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No local dial-in numbers in any area code

Discussion in 'DirecTV TiVo Powered PVRs & Receivers' started by whitmerm, Aug 11, 2010.

  1. Aug 11, 2010 #1 of 114
    whitmerm

    whitmerm New Member

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    Greetings!

    I have a Hughes SD-DVR40 on which I recently did a "clear and delete everything" reset. It boots successfully, and I can watch live TV. The problem is that, in order to record shows, I have to make an initial phone call.

    Ostensibly, the purpose of this first phone call is to download a list of local dial-up numbers for my specified local area code. The TiVo is able to complete this first call successfully (without having to put a different phone number in as a dialing prefix). The problem is that, after completing the first call, it tells me that there are no local dial-in numbers available in my area code and that I should try a different nearby area code.

    I'm calling from Atlanta, and I have other TiVos that successfully call out to a local number in my area code, so I don't believe that there are actually no dial-up numbers here. Secondly, I've tried dozens of other area codes from different major cities, and it tells me there aren't any local dial-in numbers in any of those area codes either.

    Any ideas?
     
  2. Aug 11, 2010 #2 of 114
    wesmills

    wesmills New Member

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    I think DirecTiVos have an outdated number to dial for getting local numbers. Try this procedure from WeaKnees:

    "Try a new/different dial-in number. Many VoIP users have reported that not all dial-in numbers work equally well with VoIP and an external modem. To change your dial-in number, first find the number here. Then, change your dialing prefix from ",#319" (pause enter 319 on your remote) to ",#319,,XXXXX" and replace the "Xs" with the number that you found from the linnk above, as you would dial it on your phone."
     
  3. Aug 11, 2010 #3 of 114
    whitmerm

    whitmerm New Member

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    Thanks for the quick reply. Unfortunately, I get the same result either way. The call completes successfully, but there are no local dial-in numbers available for whatever area code I specify.

    For the record, this is an unhacked TiVo using the internal modem over a traditional landline. Using another phone on the same line, I can hear it dial out and connect.
     
  4. Aug 11, 2010 #4 of 114
    weaknees

    weaknees Active Member

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    Those instructions are only partially good.

    You need to have your dialing prefix be the following:

    ,#019,,XXXXXX

    The 319 is for an external modem; you need 019 for your internal modem.
     
  5. Aug 11, 2010 #5 of 114
    arc6th

    arc6th Fair and Balanced

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    The 019 dialing prefix code doesn't eliminate the Final Setup Steps page which is encountered whenever we enter the Phone settings or attempt to record a show. We cannot change any phone settings until the box believes it has downloaded useful numbers. The number is dialed & connected, but the box isn't convinced we are allowed to use the DVR part of the DVR40, yet.

    I expect a return call from DirecTV's tech support in the next few days, but after reading a few other threads I expect I'll be left with a TB hard drive I can toss into my Drobo.
     
  6. Aug 13, 2010 #6 of 114
    weaknees

    weaknees Active Member

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    Yes. There is a problem with DIRECTV's servers. Whatever area code you select, you get the same error (no numbers). Anyone who does a "Clear and Delete Everything" on their TiVo will be stuck. I can only assume that DIRECTV is working on the problem.
     
  7. Aug 14, 2010 #7 of 114
    Dansch18

    Dansch18 New Member

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    I just activated an old R10, and I'm having the same problem. I was on the telephone with Directv and they couldn't solve it. They thought perhaps different units dial different numbers which isn't true.
     
  8. Aug 14, 2010 #8 of 114
    pteronaut

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    How about telling your DTiVo that your area code is 800, 888 or 866? ;)
     
  9. Aug 15, 2010 #9 of 114
    lichenpursley

    lichenpursley New Member

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    I recently purchase a refurbished Philips DSR704 and I've got the same problem. Spent 5 hours with 3 different DirecTV reps on the phone yesterday and had no resolution. Telling the system to try a 800, 866, 888, 877 area code doesn't help. I tried three other major area codes 415 (SF), 503 (PDX), and 212 (NY), no luck there either. I also tried tricking the TiVo into calling one of the many numbers listed on TiVo's website for the 702 area code by putting the number in the Dial Prefix. This work in as far as it dial and completed the sequence. However, it did not download any local numbers and I still can't use the DVR part of the tuner. I Any ideas out there?
     
  10. Aug 15, 2010 #10 of 114
    weaknees

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    We have notified DIRECTV engineers of the problem, and they have notified TiVo. I have not (yet) received an update, but the problem impacts every DIRECTV TiVo (or newly installed hard drive) that is going through setup for the first time.
     
