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HR34 Freezing Issue - Second Box/Third box

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by RMSko, May 2, 2012.

  1. Rich

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    For a new TV, I'd suggest.....HOLD IT! WAIT! HERE IT COMES....the Panasonic plasmas, the higher end models. (Anyone shocked?)

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  2. Rich

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    The great majority of the early problems with HDMI were with Sony and Samsung TVs, I haven't seen many posts or threads such as this in quite a while.

    Wouldn't you think D* would have tried the 20-700s with Sonys and Samsungs before they released the 20-700s to the public? Would have saved me a lot of aggravation.

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  3. hasan

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    Just an FYI: My HR20-700 and HR21-100 both work perfectly via HDMI with the Sammy listed in my sig. This Sammy also works with 1080p from either box. We will have had the Sammy two years this coming 4th of July.
     
  4. RMSko

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    My Sammy worked perfectly with all my other HR2x's, it's only the HR34 that presents the freezing problem. It's just a bummer that I'll be forced to use component instead of HDMI with the HR34. I know there's not much of a PQ difference, but . . .
     
  5. Rich

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    I bought a 42" Panny plasma last year that really doesn't like component wires. First time this has happened to me.

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  6. drainsurgeon

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    I have been thru 2 hr34 both with freezing and skipping have tried bypassing my onkyo and still happens. Does not do it on my hr24.
     
  7. Rich

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    Takes a long time to get the different models working right, have patience, they will fix them.

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  8. RMSko

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    Ugh - I had gone 9 days without a freeze and thought that hooking it up with component would do the trick. Unfortunately, I woke up to a totally unresponsive receiver this morning. I had a feeling it was coming b/c last night the receiver's response to the remote was slowing down considerably (that's usually what happens when it's about to freeze). A red button reset fixed it, but now I'm at a complete loss as to why my HR34's keep freezing. This is my third box so I'm assuming it must be something with my setup and maybe something to do with my network connection? Here's my setup, any thoughts would be greatly appreciated:

    - Linksys E1200 router
    - Samsung DLP TV (about 4 years old)
    - Denon 2309 A/V receiver (although I'm bypassing video and only using the Denon for audio)
    - HR34 and four other HR2X receivers (none of the HR2X receivers ever freeze!)
    - Apple TV
    - Slingbox HD

    I'm thinking of moving either my HR34 or Slingbox to another location in my house to see if that helps.
     
  9. Rich

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    That would have been one of the first things I'd have tried. Having gone thru a similar experience and getting 20-700 after 20-700 for months, I can tell you that D* is more than capable of throwing box after box at you in the hope that one of them will work. In my case, that didn't work, but I racked up an impressive number of replacements until the problem was finally put to rest by buying new TVs.

    I realize that not everyone can just go out and buy new TVs, but I'll bet that would solve your problems. I don't recall anyone with a Panny plasma having such a problem with a 34 and I know it solved my problems. I've never had an HDMI (or heard of one) problem with my plasmas.

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  10. dan8379

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    My HR34 freezes probably on average twice per week. Usually it's just completely non-responsive when I turn everything on and I just do a hard boot to get it back. Occassionally it will freeze up during operation, though, where I just can't get the remote to do anything requiring another reboot. I have a Samsung LED connected directly via HDMI. It's frustrating but I don't want to return it because we have a ton of movies and shows recorded that we haven't watched yet.
     
  11. wahooq

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    If its freezing you guys should watch up all your stuff then call for a replcement...mines never frozen up...could be a bad hard drive
     
  12. Shades228

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    Does your info bar pop up randomly?
     
  13. RMSko

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    That's exactly what's happening to mine. I've already gotten 2 replacements and am now on my third box and so I'm pretty sure getting a new HR34 won't help.

    Mine was also connected to a Samsung TV (an older DLP set). It froze whether it was connected via HDMI or component. I just switched the HR34 to a new TV and was hoping it would fix the problem, but it's a Samsung LCD and so if this problem is caused by Samsung TVs, I guess I'm in for a disappointment.
     
  14. Rich

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    Keep trying to find out as much as you can about how the 34 works in different places. Don't keep trying new 34s, the problem sounds like it's on your end. D* will just keep sending you 34s and you'll keep having the same problems.

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  15. Shades228

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    I have a Samsung Plasma with 0 issues.
     
  16. Rich

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    Someone with a plasma posted in another thread that he had HDMI issues. I remember that, but not the thread or the poster. I've had nine plasmas, have eight now and I've never had a problem with HDMI. Sure had problems with Sony HD CRTs, tho.

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  17. RMSko

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    Well I had another freeze even after changing locations and TVs. As a reminder, this is my third HR34. The only common denominator is that both times it was connected to a Samsung TV (one was a DLP and one was an LCD). So now I've completely disconnected my HR34 from any TV so that the power cord and the coax are now the only things going into the HR34. I can still tell if it freezes b/c when it does, it is no longer connected to the whole-home network. If it freezes again, I would think it would have to be a problem with my HR34 setup/cabling or my home network. I would think it's the former though since I have never had a freeze with any of my other 4 HRxx boxes. That said, I'm pretty sure the HR34 set up is right so unless it's a faulty SWM etc, I have no idea what's causing this. However, if it doesn't freeze now though, I think we can conclude that the HR34 may have a problem with Samsung TVs.
     
  18. Rich

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    I can't believe it's the 34s causing the problem in any way except the HDMI connections being incompatible with the Sammys. This is exactly what I went thru with my Sony TVs back in 2006. Allowing D* to keep sending you replacement 34s and expecting a different outcome is probably futile (and bordering on insanity). The ONLY way you can prove this conclusively is to hook up the 34 using component wires. That should stop the freezing and you shouldn't lose any PQ.

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  19. Rich

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    Here's what I don't get: Sammys and Sonys are not obscure names in TV land. Wouldn't you think D* would test most TVs for HDMI compatibility? In my case, it sure wasn't the Sonys that were the problem, they worked with every other HDMI device I used.

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  20. RMSko

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    Thanks for all the feedback Rich. My HR34 just froze even though it wasn't connected to any TV! I can at least rule out Samsung as the cause. The bummer is that I doubt there is any chance D* will be able to fix this. I would assume there is some problem with the wiring/setup or my network's compatibility with the HR34. I've been with D* since 1999, but may need to consider a different option - ugh.
     

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