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Diagnosing one problem, easy, but three? Oy..

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by doctrsnoop, Oct 17, 2010.

  1. doctrsnoop

    doctrsnoop Godfather

    Nov 20, 2007
    Just venting. Just came out of a three day diagnostic nightmare that began after I replaced two 8way splitters with two 4 way splitters.

    Two of my DVR's immediately began to act up, one with 771A problems, one with stuttering/ can't get satellite info on startup problems.

    Obviously went back to the 8 ways first. Nope, no dice. Oh boy, did I fry something changing it? After about a billion combinations, cable tracing, re-terminating coax ends, found out one DVR simply went bad (still possibly related to changing splitters), and one coax went bad at the same time.
  2. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Dec 9, 2006
    While I too have torn my hair out with things like this, the idea that changing a splitter could cause a DVR to fail is almost impossible, short of sending the SWiM PI voltage into the receiver's SAT input.
  3. BattleZone

    BattleZone Hall Of Fame

    Nov 13, 2007
    Something to remember: always unplug your equipment (receivers AND power inserter) before working on the cable connections. The receivers (and PI) send power down the coax, and it is very easy to accidentally short something and fry some equipment. Only power up after all connections have been made.

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