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HR34 and C31 issues right after installation

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by clueless, Jun 24, 2013.

  1. clueless

    clueless Legend

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    I had an HR34 and two C31's installed on 6/17 (Monday). Also a new SWM LNB, splitter and DECA for whole home DVR service. DECA is hard wired to router for internet access. The HR34 and two C31's are the only units.

    Saturday the HR34 became VERY sluggish to respond to the remote and the video was freezing for 5 to 10 seconds at a time. Audio did not freeze. Both the TV's attached to the C31's were displaying gray screens.

    I rebooted the HR34 with a RBR and everything was OK. I ran a system test and the two error messages I got were "not connected to a phone line" and "dropping network connections". I understand you get the "dropping network connections" if you turn off the C31's which I have been doing.

    This morning the exact same thing happened again.

    Other than the two issues things have worked well.

    I've searched and found some similar problems but none that had a definite fix. All three units appear to have the latest software installed.

    Before I call DirecTV does anyone have any ideas on that the issue could be?
     
  2. Joe166

    Joe166 AllStar

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    I have had an HR34 for a few months. I started getting freezes and stuttering periodically. I would RBR and it would seem to go away. After a few weeks it got worse and worse and finally started doing it almost every other day, so I called and after the typical song and dance (repeating everything I had already done) and telling them that it also stuttered and froze on the genie itself, they sent a tech who installed another (refurbished) HR34 and replaced the multi switch outside because it was "hot" (I thought they were all hot). Worked fine for the first three weeks. This morning, I got a call from my wife that it has started again. It has only done it once so far, but I am not a happy camper if it follows the pattern. The "new" box has the latest software, loaded late last week.

    I have no idea what the problem is, but would be interested in any opinions also. I just wanted you to know you are not alone. From this forum I get the impression that this is far from the norm and that most of these genies work just fine. I always worry when I get a refurb box since many problems I have had are very intermittent and I don't know how they would ever know how to refurb that if it doesn't happen while they have it on for "testing".
     
  3. clueless

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    I'm not sure if mine is a refurbished HR34 or not. I got all the equipment for "free" so it's certainly possible it is.

    Thanks for replying. Hopefully others will chime in with thoughts

    I'm going to wait to call after it happens when I'm home so I can get some videos of the issue for documentation.
     
  4. inkahauts

    inkahauts DIRECTV A-Team

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    Well, I can think of two things to try. One is to unplug all units, including the lnb power supply, and plug it back it. Power supply first after about ten minutes. That may have no affect though if you where still getting audio.

    Also, do to resets back to back to clear guide data.

    However again, that's not likely todo to much to be honest. If you where still getting audio, it sounds more like either. A hard drive issue or a software glitch. Of course a reset can help with software glitches, which is why I suggested them. The question will be if it comes back, and if so how soon.
     
  5. clueless

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    Well this time both the C31's are just displaying gray screens. The HR34 is currently working - for now. RBRing the C31s did nothing to help them. Not rebooting the HR34 as it is recording for the next few hours - well it's supposed to anyway. Guess I'll do that before work in the AM.

    This is getting old fast. Sigh.
     
  6. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

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    I'd try unplugging the C31s, leave 'em depowered for a bit. Then, when recording time is over, do the same with the Genie, but for ten minutes, then start up the Genie, test, and then bring one 31 online, then the other. Hoep this does it!
     
  7. clueless

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    The HR34 ended up starting the video freezing problem shortly after I posted last night. An RBR again fixed the issue.

    Every time (3 so far) the HR34 has started having issues it was shortly (within 15 minutes) after I turned on the C31 in the bedroom and got a gray screen. It has never happened after turning on the C31 in kitchen.

    I know this is a limited set of data but it seems to point to an issue with that C31 or possibly the wiring. If it happens again after powering on the bedroom C31 I'm going to swap them and see what happens.
     
  8. peds48

    peds48 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    IIRC, the grey screen was a bug with a previous NR. What is the current software on the clients
     
  9. clueless

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    Just to update. I haven't had any issues in a couple of weeks. Not sure what the problem was. I did assign static IP addresses to all the devices. Or maybe I had an old version of software. In any case so far so good.
     
  10. peds48

    peds48 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    Awesome. Thanks for the update
     

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