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Well, the installer is supposed to be here between 1 and 5 and here it is 1:42. Watch him come at 4:30.:rolleyes: I'm going nuts waiting on the guy to get here. I did get the automated call from Mastec yesterday, so I'm hoping that means they do have HR20's here in DFW. I've read a lot about them being out of stock. Fingers crossed. I'll chime in with my thoughts after install.
 

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Donnie Byrd said:
Sounds as if you have a "Go" for today's install. Hope it happens for you. :) If he arrives at 4:30, he has met his "window". However, don't let him rush through it. It does take some time for the initial start-up process to complete. It most likely won't be instantaneous............ patiently wait. :D
Patience is not one of my virtues.:) That having been said, I've made things as easy for the installer as possible.

The only thing hooked up to my TV right now is the SD Tivo. Already disconnected the HD Tivo's and yanked all the wiring. Even pulled the receiver off the rack along with all it's cables. It was a freaking rats nest back there and I've been needing to redo all of it with zip ties anyway. The TV is pulled out a few feet from the wall. Everything is nice and tidy back there.

The only thing he needs to do is mount the dish and run some new cabling. I have the 4 lines coming in through the wall, but one of them is diplexed with the OTA and I know that can't be done with these new installs. I'm going to have him tie off to the 4 exisiting cables and pull 5 new ones through. 4 for the SAT and 1 for my OTA. I'll be unpacking the boxes and hooking up to the TV while he's on the roof. So, the dish swap will take the most time for him.
 

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I'm a little worried about them cancelling at the last minute. Don't know what the policy is for installers and high winds. It's 76 degrees and sunny, but the winds here in DFW are starting to pick up. Getting 25 mph gusts at the moment. I wouldn't want to be on the roof right now. :eek2:
 

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Installer just called to let me know he was going to miss the window and won't be here until 6. Said he's had several KA/KU installs today and the high winds have been slowing him down. I'm cool with it and appreciate that he called now instead of 5 P.M. at the end of the window. I was just going to be sitting around the house today anyway, so no biggie. At least now I know it's a sure thing on the install today. :D
 

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The install went off without a hitch. Well pretty much, I'll explain in a minute. One guy showed at 6:30 and said he was sent over by the installer I had talked to earlier in the day that said he would be late. This guy was helping the other guy out. He got the dish setup going. About the time he was on the roof the other guy and a 3rd DTV installer showed up. Yes a third.:lol:

Anyway, dish was swapped, two new cables were pulled so I could have a dedicated OTA cable run, as it was diplexed with the 4th cable before. They left the old Phase 3 on the roof, as my Winegard OTA antenna is attached to the mast of the Phase 3 dish, and that attachment wouldn't fit on the new mast. I don't mind, as the dishes are at the back of the house, and noone can see them. Besides, the OTA antenna was dialed into a great signal already anyway. So, I'm good to go when the software update turns on the OTA.

They made sure the new software was loaded before they left. I only have one problem.

They didn't do the remote setup during guided setup. Well, I just blocked the IR port on one of the boxes and tried to follow the instructions. I switched the option to AV1 or AV2 for the second box and all of a sudden now I can't get that box to respond to the remote at all??? How do I reset the box so that I can run through guided setup and get the box to respond again????
 

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Slyster said:
Try this.. nothing to lose at this point.

Either a red button reset... or maybe better to even do a FULL reset (factory settings) since there's nothing on there anyway! Start fresh. (Push reset.... wait until black screen... then hold down arrow and record on the unit)
Red button reset didn't do it. I'll try the full reset. I didn't have anything I needed record today, so I hope any problems I have I can run into tonight. :)
 

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LameLefty said:
Well at least you got the install done finally and the boxes seem to be working. Cool! :)
Yup, so far so good. Fingers crossed. :)
 

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Slyster said:
Try this.. nothing to lose at this point.

Either a red button reset... or maybe better to even do a FULL reset (factory settings) since there's nothing on there anyway! Start fresh. (Push reset.... wait until black screen... then hold down arrow and record on the unit)
I must not be holding these buttons down at the right time or something. I've done it twise now and it never goes into guided setup??
 

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Okay now it's resetting. I held them down the whole time after hitting reset and the record light turned red and it rebooted. Thanks.
 

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carl6 said:
Once you change the remote configuration on your DVR and press OK (or whatever), you then need to slide the switch on the remote to the AV1 (or AV2) position to be able to further control that device.

Carl
I changed it to AV1 or AV2 then slid the switch over and it still wouldn't respond.

As for the reset, how long is this supposed to take?? Been on the big blue DrecTV+HD DVR screen for several minutes.
 

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Okay I've done this reset procedure with holding down the down arrow and record twice. Also found a thread that talked about it. I've seen the record light come on, so I know it did something on the reboot, but none of these times has it brought me back to Guided Setup.
 

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So funny how remote dependent we all are. I'm like how to I get the remote back to deafult if the remote doesn't work. Uhh, then it dawned one me, thats why they have front panel buttons. Go into the menu using those and set it back to DirecTV mode. :nono2:

You know the syndrome where you spend 15 minutes looking for the remote when you could have just gotten up and changed the channel. :lol:
 

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I got the remote thing figured out the other night, just haven't had time to chime in here. I've been trying to get the old HDTivos cleared off, so I can seel them.

Stupid me didn't actually put in the code for the DTV receiver for AV1. :lol:

Anyway, haven't really had a chance to play with the boxes much. I can say that what little I have has me loving them. The speed of the UI and prioritizer are awesome. I have only run into one thing that seems to be a problem with the UI.

I went to set up an Autorecord for Dallas Stars games and noticed that even with "Custom 1" set to not show the NHL Center Ice channels it still shows them. I'm assuming this means it will try to record from those channels, which will be a no no. It doesn't look like it lets you change "The channels I get", so how do I keep it from recording on those channels I don't have????
 
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