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Can Access Cards go bad?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by dlt4, Oct 24, 2010.

  1. dlt4

    dlt4 Godfather

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    I took the card out and it appears that I don't get any channels at all. I tried 100, 200, and 201 and a few others.

    So you're saying that indicates the receiver is bad?
     
  2. TBlazer07

    TBlazer07 Grumpy Grampy

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    Sorry, I stand corrected. You only get those channels with an UNACTIVATED receiver with the card IN it. If it's activated w/card pulled all I am getting are the channel "headers" when I change channels as well as the guide.
     
  3. matt

    matt New Member

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    EDIT: Nevermind, thought it was an HR20 that was having the issue. My advice doesn't apply to the Tivo.
     
  4. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

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    ...or clean it gently with a dry cloth... ;)
     
  5. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    - pencil eraser would works also ... alcohol ...
     
  6. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

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    For sure.
     
  7. dlt4

    dlt4 Godfather

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    I fully expected the unit to dead again this morning, but oddly enough it was working fine, at least for the 20 minutes I had it on. I'll try it again when I get home from work.
     
  8. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

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    That would seem to clearly indicate something else as the source of the problem. The cards pretty much either work or they don't (when bad).
     
  9. dlt4

    dlt4 Godfather

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    And it's still working this afternoon after I got home from work. I just hate intermittent problems. :(
     
  10. Richierich

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    I would also suspect a Bad Power Supply Unit as they normally only last about 5 years and then they need to be replaced and it Mimics a Bad or Marginal Hard Drive.

    It starts Bulging when the Capacitors go bad from too much heat over a prolonged period of time.
     
  11. dlt4

    dlt4 Godfather

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    The consensus seems to be that the problem is a bad power supply. Although the unit is still working this evening, I'm sure it's only a matter of time before the problem shows up again. To confirm that it's the power supply should I just pull the cover off and look for a bloated capacitor?

    Weaknees lists a price of $70 for a new power supply, so if that's the problem, I will not be repairing this unit. I'd just like to confirm what the problem is before I send it to the recycling pile.

    Thanks for all the inputs.
     
  12. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    Better if you'll get a scope and will check each rail for voltage level, ripples and noise during transition period (turning on) and during normal functioning and during failures.
     
  13. Richierich

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    That is what I Would Do!!! :)
     
  14. dlt4

    dlt4 Godfather

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    The problem came back this morning. As you suggested, I pulled the access card and the "Please insert access card" message appeared.
     
  15. dlt4

    dlt4 Godfather

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    It's back...!

    Turned on the TV this morning and I'm getting the flashing back and forth between a blank screen and a TV signal (which sometimes freezes).

    I'm afraid its time to retire the TiVo unit. :(
     
  16. Rich

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    If the card is bad and you have the Protection Plan, you should be covered and will get a new card. If not, it's gonna cost you $20. Another reason to have the PP. How many reasons do people need to get the PP?

    Rich
     
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    Rich DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

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    Need a good Series 2 SD DVR? I have a bunch, all with large HDDs. PM me if you're interested.

    Rich
     
  18. Richierich

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    I would be Curious if something is wrong with the Card Reader causing it to Overheat the Card!!!
     
  19. dlt4

    dlt4 Godfather

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    Is there a way to determine that?
     
  20. Richierich

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    I would ask Directv about that issue because maybe the Card Reader needs to be Replaced so you may need to send your Receiver back in to have it serviced or replaced if you have the PP.
     

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