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Outage in SoCal?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Variant, Jul 18, 2010.

  1. Variant

    Variant Cool Member

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    No worries! Didn't mean it to come off that way. :)

    Found out the other (outdoor) multiswitch actually is used to shunt off a cable to the TV box (CATV). It looked before like it was going only to the garage but I was wrong. There's only a couple cable outlets in this house, and none in the living room (kind of weird). But, I don't think I'll yank that multiswitch after all if I don't have to so those jacks do continue working for whoever lives here next.

    I detached Tuner 2 on my R15 completely from the interior multiswitch and all has been well for a few hours. The older RCA tuner is also working again.

    Currently am firing up the Tivo in place of the R15 to see how it behaves...

    Gonna be a scorcher again today, so don't think I'll muck with trying to splice the bad cable outside until later :)
     
  2. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

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    Be curious what happens when you hook up the Tivo. I cant think of what the second tuner of the R15 could be doing to cause the multiswitch to screw up. Ive always used powered multiswitches, so they just send what the receiver asks for, 13V or 18V. Since yours is unpowered, its getting the lnb power from the receiver, I guess if the cable from tuner 2 to the multiswitch was bad, and not giving the whole 18V, then the multiswitch would assume none of the receivers wants 18V so it just never passes that polarity. In any case, its been hovering around 100 degrees here for the past 3 weeks, so all Im worried about is the electric bill :)
     
  3. Variant

    Variant Cool Member

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    Well, Tivo showed odd results as well (didn't set up cleanly and didn't get signal on many of the transponders).

    I couldn't find a multiswitch at Home Depot, but grabbed some stuff to do a splice and repaired the cable outside.

    Lo and behold everything is working fine now!

    We'll see how things go, but crossing my fingers that that was the culprit -- certainly wasn't a good thing and definitely could have been causing a short... especially with this metal melting heat. :)
     
  4. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

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    Was hoping thats what it would be. That cable looked really bad. Glad you got it working.
     

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