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HR34 Woes and a new issue. Can't believe it!!

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Datagg, Sep 7, 2013.

  1. Datagg

    Datagg Legend

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    First this is our 4th HR34, A year plus of freezing issues, buffer issues etc present in all the units all confirmed to have issues. Fast forward to today. A couple of weeks ago we got our 4th HR34 and it was heaven, no issues, worked like a charm. Then the oddest thing occurred while watching a show, the guide popped up for no reason and began to scroll up for no reason, the blue logo in front began to blink at a very rapid speed, yet not normal way, like Morse code, 3 light, then pause, 3 lights then pause. Then the guide stopped, and then the channels began to change. For a few I thought perhaps the harmony was stuck, but taking that out of the equation didn't stop it. I did a RBR, it started back up and the front light began to blink extremely fast and the channels were just changing on there own. I then unplugged it and after reboot it stopped. All seemed fine after that. This was insane what happened, we joked about a ghost in the house.

    Now today we just noticed, it wasn't more than 10 minutes ago that if you enter a channel in the remote, it will display on the TV, yet it wont change the channels. Thought perhaps the harmony wasn't sending the signal right, so I pulled out the default remote and the same thing occurs. Now you can change the channels using the up and down arrows, or via the guide.. yet that's it.

    i can't beleive it, it looks like another HR34 has something wrong with it. This has got to be a message i shouldn't be with direct, or a huge joke that i wish would just end.

    What do you guys think is going on?...Im going to have to call direct and explain this situation and that is so bizarre on all ends. I just want an issue free unit, is that too much to ask for?
     
  2. The Merg

    The Merg 1*

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    Are you using your remote in IR or RF mode? If IR, switch to RF and see if the issue persists. You might be experiencing IR interference.


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  3. Datagg

    Datagg Legend

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    Merg, thanks

    I did try that, yet didn't help. I did however since my last post did another RBR, has to be the 3rd or 4th now since this issue began last night and its changing now. I hope this was just some odd quirky thing. But damn it was odd, 5 minutes or so of what looked like some possesion had taken over the unit. Hope it stays good, yet my track record of these hr34's havent been good unfortunetly. I just wish I new what made it go crazy like that.

    Thanks merg for getting back to me so quickly. All seems good for now and crossing fingers it stays that way.

    EDIT, forgot to add that after it was done last night going crazy, the unit changed resolution from 1080, to 480 and altered some other settings. Manualy changing the front panel to 1080 was unresponsive even though it slid to that output, the only way I was able to get it to go to the right format was to change it under settings.

    Anyways, all good for now... Thanks
     
  4. lgb0250

    lgb0250 Legend

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    Sounds to me like you need to call an exorcist!

    All kidding aside I'm sorry to hear of all your problems. I know its not what you want to hear but with the prices being so low on the HR44 right now you might consider buying one from weakness or solid signal and then just deactivating and returning your HR34. The HR34 doesn't seem to like you and I know you hate it by now. Even though you shouldn't have to she'll out a penny to get it working properly, it may be the easiest solution. Good luck.
     
  5. jimmie57

    jimmie57 Hall Of Fame

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    What do you have for the settings in :
    Menu, Settings, Display, ( Preferences, Video, Resolutions ) ?
     
  6. The Merg

    The Merg 1*

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    In the future, if possible, try to perform a reset using the menu as opposed to an RBR. A menu reset allows the DVR to shut down properly. Let us know if the issue returns...


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  7. inkahauts

    inkahauts DIRECTV A-Team

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    Call me crazy but what where your issues with the other units? And have you ever tried disconnecting the Internet for a while to see if your issues go away? And what else how all is your system setup.


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