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R15 won't power up and makes ticking noise

Discussion in 'DIRECTV SD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by clark2014, Jan 5, 2014.

  1. Jan 5, 2014 #1 of 19
    clark2014

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    my directv dvr 15 receiver recently was freezing and ultimately crashed. Upon recommendation by a friend I followed online instructions and simply swap hard drives instead of replacing the whole unit. Today I swapped the hard drives and my powering up issues still remain. Upon plugin power into the back of the R 15 the power and record lights additionally come on and sporadically flash. After five to ten seconds of the flashing the lights go off and the receiver falls into a ticking pattern. Both power lights and record lite faintly blink while ticking noise comes from the DVR. Any suggestions on what my issue might be.?I read that the R 15 will automatically reformat the new hard drive I replace this morning. Is this correct or do I need to do a PC format first? Thanks for the help!
     
  2. Jan 5, 2014 #2 of 19
    peds48

    peds48 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    Don't know why you want to try to fix an R15. just call DirecTV and they will send you a replacement, an R16
     
  3. Jan 5, 2014 #3 of 19
    PCampbell

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    Call for a replacement, it will not start a comittment and only cost 19 dollars shipping. It is not worth fixing.
     
  4. Jan 5, 2014 #4 of 19
    peds48

    peds48 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    yup, the R15 is about the worst receiver/DVR that DirecTV has out there
     
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    PCampbell

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    My first DVR was a R15 and I dont miss it at all. R16 is not much better.
     
  6. Jan 5, 2014 #6 of 19
    peds48

    peds48 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    while the R16 is not much better, it is a better option than the 15, IMO


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  7. Jan 5, 2014 #7 of 19
    PCampbell

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    Correct.
     
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    PCampbell

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    Time for at least a HR24. It is 2014
     
  9. Jan 5, 2014 #9 of 19
    peds48

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    can't argue that
     
  10. clark2014

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    Shoots. It's a friends old receiver activated at my place. He made the suggestion of swapping drives. Didn't know it was such a cheap swap. Maybe he didn't want to hassle w calling and whatnot. I agree, this dvr is junk though.
     
  11. clark2014

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    Is there a fix for the ticking besides replacing the whole thing before I break the bad news to my boy?
     
  12. PCampbell

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    Get an HR24 it is a much better unit.
     
  13. peds48

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    Just break it to him, straight up! the R15 is not worth even arguing about it


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  14. PCampbell

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    The ticking is most likely the drive. They just are not worth the time.
     
  15. clark2014

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    Right on. Thx for the feedback
     
  16. clark2014

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    Right on. Thx for the feedback
     
  17. carl6

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    Just to clarify - it is activated at your place on your account, right? In that case, as others have said, just call for a replacement. If it is on his account, then that is outside the terms of service.

    You also have the option of upgrading to HD (and get an HR2x series DVR).
     
  18. dogbreath

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    Ticking sound is usually the power supply.
     
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  19. peds48

    peds48 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    What ever it is, is not worth fixing. even the power cord! R15s, H20-600 = JUNK
     

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