Advertisements A friend of mine moved into a house and the previous owner left a DirecTV DVR R10. She gave it to me and it seems to be working. I called DirecTV about activating. The problem we have is that we are old Primestar customers. We never got DVR in the past because they would make us switch our account to a current rate plan, which would raise our bill too much. They told us that we are not allowed to have our own equipment on the account. However, we have "tricked" them in the past to activate our own equipment. We just tell them that it's replacement equipment. We've done this twice without any problems. The main problem the guy had when I called was that I wanted to activate used equipment and said the account would have to be changed. So I am wondering how I can go about getting this ol' girl activated. Does anyone know if I would be able to call them up and say I have replacement equipment with this TiVo? Maybe if I could just get TV service going, and then call back later and get the TiVo service going? The guy also told me that this would require a new access card, is this true? Sorry, I know it's a complex issue, but maybe someone here will know. Thanks!