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Went from HR20 to HR21 and now cant get signal on sat 99 or 103

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Foghorn, Jul 27, 2010.

  1. Foghorn

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    I got a new 3D tv and I had the HR20 receiver and it wont get 3D programming so I called directv and got a replacement. They sent me a HR21-100 and I now get no signal on Sat 99 and 103. I have the BBand on the just like on the HR20 and everything else is the same as before. I did the satellite setup like on the other receivers and it still wont work. I called Directv and told them the problem and they sent me another HR21-100 and it wont work either. When I hook the HR20 back where I switch the HR21 I get a signal on 99 and 103 so I hooked the HR21 again and still no signal on 99 and 103 so I get no HD on this receiver.

    Anyone have any advice?
     
  2. Davenlr

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    When you have the HR20 hooked up, check and see what type dish its set to, and make sure the HR21 is set to the exact same dish/multiswitch setting. It sounds like satellite setup is selecting the wrong dish type.
     
  3. Foghorn

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    I did that and chose the same exact dish type and multiswitch and still wont work.
     
  4. Davenlr

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    Check and see if you get any signal strength on satellites 99c and 103c(ab). If you do, DirecTv needs to reauthorize the new receiver for HD service. If you get 0 signal readings on those three satellites, then I dont have a clue why.
     
  5. Foghorn

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    I do get a signal on those on my other HR20's but when I hook up the HR21 it does not. Very frustrating....
     
  6. Davenlr

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    Are you using the BBCs that came with the HR21, or using the same BBCs as you are using for the HR20? If they are the same ones on both, then the only conclusion is the HR21 is defective. Very odd indeed that two would be bad, but it happens, especially with "refurbs" that arent tested well. Call em back, and request one that works.
     
  7. Foghorn

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    They didn't send me new BBC so I am using the ones that were on the HR20. And the HD work fine on that one. Very weird. I was hoping it was a simple setting that could be fixed without sending a installer, I hate waiting for them. Direct said if this receiver didnt work then they would have to send one out instead of another receiver.
     
  8. Foghorn

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    Any other ideas?
     
  9. Davenlr

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    Id let the installer come out. Im out of ideas, and hopefully, the installer will have a HR24 with him...in fact ANY DVR other than the HR20 or HR21 will give you LOTS more recording space. You have a better than 3 in 5 chance he will have a newer model.
     
  10. davring

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    Not that I can offer any suggestions, other than improper setup, the chances of having two HR21's with the exact same defect would be astronomical. Something is being overlooked.
     
  11. Foghorn

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    I have done everything and it just wont work. I made sure the Sat setup was the same as the others, downloaded the new software, made sure the bbands are connected and still nothing. This is driving me crazy.

    Guess I will schedule a installer tomorrow. :(
     
  12. matt

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    I wish I knew what to tell you. I have thought about this for a bit and can't think of anything. Maybe you will get an HR24 when the tech comes :D
     

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