Dish disabled S-video & Composite ports???

Discussion in 'Other HD Receiver Support Forum (811, 921, 942)' started by golazo, Sep 27, 2008.

  1. golazo

    golazo New Member

    Aug 29, 2005
    Last week I was able to record content off the S-video and today, I noticed I could no longer see video.

    There is nothing wrong with my 811, and the video still shows the menu guide, channel info and description, but there is no video content in the little window
    while browsing the guide. The DVI port is still showing video content, but I'm
    pretty sure Dish disable the video content off S-video & Composite ports.

    I thought it was just the S-Video port, but also the Composite video is showing
    the same behavior; no video content, just channel info and description data.

    Did the recent Dish s/w upgrade disable the S-video and Composite video ports?
    Way to treat your loyal customers *******s! Direct TV is looking better and better
    by the day!!!

    DNSFSS AllStar

    Apr 4, 2008
    The "only thing" wrong with your 811 is that it's not going to work very much longer if at your upgrade to a 211 and be done with it.

  3. puckwithahalo

    puckwithahalo Hall Of Fame

    Sep 2, 2007
    In short, no they did not disable it. Try doing a front panel reset (push and hold power for 10 seconds on the front of the receiver itself). If that doesn't work, try a hard reset (unplug the receiver from power). If still no, there's something wrong with the receiver. Call and do the upgrade even if you do fix it, that box will stop working in the relatively near future.
  4. Michael P

    Michael P Hall Of Fame

    Oct 27, 2004
    There could also be a problem with your S-video cable, or the device the 811 is connected to (VCR I presume). I have an S-VHS recorder that is connected to my 611. If the power goes out on the VCR I have to reset the input to S-Video (the default is composite/RCA).

    Maybe that is what is causing you to not see a picture.

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