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Record light flashing

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by sooner02, Jul 31, 2010.

  1. sooner02

    sooner02 Legend

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    I have two HR20-700's and several weeks ago I noticed that every few minutes the record light will flash on and off quickly. They never did this before it seems until that weird software update that shut everyone's DVR off. I haven't really given much thought to it, but can anyone tell me why they are doing this?
     
  2. RunnerFL

    RunnerFL Well-Known Member

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    It's probably the unit trying to "call home". Is the unit connected to the Internet or phone line?
     
  3. sooner02

    sooner02 Legend

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    No, neither are.
     
  4. billsharpe

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    It doesn't happen here and I have my HR20-700 connected to both the phone line and the Internet.

    I never had CallerID before I got the DVR but really like it now.
     
  5. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

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    Honestly that's a new one for me. Maybe the connection to the front panel us getting loose.
     
  6. ftwrich

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    One of my receivers is an HR20-700 and a couple of weeks ago my son mentioned that he noticed the record light flash a few times over a over a period of days and asked if I knew what it was. At the time I had not seen it myself. But, a couple of days ago I finally saw it and it happened again last night. It's just a quick flash on/off. I do not have a phone line connected nor do I currently have any of my receivers connected to my network. So, don't know if it's the same thing but wanted the OP to know he's not the only one seeing flashing lights:lol:
     
  7. larryk

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    My HR20-700 has started doing this also. I started noticing this about two weeks ago...
     
  8. RunnerFL

    RunnerFL Well-Known Member

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    If it's not connected to the Internet or a phone line it can't call home. It keeps trying over and over and that's when you see the light flash.
     
  9. RunnerFL

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    That's why it doesn't happen, because it can "call home".
     
  10. RunnerFL

    RunnerFL Well-Known Member

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    Connect it to a phone line or the Internet and the flashing will stop.
     
  11. o7RAVENS

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    My HR20 700 is connected and its been doing this for about 3 or 4 weeks now. Light blinks and sometimes stays on for up to 1 minute, sometimes10 sec., sometimes less sometimes more, who knows. Everything else works fine except it is a little slow.
     
  12. n3ntj

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    My HR20-700 also does this randomly.. I'll notice the record light come on for a flash and then go back off. I do not have my HR20-700 connected to a phone line.
     
  13. boggsaz

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    Add me to the list. Both of my HR20-700's have randomly flashing record lights.

    It's been happening for a few weeks now. Both are also running slower that usual.

    Neither is hooked up to a phone line or the internet. It has to be from a software update, as it just recently started.
     
  14. kd4ao

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    My HR20-700 did that often around a year ago, I have only seen it once lately. I did notice that the color of the light is different than when it is recording a show. I don't remember right now but either orange instead of red or other way around. My thought was that it might be when it is recording those "commercials or info bits", not sure though.
     
  15. Rich

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    Is it the same color that comes up when the HR is actually recording? I had one doing that a while ago and all my HRs are hooked up to phone wires and the Internet. Never did figure out what was going on.

    Rich
     
  16. boggsaz

    boggsaz Cool Member

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    Yes, in my case. It's orange.
     
  17. scrybigtv

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    Once when I got out of bed late at night to get a drink of water, I caught my HR21-100 standing at the kitchen cabinet fixing itself a ham sandwich.

    It hasn't happened sinceā€¦but I did hear it emit a soft burping sound the next morning. :)
     
  18. sooner02

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    Mine are still doing this. The flash is a slightly different shade of orange because I notice it flashing while recording. It seems it flashes brighter than the normal recording light.

    Why would they need to "call home"? They are located in areas where there is no accessible RJ45 connection, and I can only get a phone line to one of them. Is it all that important to have them connected? If they do whatever connection they wanted with the Internet/phone, will the flashing stop?
     
  19. Rich

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    Logic rarely prevails when you're discussing the HRs. I got the "light" yesterday after installing a new HDD in a 20-700. Way to brief to be a phone call, I think.

    Rich
     
  20. RunnerFL

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    When mine flash red, not orange, they are calling home. I can verify this by either magic jack logs, before Internet calling was implemented, or router logs.

    Most everyone here is saying theirs aren't hooked up either way and they are seeing the flashing. Has anyone experiencing the flashing bothered to hookup a phone line?
     

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