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Guest Message by DevFuse


My 921 started "clicking"

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#1 OFFLINE   The Guv

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Posted 17 October 2006 - 09:11 PM

Hey gang,

Pretty quiet these days in here for those of us who still have a 921 DVR. My 921 has been working pretty well lately, but now I have the following issue.

Yesterday morning, I woke up and heard my 921 "clicking" when I came into my living room. FYI, I usually leave my DVR unit powered on overnight (I sometimes rewind an hour or so of IMUS on MSNBC when I leave the DVR on MSNBC overnight).

The unit had the picture freeze at the same time when I first turned on the TV monitor yesterday.

I did a power button hold-for-ten-seconds reboot and the clicking went away and things were fine. However, the clicking came back a few hours later and is still coming back every 2-3 hours. I have done both power button and power cord unplugs.

Earlier tonight, it was clicking and I just turned the power off the 921, but even with it off, the clicking would not stop (until I rebooted).

One more thing, sometimes it will click and will only temporarilly freeze up the screen on the channel I am viewing for a couple of seconds, but the live action will continue (although the pic has frozen on one image twice, including the first time I turned my TV on Monday morning and noticed the clicking).

Any idea what may be going on or what I should do? Is my unit about to crash? I have several things (me on TV news and on TV at a Cubs game) I would like to record to my DVD burner before my unit crashes or is turned in for a MPEG-4 upgraded reciever (I am planning to do that in the next 6 months anyway).

Sorry for the ramble...but I'm a Ramblin' Man. :hurah:

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#2 OFFLINE   KKlare



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Posted 17 October 2006 - 10:02 PM

Yes, it will crash shortly. Watch what you can or record it out because it will be lost. Maybe today, maybe next week, but soon. I'm on number 4.

#3 OFFLINE   P Smith

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Posted 18 October 2006 - 09:40 AM

Practically speaking, you'll diagnose the disk and in case of significant degradation ( read SMART data, check sectors ) replace it. Using DPP or by yourself, this is your choice.
Keep in mind - receiver or DVR are computers with satellite tuner or two. :)

#4 OFFLINE   kckucera



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Posted 25 October 2006 - 12:46 PM

Yes sorry to say it sounds like the same death spiral that I have twice experienced. No certain time frame for the final death rattle but certainly within a few weeks at most. Maybe techsupport has a way of now mapping bad sectors on the hard drive at least worth a call to them. Good luck
2 Each Dish 622s (Software L6.14) Boot 1711 RBDB-N
Sat 500PP at 61.5 and Sat 1000.2 at 110/119/129
Unit 1 HDMI out to HDMI Panasonic AE700U to 96" screen via Gefen 2x1 HDMI Switcher (BetterCables HDMI cables)
also OPPO Digital DVD and NAD Reciever / Amp -- USB.2 500G SimpleTech External HD (working fine so far)
Unit 2 HDMI to DVI Sharp AQUIS 37" LCD 1080i with Samsug DVD and Sony STE 595 Receive/ Amp.
Other Dish Reciever 221 HDMIto DVI out to Samsung 56" RP-DLP

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Posted 27 October 2006 - 12:11 PM

'sounds like your hard disk is failing; the "click" happens when there is a sector read failure, and the head returns to Track zero to re-set. This'll get worse until the disk fails completely. Unfortunately, hard drives have limited lifetimes.

#6 OFFLINE   P Smith

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Posted 27 October 2006 - 02:55 PM

actually, 'click' happen when heads cannot be unparked

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