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Has anyone ever had a dish DVR last more than a few years?


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#26 OFFLINE   jack51pine

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 07:04 PM

I've had Dish DVRs since they first came out, but I've never had one last more than 3 years. I'd thought maybe I finally had a winner with my current VIP722, but in the last few days it's showing signs of dying. Locks up during playback, and then loses all DVR functionality until after a reboot. I'm guessing a matter of days now before it dies for good.

To me this is pretty frustrating. I wouldn't complain if it were a new technology, but DVR has been out for a long time now, and I'd expect reliability should now be high enough to last more than 3 years. I'm wondering if it has something to do with the fact that every time I get a replacement unit from Dish, it's always a "refurbished" unit. I miss the days when I could buy my own DVR from Dish...

So I'm wondering if I've just been unlucky, or whether this is a fairly common problem?


We've had our 522 for eight years no problems.

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#27 OFFLINE   kregster

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 01:36 PM

my 722s are still going strong after 2+ years with one in a cabinet

#28 OFFLINE   P Smith

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 05:17 PM

I've had Dish DVRs since they first came out, but I've never had one last more than 3 years. I'd thought maybe I finally had a winner with my current VIP722, but in the last few days it's showing signs of dying. Locks up during playback, and then loses all DVR functionality until after a reboot. I'm guessing a matter of days now before it dies for good.

To me this is pretty frustrating. I wouldn't complain if it were a new technology, but DVR has been out for a long time now, and I'd expect reliability should now be high enough to last more than 3 years. I'm wondering if it has something to do with the fact that every time I get a replacement unit from Dish, it's always a "refurbished" unit. I miss the days when I could buy my own DVR from Dish...

So I'm wondering if I've just been unlucky, or whether this is a fairly common problem?

If you'll look at my posts related to overheating internal components include a drive inside 622/722 model (I would say 922 is in same boat), you'll find why.
And I did propose (and fix my [own] 622 cooling headache) proper design for efficient cooling of 622's internal parts.
My 622 is running from '07 without any HW problem (I don't want go into countless SW issues now ;) ).
Recently, ["eSATA for 622"] I found other solution what is not required metal work at all - external box for the drive, see my other thread.

#29 OFFLINE   shadough

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 10:17 PM

I guess I've been fortunate. Havent really had any failures. My 1st dvr, the 721 (purchased Feb. 2003), still works, still use once in a while. 2nd dvr, 510 (purchased spring 2004), still works an still in use. Then I got a 522 as a 'replacement' for the 721, and allthough the 1st unit I got DID have hardrive issues after the 2nd day, once I got a proper replacement, no issues w/ it. It was hauled away for my HD upgrade back in august. Now have 722 an 922 working fine, course they are only a few months old.

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#30 OFFLINE   ryker

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 06:32 AM

I've had my 501 since 2003 and it has been used constantly. Going to go HD soon.

#31 OFFLINE   jcrobso

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 09:41 AM

My first 622 just died this last weekend, it was installed in 11/2006.




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