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Owned R15

Discussion in 'DIRECTV SD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Billzebub, Aug 29, 2010.

  1. Billzebub

    Billzebub Godfather

    Jan 1, 2007
    Pittsburgh, PA
    I have an owned R15 that I no longer use and would like to put on My sister's account. I have called DIRECTV and confirmed it's owned and we know that she will need a new access card.

    I hooked the R15 to her TV to make sure it was working before she pays the $20 for the access card and here's what happens:

    The receiver powers up and right after it gets to the almost there message the screen goes blank and then the power goes off on the receiver. The only way to restart it is to pull the plug then restart it. When I do that the same thing happens.

    I've tried it with the old access card in and out. I've also done it with the satellite feed connected and not connected.

    The DVR worked fine when I disconnected it in May. What I want to know is:

    1. Is this what suppossed to happen? I thought I would get some kind of access card error message.

    2. If this is unusual behavior, could it be software related. Would it help if I reloaded the software (0-2-4-6-8)?

    Thanks for the help.
  2. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    Is your sister's dish setup significantly different from yours (ie legacy .vs. SWiM)?
  3. miketorse

    miketorse Icon

    Jul 29, 2008
    I hope he didn't have a SWiM using a R15.
  4. Billzebub

    Billzebub Godfather

    Jan 1, 2007
    Pittsburgh, PA
    No SWM ubtil after I replaced the R15 but I did have an HD Dish and she doesn't
  5. ThomasM

    ThomasM RF Engineer

    Jul 20, 2007
    Milwaukee, WI
    Sounds like during it's stay in the closet either the HDD or the power supply went south. Many times such devices will fail after years of use and then months of non-use.

    I'd save the $20 for the new access card.

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