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The Blue Ring of Death.

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by ajiuO, May 27, 2007.

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  1. hilmar2k

    hilmar2k Hall Of Fame

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    Hence the ";)" at the end of the sentence.
     
  2. jahgreen

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    Ooops.

    Sorry. Missed that!
     
  3. gabe23

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    Ah yes, but what about the LEASED property!?!?!!? ;)
     
  4. bwaldron

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    The greyhound on the couch tells me it is all his already. :)
     
  5. RunnerFL

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    I do! I think it's very cool and do not want them to disable it.
     
  6. RunnerFL

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    You can get a backlit remote for the HR20 on directv.com, looks cool too! Bigger buttons and it's a tad bit wider than the original HR20 remote so it fits in your hand better.
     
  7. Ken S

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    Runner,

    Thanks. I was just wishing the standard remote came with that feature.
     
  8. gregftlaud

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    i like the light on the box itself........but when watching tv it's very distracting as i can see it in my line of sight. i guess those of us with ocd are the only ones annoyed by it lol.
     
  9. hasan

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    For 25 bucks or less you can get a nice back lit remote from D*. It is the RC32RF...I have one and like it quite a lot.
     
  10. hasan

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    For those of us involved with frequent upgrades or just want to keep tabs on what is going on the the receiver, the blue lights can perform a useful function.

    Turn them off with the 4 simultaneous presses of the < and > on the front panel. If they come back on, it means either you lost power or, in my case, the box has been reset, typically due to a software update. I have mine on a UPS, so it always means there has been a reset, and in the 9 months I've had an HR20, it has only spontaneously reset one time (and that appeared to be caused by D*...as many of us experienced the same reset at the same time on the same day)

    Admittedly, it could have been caused by an error in the datastream, but our best guess is that D* deliberately sent a reset to our boxes.

    The blue ray of death is a great UPDATE notifier. Many of us have been using it this way for many months.
     
  11. Ken S

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    Folks,
    I'm fully aware that I can buy a remote with backlighting...I have done so (Harmony 890s).
    The Blue Ring of Death serves no purpose except to catch someone's eyes on a store display. I'm glad they gave us a way to shut it off.
     
  12. hasan

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    The Blue Ring of Death serves a great purpose as a reset indicator. Without a way to shut it off, we couldn't use it that way. For those of us upgrading firmware, it is a fine way to get notified. It stays off all the time, until a reset turns it back on. Blue Hi-Beams On = Update Has Taken Place. (assuming UPS backup power)

    Getting up in the morning and finding the Blue Ring of Death on, always brings a :) to my face.
     
  13. Ken S

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    They could have done that with one small LED...a message to the box (something they seem to have forgotten about) or...better yet...not release hardware that requires people to be all that concerned about updates and/or the frequency of them.
     
  14. Jeremy W

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    It serves as a trick play indicator, and I am very glad it's there. It's a nice addition.
     
  15. Ken S

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    Because the indicator on the screen isn't good enough? Whatever...it's personal taste.
     
  16. hasan

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    Message to the box? Shirley, you're kidding?:D
     
  17. Bergthold

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    My blue ring stays on or glows just on the left side of the ring if I turn the receiver off or have it turned down all the way with the four presses. On the high, medium, or low setting the entire ring lights up like it's supposed to. It has stayed like this through a software update and red button reset. Everything else seems to work fine on my unit, so I'm not going to request an exchange just for that. I just find it odd though. I have two HR20-100s, just one of them does this.
     
  18. Ken S

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    Berg,
    That really smells of being a short of some sort.
     
  19. ajiuO

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    Well obviously the blue ring of death is controlled through software. So why not just add an option. For example

    Setup: Blue ring of death options

    - Blue Ring of death Brightness levels (1) (2) (3) (4) (off)


    - Acceptations: (the blue ring of death will be restored to full brightness during the following circumstance. The brightness level will be resorted to its programmed state after next power cycle

    ooo System received update (yes) (no)
    ooo Power loss (yes) (no)
    ooo New message from DirecTV (yes) (no)
    ooo Programming update. (yes (no)
    ooo The 7 symbols have been entered indicating the viewers wish to return to stargate command (yes) (no)

    And then they could even give you a notice indicating why the blue light is on.

    Nintendo added a similar option to the Wii for the blue slot of death.


    They should put this down for the next CE. Not only does it add functionality but it makes it a bit more user friendly to be able to program it from your remote. I can’t imagine this being an extremely complicated option to accomplish.
     
  20. 2000voltz

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    when I got my backlit remote it is the exact copy of my D* rf remote that came with the recievers all the buttons are the same size. I have a remote that came with a HR 100 which was not back light and it had bigger buttons but was not rf....maybe there is a mix of remote builders as well as receivers?
     
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