Yes, it had no problems before he tried the switch at the PI or with the switch at the PI and it did not start having issues until this week. Now it intermittently freezes showing it is having a problem with SAT 2, fixes itself and then changes to VH1 from whatever channel I had on. Also if this happens during the night and I have something set to record early a.m. even though it says it is recording the right now it is recording whatever is on VH1. Simply changing the channel back and forth fixes that.
Ok..so if I have to change this receiver out, I have a lot recorded on it so is there anyway to dump it to an external drive or something?
VH1 is sort of strange.
You're stuck [screwed] over the recordings, so start watching them and move new recordings to be done on other DVRs.
All recordings are locked/coded to the hardware, so other than playing them while recording through the outputs to a DVD recorder, etc., there isn't much that you can do.
This receiver does sound like it's got a squirrel in it. When it records a program, and it ends up being the wrong program/channel, that's fairly hard to do.
If the SWiM/LNB is doing this, it will happen on more than one receiver.
If the receiver is doing this, it's either telling the SWiM to tune to the wrong channel, or VH1 is very close to the channel you wanted to record, and the receiver just mis-tuned.
To do this repeatedly suggests a hard failure, which might show an error in the diagnostic test. You can run this by pressing select, when it reboots and you see "running receiver self test". Press select and there's a guided test you can follow.