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The steps to make your DVR box display the time instead of the channel number will vary depending on whether your DVR box is running the Navigator software (on SA/Cisco, Samsung, newer Motorola boxes) or iGuide (older Motorola boxes). For your convenience, I have provided the instructions below for both.
If it is running the Navigator software:
If it is running the iGuide software:
How do we set the display so that when we turn the DVR off, we still see the time displayed. It was always automatic on my old silver box but with this new black one I can't seem to set that up.
I tried turning off the box and then using the remote to turn on the menu and look for it in that weird black and white menu but found nothing.