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Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by DanHo, Sep 15, 2007.

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  1. DanHo

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    Is too hot for an HR20-700? I am sitting at 127 degrees. Just got installed yesterday.

    I came back to D* after a years hiatus and giving Comcrap CTV a try. I am very happy to be back. I have no problem with their cable internet, but their TV service just plain sucks, IMO. Not to mention Qworst's DSL service is mediocre here, at best.

    TIA,

    Dan
     
  2. Michael D'Angelo

    Michael D'Angelo Lifetime Achiever

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    Your fine. 127 is normal. You should be fine up to about 132 or so.
     
  3. DanHo

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    Thanks for the info. Just don't want to overheat it in its 1st week of service. :D
     
  4. litzdog911

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    If you're really concerned about the heat you can use a USB-powered fan, like the Targus ChillPad, to boost your DVR's cooling.
     
  5. thekochs

    thekochs DirecTV 10yr+ Customer

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    I looked around alot and found most laptop coolers are inverted to what you want in air flow direction. Ideally you want to pull air from the unit away from the internal semiconductor ICs....not push in. If you look at the vents/holes in the Hx20s the best way to move air is to pull out of top. Thus, I found this particular cooler pad at FRYS for ~$24. It sits on top of the Hx20s and the bumpers (footers) are on correct side for offset and pulls air up & out. My H20-100 and 600 does not have temp gauge like HR20-700 but the 600 is now just a little warm instead of very hot to the touch....100 ambient temp (cool). My HR20 went from 135F to 109F. Quiet fans too !

    Here is the link: Vantec Lapcool2

    http://www.vantecusa.com/p_lpc301.html
     
  6. DanHo

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    Just added my Targus ChillPad to the top of my HR20. It lifts the heat up from the top of the HR20 and blows out the back of the ChillPad - which I have facing to the front. Already dropped the temp by 4 degrees in the last 2 minutes.
     
  7. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

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    You'll be amazed how much heat it can suck out. But, it's still ok if your HR20 runs in the high 120s, especially if it's not in a closed cabinet.
     
  8. DanHo

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    Got the temp down to 102. The problem is is that it is in a "box." It sits in under the TV.
     
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    I think everyone has gone a little nuts worrying about heat. The HR20 does not run too hot. If it is sitting in an open area, with no components on top of it, and it is below 130 degrees, then you are fine, no ooling mats necessary. Seems like overkill to me. In fact, I'd rather run at my normal 127 then run at 120 with something running of the USB port.
     
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