White X when trying to delete recording

Well, if nothing else the Dual HDMI keeps me on the edge of my seat waiting to see what happens next.

The other night I watched a recorded episode of Wheel of Fortune. Afterwards I tried to delete that episode and was presented with the never ending spinner of doom.

Up, down, left and right buttons did nothing. I clicked the Back button and was returned to the main menu. When I clicked back into Wheel of Fortune the tile that was the show I watched and tried to delete was a white X. I tried to delete that tile and received the spinner of death. Oh well.

So tonight I watched the next episode of Wheel, and the exact same thing happened when I tried to delete that episode, now I have 2 white X tiles.

Trying to delete a recording:


Two X tiles;

Update: I get the white X and spinner of doom regardless of what show I’m trying to delete. In other words the problem seems universal and not just related to Wheel of Fortune.

So I have figured out that deleting any recording creates the white X tile.

Clicking “Clear user interface data” clears the white X tiles. But the next time a recording is deleted the same thing happens and then one needs to click “clear user interface data” again.

And on and on…

Thank you for all of the details. We’d like to take a look and see what’s causing this issue. I’ve just sent you a DM with some next steps.


I’ve got the same issue. Like you’ve discovered, clearing the Cache only allows the “White X” markers to disappear, but the problem continues.

I’ve had some luck with doing a hard power off. Disconnect the Tablo base unit from the 120v power source by unplugging it for 30 seconds and then power back up. The unit will then delete shows as its suppose to. At least for awhile… mine popped up again after a few days.

Do you have your HDMI connected directly to a TV or are you using a AV receiver or some other hub?

Good luck


My Dual HDMI is connected to an AV receiver. I can’t imagine what difference that would make for this particular issue, but who knows.

Thanks. Mine is also routed thru an AV receiver. Exchanged a few email with the Tablo support folks, which we discussed the possibility the AV routing might be a contributor. If it happens again I plan to connected it directly to the monitor to see if that alters anything. The first power down remedied the problem for a week.

Meh, I don’t think it’s unreasonable to assume that an AV receiver will be used.

If there were video or audio problems maybe an AV receiver could be considered (although not an acceptable excuse). But what could that have to do with deleting files from a hard drive ?

These guys are throwing darts and hoping one will stick.

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Here are some videos to demo what’s happening:

Series doesn’t show episodes will record:


X when trying to delete

(edit - links were reversed)