The DVR is installed. And I did it without uttering a single curse word. Surprisingly, the actual hooking up of the hardware only took about 25 minutes. That included me splitting the cable, ripping out about 75% of my wiring, removing two VCRs, realizing that my ten year old TV doesn't have enough inputs, and rewiring everything. Generally after I undertake a project like this and I go to test the equipment something doesn't work. Not this time. Even my creative wiring with the five disc DVD player (see previous mention of not enough TV inputs) was successful. I have to have the DVR on to run it, but, hey, it works. And because of front panel inputs I can start burning stuff off of video to DVD. As soon as I buy more cables. They give you the bare minimum and assume you don't have six pieces of equipment to connect. Or is that just me?
The coolest thing is that the splitting the cable worked and I can watch one program while recording another now. As long as the recorded station is on basic cable. There is just no way of getting around that digital tuner. Still, most of my conflicts would be on the networks so this should work out fine. I have the timer set to record something later to the hard drive so we'll see if I bungled that.
Oh, and the machine can play avi files...maybe. I tried playing some stuff I burned to disc and I got sound and a scrambled picture. When I looked at the manual it made mention that avi files burned on a computer may not be compatible with the player. Um, where else are people burning avi files? There is a USB connection. I may try doing a direct download to the hard drive tomorrow.
In other shopping news, I discovered a flavored water that tastes good! Fruit2O. It has a tiny bit of an after taste, but not nearly as bad as some I've tried. I'm currently on a more water/less soda kick.
A very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
. I hope you had a great day and a fabulous celebration with the girls. And I need to hear about presents since I was there when one was purchased. ;)