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Anyone ever experience this?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV SD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by bubbagscotch, Feb 6, 2010.

  1. bubbagscotch

    bubbagscotch AllStar

    Oct 31, 2009
    I read this on a different forum and just wondering if anyone has experienced something like this since I have a DRD435RH also:

    ""I just posted this review at Amazon of the RCA DRD435RH receiver, which I've used without major issue since 2002. If you have one or more of these, maybe you should keep an eye on it: >>I got this unit to use with DirecTV in 2002. It performed very well. Occasionally, it crashed, and had to be unplugged for a few seconds to be reset. This happened only every few months, so it wasn't a big deal. Sometimes the box responded slowly to the remote, but it fixed itself after a few hours. The menu operation was close to perfect. I liked this practically trouble-free thing, until February 3, 2010.
    That morning, I was in the office and heard what sounded like an M80 firecracker in the living room. The dog ran into the hallway in a panic. I went to see what made the noise. Smoke was pouring out of the DRD435RH receiver. The room was filled with it and it smelled really weird. I unplugged the very hot box, unhooked the cables and tossed it outside. I suspected a voltage hit, but nothing else was damaged. VCR, DVD, digital converter box, DVR, TV sets, computers, everything was fine. The UPS didn't beep or show anything wrong. The receiver simply chose that moment to explosively die. I looked inside later, and it was black and melted in places. It may have started a fire if I didn't work at home. As it is, the failure was mildly inconvenient and DirecTV is sending a new box.
    So, this was a wonderful product for eight years until it literally blew up.

    Looked closer. Two exploded caps, big ones, split on top, the inside of the case just above them coated with sticky brown goo. Bleh. "

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