Bad Storms; PI or SWM ODU LNB?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV - SWMLine Discussion (private)' started by smiddy, May 23, 2008.

  1. smiddy

    smiddy Tain't ogre til its ogre

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    Hi All,

    Last night we had a storm rip through our area which brought with it lightening. One strike sounded as though it hit our neighbors' house. We had a breaker pop for our master bedroom. I subsequently turned off all none essential equipment, including the DVRs, computers, audio/video, etcetera. I dind't turn off the PI however. This morning in my limited time scurrying around getting two kids ready and Mrs. Smiddy saying the screens are blank, nothing is working, hectic manicisms [Smiddy-ism], I was able to turn all the HD Receivers on and none where getting the satellite (the initial sat). I then went to the PI to see, since I forgot about it last night and it was cold (it is usually fairly warm to the touch). Looking inside I didn't see any lights, so I assume it bit it last night.

    BTW, I am now at work, so I am probing for ideas. Does anyone know if there is a fuse inside the PI that I can swap out? Is it possible to remove the PI from the equation entirely if my cable runs are short enough?

    That is all I can think of at the moment, I need to get working on a fire here and I am interviewing a person today the help me out. I will check back by noon-ish my time.

    -smiddy
     
  2. jcrandall

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    I think you will need a new power inserter to even find out if the LNB still works. I don't think there is a fuse inside, at least not that I can see.
     
  3. smiddy

    smiddy Tain't ogre til its ogre

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    Thanks for checking!
     
  4. MIAMI1683

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    Hmm Smiddy,

    If the PI is fried then a surge protector is going to be necessary. Mine is not on a surge protector. we can get fairly bad storms here. Sounds like you will be swapping the LNB's tonight!
     
  5. azarby

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    Actually if he has three receivers and puts in a 4 way power passing splitter, it would work well enough until he gets the PI working.

    bob
     
  6. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    Oh dear smiddy,
    I currently have a PI waiting for a SWMLine LNB.
    Hope you don't need a SWMLine LNB, as the wait is..... [I still don't know as I haven't gotten my replacement yet]. :(
     
  7. MIAMI1683

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    hmm.,,,,,,,will be nice to know if swm-lnb is smoked too!
     
  8. smiddy

    smiddy Tain't ogre til its ogre

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    It was on a surge protector along with an OTA Amp, the Amp is still functional, I think. I will check when I get home, perhaps the surge protector died and saved the two. The light for the surge protector was on however, so I assumed it was good (I turned it on and off). :(
     
  9. smiddy

    smiddy Tain't ogre til its ogre

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    Consdiering the power of the 2.3 MHz signal I figured it may work without the PI and my cable runs are reasonable short. My setup is as you describe. Though I won't be home until around 1700 local. :rolleyes:
     
  10. smiddy

    smiddy Tain't ogre til its ogre

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    Yeah, I wonder if the LNB got struck . . . so it is possible it fried too.
     
  11. NR4P

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    Keeping my fingers crossed that the LNB is ok.
    I live where lightning is a daily occurence six months of the year so I worry alot about lightning.

    From your description and your own breaker popped, you had a strike dang close. The static field from the strike probably hit the LNB, and fried the PI since it was connected via coax. And the OTA amp survived on a surge protector means it probably didn't come in through the AC.

    Doesn't mean the LNB is necessarily bad but it provided a path.

    A few years back, I had a direct hit on an antenna about 30' from the 3LNB. The 3 LNB was fine, the multiswitch died as did one of my Sony receivers. So it's possible your LNB is OK. Let us know.
     
  12. Alebob911

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    Oh Smiddy, All that hard work you put into the First look and you get this in return!! Just not right!!:nono: Hope things work out for the best.
     
  13. smiddy

    smiddy Tain't ogre til its ogre

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    I'm hip man, where's the love?

    OK, here's the deal the PI is hosed. I put the connection to the PI onto the 4-way and guess what? The H20-600 right away was receiving a signal. The HR21-200 saw the satellite. The HR20-700 however doesn't so while doing the CE this evening I may have to remove a few tuners to get things done. The bottom line is I need a new PI, I think. I have the cover off, but between this forum buzz and the kids, I am not getting to it and since I have a stop gap in place for now I will leave it at that.

    Tom, I may need your help getting a new PI.
     
  14. bwaldron

    bwaldron Impossible Dreamer

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    It does seem karmically wrong. Unfortunately, a group hug here won't get you a working PI. :(

    Hope you get one quick!
     
  15. smiddy

    smiddy Tain't ogre til its ogre

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    I can always put the four port LNB on fairly quickly but I would be without the use of the H20-600 since I use the HR20 and HR21 daily for recordings and the H20-600 is a spare HD source...man I love HD (read, in every sense fo HD). :)
     
  16. bwaldron

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    Yeah, at least you have that. Could be worse!
     
  17. smiddy

    smiddy Tain't ogre til its ogre

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    I'm going in (PI-28 opened up), I don't see a fuse though...humm.
     
  18. azarby

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    Do you have a 4 port power passing splitter handy ( Ideal from Home Depot). If so, you may get back in business. Mine did when I was doing the original testing. I had 3 receivers hooke up, and everything worked correctly. Apparently there was enough current to power the SWMLine from threee receivers.

    Bob
     
  19. jcrandall

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    That's something good to remember if I ever have my PI go down :)
     
  20. smiddy

    smiddy Tain't ogre til its ogre

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    I have that Radio Shack 40 - 2175 MHz which appeared to work at first, one IRD got information from the sats, but once I rebooted the others all three went down (not receiving sats). I then barrel one connection to one IRD, so one direct line to one IRD and got nothing again. I will relook this morning when I'm less frustrated. I will have to get a true 4-way with 2 - 2175 MHz all power passing too.
     

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