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Dish Filmware?

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by Bills41, Apr 26, 2002.

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  1. Bills41

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    The picture on my tv has been flickering for sometime off and on when I have Dish on. I called Dish and their CSR told me it was probably my receiver having trouble downloading new filmware , whatever that is. She told me 3 things to do to remedy the problem. I did the first thing, which was unpluggng the receiver for 45 minutes. It seemed to help some, but the picture still flickers some. Before I go to number 2 thing to try, has anyone else experienced this problem and if so how did you fix it? This downloading of filmware could it cause the flickering of the picture?
     
  2. Mark Lamutt

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    Nope - firmware is only downloaded when the receiver is in Standby mode (off), unless it's a forced download which hasn't happened for a while. Flickering tv could be caused by a loose cable connection, a magnetic source (like speakers) too close to the tv, or the tv just getting old and wearing out. What kind of tv is it, how old is it, what kind of cables are you using to wire your receiver to your tv? Basically, what is your setup?
     
  3. Bills41

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    Mark,
    Thanks for the reply. I am not convinced it is not my tv. You mentioned the filmware is only downloaded when the receiver is off. My receiver is always on, I don't turn it off. Should I turn it off once in awhile? I do have other receivers and wires around the Dish receiver, as I have Directv and BUD all hooked up to that tv. The tv is a big screen Toshiba and is about 5 years old. Maybe soemething is wearing out in the tv. I have a tv in the bedroom hooked up to Dish and there is no problem with it. I had this set up for sometime and the flickering just started 2-3 months ago. Does it sound like the tv may be the problem, or what? Thanks for anymore help.
     
  4. Mark Lamutt

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    First, it's FIRMware, not FILMware... :D

    If you want updates to your dish software, you need to turn it off every now and again.

    Flickering is almost always caused by interference. It could be in your tv, it could be a bad cable, it could be a center channel speaker going bad...basically a number of things.

    I would try to identify the cause of the problem by unhooking everything except for the dish receiver to the tv. If there's no flicker, then the problem is in one of your other components. If there is flicker, then try a different wire between your receiver and your tv and try plugging your receiver into a different outlet than your tv.

    Then hook things back up one by one. That should help identify the source of the flicker.
     
  5. Bills41

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    Thanks....we will try your suggestions.
     
  6. markh

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    Bills41, I think I saw somewhere that if the software gets too far out of date on the receivers that it can cause problems. You might want to let it update. Dish has been sending out updates to get the receivers ready for the spotbeam sats.
     
  7. Bills41

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    Thanks, I will shut it down tonight.
     
  8. RodP

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    I was wondering if you are watching Dish on a RF input such as channel 3 or 4? Also does this flicker seem to be at a constant speed, and or is the flicker there when in the guide?

    Later Rod
     
  9. Bills41

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    It is set on channel 3 on the tv, it is a pretty constant speed and I think I have noticed it once in awhile when the guide is on.
     
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