poll on people that have replaced there vip722

Discussion in 'DISH™ High Definition Discussion' started by packerfan31, Oct 27, 2009.

  1. RV Traveler

    RV Traveler Cool Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Had to replace mine about a year ago, when a smart card upgrade failed.
  2. otnipj3s

    otnipj3s AllStar

    Jul 20, 2008
    On 3rd one since July 2008 when we upgraded. Maybe some of us get refurbished units instead of new.
  3. PghGuy

    PghGuy AllStar

    Oct 13, 2006
    I've had a new one for over a year now with no problems at all, on a side note I had a lot of problems with my old 622 (went through several within a month, the ones they sent me were refurbished and bad), because of my problems they sent out a service tech (no cost to me) to look everything over, he agreed it was the unit and replaced my 622 with a brand new 722 for free, he explained that they only carry new units...not sure if its like this everywhere but having a tech come out might be a way to guarantee you dont get a refurbished one...just a thought, it worked for me (even if by accident).
  4. Kevin Brown

    Kevin Brown Godfather

    Sep 4, 2005
    1st one lasted 8 months. The 2nd has lasted 6 months now or so.

    You should do a search, as this topic has been addressed several times. A lot of the failures seem to be heat related. Kind of surprised no one has mentioned that yet. :)
  5. klingonscum

    klingonscum Cool Member

    May 13, 2009
    I've had my 722 since May 2008, and haven't had to replace it, and it gets pretty heavy use (around 10-15 hours of HD recorded per week, and a lot of "side-by-side" pip football watching on Sundays during football season). Lately I've been getting "yellow screen" freezes on a couple of local HD channels I get over the dish (I'm not using the OTA tuner) - that's where in the middle of playback, the screen will suddenly go yellow for 1-5 seconds; I'll hear audio while this is going on, then it will pop back. It doesn't happen often enough to hit my irritation threshold (when it happens, it happens once per recorded one hour show, and not all of them get it).

    My 722 is in an enclosed cabinet, on a shelf above my Denon receiver, and it gets pretty darned warm in there; there's not much airflow. Not my choice (I wanted to cut holes in the side and install a grill and maybe a couple quiet 5v 120mm PC fans to bring in cool room air from outside of the unit) - but it was one of those "thou shalt use the entertainment center and NOT deface it with holes" commandments from the significant other. In trade I got sole control of our room thermostat, so :D

    How does that old saying go? "Being married is spending the rest of your life in a room that's too hot with someone who thinks it's too cold"...
  6. Jon W

    Jon W AllStar

    Jan 27, 2004
    Mine Lasted almost 2 years before we replaced it about a month ago
  7. kucharsk

    kucharsk Godfather

    Sep 19, 2006
    Replaced once - a DOA box that kept rebooting spontaneously.

    No issues since.
  8. Jason Nipp

    Jason Nipp Analog Geek in a Digital World Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Gold Club DBSTalk Club

    Jun 10, 2004
    Had mine since initial release as well. Never had an issue.
  9. rocatman

    rocatman Icon

    Nov 27, 2003
    I had to replace my 722 a few months ago because of a hard drive failure.
  10. spaceman1202

    spaceman1202 New Member

    Nov 10, 2009
    Personally haven't replace it.
  11. etzeppy

    etzeppy AllStar

    Feb 16, 2007
    Does replacing a 622 count? I had one that ran fine for over 2 years. The 2nd one died in only a couple of months. I pushed for a 722K after that and got it. I've been using the 722K since May 2009 with no failures.
  12. fmcomputer

    fmcomputer Legend

    Oct 14, 2006
    Had mine since initial release as well. Never had an one issue. Great piece of equipment.
  13. JcT21

    JcT21 Legend

    Nov 29, 2004
    pikeville, ky
    got my 722k in march '09. so far so good!
  14. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

    Jul 25, 2002
    E.Mdtrn Sea
    Instead of gathering info about FAILED 722s the thread polluted by opposite data. :(

    Guys, are reading the TOPIC or what ?!
  15. rasheed

    rasheed Godfather

    Sep 12, 2005
    I had to replace a 942 once, and my third 722 is coming in the mail now. The recent 722 hard disk failed. Live tv okay, but no DVR. It even self-diagnosed the failure, but was unable to reset the hard drive itself. I got my first 722 during the forced conversion of 942. I don't remember how long it was ago.

  16. blocko

    blocko New Member

    Dec 28, 2009
    Mine lasted a year! :)
  17. archer75

    archer75 Godfather

    Oct 13, 2006
    I have my original 722 for about 10 months now. It can be alittle buggy from time to time but no big deal.
    But I love having 3 tuners!
  18. WarrenMcq

    WarrenMcq New Member

    Nov 30, 2008
    I've had three fail and I'm going to ditch the 722 and get a 222K with an external HD. I do have heat problems in my enclosure that I've not been able to solve yet.
  19. puckwithahalo

    puckwithahalo Hall Of Fame

    Sep 2, 2007
    As of yet, you can't use a 222k with an external HD. Just the VIP 211, VIP 211k, and the 411. (as far as non-dvr's)
  20. tm22721

    tm22721 Legend

    Nov 8, 2002
    Have had three 722's for 18 mos, one replaced recently due to bad HD.

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