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Help Please With SWM8 Problem

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by jrd4849, Aug 24, 2013.

  1. jrd4849

    jrd4849 Mentor

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    Here's my setup. I have an old AT9 side car dish which has been working fine for 6 1/2 years. Connected receivers are an HR23 and two H21s. A short time ago I added a swm8, deca modules to all receivers, and a hard wired CCK for internet. This was to update the system for deca based whole home service. The PI is cabled directly to the swm8 and the receivers and cck are cabled off of the PI via an 8 way splitter. All unused ports are terminated. Everything worked ok for a few days and then I got a 771 message for a couple of the hd channels. I unplugged the PI for a couple of minutes and after that the channels came up. The next day the same problem occurred. This time no amount of unplugging and restarting cleared the problem. The system test for the dvr shows errors found on both tuners for the odd (13v) transponders for the 103 bird. The same error shows up on both the H21s. A quick look at the dish showed no obvious external problems. Does anyone know of a simple test procedure that I can use to determine whether the problem is with the swm8 or the lnb? Thanks for any help.
     
  2. Canis Lupus

    Canis Lupus You make it, We break it

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    One suggestion for your setup is to reduce that 8-way splitter down to a 4-way splitter to reduce any chances of lost voltage.

    To the issue:

    Is that current 8-way splitter a DirecTV approved splitter?

    I've experienced somewhat of this issue before, and the simple solution for me was to replace the PI. You might be able to find one from a local DirecTV reseller for about 20 bucks, so you don't have to wait for shipping or a tech.

    Double check all of your cabling connections for tightness

    Let us know :)
     
  3. slice1900

    slice1900 Well-Known Member

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    If you want to rule out the SWM8 as a problem, disconnect the SWM8 and reconnect the DVR directly to your dish. If it works then, but not with the SWM8, then the problem may be with the SWM8 (but isn't certain)

    If you still have the same problem when directly connected, then your LNB is definitely failing, possibly trigged by the SWM8 providing it more voltage than it was receiving from the receivers previously and providing just the little push that 6 1/2 year old device needed to start having problems.
     
  4. jrd4849

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    Thanks for the reply. The splitter is a standard Directv 8-way green label. To eliminate any splitter related problems I connected the dvr directly to the PI output bypassing the splitter. Still get the 771 message related to the 103 sat. Checked the PI output to the swm8 and it was right at 28v. Eliminated some possibilities but still looks like swm8 or lnb trouble.
     
  5. jrd4849

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    After doing some more testing I'm inclined to agree with your second statement. Unfortunately not easy to check or replace as at9 lnbs are rare these days. I do have a spare SL3 non-swm dish which I could use to replace the AT9 dish but it wouldn't be my first choice to do at this stage of the game. Good last resort though.
     
  6. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

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    One thing to try is to swap the coax inputs to the SWM8.
    If the odd 103 changes, it more than likely is the coax, if it doesn't then looks like the LNB,
     
  7. inkahauts

    inkahauts DIRECTV A-Team

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    And if its the lnb I'd swap the entire assembly for a swim5lnb and get rid if the sidecar.


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  8. HoTat2

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    Yep;

    That would be my first choice;

    Particularly (if not obviously) check for a bad 13v/22 KHz coax line or connector to the SWiM-8 switch as the culprit.
     
  9. jrd4849

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    Well taking VOS's suggestion I swapped coax 1 and 2 and swapped coax 3 and 4. Currently I have no problems. Just a fluke or a bad connector/connection at the swm8? I guess at this point time will tell.
     
  10. Canis Lupus

    Canis Lupus You make it, We break it

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    Always good advice to check the connections. Glad it's working for you.
     

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