Summary: After the warrenty passed the RF output died; only the "individual outputs" worked, ie, the Component Video Outputs. After a few months I decided to put this machine to another use as a simple tuner. That is when it went it went "crazy." When it powered-up it tried to read a DVD that wasn't present. It continued to open and close the DVD tray every few minutes. Eventually it stopped with the tray open. That's when I slammed the tray shut. It stopped that behavior.
Summary: I own a LG Electronics LC797T recording VCR/DVD. It is 18 months old and intermittently would not tune to the selected station on timer record and would record just static. All other functions including playback and manual recording on the VCR and DVD are fine. Called LG Technical Support and spoke to Daniella who had me try several things and determined that it was most likely the "Tuner" or possibly" a defect in the system".
Summary: I have owned many of these units from Panasonic, Sony, Sanyo, JVC, etc and this is by far the best. It has an excellent VHS unit while others are horrible. Perfect for preserving tapes. The digital tuner works well with QAM cable and off the air. It can read dual layer DVD+R media perfectly. It also has a really nice quality feel to it.
Summary: I have owned two of these recorders. Both had two problems. First, after about 6 months when playing DVD's, the drawer would suddenly open, and keep opening so I could not play a DVD. It would get progressively worse until needing repair. Second, both players have problems with the recorded DVD's frequently losing audio for a second or two. It happens about every two to three minutes. It does not happen with pre-recorded DVD's. I do not recommend this recorder.
Cons: Sound went out after about 5 months. Had to pay 69 dollars to get repaired. Now after 2 more months it died completely. Customer Service is terrible. I don't think I'll invest another 69 dollars into getting it repaired.