Apparently my attitude was poor yesterday when we went looking for a new car. It was also poor when we went looking for a new tv and digital recorder for someone's bedroom.
Of course it is never my fault, just a communication problem. But we may well have missed a bargain in the Harvey Norman store in Moorabbin. My brain had become tired and overloaded and I was mixing my electonic brake force distrubution with my mega hertz resolutions. After checking in the city today, we realised how poor the selection and bargains are at the HN city store. Add to that, having to return home and get the car and worry about where to park and pick up, we again set off for Moorabbin.
R bought a nice 32"/81cm high definition Samsung LCD tv for his bedroom. His very old 14" CRT tv was showing a bright blue flare on the screen when he turned if off. Most alarming.
He also bought a Topfield personal digital video recorder and a shockingly expensive HDMI cable to connect the tv to the pvr. Why is it not included? What else are you going to connect it to? For some reason, we are also in possession of some other cables which cost $35 and I have no idea what they do. As my mouth got me into trouble yesterday, I stayed schtum.
First thing was to get the tv to work. Not so hard. In the past I used to manually tune a tv but realised once we bought a digital, it is best to do the auto thing and let it sort itself out.
It started to scan for tv channels when I realised that I had not plugged the aerial in. Check the manual on how to restart it and success. Then connect the vcr and scan analogue channels again to pick up the vcr. Then realise that R won't need the vcr anymore, but at least I had it working.
It was by then six o'clock and eating into my drinkies time. Take a break and some refreshment and establish what time pasta sauce that has been simmering off and on all day will be ready for serving with the finest supermarket pasta.
Just enough time to try to connect the pvr. Plug everthing in and it doesn't work. No picture. The manual advises a button to press and of course I did, still nothing. Manual goes on to advise connecting with conventional cables and sort your HDMI then. I am not so sure. My head has had enough and I am hungry and I will leave it for tomorrow.
Huh, people used to ask me to sort out their new vcr/tv connection set up and problems, and I could.
Now I am just an old man who has been overtaken by technology.
Update: The highrise: 09.30am: Found the problem. It was an issue with remote control, that is a problem at the non sending end of the unit. I believe it is called operator error.