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Can you get to channel 100 without an access card?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by bungi43, Apr 12, 2013.

  1. bungi43

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    Kind of in reference to the question I asked a few days ago, but...

    I'm moving that dish and the old receiver my FIL had (owned) to a building out on the back part of my property. I want to get it set up this weekend, but I don't have my new access card yet.

    To make sure it's pointed and all signals are straight, will it download all the info and get me to the channel 100 (the info station) without an activated card, or will I just get an error and not know if I have it pointed 100% right?

    Thanks.
     
  2. longrider

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    I dont know if it will work without a card in the slot but I know it will do the install with a deactivated card.
     
  3. bungi43

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    That'll work then. I just want to make sure everything is lined up. That way if I have some issue or it doesn't work, etc...I haven't blown the 20 bucks yet.
     
  4. bungi43

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    Oh, and thanks.
     
  5. peds48

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    You can use the receiver built in signal meter to check your signal readings
     
  6. larry55

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    100 will not work without the card on hr24 orhr34 or h24.
     
  7. peds48

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    I just did a scan with an HR21 without the access card, and it was NOT able to receiver any of the "free" channels
     
  8. bungi43

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    This will work too. I just want to make sure I"m getting a solid signal. Thanks so much.
     
  9. Volatility

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    It won't work as peds48 mentioned. None of the free channels work actually without an activated access card. Even locals which is kinda sorta free
     
  10. peds48

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    You might want to re-read my post, "I just did a scan with an HR21 without the access card, and it was NOT able to receiver any of the "free" channels"

    However, the solution I posted was to use the recevier built in signal meters
     
  11. Volatility

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    You might want to reread it again yourself. Reciever any channels? You mean recieve ;). Engish Grammar :)
     
  12. peds48

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    You mean "read it over", or Are you just making the words as you go along. If you are going to correct me, make your post I pristine!!!!!!!!

    GAME ON!!!!!!!
     
  13. Volatility

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    There is no game on (?) but that is a word man http://www.thefreedictionary.com/reread ;)
     
  14. supermod38

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    don't know about the newer receivers but on a H20 and a NON- Activated card you can get the free 100 channel.
     
  15. Volatility

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    Tried it the other day on a deactivated D10 I had since the very early 00's lol and it worked. hmmmm interesting
     
  16. CCarncross

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    I'm sure eveyone knows the answer by now, but an activated card is different than no access card in the receiver. I believe the receiver has to have an access card in it to tune any channels, but you may be able to peak dish without an access card.
     
  17. peds48

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    And "new" un-activated receivers will not tune to any channels without first being activated. :confused:
     
  18. wahooq

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    channel 100 will show without a card or with a non-activated card..its how we know if the rcvr is getting a signal so the answer to the op's question is yes...
     
  19. peds48

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    I guess this depends on the receiver type and model. and if the receiver is "new" as in it has never been activated, it will have no picture at all
     

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