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Serious problem with the HR20 and MPEG4 locals

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Jeremy W, Nov 28, 2006.

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  1. Jeremy W

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    I consider that to be tougher than pushing buttons.
     
  2. Jeremy W

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    Just want to bump this back to the front page, to see if anyone else has any input.
     
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    The buttons provided don't work anyway. And if both of the numbers are within a good range, it's irrelevant which is which. ;-)
     
  4. Jeremy W

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    One last desperate bump, before I call DirecTV and make them send someone out here to replace every last inch of coax in my house.
     
  5. Earl Bonovich

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    I have no other ideas for yah...

    Other then have them pay for a powered multiswitch, or the signal locker....
     
  6. Jeremy W

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    Can you give me a link to this signal locker? I'd like to check it out.
     
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    Thanks. The spec sheet on that page is very informative. It shows that the signalling for 103 even (which is what my MPEG4 locals are) is 18V with the 22kHz tone. But, that exact same signalling is used for 110/119 even as well, and I have no problems with those channels. So it doesn't appear that the signal locker would solve the problem.
     
  9. nevetsgne

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    I'm still having problems, did anyone figure this out yet?

    The D* tech is here, first he replaced both LNB and the RG6 going into the house. The ground block is inside.

    Was still getting the NA on 103a sporatically, he went and got another HR20, plugged it in and it's still doing the same.

    Replaced the cable from inside ground block, including the block straight into the HR20. Still problems.

    The guys here thinks that the dish itself might have some sort of warp, but why would only 103 be effected? He not very happy now. But he going to try to replace it now.

    He did say that the slimline dish is availiable here in Chicago, but they are just going through their stock of AT9's.

    I'll post again and see if this fixes it....I really really hope it does.

    BTW-this signal loss serching for sat 771 w/pixeling get a lot worse when there is slight overcast and rain and snow.

    Again, only the local HD channels are affected.
     
  10. Jeremy W

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    Nope, it hasn't been figured out. I highly doubt that a new dish would solve anything, but it's worth a try.
     
  11. nevetsgne

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    Well he only had the slimline on his truck so that what I got!!!

    So far, so good.

    The only thing that we didn't try was to change out the 4x grounding block before he changed out the dish.

    Hope I didn't speak too soon....
     
  12. Marshall

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    I finally had a decent tech person come to my home. Third time seems to be the charm.

    He replaced every RG6 connector with the barrel type. He also disconnected my power locker.

    Since he left on Tuesday I have not had a single drop out or 771 error which I used to get all the time.

    He claims it only takes 1 bad connector to cause the problem. Also the RG6 barrel connectors must be properly installed. While he didn't remove them, he said that the B band converters also cause a lot of problems.

    So far so good. I hope I haven't spoken to soon though.
     
  13. Jeremy W

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    It'll be interesting to see if that holds up for you. If it does, I'll have to get someone out here to give my wiring the same treatment.
     
  14. harsh

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    This strongly suggests an LNB problem. Heat cycling is a real problem.
     
  15. Marshall

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    I will let you know on Monday.

    Now all I need is a fix for audio sync and the OTA update, Then I hope to be a happy camper.
     
  16. MVANHOU

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    Hey Marshall, I'm having the exact problem you are, and guess where I'm at... Cary? could this be at all related to the sat and where we are? I know it seems stupid, but this just started happening in the past week.
     
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    I has been almost a weeks since the tech guy came out and replaced the connectors on all my RG6 cables. Since then I have seen no 771 errors and no dropouts. I am using just the 6X8 switch with 2 tivos and 2 hr20s.

    However, the last few days it has warmed up considerably in Chicago and since then I have occasionaly noticed that the quality of the MEPG4 signal deterioates a bit. No dropouts, but the picture seems sort of blurry when there is quick movement. Kind of like it can't keep up. Also I get a line or 2 of breakup on the picture. It seems like the signal weakens a little at times. Other times the picture is great.

    When this happens, I check my 103 signal strength and it is always in the 90+ range.

    So while I no longer get the 771 error and dropouts, I still don't get a consistent picture. The forecast is for warmer weather here so I will see how it works over the next few days.
     
  18. Jeremy W

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    The blurriness with quick movement has nothing to do with the signal, it just indicates that the content is being over-compressed.
     
  19. Marshall

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    Tonight at around 7:10 central I had about a 30 second drop out on both my HR20's that were recording 4 MPEG Network shows. The SD tivos which back up my HR20's were just fine.

    Later on I noticed some pixelation but no drop outs.

    I know I am grabbing at straws but could a plane flying overhead cause a problem? While we are 35 miles away from O'Hare we sometimes get air traffic overhead.

    Last Tuesday through today the only major difference is that it has been getting warmer outside. Tonight it was damp, misty, and in the low 40's. Last week it was extemely cold here with temperatures mostly below 30.

    Anybody got any ideas?
     
  20. Jeremy W

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    At 35 miles out, there is no way.
     
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