Sounds like your power supply might be shot. This happened to me once. The installer placed "terminators" on the "flex ports" which are unused. Blew out the power supply in about a week. That was with 12 TiVos and HR20-700s hooked up to it. I removed the "terminators", pulled the resistor out of each one and put them back (just to block moisture) and used a 25VDC power supply with a coaxial connector built into it.seymouru said:In Feb. 2008 I added two HR21-700s to my setup of five SD TiVos, including a new Slimline AU9 dish and a Zinwell WB616 multiswitch to replace a WB68.
Everything was fine until this past weekend, when all my TiVos suddenly showed the "Searching for Satellite" message, which usually indicates rain fade. Two things raised my concern: not a cloud in the sky, and the HR21-700s were coming in fine. I did a bunch of troubleshooting, and what fixed the problem was unplugging the WB616 to reset it.
Everything was fine until this afternoon, when it happened again. Except this time, resetting the WB616 didn't work. Still getting "Searching for Satellite" on the 5 TiVo's, and perfect signals on the HR21-700s. Does this suggest a bad multiswitch?
The other possibility I thought of was a low voltage problem. I live in a pretty old house (~70 years old), which was rewired about 20 years ago. The voltage reading on my Power Conditioner shows 109.6. But I would have thought HD signals would be more sensitive to voltage fluctuations than SD signals.
So I don't know where to turn. I'm considering just buying a new multiswitch, but I'd like to be sure that will fix the problem before shelling out the dough. Any thoughts?
Thanks in advance for any help.
I forgot to look at where you live, but why are you operating on only 109VAC? Try bypassing the Power Conditioner and see if that helps. You can tell if the 6x16 is receiving voltage by the green LED that should be lit at all times. I have two of the 6x16s and (here we go again) have no use for UPSs, surge protectors, or voltage conditioners. All seven of my 20-21-700s and two 6x16s run perfectly at a steady 120VAC.
I'm an electrician by trade and most electrical devices are meant to run between 95 and 130VAC, but not for extended periods. 117-120VAC is ideal.
To anyone who wants to argue about my opinions about surge protectors, UPS systems or power conditioners, please don't bother. I WILL NOT argue with you. I think they are just "security blankets" and while I can understand the need for a UPS in some parts of the country, I don't use them and here in Jersey we have all that pretty much built into our part of the national grid. End of argument for me. Don't bother to argue further.