Posted 30 March 2010 - 06:47 PM
Update: I tried it again today and it worked just fine, switching inputs from PC to the DVR, and back. It probably had something to do with how my extremely non tech daughter switched it, or probably it was because she got in the vicinity of computer equipment lol. Anyway, it works fine, at least to all current indications. Thanks for your replies.
Just as an aside, the whole reason I'm doing this, and I didn't bring it up before because I didn't want to creat confusion with unnecessary information, is that my laptop "crashed". I say crashed loosely because in foolish anger I purposely tossed it on the ground (sitting, not standing) and it failed to boot up after. So I bought the tower from "this dude" for a couple hundred dollars and a IDE/SATA to USB adapter (still waiting on it) from newegg so I can (fingers crossed) copy some important files over to the desktop. I'm hoping that when it landed the only part of the drive that was damaged was the part with the boot files, so perhaps the desktop pc can see it as a storage drive and I can recover some important items. Meanwhile I have some old IDE drives I would love to be able to get family photos from. I'm only mentioning this because I've never tried to recover data via this means and I might be asking for help later. The current condition of my computer is: hooked up to the TV as monitor, Ethernet cable plugged in to my router, and I just received my wireless keyboard and mouse before leaving for work. So the last piece of the puzzle is that adaper.