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Quick tip to make HDDVR respond/work a bit faster

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Codfishjoe, Sep 30, 2010.

  1. Codfishjoe

    Codfishjoe AllStar

    Sep 2, 2010
    After seeing multiple threads regarding how slow HDDVRs respond, I figured I'd post this here as a quick little fix. It helps a bit to make the receiver respond faster in most cases. It doesn't improve by leaps and bounds, but definitely noticeable in most cases.

    Start by pressing and holding mute first, then select at the same time until the green light on the remote flashes twice, just like any other programming remote step.

    Next, press the numbers 9 6 3 and the green light should flash twice again.

    Finally, press the "Chan Down" button and the green light should flash twice again.

    This disables the model id on the remote, basically meaning the remote doesn't send a sort of verification code of what model of remote it is with each key press that requires the receiver verify it first before processing the command. It just sends the signal straight through, providing faster response time.

    Try this and see if it improves the speed at all.
  2. Indiana627

    Indiana627 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 18, 2005
    Will the affect any other devices the remote is programmed to control, like the TV or AV receiver?
  3. Codfishjoe

    Codfishjoe AllStar

    Sep 2, 2010
    This programming affects only the functionality of remote to receiver commands. Not designed to affect other functions such as TV or AV1, although I see no reason why it wouldn't hurt to try if those are an issue. =P
  4. codespy

    codespy So much for the 2017 season!! <Crying> DBSTalk Club

    Mar 29, 2006
    This tip does help a little bit, a CSR told me about it when I wanted HR24's instead of my turtle like HR23's.

    Turning off scrolling effects also helps.
  5. dpeters11

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    Just in case, how to you enable again? Is it a toggle and you repeat the same process?
  6. Codfishjoe

    Codfishjoe AllStar

    Sep 2, 2010
    To enable it again, do the exact same process except press "Chan Up" instead of "Chan Down"

    Also, agreed that disabling scrolling effects for the guide will help speed a little as well, and turning native mode to off for HD receivers will help with channel changing speed somewhat. HD receivers for the most part don't need anything except 1080i enabled anyways.
  7. Oct 2, 2010 #7 of 76

    ticmxman Legend

    Aug 27, 2007
    I can confirm this did speed up my HR22 responce time .
    Thanks for the tip!
  8. Oct 2, 2010 #8 of 76

    jimmie57 Hall Of Fame

    Jun 26, 2010
    Texas City, TX
    I just tried this on my HR23 and when I press the channel down it flashes the light on the remote 4 times.
    When I program it and press the channel up the light flashes twice.
    My unit seems to be faster using the Channel Up setting.
  9. Oct 2, 2010 #9 of 76

    billsharpe Hall Of Fame

    Jan 25, 2007
    Worked for me too on my HR20-700. Thanks! :D
  10. mikeinthekeys

    mikeinthekeys Godfather

    Feb 9, 2007
    I tried this on HR20-700s also. I'm using one on IR and the other on RF. Seemed to speed up on both... great tip!
  11. Ed-Williams

    Ed-Williams AllStar

    Sep 8, 2006
    Great tip, thanks Codfishjoe!:hurah:

    I’d like to know where the internal remote RF antenna of the HR23-700 is located; I’ll try to attach
    an external cable or something to improve the RF remote reception that’s very weak.


  12. Steve

    Steve Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2006
    Unfortunately my older, backlit RC32RF remotes don't seem to support 9-6-3. :(

    Works well on the RC64R, however.
  13. hasan

    hasan Well-Known Member

    Sep 22, 2006
    Ogden, IA
    I tried this tip on an RC64RB, and when hitting channel down, the remote also flashes 4 times. Hitting channel up flashes 2 times.

    I don't notice any significant difference in speed, but may play with it some more, if and when we find out what the four vs. two flashes really means.

    HR20-700 in RF mode, btw.
  14. Indiana627

    Indiana627 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 18, 2005
    I think my RC64 remote in IR mode flashed 4 times after pressing Channel Down, but it does seem to be responding to the remote commands faster. I hope it doesn't slow down later for some reason. Great tip!
  15. dpeters11

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    Wow, this is great. That explains why my HR22 seems to be faster in the menus than my HR20, different remote.

    I passed this on to a friend that has been complaining about the speed, he's happy with the speed now. And that's saying a lot.
  16. TheRatPatrol

    TheRatPatrol Hall Of Fame

    Oct 1, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    [strike]Does this affect the RF mode at all?[/strike]

    Ok I just tried it on both an RC34 and RC64. Didn't work on the RC34, but it did work on the RC64. Seems a little faster.
  17. dlt4

    dlt4 Godfather

    Oct 4, 2006
    I'll just add my thanks to the OP for this tip. It has made a difference in my HR20's response, and every little bit helps. :)
  18. Rich

    Rich DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

    Feb 22, 2007
    Piscataway, NJ
    All my 20-700s are in rooms with other 20-700s. Will this cause the others to respond to the remote commands or will the remote still just work with it's assigned HR? I have all my HRs in RF mode.

  19. wilbur_the_goose

    wilbur_the_goose Hall Of Fame

    Aug 16, 2006
    Sticky this thread! :)
  20. Joe C

    Joe C Godfather

    Mar 2, 2005
    I have 2 HR22s in a AV closet and 3 RC64R remotes that control them via Directv and AV1 positions on the remotes. Do I do this on each remote and on each position(Directv,AV1) ?

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