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Hr21-100 problems

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Temoryian, Dec 25, 2011.

  1. Temoryian

    Temoryian Cool Member

    Dec 7, 2011
    My hr21-100 keeps freezing up. It started three days ago. I have another hr21-100 and an h21-100 and those are both working fine. I have whole home dvr and went to watch something in another room and noticed I couldn't see anything on the troubled box. I then went to the troubled box and it was unresponsive. I reset it and i thought that fixed it but over the last two nights the box keeps freezing up. Sometimes the screen will freeze and then start working again. Other times I get a signal strength error message (771 or 772 I believe). Sometimes even when the picture is not freezing I will get the error message. The times between freezes seems to be getting worse. All cables appear to be connected fully and nothing has been moved recently. Is there something I should do or is it the box? If its the box will directv replace with the same box or would it be an hr24? Thanks for any help. Merry Christmas.
  2. Shades228

    Shades228 DaBears

    Mar 18, 2008
    First thing to check is your signal strength. You could be dealing with a connector or cable issue. A quick test is to swap the receiver to another location and see if the problem follows the receiver or if it stays in the same place with a different receiver. It could also be a dish alignment and a connector issue making this receiver more susceptible. I would check your signal strengths on the other receivers as well.

    As far as a replacement you'll get whatever they ship out. If you're wanting a specific model number you would need to order it through a retailer. If a receiver is replaced by a technical problem by a service call or ERP order there is not an agreement and you only have to pay the $19.95 if you don't have the protection plan.
  3. Temoryian

    Temoryian Cool Member

    Dec 7, 2011
    Thanks for responding. Just wanted to let you know that after the third night of freezing all of a sudden I'm not having any problems. It's been 36 hours and all is well. If it happens again I'll try switching receivers as suggested. I ran the system self check and it came back fine too. It showed that I hadn't had any recent software update so that wasn't causing it. I have been reading these forums and it sounds like the hr21's are having all kinds of issues. I'll keep using this one till it dies. Thanks again.
  4. CCarncross

    CCarncross Hall Of Fame

    Jul 19, 2005
    IMO you will continue to read about increasing issues with HR21's due to their age, its about time for the HDD failure rate to go up based on age and usage.

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