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It looks like one of my old HR 21-100s has finally died. It’s running the receiver self test and gets to the “almost there” screen then starts running the receiver self test over and over and over. DirecTV is sending a replacement and didn’t even give us a hard time about it. I’m not sure exactly how old it is but I believe we got it sometime in 2008. Now to see what model of DVR shows up in the mail.
 

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2008 is "old"?? One of my R15's is from 2007 and the other one was manufactured in 2005 (I got it "refurbished" in 2007). Oh, and "refurbished" means "put in another box" because I noted that it had it's original motherboard and HDD both dated 2005!

Don't be surprised if you get another HR21!
 

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ThomasM said:
2008 is "old"?? One of my R15's is from 2007 and the other one was manufactured in 2005 (I got it "refurbished" in 2007). Oh, and "refurbished" means "put in another box" because I noted that it had it's original motherboard and HDD both dated 2005!

Don't be surprised if you get another HR21!
I wasn't trying to state that it was really old, just my oldest. It was the first HD box I got with the tax stimulus check from George Bush. We have 4 other HD DVRs, all HR 21s of some variety. When we got Whole House installed last year they replaced and old R-15 and an old SD Tivo unit that was really old. The big problem is that since it's the oldest it was recording some of our oldest favorite shows. I had to try and figure out what wasn't being recorded. We almost never actually watch the TV that's it's connected to (just use the Whole House sharing), I just happened to notice that the blue ring was spinning so I checked it out. Just for fun I plugged it back in on Saturday and it did nothing. The network lights blinked and then it was just a brick. Hopefully the new one shows up soon.
 

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I got an HR21-700 replacement. From the warranty sticker on the back I see that it’s a refurb. It looks new and works. It booted up with the old GUI and I had already forgotten how bad it looked (it updated to the new software shortly after power up). I had no problems getting it to work with the SWM or the network. I assume the guide will be fully populated when I get home from work tonight and I’ll get it all programmed for my recordings.
 
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