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Had Power Outage last night..need help

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by jostarr, Jun 14, 2013.

  1. jostarr

    jostarr AllStar

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    I am using a Slingline dish and a SWM-8 switch. Last nights power outage in Virginal left me with no
    Directv.....bummer. I have 5 HD receivers and 1 SD receiver connected to the SWM-8. All say
    "searching for satellite". The high wind and falling branches could have moved the dish, but I want to
    eliminate the SWM-8 first, as I have had problems with it in the past.

    Can i disconnect one cable from the dish at the switch, and connect it direcrly to a HD reciver to see if the dish alimgment is ok? If so, I think I must insert a BBC module in the line to a HD receiver. And, no BBC module should be required for the SD receive. Is this correct?

    Or is there an easier way to see if the SWM-8 is faulty.

    Any comments and suggestions woul;d be apppreciated.
     
  2. damondlt

    damondlt New Member

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    you can bypass the swim8, unless you have all H25s.
    H25's are swm only!
     
  3. jostarr

    jostarr AllStar

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    Thanks for the quick reply. I have NO H25 receivers.

    So, can I simply just bypass one line for test purposes as I asked in my originial post?

    Do I need a BBC for my H20?

    No BBC for the SD receiverf?
     
  4. damondlt

    damondlt New Member

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    Yes H20 needs bbc
    sd can plug right in.

    And yes you can bypass swim. Slimline lnb is a multiswitch.

    My question is why do you have a swim 8? do you have a HD DVR and whole home?
     
  5. jostarr

    jostarr AllStar

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    Ok, thanks again. I'll try it and report results.
     
  6. jostarr

    jostarr AllStar

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    No luck so far.
    I disconnected one of the 4 lines from the dish at the SWM-8 switch.
    I also disconnected one SD output fom the switch.
    These were than joined with a barrel connector. So, I should have a direct line from the dish to a SD receiver....
    thus bypassing the SWM-8 switch.

    The other 3 lines from the dish, and all other outputs from the switch and the switch power supply all remain connected.

    I rebooted the sd receiver, it went thru all it's self chceks, and it is stuck on the "Receiving satellite info' screeen at
    0% complete.

    Can I assume this means the dish aligment has been altered by the strong winds and\or a tree branch hitting it and moving it?
    Or, are there any other test I should make before calling for professional help to realign the dish?
     
  7. fleckrj

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    Are you sure that the outlet where the power inserter is plugged in has power? A lot of times during storms GFIs will trip, and if your power inserter has no power, the SWM8 will not work.
     
  8. peds48

    peds48 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    Since you have a direct line connected to the SD receiver, it looks to me that your dish got moved during the storm
     
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  9. jostarr

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    Yes, that is what I think too. The reason I wanted to eliminate the SWM-8, is that I have had problems with them in the past. The PS module got smoked in one storm last year, so I replaced the entire SWM. There is power to the switch.
     
  10. jimmie57

    jimmie57 Hall Of Fame

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    Question for the techs.
    Does bypassing the SWM 8 switch change the dish type selected ?
     
  11. samrs

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    Was the sd receiver connected to a SWM port or a legacy port.

    If it was connected to a SWM port you need to rerun Satellite setup for it to work.
     
  12. jostarr

    jostarr AllStar

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    That is a good question. I hope someone replies.

    Another question....should I remove the other 3 lines from the dish at the SWM-8 so that the SWM-8 has NO lines to the slimline dish and is out completely?
     
  13. longrider

    longrider DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    Bypassing the SWM8 does not change the dish type but it does change the switch type. As samrs stated, if the SD receiver was connected to a SWM port/splitter then the sat setup must be redone. If it was connected to a legacy port you have an issue with the dish
     
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  14. jostarr

    jostarr AllStar

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    The SD receiver was connected to a legacy port. I belive the high winds has altered the dish aligment.

    I asked a new question about dish aligment in a new post. Can you peek at it and comment in the new post?
     
  15. goinsleeper

    goinsleeper Godfather

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    When you said you were getting "searching for satelite signal" was it followed by a (771) or a (775)? I know the 771 screen has been changed but I don't know if that has effected the entire country yet or not.
     

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