Last night I recorded a film called "Zatoichi". Lovely dance sequence at the end. Utterly no relevance to the plot, but it looked like everybody had loads of fun making the film. Anyway, Channel4 decided not to mention in the schedule some junk stuffed in between the end of the film and the next programme. As it was about 15 minutes of stuff, I tried pressing [Stop] to see if I could drop out of a recording.
It didn't work. Oh well, I'll let it finish. Cut it out later.
About an hour later I am ready. But, WTF? The red light is still on. I plug in the USB capture-box and the screen is blank. Ummm...? So I telnet into the OSD and it is working really
slowly. It feels like a recording is still on-going, but after doing "df" a few times, the size of the recorded file (about 1.5Gb) isn't increasing.
I try killing the vrecorder tasks. They look like "vrecorder -schedule blahblah" in the "ps" output.
They go, to be replaced with a task:
in the square brackets. I've seen this for the Ingenient stuff, so I guess square brackets mean low-level important stuff?
Kill won't touch it.
Kill -9 won't touch it.
reboot now doesn't.
reboot followed by numerous expletives doesn't, either, though it gave me a small giggle to see it listed in the process list.
I had to power cycle, this thing obviously froze at the point of trying to finalise the file.
1. The file was 1.5Gb of crap, I can't believe the MP4 format doesn't have a standard header to allow software to try to piece together the file frame-by-frame if necessary.
2. The FAT was corrupt too, the file and its reported size were different.
This is the first time I have had my OSD freeze up and mess up a recording (and it's been like ten months of regular use). I've had one
USB stick fail recordings after the first minute upon first insertion, but this seemed specific to that USB stick. Otherwise, trouble free and reliable.
It is also the first time, I can remember, I have attempted to 'stop' a scheduled recording. I wonder if the IR commands are supposed to be ignored, but it set some flag or state that messed up the auto-stop? As you can imagine, I don't plan to delve too deeply into this, however I set up another similar recording today and the OSD is green-lighting me, after recording nearly two hours of Channel 5 (ugh).
Has anybody else experienced the stuck-on-red-light with blank display on closing a scheduled recording? Did you press anything on the remote?
PS: If you're wondering why I set the recording, it finished like 5am French time, I hadn't actually planned to stay up and watch it. Typically, the one thing I wanted to keep (I even bumped up to 1500kbit for this film!) is the one thing that isn't repeated a dozen times. No worries, though, for I ordered a copy today from Amazon's Used&New. Cost me €1,76 for the DVD, and €2,76 in postage. <giggle>
Oh, and 'cos my memory is like a Swiss mountain cheese (white, smelly, and full of holes), I better drop this in here as a "note to self" - http://www.allsubs.org//search-subtitle/zatoichi++2003+en/20