DISCUSSION: Timers fire on wrong day

Discussion in 'Other HD Receiver Support Forum (811, 921, 942)' started by JD Robinson, Jul 20, 2005.

  1. David_Levin

    David_Levin Icon/Supporter DBSTalk Gold Club

    Apr 22, 2002
    Out of order timers are always a STRONG sign of problems. This happens to me a lot, but generally the nightly reboot corrects them before the next day timers need to fire.

    Do you think your 921 is doing it's nightly reboot? Might have also been interesting if you had tried rebooting without first deleting the timers.

    This thread it really scaring me. I'm out of town and wiped away almost all of my recorded movies to make space for many of my favorite season premieres. I Wonder what I'll come home to?

    Maybe we should all be awarded some kind of "Darwin" award for putting up with this for so long (that's not a good thing).
  2. sledhead 700

    sledhead 700 Mentor

    Apr 27, 2004
    Had some of my timers for tonight fire last night. The first time this has happened. Is there a fix? Called dish...no clue. Had me reboot said they will work now. I bet it wont fix it. So I will have to sit by the TV tonight to make sure they fire :( . The thing is after all the issues I have had in the past I was just starting to trust the 921 again...shame on me :nono2:

  3. BobMurdoch

    BobMurdoch Hall Of Fame

    Apr 24, 2002
    I just realized that my 921 choked and didn't record Desperate Housewives this past Sunday (grrrrrrrrr.)

    An admittedly heavy recording night as ESPN HD and Desperate Housewives were recording right after Charmed recorded (and ESPN HD kept recording). Two back to back timers, one of them HD.... usually a recipe for hiccups. I'm screwed when a decent show comes back on HBO at that time as well (will have to ditch the HD recording for the HBO-W repeat viewing).
  4. lapplegate

    lapplegate Legend

    Jan 17, 2003
    Guess I'm the latest club member. I am now getting timers firing a day early.

    They show up in the DRV list with the name that they are suppose to be, only they are the shows from the previous night.

    Has there been any action on this bug?
  5. dogface99

    dogface99 New Member

    Oct 13, 2005
    I've had both of my 921's recording a day in advance of the timer (e.g., "Saturday Night Live" records Friday at 11:30pm.)

    I called Dish last night. They said that it was a problem with THEIR software, in that the satellite was telling the DVR's that it was the wrong date. They are "working on it" but promise no resolution date.

    The best part was that the service person offered a credit, since I've lost about 3 weeks of programming, but had to check with her supervisor. When she came back on the line, she said, "My supervisor, Jim, said that I can't give you a credit because this is a new technology and you have to be patient, and you shouldn't have bought something as cutting-edge as HDTV if you weren't prepared to run into glitches." When I asked to be transferred to "Jim", I was mysteriously disconnected.

    I despise this company and would switch to another company had I not spent $1,100 on HDTV receivers that won't work on DirecTV.
  6. debpasc

    debpasc Legend

    Oct 20, 2005
    I have been dealing with timers firing a day early and the receiver trying to record two days at once. On my third tech support call I dealt with Chris in Product Support. I was advised that the "patch" to repair this glitch would be transmitted by year-end and the work-around until then is: delete all timers, unplug box, plug in again and re-enter all timers with the following -- record early and record late fields set to zero, check protect event field. I did it and so far everything is working fine. I occassionally miss the first few seconds or last few seconds of some things with the record early and record late timers set to zero but it is so much better than what was happening, I am (so far) tolerant of that problem.
  7. David_Levin

    David_Levin Icon/Supporter DBSTalk Gold Club

    Apr 22, 2002
    Even if you set the pads to 0, you can still go into the timer and change the start/end times to add the padding there. Note that changing start/end will sometimes revert the pads back to defaults (if there's no back-2-back timers). So, adjust start/end then go back in and set the pads to 0.

    Interesting. I've usually adjust start/end and set pads to 0 anyway. Don't like the pads. They have a tendancy to revert to 0 when it's not really necessary and for today's programming I don't consider the pads optional.

    But, I've had very few problems with messed up timers. I have seen weekly timers not move to the bottom of the event list, but the auto-reboot takes care of it (I've seen problems the next day when the list is out of order).
  8. Ken Green

    Ken Green Hall Of Fame

    Oct 6, 2005
    A dish HD tech told me a few weeks ago this same work-around. I think I posted about it earlier. Since I've used 0/0 timer pads for all recordings, I've yet to have any miscue. I guess its been about 3 weeks now, and used to get different timer issues all the time.
  9. Dithermaster

    Dithermaster Mentor

    Jan 27, 2004
    I've gotten into the habit of checking the record queue (Menu, 7) daily to make sure things look "in order". The "day early" problems seem to occur when this list is not in order. If they are not in order, I delete the top events until the remainder of the list is in order, and then re-create the ones I deleted. So far, no problems.

  10. GFloyd

    GFloyd Legend

    Jun 3, 2003
    I've noticed that when I view the guide and the "Red Dot" is not present for a timer then I've got a problem. I then select the event, through the guide, and the timer conflict warning box appears. I delete the old timer and use the new replacement one, and it seems to work fine. I've not had a "replacement" timer misfire yet ... *fingers crossed*
  11. David_Levin

    David_Levin Icon/Supporter DBSTalk Gold Club

    Apr 22, 2002
    :) It's just amazing what the 921 has trained us to do to achieve semi-reliable operation. Makes me think of the movie where the Aliens assumed the dogs where the higher beings because the humans were picking up their poop.
  12. BobaBird

    BobaBird EKB Editor

    Mar 30, 2002
    Made it just about 2 months since the last time the problem occurred. I usually got bit with Saturday timers firing on Friday. This time my Monday timers fired on Sunday, causing on OTA event to not fire.
  13. Notorious

    Notorious AllStar

    Aug 17, 2005
    Add me to the List of people where the timer is Firing one day early.


    If it wasnt bad enough all the other problems, now my timers are firing 1 day early.

    Is there a solution to this? If I reset the timers will that fix it?

    F'ing ABSURD! And they have the balls to have Charlie Chats and show their faces nationally.
  14. BobMurdoch

    BobMurdoch Hall Of Fame

    Apr 24, 2002
    But not the balls to take questions from any of us. (They only take softball questions from newbies nowadays)
  15. jergenf

    jergenf Godfather

    Mar 31, 2005
    Maybe it worked for me anyway, but I only had that happen on one particular timer.

    The tipoff was when you look at the timer list, the timer in question would appear in the wrong sequence in the list (example Sunday timer was with the Saturday events) even though it seemed to have the correct data.
  16. Kagato

    Kagato Godfather

    Jul 1, 2002
    I hope they do actually get this fixed. It's been an issue (and still is) for the 721. Although it seems to happen less on the 721 than with the 921. But we're basically looking at a bug that Dish has been trying to fix for YEARS.

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