HR21 Randomly searching for sat 2??

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by shenefie, Jun 14, 2008.

  1. shenefie

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    2 days ago, i just receieved a REFURBed hr21 to replace my hr20 that completely died during a power outage. What was odd also was that during the initial setup of the hr21 receiver, the downloads were always restarting, getting to a different point every time and starting from the beginning. it did this probably 6 or 7 times during the download. i have done a signal test on all sattelites and transponders and all are at or above 87 (most if not all are in the 90's). The temp is running at 113 so it doesnt seem to be a temperature issue. They have sent a service guy out for NEXT THURSDAY (!?!?) to check my setup, i dont think he will find anything since my other 2 tv's and dvr's are running just fine. this is the 4th refurb unit i have received from directv with NO luck. the last time i had a tivo HD dvr go out and after 3 bad refurbs they just sent me a hr20 at no cost. im starting to think that i have decended into refurb hell....any suggestions from you guys out there on how (or if) this is a solvable problem?? thanks...
     
  2. litzdog911

    litzdog911 Well-Known Member

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    Mill Creek, WA
    How "randomly" do you see the "searching for SAT2 ..." message?
    Does it change to "SAT1" if you swap the two satellite input cables?
    Have you tried swapping/replacing your B-Band Converter (BBC) modules?
    Do your other Receivers have the same problem?

    It would also help to know your satellite signal readings. Please post back with your signal readings for each satellite's transponders (and both tuners if applicable). You'll find these readings under "Menu" -> "Setup" -> "System Setup" -> Satellite -> "View Signal Strength".

    Fill in your readings for each satellite and tuner using these examples:


    Satellite transponders (32 total at 101º)
    [Most of your standard definition channels are beamed from 101ºW]
    1-8 # # # # # # # #
    9-16 # # # # # # # #
    17-24 # # # # # # # #
    25-32 # # # # # # # #

    Satellite transponders (3 total at 110º)
    [Several HD channels are beamed from 110ºW]
    1-8 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA #
    9-16 NA # NA # NA NA NA NA

    Satellite transponders (11 total at 119º)
    [A few HD channels, local SD channels, and Spanish package]
    17-24 NA NA NA NA NA # # #
    25-32 # # # # # # # #

    Satellite transponders (6 total at 99º(s))
    [Local HD channels for some cities]
    1-8 # # # # # # NA NA
    [Note: these can be very slow to appear]

    Satellite transponders (16 total at 103º(s))
    [Local HD channels for some cities]
    1-8 # # # # # # NA NA
    9-16 NA NA NA NA NA NA # #
    17-24 # # # # # # # #
    [Note, these can be very slow to appear]

    Satellite transponders (16 total at 103º(c))
    [Most national HD channels]
    1-8 # # # # # # # #
    9-16 # # # # # # NA NA
    17-24 # NA NA NA NA # NA NA
     
  3. shenefie

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  4. lmuehl

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    Have you tried a fresh reboot and force a new download of the latest software its possible with all the restarts when you first fired it up the software became corrupt.
     
  5. shenefie

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    yes, twice
     
  6. litzdog911

    litzdog911 Well-Known Member

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    Well, you've pretty much nailed it down to a defective HR21. I doubt that it's a software problem.
     
  7. shenefie

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    ok thats what ive figured. ive called the directv folks and told them twice now to make sure that the service guy brings a receiver with him. we shall see....
     

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