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'Undefined OSD'

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by FarNorth, Jan 31, 2013.

  1. FarNorth

    FarNorth Godfather

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    Came home last night and my HR 22 wouldn't boot up, had a weird looking progress bar sitting there. I unplugged it, nothing, tried again and same story.

    Here's what happens:

    It gets to the finding satellite stage and hangs. The % satellite bar opens but never loads, never moves. Then the screen changes, looks a bit like it does after you delete something from the list, that barber pole looking thing lays there.

    If you punch menu, the icons come up but no text under them and nothing responds. Push list and the recordings show but won't play and some of the dates are corrupted. Meanwhile, up in the LH corner, the PIP box displays Undefined OSD.

    My other 2 units, an HR22 and a SD H22 work fine. I called tech support and they are sending me a new HR24, no charge. I could upgrade to an HR34 but I think I'll wait until summer or fall to get an HR 44 .

    DTV is aware of the issue and still not sure what happened but it appears some software upgrade somehow killed the guide data. A few folks report that if DTV sends a signal to the rcvr at exactly the right time, they can jog the thing into working but mine is dead....just in time for SB weekend. I should have a new one by Sat or could move my other unit if I have to....
     
  2. texasbrit

    texasbrit Well-Known Member

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    It's an authorization problem caused by a guide data download issue. Here's the temporary fix (courtesy of litzdog over on the DirecTV forum), DirecTV is working on clearing the problem permanently.





    • Either call DirecTV support (1 800 DIRECTV), or be ready in your DirecTV.com account to resend authorizations (http://www.directv.com/resend)
    • Reset your Receiver/DVR (red button behind front panel access card door)
    • Watch the on-screen messages as the Receiver/DVR reboots
    • At the point that the messages "downloading guide data", resend the authorization (either with a phone rep or via http://www.directv.com/resend)
    • After the authorization is re-sent, reset the DVR again (red button)

    The "trick" is to reboot, resend the authorization, then reboot again within 30-min. This forces the Guide Data to be rebuilt.


    FYI, replacing the receiver won't help.
     
  3. FarNorth

    FarNorth Godfather

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    My rcvr never gets to 'downloading guide data'. It goes from 'checking satellites, step 1 of 2' and then goes to a progress bar that never moves, never shows any %.

    The other 2 work fine - so why wouldn't replacing it fix my issue?
     
  4. Jacob Braun

    Jacob Braun King of Awesome

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    If you have a Slimline-3 dish and a non-swm install you will need a replacement (unless you don't need a replacement...two hours ago, you would, but we've been getting new updates about this all through the day so maybe you won't need one when you call in).

    I reread and saw that you're getting a replacement receiver at no charge...that is SOP for this issue (with Slimline-3 non-SWM).
     
  5. texasbrit

    texasbrit Well-Known Member

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    The fix I posted above applies to all those with a Slimline 5 or a Slimline 3 SWM dish. If you have a regular non-SWM slimline 3, it's a bit more complex. The CSRs have apparently now been given screen shots to help them and you through the process of using the receiver's built-in self test capabilities to solve the problem without needing to replace the receiver.
     
  6. FarNorth

    FarNorth Godfather

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    Good news, bad news.

    The good news: DirecTV dealt with the problem and sent me a replacement DVR. I talked with them yesterday, had a new DVR at my door today. No charge for anything.

    The bad news: The CSR said they would send an HR 24 but the replacement they actually sent me is the world's oldest HR 22-100, older than the one I had....

    No big deal, it booted up fine and works fine and I intend to replace it this spring when the HR 44s become available.
     
  7. Rich

    Rich DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

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    I was over on the D* forum on their website the other day and couldn't believe how many recommendations for using the RBR I saw. That goes against what some very knowledgeable members have told us about using that red button. I even saw one post recommending using the red button to get an external device running. While that "might" work (I'll never know for sure, I wouldn't even consider doing it), I'd think that the chip-sets in the external devices would suffer from doing that and would fail well before their times.

    Rich
     

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