That's definitely strange behavior. I don't have any fixes or known issues about it here, but let me pass this information up and see if we can get someone to address it. Naturally, they won't report back to me, but I'll see what I can find. I don't have much information on that particular unit either.
I did check the UK site to see if there was a firmware update, and there isn't.
I have what seem to be major problems with the SR270M DVD recorder. Another new machine exhibits identical problems.
1. The main problem is that the machine will not fully go into standby, the fan ( and also the disc ) remain spinning indefinitely. When this happens the only solution is to power the machine back up, wait a minute or so and try again. If that fails pressing open/close usually results in it shutting down correctly.
2. If a timer recording was scheduled and the above happens the recording would not take place.
3. Regularly the machine partly comes out of standby ( as in 1 above? same steps needed to shut it down )
4. Timer recordings sometimes have no sound? suspect this to happen when recording from BBC3 or BBC4 and the program time commences from 7pm, the time the channel comes on air. Up to this point the ?channel ID? says no ?audio and video ? This seems to confuse the software and no sound is recorded.
5. There are some even more bizarre problems such as the ?Pan and Scan? mode failing to work correctly after certain pre-recorded DVD?s are loaded. Bizarre in that the function is ?locked? and any recordings subsequently made will not accept the pan and scan mode for playback but previous recordings will. That's truly bizarre ! Even a ?factory? reset will not clear this problem? it does however resolve itself if you make many recordings in different modes?.
6. Occasionally it will not even come out of standby, just flashes load on the display when you try.
The machine was purchased as a ?second? recorder, and to be honest when it?s working it?s excellent quality wise.
Haven't been able to find much info on this machine at all.