I cannot believe how unlucky I have been with dvd recorders! I'm on my third faulty one within the space of about 4 years. Ok, so I don't spend a lot - after all our main tv in the house is a 21" CRT; I just wanted a dvd recorder that would do the job. First one was a Toshiba from John Lewis that went kaput within 18 months so exchanged for a Samsung. That lasted less than 2 years. John Lewis didn't have anything in stock that I wanted so I got a refund (no complaints about them, great service). Bought an LG from Richer sounds, but that one would only display a picture as widescreen (on my tv a tiny narrow picture with large black borders). Then decided to get an hdd/dvd recorder with freeview and found one at Aldi last November (thanks to this site). It's had sporadic faults more or less from the start (but after the first 30 days). Records BBC1 when programmed to record a totally different channel, freezes when attempting to access timer menu, takes an age to recognise dvd's and now makes this loud whirring noise when turned on....GGRRRRR!!!! I'm not asking for much, just one that I can watch dvd's on and can record freeview on. Surely I'm not asking for a lot?