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I need some expert advice.

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by vollmey, Apr 23, 2007.

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  1. vollmey

    vollmey Godfather

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    Yeah, there on now and running fine ( of course I am getting weather guys) but they are on. If I had a BBand converter problem I would think I would see the problem on all the new MPEG 4 channels, and they have been perfect.

    And yes Okkie that storm today was something else. When I got home the first place I went was to see if the slimline made it through that storm. That was impressive.
     
  2. Pink Fairy

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    Haha. I was worried about people continuing to drive during it.

    Of course, here we are getting more bad weather. At least it is not restricted to Oklahoma tonight. A lot of people are getting rain today.
     
  3. techrep

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    Let's see, You have ruled out weather, BBC's, external multiswitch, and cables run through a UPS. That leaves bad cable, bad connector, bad LNB, bad output of the multiswitch built into the LNB, ground loop when wet, bad tuner, failing harddrive, or corrupt firmware.

    Assuming it is not a source problem, I would check in this order.
    connector
    cable
    MS output
    LNB

    Those are the most likely causes but if these check out ok then:
    ground loop
    firmware
    harddrive
    tuner
     
  4. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

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    I suppose it might be technically possible, given a LOT of electromagnetic interference from the UPS, and VERY poorly grounded cables, for the signal to be affected but that's a real stretch in my opinion.
     
  5. vollmey

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    I will go back up on the roof ( was up there a few weeks ago to tweak the dish). Everything looked good then, I will pull the LNB housing off and check the connections. On your list to check what is a MS output??

    Thanks for the advice guys. I will report back. I have the protection plan and I would call someone out, but it happens radomly, I am sure the tech I get will look at me like I am nuts.
     
  6. Stuart Sweet

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    Just make sure that whatever proactive steps you take, it's not something you can be blamed for if you do need to call a tech out. And, be careful on the roof :)
     
  7. veryoldschool

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    "On your list to check what is a MS output?"

    MS = multi-switch.
    If you don't have an external switch, then this refers to the one in the dish [the four outputs].
     
  8. vollmey

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    Aaagh, no multiswitch. Two lines two the HR20, one each to the D11's in each bedroom.
     
  9. veryoldschool

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    Those four cables connect to the multi-switch in the dish.
     
  10. techrep

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    That's ok.

    The LNB has a MS (multiswitch) built in. That is the way your receiver requests a certain signal (channel) from the correct transponder on whatever sat. When you connect the cables, running through the LNB arm, to the LNB connectors; you are actualy connecting to the LNB multiswitch. The entire MS can go bad but it is more likely that one of the outputs fail. In either case the LNB would need to be replaced as you are using all 4. !devil12: Shoulder :angel:
     
  11. Canis Lupus

    Canis Lupus You make it, We break it

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    MS output would be your MultiSwitch outputs. Good you have the protection plan in your back pocket as well.
    EDIT: nevermind ;)

     
  12. lukep10

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    They don't provide the freq range you need as it passes through it will cut off the top end or bottom end most likely.
     
  13. techrep

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    You can "nevermind" me also but do "mind" your protection plan.
    !devil12: Shoulder :angel:
     
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