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What to do with old boxes?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV SD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by dmacp, Oct 9, 2007.

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  1. Oct 9, 2007 #1 of 23
    dmacp

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    OK, so I have upgraded to the HR20.

    Now I have the old H10-250 and an Hughes GEXBOT unit sitting around.

    I doubt their resale value is very high.

    Does anyone have any creative ideas on what to do with these boxes? I am pretty tech savvy from a hardware and software standpoint.
     
  2. Oct 9, 2007 #2 of 23
    Earl Bonovich

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    Their resell values fluctuate on ebay... but they are not very high.

    Strip the harddrives.... sell it for parts, is another alternative.
     
  3. Oct 9, 2007 #3 of 23
    JDB30

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    There are some folks on this site that seem to want these. I recently sold my old HR10-250. You should list on e-bay.
     
  4. Oct 9, 2007 #4 of 23
    Stuart Sweet

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    DBSTalk Club members are entitled to list and view in the buy/sell/trade forum.
     
  5. Oct 9, 2007 #5 of 23
    BCole8888

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    I sold my HR 10-250 for almost $150. I thought that was pretty good.
     
  6. Oct 9, 2007 #6 of 23
    rdiedrich

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    Buy a usb 2.0 IDE Drive enclosure and you can use that 250GB drive to store data on your usb 2.0 enabled PC's.

    I have had good luck with this case from Newegg.com

    Code:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817716036
    Randy
     
  7. Oct 9, 2007 #7 of 23
    sheepishlion

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    I recently bought an HR10-250 (through the buy/sell/trade section on dbstalk), and even though it is not connected to an HDTV, it still has 300 hours of recording. I figure that's worth something in and of itself. I also agree stripping it for parts isn't a bad idea, or list it on dbstalk's buy/sell/trade section, or even on e-bay. You could always donate the Hughes GEXBOT to a local thrift store like ARC.
     
  8. Rakul

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    I've got an old Hughes Tivo I'm still paying for that I was thinking of hooking up to the CATV in on my LCD for PIP. Just gotta talk the wife into allowing another box in the living room and another coax line :p
     
  9. alexcohen

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    I'm being told I can't sell in that forum.
     
  10. gully_foyle

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    Lots of use for both. Uses: it's a perfectly fine OTA recorder; it can provide insurance recording; it can record LOTS of SD; it can record when two tuners aren't enough.

    It really helps, though, if you have an off-air antenna. Valuable to folks that do.
     
  11. michaelyork29

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    I sold my HR10-250 for $200 on eBay...you can try it out...

    eBay Link
     
  12. dishrich

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    You should have said "it's a perfectly fine HD OTA recorder" - especially if you are in a non HD LIL market.

    Or another use - if you are in between multiple OTA DMA's & you have to use separate antennas & downleads (in different directions, etc) for each DMA, you can dedicate each DVR to a separate DMA, w/out trying to combine feeds, which doesn't always work.

    In any event, if/when I upgrade to an HD DVR, I'm still planning on keeping my HD Tivo running, although I may remove one of my SD Tivo's, since I have 3 already.
     
  13. Stuart Sweet

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    I was thinking of turning my old R10 into a living room PC, just need to mod the case a little bit.
     
  14. MikeR7

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    I bought one from e-bay just for these purposes about two months ago. Plus, I wanted to see what all the hullabalu was about DLB and the TIVO interface.
     
  15. dmacp

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    Thanks, some nice ideas. Unfortunately where I live OTA broadcast is not an option. Still might hook it up to utilize as an extra recorder. Although selling it and applying towards a new HD DVD is tempting :)
     
  16. aim2pls

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    they aren't heavy enough for boat anchors ....... paper weighs ????????
     
  17. CREGO

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    Since these boxes are being made irrelevant by DTV, I was wondering if anyone has started with a clean OS slate and used Linux or something to make use of the hardware (A/V out, tuners, etc) without the DTV/Tivo software? Doable?
     
  18. dtremain

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    No encoders. They only have the hardware to record the Directv bitstream or over-the-air MPEG2.
     
  19. CREGO

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    What about just decoders, i.e., ftp divx files over and make use of the HDMI out, etc.? No go?
     
  20. cody21

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    I just sold mine on Ebay for $127 ... clearly the prices are coming down since the inception of the MPEG4's...

    Oh, and I just learned that you are required to have the HR10 "activated" - and paid for monthly - to still be able to Record anything, even OTA ...
     
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