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anomalous BBC behavior

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by sabex, Aug 8, 2007.

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  1. Aug 8, 2007 #1 of 10
    sabex

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    I am one of those unfortunates who does not get local's in HD, so I was excited when DTV told me to install the BBC's in preparation for the new broadcasts.
    I installed them, checked on 499 and all was good.

    A few weeks later I started getting strange behavior on my local channels. I would get 'searching for signal' on the locals only - every other channel worked fine, including the BBC test channel.
    A reset invariably solved the problem and the locals would work again.
    Just the other day, even the resets did not work. I removed the BBC and suddenly all my channels work again.
    My recollection could be wrong but I seem to think there was a software update a few days prior to this started.

    So, the 499 test shows the BBC is working yet I cannot always get my locals when they are connected...

    For various reasons, I have 3 of the BBC's and I got identical intermittent behavior with all 3.

    I plan to leave them off until the new broadcasts start and the try reconnecting at that time. Any other ideas?

    Current s/w version 0x17e - downloaded 7/24
     
  2. Aug 8, 2007 #2 of 10
    Canis Lupus

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    hi sabex,

    sounds like you may have an issue that's possibly unnecessary. in your post you describe having 3 BBCs, but only 2 working ones are required and would be hooked to your inputs coming from your dish (unless you have more than one HR-20 in which case you'd need at least an "even" number of BBCs for dual tuners).

    you mentioned you have no locals in HD. do you mean you have no locals available from the satellites in HD?

    does this mean you get your locals OTA? If so, what are you using the third BBC for? If you have a BBC hooked up between your antenna and the HR-20, that would not be necessary.

    hopefully i'm understanding your post correctly.

    EDIT : ah ok - you've been swapping those 3 BBCs across the 2 inputs to see what works. Sorry - misread the post. Apologies.
     
  3. Aug 8, 2007 #3 of 10
    veryoldschool

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    Mine would be to call D* and have them send out some replacements.
    I had 5 out of 6 fail and after removing the one that passed, the other day, I'm not going to be installing it back [since I've got new ones that work].
    The BBCs seem to be [or were] made pretty poorly.
     
  4. Aug 8, 2007 #4 of 10
    sabex

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    I only have one satellite input (long story but fishing another cable is not practical, esp with SWM on the horizon) and no OTA input at all.
    I tried each BBC on the single satellite input, each displayed the same behavior in that they would work for a while and then I would get the 'searching for signal' on the locals.
    Like I said, generally a reset cured the problem for a few days. I confess that once the resets stopped working, I did not retry each BBC all over again.
    Frustration levels peaked and I decided I was better off without them - at least for now.
     
  5. Aug 8, 2007 #5 of 10
    sabex

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    I don't think its the BBC's themselves since they each pass the '499 test' on each occasion, even that is the most counterintuitive test in the universe, but I digress.I also have to stress that EVERY other channel that I checked had no such problems.
     
  6. Aug 8, 2007 #6 of 10
    Canis Lupus

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    OK - you mentioned u have 1 SAT input, and no OTA. But you also said you don't get locals in HD. So you mean your locals are only in SD? If so, from what satellite in Seattle are your locals in SD coming?
     
  7. Aug 9, 2007 #7 of 10
    sabex

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    Correct - locals are SD.
    I am located in Chester, VA - not Seattle.
    How can I tell which satellite my locals are coming in on?
     
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    veryoldschool

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    Stuart Sweet

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    I would say that if you had any question about the function of the BBCs I would get new ones. Now is the time.
     
  10. sabex

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    OK - according to Lyngsat I am on DirectTV 7S @ 119...

    A one time issue that may be related - a recording I had made of Leno gave me not authorized messages when i tried to play it.
    After reset, it became a 'start play' - Do you want to delete....

    I have no idea if the 2 are related as it only happened once...
     
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