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What does a yellow light mean??

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by gregftlaud, Jan 7, 2011.

  1. Jan 7, 2011 #1 of 24
    gregftlaud

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    Twice tonite (after hooking in my phone line) my hr20-700's record light has lit up a bright yellow. What does that mean? When it's recording something it's like a orangish-red. Yellow light maybe mean it's trying to "call home"?

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  2. Jan 7, 2011 #2 of 24
    Alebob911

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    Interesting.....I don't think that it turns on when calling home. I've never seen mine do it.
     
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    davring

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    It is indicating modem activity.
     
  4. Jan 8, 2011 #4 of 24
    RunnerFL

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    Yes, yellow means it is trying to call home.
     
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    Alebob911

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    Learn something new all the time! Thanks
     
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    Hmm well i have my phone line plugged in.............did a system test and everything passed................so if the yellow light is coming on and everything tests out fine i wonder why it's not communicating with directv and fixing that problem with ordering ppv via remote. Maybe something is wrong on dtv's end?

    Also this is a solid yellow light for a minute or two. The csr on the phone said if it was calling home it would blink but mine wasnt blinking so not sure if she had the wrong info or not.
     
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    BubblePuppy

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    My HR20 isn't connected to a phone line and the yellow light blinks all the time. I do have Whole Home DVR, so that might be the reason. I don't have internet connection.
     
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    Mike Bertelson

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    I thought the red light was phone home activity and the yellow light was recording activity associated with stuff other than subscriber recordings...pre-recorded PPV etc.

    I'll have to search because I remember this coming up several times over the past four years.

    Mike
     
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    :lol:

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  11. RunnerFL

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    If you have no phone hooked up and the unit isn't hooked up to the Internet then it can't call home and that's why the light is blinking.
     
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    Phone home was red back when record was yellow. Once they changed record to orange phone home, and drive format, became yellow.
     
  13. BubblePuppy

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    Now that maybe what it is, but I don't recall that it blinked before WHD and the Cinema pack was installed.
     
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    That may just be that you weren't around when it was blinking. Normally the units don't try to "phone home" when your using them. They know when they are being used and start "housekeeping" chores after a specified time of inactivity, and no scheduled recordings, so that "housekeeping" doesn't interfere with everything.

    Since yours has not "phoned home" in quite a while maybe it's trying more often now and not caring if the unit is inactive or not.
     
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    My yellow light wasnt blinking it stayed solid the 3 times i saw it come up ....for 1-2 minutes each time
     
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    Solid means it's calling out. If you had some sort of "line in use" indicator on your phone I'm sure it would have shown that the line was in use at that time too.
     
  18. Mike Bertelson

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    Ok, that's good info. I didn't know that. :)

    Mike
     
  19. RunnerFL

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    The only reason I figured it out is whenever I saw red or yellow on my HR I'd look at my cordless phone and it said "in use". Since I live alone it was pretty easy to narrow down. :lol:
     
  20. BubblePuppy

    BubblePuppy Good night dear Smoke... love you & "got your butt

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    Figured out why the yellow light was blinking, the wireless adapter was unplugged from the powerstrip and I never noticed it. I have the CCK to enable Media Share, and I noticed it was missing in the menu. After I plugged it back in the yellow light hasn't blinked since.
    Obviously, from the above posts, the blinking light can mean several different things.
     

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