Philips HDTP8530 overview

Number of problems: 5

Number of solved problems: 1

Number of unsolved problems: 4

Problem resolution: 20%

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Philips HDTP8530: Likelihood of getting a solution

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Ranking: 103rd out of 118
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Hello I have recently bought a new tv and now my philips box will not record at all, it starts to record and cuts off, with my old tv it was fine, can anyone advise please


I have forgotten my parental control pin and can't scan for new channels .. how do I reset my pin?


Want to hard reset as it is stuck telling me there are no channels and cannot get past first installation page.


Want to hard reset as it is stuck telling me there are no channels and cannot get past first installation page.


I have a Phillips HDTP8530 and it won't let me record as it says my disk is full, however when I look at what I've recorded it says only 17% is used. Any ideas?


When i scan channels it picks up 134 channels plus about 40 radio stations, but after choosing area (either London or anglia) etc. then saving. I can only get a few channels, eg BBC1 but not BBc2 then next channel is 8.
Aerial is fine as I can tune in tv without pvr and get BBC2 and all other channels fine.


It's recording both sd and hd version of the same program. Program recording set using series link.


It's recording both sad and he version of program. Program selected using series link.


Lost sound. Checked all connections. Tried turning power off and back on.


I have selected programs from the guide,and ticked the series box.some days it records,and some days it dont. its only a few months old, and was ok when first used. any thoughts please.Many thanks.



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Problem: Recordings keep failing. Sometimes when I record a programme, I get an error message and I lose the recording.

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Solution 1: Recordings fail for a number of reasons. If you schedule the recording and it records - but records the wrong thing - the box might be tuned to two different regions. Reset the channels and manually tune them if you suspect this to be the case.
If the unit is on a series record but has missed the programme, check the programme guide to see if future episodes are being recorded. It may have identified the programme as a different series for some reason, so set a series link on any future episodes that are not being recorded.

Other failed recordings can show a problem with the unit. One or two failed recordings do not necessarily mean that your unit has a fault - it could be due to a power cut or your box could have (unluckily!) frozen or crashed prior to the start of the programme.

However, if there are numerous failed recordings and it continues to occur even though you can watch TV OK, it sounds like a problem with the hard disk and this will need to be either repaired or replaced.
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Problem: My box is saying I have 'no disk' and I can not access my recordings

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Solution 1: Just do a factory reset, it solves the problem and you don't lose your recordings either! :)
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Problem: I have tom reboot my box every day as it loses the channels apart from BBC1. Could a bad aerial lead cause problem

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Solution 1: I have recently bought this box. It had all the problems of freezing , slowness and general unreliability that other users have posted to the extent they have returned or stopped using the box. Before you do this try changing the Boot Mode from the Eco Mode to Quick Mode. To do this go to Menu and select Configuration, Technical Settings and then Power Settings. You should see Boot Mode << Eco Mode >> . Change this to Quick Mode and then press OK. and then Exit. It transformed my box which became more usable. My system has the HDMI lead connected to TV and the Scart lead to a DVD/ Casette Recorder, from the HDTP 8530
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Problem: Picture keeps stuttering and is blocky and pixellated.

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Solution 1: Check for loose cables and check your signal strength.
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Problem: The unit has just frozen up. It keeps freezing and then shutting itself down.

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- I had the same problem it would happen every couple of days locking up.so I removed the top cover and vented holes in the unit. The unit has been on for 3 months now and hasn't locked up once
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Solution 1: It can be extremely frustrating when this happens. Most of the time, there isn't much you can do other than turn it off and then on again, at the mains if the power button isn't responding.

However, there are a few things you can check to help prevent it in the future. Number one is check how hot it is. Freezing can happen when the unit isn't properly ventilated or is in a hot place. Make sure all the vents are uncovered and there is nothing on top of it.
You might also want to check for system updates.
Finally, you might consider turning the unit off and then on again regularly to reboot it. Freezing often occurs when it has been running for a long time, so once a week or so you could try to reboot it by switching it off and on. If you don't want to do this yourself, you might consider buying a timer switch to do this for you at a time you know you won't be using the machine, e.g. 4AM.
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Problem: Hello I have recently bought a new tv and now my philips box will not record at all, it starts to record and cuts off, with my old tv it was fine, can anyone advise please

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Problem: I have forgotten my parental control pin and can't scan for new channels .. how do I reset my pin?

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Problem: Want to hard reset as it is stuck telling me there are no channels and cannot get past first installation page.

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Problem: Want to hard reset as it is stuck telling me there are no channels and cannot get past first installation page.

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Problem: I have a Phillips HDTP8530 and it won't let me record as it says my disk is full, however when I look at what I've recorded it says only 17% is used. Any ideas?

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Problem: When i scan channels it picks up 134 channels plus about 40 radio stations, but after choosing area (either London or anglia) etc. then saving. I can only get a few channels, eg BBC1 but not BBc2 then next channel is 8.
Aerial is fine as I can tune in tv without pvr and get BBC2 and all other channels fine.

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Problem: It's recording both sd and hd version of the same program. Program recording set using series link.

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Problem: It's recording both sad and he version of program. Program selected using series link.

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Problem: Lost sound. Checked all connections. Tried turning power off and back on.

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Problem: I have selected programs from the guide,and ticked the series box.some days it records,and some days it dont. its only a few months old, and was ok when first used. any thoughts please.Many thanks.

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