Problem with my R-10

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  1. lmg

    lmg New Member

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    I have an R-10 upgraded with a 320Gb drive from Weaknees. The other day I turned on the TV to find it frozen and unresponsive. I powered off and on and got the "Searching for signal on input 2" message. I checked the satellite signal strength and indeed input 2 had no signal. I swapped satellite inputs and input 2 still showed no signal. I tried redoing guided setup and more reboots, but input 2 seems to be dead.

    Last night I was noticing that when I fast-forward (using the 1st of the three arrows), the action doesn't speed up and stay fast. It will sometimes cycle between fast for a few seconds, then slow down to normal, then speed up again. Other times it will remain at normal speed, and then suddenly skip ahead to "catch up", then resume normal speed, all while remaining in fast-forward mode with the sound off.

    My first question is, does this sound like a drive problem or something else?

    Second, I have another R-10 that is unused that I could activate with a new Access Card. If I transplanted the 320Gb drive to the other R-10 and did the "Clear All" function (or whatever it's called that initializes a new drive), will I lose all the programs on the 320Gb drive?

    Third, what is DirecTV's latest standard-def DVR, and would it be a good or bad idea to switch to that instead? I'm still a few years away from being able to upgrade to HDTV.

    Thanks for your help. I'd especially appreciate it if the Weaknees guys can chime in.
     
  2. stevel

    stevel Dumb Blond TCF Club

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    I don't have anything definitive on your problems, but the fast forward behavior sounds something like a possible drive issue.

    If you swap drives, you will lose all programming on the drive.

    The R22 is the current SD DVR from DirecTV. It will give you access to more channels.
     
  3. whitepelican

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    I'm just curious about this quote. I haven't paid much attention to DirecTV for awhile now, so I apologize if this is old news. But does DirecTV now have SD channels that are broadcast in MPEG4? The last I knew it was only local channels in certain areas and HD channels. I guess I'm just wondering what the "more channels" that are available to SD subscribers are.

    Sorry for getting off topic.
     
  4. stevel

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    I could be mistaken about this, but there are some HD channels that have no SD counterpart and I think the R22 can tune them. Perhaps not.
     
  5. litzdog911

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    Actually the R22 was discontinued. It's guts are an HD DVR, but it was limited to SD accounts where MPEG4 SD locals were required. Now those folks get HD equipment instead. The R16 is the current SD DVR, and it cannot tune MPEG4 channels.
     
  6. lmg

    lmg New Member

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    Weaknees responded on their support forum and suggested the red reset button behind the access card door. That did it! It fixed BOTH the Sat Input 2 problem AND the fast-forward misbehavior, and more I didn't mention. I've never used it before. WHY it worked when pulling the plug and powering up didn't, I don't understand.
     

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