In "Searching for Signal" and "Just a few more seconds" loop nightmare

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by hdtvluvr, Dec 13, 2019.

  1. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator

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    Consider off via the remote to be "standby". The system is still on and will record any scheduled programs, accept control information from the satellites and take care of any background tasks. Standby will kill the live buffers and stop outputting programming to the TV. Receivers should be left in standby when not in use ... not unplugged. Everything that powers the satellite system should also remain powered on (such as power inserters, if present).
     
  2. hdtvluvr

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    I don't want to do anything with the 44 right now and let it stay idle until later today. Does the remote "standby" also turn the lights on the faceplate off?

    When it stops outputting programming to the TV, I guess the "No Signal" message I'm seeing is the TV's message and not a message from the HR44 being displayed. Is that correct?
     
  3. compnurd

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    Yes and Yes
     
  4. hdtvluvr

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    Thanks
     
  5. hdtvluvr

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    Well, the nightmare continues. Last night 2 programs were set to record. About 30 minutes into the recording we decided to watch one of them. It wasn't in the playlist. We found it in the Upcoming recordings so we played it from there. The second show was also in the Upcoming list and not in the play list. After we watched the 1st show, that second show was no longer in upcoming nor in the playlist. It was in the history list.

    So, before going to bed, I decided to reboot the HR44 to see if it would fix the issue. I don't know if it did or not as now it starts, shows the Hello message, then changes to almost there for quite a while and then shuts off and does the whole thing again. This HR44 was supposedly new when they gave it to me on December 16th. This HR44 is not even a month old.

    I do have a 4TB drive attached using the eSATA. I rebooted the HR44, turned that off while the HR44 was off and allowed the HR44 to boot with the internal HD and that produced the same results so I turned he external drive back on in case the HR44 came back to life.

    So what could be the issue now? Could the new HR44 have been a fluke and started up when the tech installed it and worked till now? What would cause the HR44 to continuously reboot?
     
  6. Rich

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    Look on the bottom of your 44. You should see a green label that shows the "birthday" of the 44. The odds on getting a "new" 44 are pretty slim.

    I keep getting missing recordings and find them in other places in the menus. Been happening for quite some time, perhaps years. We were told that was fixed but it keeps happening. Not sure I would blame the DVR for this issue.

    Rich
     
  7. hdtvluvr

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    These misplaced recordings are a 1st for me. But my biggest issue is the now constant rebooting. I'll look for a date tomorrow. Couldn't it be new (i.e. never used) with an old birthdate?
     
  8. hdtvluvr

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    Well, the tech wasn't truthful. Date is 4/11/13 and below that sticker is another that says Reconditioned. :(

    But, I have solved the rebooting issue. I decided to disconnect my AM21. There was a blue light on the front of it but I thought lets get the HR44 down to the basics. I even turned off my External HDD. The HR44 booted right up, went through the complete setup and I had a picture on the TV. I then restarted the HR44 but this time I plugged the AM21 back in and the HR44 went back to doing it's rebooting/looping. So I disconnected the AM21, restarted my external HDD and restarted the HR44. It's now working without the AM21.

    So, I need another AM21 or LCC. There is a tech coming today. How likely is he going to have an LCC?

    Anyone have a spare AM21 they aren't using?
     
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  9. compnurd

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    He wont have a LCC and your not going to get one unless there is a channel dispute in your area.
     
  10. Rich

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    What you are going thru with the AM21 is something we've seen before.

    Rich
     
  11. hdtvluvr

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    So are they repairable?
     
  12. Rich

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    No idea, never had one. I'd think all you could do is replace it.

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  13. slice1900

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    Directv doesn't have a way for customers to get "brand new" hardware, and they haven't made the HR44 in years so there aren't any new ones anyway.

    The only things that are currently being manufactured are the HS17 (Genie 2) C61K, C61 and C61W. Maybe the HR54, not sure. If you get anything else it will be reconditioned, and even if you get any of the above there's a decent chance it is reconditioned because they have been making all of those for a few years now.
     
  14. Rich

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    You now have a 44 that is at least six years old. That might not be a problem. Your 44 probably has the original HDD inside it. A six year old hard drive is gonna be a problem. Right now it probably runs well but that's not gonna last. You might want to consider putting a new external drive on the 44 soon. When D* sends you a refurb all that means is they deleted all the content on the hard drive. Still the same old HDD. Think about the eSATA option before you start having problems.

    Rich
     
  15. hdtvluvr

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    Thanks for that info. So DirecTV refurb means almost nothing. My original HR44 was installed back in 2015. I wonder if it was newer. I bet it would still be working if I had disconnected the AM21. The new owner will be shocked because it had a 4 TB HDD inside.

    I did buy the Thermaltake dock and a 4TB WD Surveillance drive and have it attached to this HR44.
     
  16. Rich

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    I've been sending bad boxes with large HDDs in them back to D* for years. Yeah, the new owner might be shocked to find one of them but it's probably shot. If you get 3 years of good running from an HDD you've done well. There is a link in my signature, you might want to read that. There is a better alternative to HDDs.

    Rich
     
  17. hdtvluvr

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    Thanks. I had read that link previously but did not want to spend the $$$ to get the capacity I desired.
     
  18. hdtvluvr

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    Before I forget, I started a thread for attempting to repair my AM21.

    AM21 Repair
     

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