  11. Aug 16, 2010 #11 of 114
    TDJ

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    I am having the exact same problem. I just dropped a new HD in this machine and I can't get passed the setup guide (I've never had this problem before) because every time I make the call it comes back with something like " there are no dial numbers for this area code" which is bull because I just made calls on my other 2 dvr's this morning using numbers from my area code. Also, it's giving me the same message no matter what area code I put in.

    I talked to DirecTv about this last Friday and they were clueless. As a matter of fact, they told me that it could be because my equipment is so old and I should get newer machines. I didn't spend all that money at Weaknees on a big HD just to chuck it and take whatever DirecTv wants to give to me. I'm not giving up that easy. But, I am concerned about this.
     
  12. Aug 16, 2010 #12 of 114
    cataloger42

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    Just adding another complaint with the same problem on a used R10. Another example of Directv's resistance to supporting Tivo, I'm guessing.
     
  13. Aug 17, 2010 #13 of 114
    lichenpursley

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    So we're on to day 4 (Business Days) of this same problem with no resolution from DIRECTV or TIVO. Just got off the phone with DIRECTV and was told that this was a TIVO problem and they have no plans to provide additional support or fix the issue. TIVO won't talk to me because they say it's a DIRECTV problem.

    Maybe it's just time to throw in the towel, upgrade to a new TIVO and switch to cable.
     
  14. Aug 18, 2010 #14 of 114
    ervilla41

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    Hello Everyone I also have this error with final set up has anyone found a fix for yet as of 08/18/2010. I have tried several fixes no luck. I believe there are many others with this issue.
     
  15. Aug 18, 2010 #15 of 114
    shwru980r

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    Looks like Tivo is playing hard ball to deactivate any Tivo they possibly can.
     
  16. Aug 19, 2010 #16 of 114
    TDJ

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    Success ! But, still no dial in numbers. I know it doesn't make sense. But, I'll take it.

    Since last Friday, I haven't been able to get through the setup guide because DirecTV keeps telling my machine that there are no local dial in numbers. As a result, I've had live TV. But, the dvr service won't activate.

    Yesterday morning around 9:30, I turned my dvr on and it was making a normal call which I didn't tell it to do. I was thrilled because I haven't been able to access the screen where you can tell it to make a normal call. When it comes to phone settings, I've only been able to access the setup guide to look for local dial in numbers. It took over 40 minutes to complete the call. After that, I was able to record and setup my season passes. I've even made another successful update call since then.

    There's just one strange thing and it's really not important to me. Even though my machine is making successful calls, when I go under settings, phone and change phone settings, there is the list of options which includes "dial-in number" at the top. There is still no number listed there. When I click on it, I am still prompted to make a toll free call to look for a good dial in number. When I do that and the call succeeds, it is still coming back and saying that there are no dial in numbers for my area code just like before.

    So, I don't know what number my machine called for its update. But, I'm up and running just like usual and whenever I turn the dvr on, I'm not prompted to make a call for dial in numbers. Everything appears normal. Maybe everyone elses machines will update like this also.
     
  17. Aug 19, 2010 #17 of 114
    lichenpursley

    lichenpursley New Member

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    Well my machine is scheduled to attempt a call at 12:29 PDT today. Unfortunately, I won't be around to see how that goes but I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Hopefully, when I get home tonight I have a similar semi-success story.
     
  18. Aug 19, 2010 #18 of 114
    Admdata

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    I have HDVR2 when it makes a call I have the same thing in the fact that it doesn't have a dial in # but if I hook up a phone line to it and tell it to dial it does and works fine downloading something. (I don't keep a phone line hooked up to it) since it doesn't do anything for the tivo (software updates and etc)
     
  19. Aug 19, 2010 #19 of 114
    cataloger42

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    Question for TDJ - can you record anything? My receiver seems to be working fine without the list of call-in numbers. The in-line recording works. But when I try to press the record button or schedule a recording, the message comes back that I need to call before this feature is available.
     
  20. Aug 19, 2010 #20 of 114
    TDJ

    TDJ New Member

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    "Question for TDJ - can you record anything?"

    Yes. As soon as that very long phone call went through on Tuesday, I was able to record live by just hitting the record button. Then, I set my season passes up.

    The other slightly odd thing I noticed while all of this was going on was that this dvr was downloading service data from the satellite three times a night. Usually it's just once per night around 2:00 AM. But, I would see it downloading at 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00 every night for about four nights in a row until it finally made that call I described earlier.
     

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