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Are any receivers responsive?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by stroh, Nov 16, 2012.

  1. harsh

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    Evaluating performance before the system has retrieved all the guide data is not a reasonable test. After 48 hours is the time to begin speed testing as it may take that long to obtain the latest guide data and firmware.
     
  2. inkahauts

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    3 n one screen is excessive except for the 125 channels which list all the ppv. I consider them basically the same as channels in the guide anyway. The only place I ever even see two to three in a row is the ones for the premium channels on demand. Other than that, it must just be bizarre set or coincidences in your favorites list. The banners are tied to channels it appears, so its not like they always have one or every two screens or something. Although that is basically what you have based on 4 in 84 channels. I guess my question is, what are they for? And are they slowing down your hr?
     
  3. jimmie57

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    This is what I sent them the other day. It lists the channels and what the banners were.
    I made the text bold so that it stood out, like the banners do on that black back ground. The first thing you see is the bolded text lines.

    Please get the Banner Ads out of my Guide !!!!

    I have never complained about things in the past but this is just ridicoulus.

    I am looking at a screen right now that has"

    Fringe Record now banner,

    254 guide info

    The Hour Record Now banner,

    264 guide info

    265 guide info

    Unlikely Animal Friends Record now banner.



    Really, 3 lines of what I want to see and 3 Banner Ads.

    I know what I want to Record and I do not buy PPV movies so I do not need and especially do not want these ads.

    Am I going to have to go to a NON DVR to get rid of them ?
     
  4. Mike Greer

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    I guess I could check but I've already eliminated the remotes from being the source of the trouble - doesn't matter if I use IR or RF or the front panel. Completely blocking light also doesn't not change the speed when using an RF remote.

    I run 2 in RF mode and 1 in IR mode - total of 5 remotes that all suffer the sluggishness off and on.
     
  5. jimmie57

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    Did you make a favorites list and cut out all the unwanted channels and see if that helped.
    I posted in this thread the time to cycle around my favorite list and then the time to cycle around the all channels I get and it was a huge difference.
    It was like 6 seconds in the favorite and over a minute in the channels I get.
     
  6. Mike Greer

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    I'd love to blame something in my 'environment' but whatever is causing trouble in my environment would also have to be in a bunch of others environments as posted in multiple threads here.

    I'd push DirecTV to replace the HR24 I use the most except that I'd lose my recordings and spending $600 to dump my POS HR22s only fixed my problem until the HDGUI came out. I don't really want to go down that road again.... Besides I'd have to tell DirecTV the receiver was completely dead before they would replace it anyway - don't want to do that either. With my luck they'd send me an HR22 to replace the HR24 - I'd probably get one the 3 HR22s I sent back that they have no doubt been shipping back and forth to poor saps since I returned them to DirecTV!

    What in my environment could possibly cause the HR24-500 I use the most to start losing it after about 2 weeks? The fix is just to restart it and I'm good for another 2 weeks....

    You also have to remember that the slow-down of all 3 of my HR24s started with the HDGUI and the complete freezes started 4 or 5 months ago.
     
  7. Mike Greer

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    Ha! Damn - I should have thought about the batteries! Could have saved myself the $600 for the HR24s and years of troubles if I had!:lol:
     
  8. veryoldschool

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    As much as we want to offer help, these types of threads will always be around.
    Last year a good friend got a new HR24 [no SWiM] and it would slow down after a couple of weeks to the point it would stop responding.
    Not being that "in tune" with his new DVR, he'd pull the power cord.
    I got him to use the menu restart at least as he said he could tell when this would be coming as it would start to slow down.
    He'd have to do this about every two weeks.

    Being so new to him, there weren't a lot of recordings or series links for them, etc., so what would be the difference between his experience and mine?

    About the only thing that comes to mind is he watches a lot more sports channels with scoreguide.

    I've showed him the channel one for 30 sec "trick", and haven't heard him complain since.
    Not sure if the resolved it or he just quit complaining to me. :lol:


    Mike, this started for him before the HD GUI too.
     
  9. Richierich

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    Exactly what is the Channel 1 Trick. Is that clearing NVRAM???
     
  10. veryoldschool

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    You don't need to press the colored buttons, but "merely" stay on channel one for 30 sec.

    The whole "NVRAM clearing" was a red herring.
     
  11. jimmie57

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    Just for my own information. How was it determined that this was the same as pressing all the buttons ? Make the answer simple since it will probably go over my head no matter how simple it is.
    Thanks
     
  12. Richierich

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    REALLY!!!

    It seemed to work for me but the reason it worked is that you had to be on Channel 1 for at least 30 seconds for it to Clear the NVRAM, is this right???
     
  13. Mike Greer

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    I did make a favorites list and scrolling through the list is much much quicker! I mean like night and day quicker. I only put about 20 channels on it but plan on adding the other channels and doing the same on all three of my receivers.

    I don't surf the guide very much but if anyone here does then jimmie57's favorite suggestion does seem to make a bigger difference in guide speed than anything else I have tried! If you're a surfer and are annoyed by the pain-in-the-butt response from DirecTV equipment this will likely make your guide surfing much easier!

    Thank you Jimmie57!
     
  14. veryoldschool

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    I used my friend's problem to leverage this with "my people" in Southern Cal.
    They finally came back with that it was just the act of being on channel one for 30 sec and not the clearing of the NVRAM.
    Since I don't have the problem, I couldn't verify this, "but" in one of these threads, it was verified that it works.
    If it's going to help, just "park on" channel one for half a min.

    I guess you could try to disprove this by not clearing the NVRAM, park for 30 sec, still have problems, and then go back and clear the NVRAM and resolve it.
     
  15. Mike Greer

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    I didn't do my usual 'restart' yesterday. Later this week -Thursday or Friday my HR24 should start doing its complete hangup - when it does I'll try just going to channel 1 for 30 seconds to see if that corrects it just as restarting it does.
     
  16. veryoldschool

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    That's the logic here.
     
  17. veryoldschool

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    "Back in the old days" sometimes clearing NVRAM [falsely] helped and sometimes it didn't.
    Why these bog down does seem to vary.
     
  18. Richierich

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    I have heard from several reliable sources that if you have an HR24 and they Replace it they Will Replace it with another HR24 and nothing else.
     
  19. jimmie57

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    I wouldn't think you could prove it in the manner you suggest since the units do respond with varying slower or faster than expected responses at most any time.

    I did go there for 60 seconds and watched the lower part of the screen and the message about clearing the ram did not come up. I then did the button presses and it did come up.
    However, I don't have problems with my receivers and so I don't see a difference. I do reset my receivers at least once per month also.
     
  20. sigma1914

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    I am a HUGE user of IP control and virtually never see any lag or slow down. It's different from the "old fashioned" way with a remote, but it's great to use and there's many options from iPad/Apple stuff to Android and PC browsers.


    Mike Greer...try it.
     

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