halfway through bootup because of a faulty capacitor in the power supply. To be honest, I have not heard of problems with the Pace made hardware, only the Philips written software although the MD of Pace did mention they sometimes had problems with component suppliers when he was interviewed on radio some time ago.

There are specialised forums on other sites for Philips PVRs where you may get more help but I think it may be time to contact Philips for support. IF it is a hardware problem caused by a faulty or poorly chosen component, you are covered for up to 6 years under the Sale of Goods Act rather than the one or two years that a guarantee may suggest. You would however have to show that a maunfacturing fault rather than wear and tear was the problem.


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sorry, I was probably looking in the wrong area..I have tested this item and have found that the unit powers up, displays only a flashing red light and won't start up. The power supply tested fine, and so does the hardDrive when removed and tested seperatley.

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