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SIGH R15 problems what can i do

Discussion in 'DIRECTV SD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by jondaviskorn, Oct 17, 2006.

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  1. jondaviskorn

    jondaviskorn New Member

    Sep 6, 2006
    had mine for about 2 months now it had been screwing up off and on b4 (black screen etc....) reset button seemed to fix it now its just totally F'ed it wont record the stuff i have set if it does its partial like 36 min out of hr show sometimes when i turn it off i go to turn it back on later to watch all i have is black screen

    what can i do ive tried resets they dont seem to do anything anymore even pulled power plug . I have the newest update so idk what to do whats the reformat code for the system?

    also whats this new update spose to add/fix thats in testing?

    ***ok this thing is really pissing me off now , i cant even pause or fast forward or anything cause it freezes i swear this thing get worse the more stuff you record i have like 70% space free and its running like crap b4 when it was like 85% free was fine what good is a product if you cant even use the damn thing for what its intended for***
  2. jondaviskorn

    jondaviskorn New Member

    Sep 6, 2006
    well broke down and did the reformat reset last night much as i didnt want to seems to be working ok for now but for how long is the question
  3. Bobman

    Bobman Hall Of Fame

    Jan 3, 2006
    Mine still has been working well, going on a couple months after the reformat.
  4. mikhu

    mikhu Beer Aficionado

    Oct 10, 2006
    I did a reformat this weekend. Last night mine started acting up again. Went into MyVOD and selected a show to watch and it froze right there. Nothing I could do except reset. Seemed to work ok after the reset.

    Like I said in the other thread this is especially frustrating because my R15 had been relatively trouble free. In fact I didn't really have hardly any problems with it until I started reading this board and hearing about everyone elses problems with theirs. Karma?
  5. mjh456

    mjh456 Cool Member

    Jan 13, 2006
    It seems like the freeze-ups, etc. became much more frequent beginning about a month ago. And, after resets, the problems come right back and become progressively worse until I finally have to do a complete reformat, which wipes out everything I have recorded.

    I wish we had the opportunity to revert the R-15 back to a previous version of the software. Mine worked very well until about July... I think it 10C-something that started all my problems.

    I don't hold any hope that the upcoming software will fix anything. I figure I'm stuck with this hunk of junk until the contract runs out.
  6. qwerty

    qwerty Hall Of Fame

    Feb 19, 2006
    No, you're not. Go to ebay and buy an R10.
  7. BetaTester

    BetaTester Cool Member

    Jul 11, 2006
    Exactly!! But, I would not recommend getting the R10. I bought one last week and have been using it exclusively with not a single problem. I like it a lot, but because of all of the raving on this forum about the R10, I didn't realize that there are MANY more options than the R10. The R10 is a locked down Directv version which can not be easily upgraded, should you wish to do so. It can be upgraded with larger hard drives, but that's it. If you wanted to add home networking to share files between the DVR's and PC'S, you would need to go with the pre R10 models like the Directv RCA DVR40, DVR80, etc. There are many more Directv DVR's available than the R10 and they are very cheap and plentiful on Ebay.
  8. captain kirk

    captain kirk Cool Member

    May 22, 2006
    Yeah, why would you want locked down software that works flawlessly when you can live on the edge?
  9. lschwarcz

    lschwarcz Mentor

    Sep 1, 2006
    I've seen people mention various ways to do a hard rest:
    • Red reset button and then 02468
    • setup -> reset -> reset everything
    • Red reset button and then hold Rec and down arrow buttons
    Do all three of these do the exact same thing? I tried the "02468" one this week and gave me the downloading update screen (I ended up with the same revision as before on my R15-300). But, it seemed to come up too quickly to have reformatted the disk. Maybe it just deleted all of my content and the Showcases (no big loss there ;) ).

    So, does one of these actually do a complete reformatting of the disk? Would that be a more complete "resetting" of the unit?

  10. walters

    walters Hall Of Fame

    Nov 18, 2005
    02468 just downloads the current approved software version for your box. The other two, as far as I know, do exactly the same thing: restore to factory conditions (delete all recordings, SLs, etc.) except keeping the current software version. Actually, think of it as restoring the hard drive to factory conditions (the software is in flash memory like a PC BIOS).
  11. ApK

    ApK Icon

    Mar 6, 2006
    DA/R does not REALLY restore to factory conditions. Many options remain set.

    Some here have speculated that the drive is wiped but settings in flash memory remain, but regardless it's not a TRUE "Back to the way it was when I got it."

    Regardless again, it's seems to help.
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