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HR-20 and lightning

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by jpercia, May 12, 2007.

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  1. jpercia

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    Lightning struck a tree about 100 yds from my house today and now my HR-20 is not working. It was on a surge protector (phone line too) and the satellite cable is grounded. When I turn it on it says it is acquiring guide data. Satellite strength is 0 for all satellites. My other R-20 receiver is working fine. RBR and unplugging for 20 minutes did not help. Does anyone have any other suggestions? I would call D* but the strike knocked out my phone line too.
     
  2. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    I would move it over to your other receiver's location & see what happens connected there.
    That's step one...
     
  3. say-what

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    Even if grounded, it's always possible for a surge to get through with a lightning strike. Could just be that you need to run new cable to the HR20. By all means see what happens when connected at the other location.
     
  4. bonscott87

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    Sorry to hear about that.

    But a surge protector isn't going to stop a lightning strike. A good UPS unit should be able to absorb a strike though.
     
  5. leww37334

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    It has been said,

    "The only real protection against a direct lightning strike is a good insurance policy."

    :D :D :D
     
  6. jpercia

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    Tried it in the other location and it still can't find the satellite signal. I guess it is time to resort to the hard reboot. If that doesn't work am I safe to assume I am the proud leasee of a silver brick with blue lights? How does D* handle these sort of malfunctions?
     
  7. hilmar2k

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    They'll send you a new (well, refurbished) one...at a cost of $19.95.
     
  8. Darwynz

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    I agree... your not going to beat a lightening strike. That being said... if its booting up and you are able to move around you may not be totally out of luck yet... is your switch a powered one... mine has a power wire hooked up in the garage... there may be a chance that your switch is what got zapped not your box... try connecting your receiver directly to the dish bypassing the switch... see if that helps. Just a thought!
     
  9. veryoldschool

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    This a good thought, but since the other location has a working unit there, would this be ruled out when the "bad box" was connected to the working units cable?
     
  10. n3ntj

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    Do you have to be on the protection plan to get this deal or is this valid for anyone leasing the HR 20 thru D*?
     
  11. bonscott87

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    The nature of a lease is that they will replace it if it dies. Protection plan will cover any owned receivers as well as cables, switches and the dish.

    Just have them Fed Ex you a replacement and then you can send the fried one back into them. If you need someone to install it for you then that will cost the $70 service call unless you have the protection plan.
     
  12. armophob

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    You may also find your surge suppressor is shot now also.
     
  13. jpercia

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    I don't (think that I) have a switch box - just multiple lines running down from the dish. I bought the HR20 at Best Buy - can I still get a replacement from D*? The surge processor connected to my DSL modem is fried. The main part of the one the receiver was attached to still works, but I haven't tested the phone line portion yet.
     
  14. armophob

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    It sounds like it traveled on the phone line only. You should check your house alarm also if you have one.
     
  15. hilmar2k

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    What dish do you have? How many lines do you have from the dish? If you have more than two (which you should), then you should have a multiswitch somewhere. You would then have two lines from the multiswitch to the box. Who installed your HR-20?

    Even a box bought from BB is a leased box, and therefore, will be replaced by D*.
     
  16. AlbertZeroK

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    I wouldn't mention the lightning when you call DirecTV. JUst tell them it died and they'll send you another.

    Also check with the surge protector company, they often insure what's connected to it, you could get a check from them for the cost of the HR20 as well.

    Nothing like getting paid twice for bad equipment. A budy of mine did this last year when his computer died. APC sent him a check and so did his insurance company.
     
  17. jmschnur

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    Could be the dish as well that has problems-can you try your other receiver on the HR 20 lines just to make sure that all lnbs are ok ?
     
  18. jpercia

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    So after trying the box in the other location (where the R20 was still working fine) and the HR20 still couldn't get a satellite signal I called D*. After getting through the very long automated menu, I reached the 1st level of technical support where the technician quickly figured out I had a legitimate problem and he bumped me to level 2 support. Level 2 support insisted that there was nothing wrong with my box and they would need to send a technician out. The first available date? May 24th! I asked the level 2 tech how one box could work fine in a given location, but when you connected those same wires to another box it could not work but there be nothing wrong with the box? She kept on persisting with the line that it wasn't the box. When I got upset about being without service for 11 days she said that after the technician came out I could then call back and they would get me a partial credit for the missed service one receiver for part of the month.
    :new_cussi
     
  19. hilmar2k

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    Call back, get a different tech. CSR roulette. You clearly have a bad box if you've tried it in another location.
     
  20. RobertE

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    Call back and go through the motions. Offer to move it to another location. When you do, and when you tell them you've plugged it in. Say "It smells like something is burning". I guarantee a replacement will be on its way. :grin:
     
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