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Replace the internal HDD?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by TomCat, Sep 9, 2009.

  1. TBlazer07

    TBlazer07 Grumpy Grampy

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    Me too .... my wife always says "once in a blue moon" so I keep track. Oh, she's referring to getting and cooking 3lb lobsters. ;)

     
  2. willardcpa

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    That's the first time I've heard it referred to euphamistically as "getting and cooking 3lb lobsters".:eek2:
     
  3. TomCat

    TomCat Broadcast Engineer

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    Thanks for all the input, guys. Coming from Tivo, it just seems still a bit incredulous that it could be so easy. But if it is, it is, and that's great. :)
     
  4. Rich

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    Truly amazing how they always have a handy xx-100 laying around to use as a replacement, isn't it?

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  5. Rich

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    Just out of curiosity, I'd be interested to know how you make out with that 100. I've had no luck at all with them.

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  6. Rich

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    What's to break? Serious question. If you own it, you can do what you will with it. I checked before I bought mine. Swapping an HDD is not that difficult and there is little chance of damaging anything.

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  7. Rich

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    That answers my question in the previous post. You're just luckier than I am.

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  8. Rich

    Rich DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

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    That's exactly how it was explained to me. Not once, but many times. Right on again! Buy that larger hat!

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  9. lazarus2297

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    i have a question along this same line so i figured i would post it here.

    I have an owned R22 that i would like to replace the HDD in but i would also like to move the 320GB that i remove to my computer but for the life of me I can't seem to get the unit to spin up in my desktop or in an external enclosure. The drive is a WD AV. The power requirements seem to be different than the other SATA drives that I have. But if i put a different HDD in the directv box it has no problems making it work....I consider myself to be fluent with this type of stuff. Does anyone have any insight?
     
  10. drpjr

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    Sakatomatoes...
    The question was not directed at me but I would like to respond. I have 3 HR20's. All 3 have been in and out of the ce program at one time or other. When on NR they have been rock solid . And when not on NR I have yet to have a major problem. IMHO they all have been the equal or better than my 2 HR10-250's. I don't doubt for a second the issues you have had, I just wanted to say some do actually work well.
     
  11. Rich

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    Could you clarify the model number of your HRs? HR20-xxx?

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  12. drpjr

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    Sakatomatoes...
    Sorry. they are all 100's. And they are all refurbs. Go figure.
     
  13. Rich

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    Baffling. I even bought a 22-100. Lasted three weeks. I do realize that a lot of the 100s have to work, seems only logical.

    You've read my opinions on the "refurbs", I trust? :lol:

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  14. drpjr

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    Sakatomatoes...
    Yes and yes. I have always wondered if there is something in the design of the 100's that lends itself to failure? Along the lines of the HR10-250's and the early HDMI boards. Like uneven cooling or a bad batch of components- something.:confused:
     
  15. harsh

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    Can't help you with the spin-up command on the computer, but could you fill us in on how you got an owned R22?
     
  16. TBlazer07

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    Not sure how he got his, but most people don't realize that up until July of this year any customer under the mdu account type owned any and all advanced equipment on their account.

    These folks paid the same as non-mdu leased customers for the receivers but they owned all their equipment (this has changed as of 7/09 and all mdu type account are now under lease model) but previous "owners" still own their equipment and are free to sell, swap or trade them.

    There are hundreds of thousands of mdu accounts & advanced receivers out there (current and expired) and their equipment can be sold at will. There is lots of turnover in mdu's (lease ends, college students in dorms with mdu providers etc etc) so there are a LOT more OWNED receivers out there then many folks realize.

    People might say the "mdu account equipment" people were lucky because the equipment is theirs but the DOWNSIDE to this is that DirecTV was not responsible for replacing the equipment and the customer had to deal with their system operator. After the initial 90 DAY WARRANTY expired they were at the mercy of their sysop. So it wasn't all to their advantage.

    Now, with the lease model in effect the mdu accounts don't own their equipment and DirecTV will replace it once the initial 90 day warranty passes. During the initial 90 days the sysop will replace it and send it back to their distributor.

    BOTTOM line is, there are LOTS of current model owned receivers out there, even the most recent models. These sometimes end up on eBay or get transferred person to person and are perfecly "legal."


     
  17. Rich

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    Lack of quality control most likely. Seems as if D* contracts most things out. The more I read about them, the more certain I am of that. QC is extremely hard to maintain when using contractors. I had administrative control of all the contractors on our site and it was extremely difficult. Even tho they knew that I had a short fuse, they tried to get around our very strict standards. I don't know if D* even has a position like mine that would check on their contractors constantly to make sure that the standards D* set were being followed.

    Using contract employees is a wise choice if there is strict oversight, but even then, it is difficult. And QC always suffers. And now the 100s are made by Audiovox. Remember the last time you bought an Audiovox product? Never, perhaps?

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  18. P Smith

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    This time money dictate do not use best [and more expensive] contractors.
     
  19. harsh

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    I think that if you look carefully, pretty much everyone contracts everything out these days. Pieces come from all over the World and are assembled yet elsewhere. It is incumbent on the organization letting the contract to write conditions into the contract that force the various contractors to step up on the quality control or set aside money and equipment to handle the repair and replacement of the equipment and buy back lost goodwill.

    Given the procession of receivers that some users have gone through, it is surprising that they're still shipping out some of these models.
     

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