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Genie and mini genie questions

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Cavicchi, Jul 20, 2013.

  1. Jul 26, 2013 #61 of 152
    inkahauts

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    I haven't had to start up my folks hrs for a year. theonlytome they reboot is if you have a power failure or they get a software update. thats very rare. We aren't talking about hitting the power button. We are talking about plugging it into power. No one does that on a regular basis.

    And last I saw, it would need to hit well over 140 degrees to have the fan kick in. When was the last time anything hit that temperature and you didn't want a fan near it? If your current DVr hit that temp it'd likely shut off just like the dtv ones do.
     
  2. Jul 26, 2013 #62 of 152
    inkahauts

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    So you think they couldn't hear the film projector going?
     
  3. Jul 27, 2013 #63 of 152
    Cavicchi

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    Is that 140 degrees room temperature? What is the recommended room temperature to keep that fan sleeping? If you have documentation to backup what you said, please post it here, thanks!
     
  4. Jul 27, 2013 #64 of 152
    Cavicchi

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    Didn't you say above only on reboot?

    Well, anyway, on starting it's still noise and not silent. You wouldn't hear a fan on start-up if there was no fan.

    The minis are silent, the HR44 is not silent.
     
  5. Jul 27, 2013 #65 of 152
    inkahauts

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    No, hard drive temp. Yes I know it to be true because I had a fan die in an old unit ages ago and it would tell you the temperature of the unit and that it was trying to lower the temperature to a acceptable temp 140 before it would start up again like normal.

    And seriously, how often do you start up a DVR? Reboot or plug in is the same thing. These are things that are done very very rare.

    The hr44 is silent for all normal operation. Is that better? And normal operation is what you have 99.99 percent of the time over the course of a year.

    No one is going to ever hear their hr44 while watching TV. Its just not going to happen unless something is broken with it.
     
  6. Jul 28, 2013 #66 of 152
    Cavicchi

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    I don't know about you, but my DVR and TV start up together. What happened with your old unit has nothing to do with the HR44.

    Perception of silence has much to do with environment. I live in the country with no houses in back of me. I can pretty much tell when the mail comes by hearing a car go by. My room is dead silent. I can sit within three feet of operating DVR and will not hear anything, whether starting or operating.
     
  7. Jul 28, 2013 #67 of 152
    MysteryMan

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    Same here. I live in a very rural area on 52 acres. I have never had a noise issue with any of my HD DVRs.
     
  8. Jul 28, 2013 #68 of 152
    Cavicchi

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    Well, I couldn't say the same with previous DTV DVRs. The only DVR I've ever had that was completely silent within 3 feet is my current fanless model.

    I have a PS3 sitting on a shelf above the DVR, and the PS3 generates a lot of heat, as does my xbox 360, so that may be different then most setups.

    Even with the central air on, my room gets to 80 degrees. The door to my den is closed when smoking (pipe) and windows are mostly closed in summer and, of course, in winter. I have 3-zone oil baseboard heating with my den on a separate zone. I save money on oil in winter by using xbox 360 :)

    Oh, I am saying silent with no sound on from TV, like sitting 3 feet away with movie on without sound.
     
  9. Jul 28, 2013 #69 of 152
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    Ice and Heavy wet snow," like when its snowing above 30 degrees" are problems. Keep it in reach so it can be cleaned off. I always use hot water, its simple and you don't have to touch the dish.
    I too live in the Poconos
     
  10. Jul 28, 2013 #70 of 152
    damondlt

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    My HR23 is the only receiver that can be heard, and barely at that. HR24and HR34, well if I stick my ear up to them yes they make noise.
    My living room clock and parakeet make far more noise then any of my HR equipment.
     
  11. Jul 28, 2013 #71 of 152
    Cavicchi

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    It can't be in reach. They had to put the dish on roof and it's way up there, 2-story house with full basement. We had problems sometimes with rain! I am really much better off with cable, but if I had a "good" deal with DTV, I would make the switch. I was going to do that with a package deal from Verizon, but DTV axed it.
     
  12. Jul 28, 2013 #72 of 152
    Cavicchi

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    I don't have any such noises to mask what my DVR does, and I think that has been made clear in an earlier post.
     
  13. Jul 28, 2013 #73 of 152
    Laxguy

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    Yes, I think we've covered what noise is and isn't several times, and have reached the flagellation of morbid equines stage.
     
  14. Jul 28, 2013 #74 of 152
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    If you live off of 196, like Pocono farms PCP area , those are bad for Satellite service. I have a rental there, and they have rules about cutting down trees, which makes matters worse.

    If you are having issues with rain, then you either have a poorly aligned dish, or some leaves or branches are in the view of the dish.

    Unless its a Large thunder storm in the southern sky, you should have NO signal issues with rain if you have a clear LOS.
    My guess if your Dish is on the roof, then you must have a ton of trees!

    You are going to hate Directv even more in the winter living in the Poconos without a dish heater or a low mounted dish.
     
  15. Jul 28, 2013 #75 of 152
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    DirecTV DVRs are never really turned off. They just go into standby mode which just turns off their display outputs. So, when hitting the power button to turn on the TV an the DVR, while the TV is turned on, the DVR is just turning on the display outputs. So, it is not as if everytime you turn on the TV you would then hear the fan kick on in the DVR.

    Exactly. You'll hear the fan when you first boot up the DVR or on a reboot, but while it is normally running for day-to-day use, the fan will not run unless the hard drive temp gets excessive. I even keep my one Genie in a small cabinet below a TV stand with other electronics on top of it and when I've checked the temp for it, it has never been excessive.

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  16. Jul 28, 2013 #76 of 152
    Cavicchi

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    Yes, lots of trees, and a mountain.

    When I had DTV service, I called to let them know I was having signal problems. DTV was "kind" enough to say for $50 dollars they would have someone come out and take a look. I didn't have the "protection plan." I don't have a protection plan with cable, nor do I need one. They come free of charge and within a day or two at most.

    That is why I said I'm much better off with cable.

    Forgot to add I don't live anywhere near 196 or Pocono farms.
     
  17. Jul 28, 2013 #77 of 152
    Cavicchi

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    My question to you is with your room virtually silent, the temperature holding to 80 degrees for at least an hour, is your HR 44 silent sitting 3 feet away?
     
  18. Jul 28, 2013 #78 of 152
    damondlt

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    I agree with you Satellite is not always the best answer.
    And in the Poconos wide open flat fields are hard to come by.

    I live in the Newfoundland Area, where OTA is a no go.

    I had Blue ridge cable and its fairly good. Sure no whole home DVR but it doesn't cost Hundreds to get HD DVRs in every room either. Right now Directv is only $5 cheaper then Blue ridge Cable on a 4 room HD DVR system .

    Sad since this time last year it was $20 cheaper per month.
     
  19. Jul 28, 2013 #79 of 152
    The Merg

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    I don't necessarily sit that close to it, but I keep the thermostat in my house at 80 during the summer. In my bedroom where my HR44 is, the ceiling fan is continually running and I don't notice it. I also had an HR24 in the bedroom and that I could hear when I was sitting on my bed even with the ceiling fan on.

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  20. Jul 28, 2013 #80 of 152
    Cavicchi

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    I have BRC for everything, phone, Internet, and TV. I am very happy with them, nothing I can say bad about the company. I love their DVR.

    We don't watch many channels, or that much TV except for my wife. I use my PS3 more than my TV. I use my computer my than I watch TV. I watch HBO for True Blood, Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, and Bill Maher, and sometimes for boxing. I sometimes watch MLB network, or a baseball game. My daughter doesn't watch much TV and mainly records stuff.
     

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