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HR21 Requires Hard Reset in the Morning

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by mpollack, Jan 6, 2011.

  1. Jan 6, 2011 #1 of 13
    mpollack

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    Hi All,

    I am having an ongoing problem with a receiver being "dead" first thing in the morning. Before bed I turn the receiver OFF (put it in STANDBY really). In the morning it won't turn back on with the remote, nor does it respond to any button presses on the unit itself. It sounds like the internal hard drive is spinning but I don't hear the read/write heads accessing the disc. I am able to bring the receiver back to life with a red button reset, after which it continues to operate normally all day long.

    This problem happened roughly 5 or 6 times over the last three weeks on a HR21-200 receiver. After contacting DirecTV, they sent me a HR21-700 as a replacement. The replacement unit exhibited the exact same problem today on the very first morning it was in service.

    I have an HR20-100 in another room and has not been affected by this problem.

    All receivers are/were running 0x452.

    Is anyone else experiencing similar problems, and do you have any ideas about how to fix this?

    Thanks in advance,

    Michael
     
  2. Jan 6, 2011 #2 of 13
    hilmar2k

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    How is it connected to the TV?
     
  3. Jan 6, 2011 #3 of 13
    mpollack

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    Connected to TV via HDMI.
     
  4. Jan 6, 2011 #4 of 13
    hilmar2k

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    Try component. Maybe it's a handshake issue.
     
  5. Jan 6, 2011 #5 of 13
    Stuart Sweet

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    If the lights don't come on by pushing a button on the DVR, try unplugging it for about a day (no kidding) and plugging it back in again. Surprisingly, it fixes all sorts of things.
     
  6. Jan 6, 2011 #6 of 13
    mpollack

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    This is something I haven't tried. Does it need to be a full 24 hrs?

    The replacement unit had been unplugged for multiple days while in transit. Given that fact, do you think that an extended unplug would help?
     
  7. Jan 6, 2011 #7 of 13
    Rich

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    I usually unplug at bedtime and reboot in the morning, sometimes it has worked, sometimes it doesn't. But what you're talking about seems to be more of a cabling, switch, LNB, splitter, etc. problem since the problem stays in the same spot. If the problem follows the HR, it's the HR. If the problem stays and multiple HRs have the same problems as the first one, then it's not the HR. Replacing an HR will not help in this instance. If you have another HR in another location, and it's working properly, swap that with the one with the problems and if you get the same problems call D* and get a tech out to your home.

    Can't hurt, but I really think you need a tech to check out your problem with eyes and hands on the equipment.

    Rich
     
  8. Jan 6, 2011 #8 of 13
    Stuart Sweet

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    Yeah the time isn't hard and fast but it can take an astoundingly long time for some of the current to drain from something.
     
  9. Jan 6, 2011 #9 of 13
    bpratt

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    Try turning on your DVR before you turn on the TV in the morning. Most LCD TVs generate a lot of IR noise for a few minutes which can confuse the DVR. If that fixes the problem, you might consider moving the DVR farther away from the TV.
     
  10. lugnutathome

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    Is your dish a roof mount? If its on a post or tripod in the yard, do you have a neighbor with a large vehicle (like truck with large box or trailer) that is pulling in front of it blocking the dish at night?

    If a roof mount is there a tree with greenery above the dish such that a limb might dip when wet down by evening dew (or a nest occupied at night) and cold dip down in front of the dish at night?

    I've seen units lock up when searching for signal a long time.

    Or did anything get replugged in down in the area of the SWM or dish? Is there a power supply to the dish or SWM being switched off at night along with turning off a light at bedtime (or later due to a timer)?

    I suspect you are losing signal to that unit for some hours at night and it goes into lockup after searching for signal too long. Just a guess. Are all the lines to the splitter/multiswitch clean, dry, and tight? Is this particular line losing contact due to moisture or contraction from the cold?

    Don "did I really just ask 'is it plugged in'? sorry bout that chief:grin:" Bolton

     
  11. dniermeyer

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    I just had a customer call and say their HR21-700 is doing the exact same thing. It has happened about 8-10 times in the last 2 weeks.

    Is this a software issue possibly?

    Have you resolved the issue?

    Thanks..

    Dave
     
  12. joed32

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    Any problem with just leaving it on? I turn mine off but my son never does.
     
  13. Stuart Sweet

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    No problem at all, as long as the blue lights don't bother you.
     

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