R10 RF Output Gone Bad

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  1. Rhughes

    Rhughes New Member

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    I use one of my TiVo's (an R10) to feed the RF signal throughout the house on the internal TV wiring. Until yesterday it worked perfectly. Yesterday, I called Direct to deactivate the R10 so I could use the card in a used DSR780. The whole thing was a fiasco because the DSR780 turned out to be in collections (Ebay seller sent me a different unit from that advertised) and I asked the CSR to just reactivate the R10 for now. However, when I got it reconnected, it took 3 more CSR's and a Direct technician to get the R10 and its card remarried. So far so good.

    Unfortunately, when I checked the signal in our kitchen TV it was very grainy. Obviously something happened to the RF signal coming from the R10. I checked all the connections, including the RF amplifier I have in the output line to feed the rest of the house. Nothing apparent. I am stumped. I can't imagine that all the attempts to get the R10 running again would somehow mess up the RF output. Is there anything in a menu that affects the RF output? Otherwise the R10 is working as well as before.
     
  2. litzdog911

    litzdog911 TechKnow Guide

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    You might want to get an RF Modulator to convert the R10's composite/SVideo output to for your RF Coax distribution. Not sure why its own RF output has changed. How is that output if you just connect it directly to a nearby TV?
     
  3. Rhughes

    Rhughes New Member

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    A real good question, and one I still have to explore.
     
  4. JimSpence

    JimSpence Just hangin'

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    That question is just basic troubleshooting.
    You remove as many links in the path to narrow down the problem.
     
  5. mrdbdigital

    mrdbdigital The TBS Archives TCF Club

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    Check the Channel 3/4 switch on the back of the unit (if it has one) to see if you changed the channel accidently while removing / replacing the cables.
     
  6. Rhughes

    Rhughes New Member

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    You are right, of course. However, I always check the things that have changed first before I check other components that didn't change in whatever I was doing. Looks like I zapped the RF line amplifier while connecting and unconnecting TiVo's. I normally don't worry about having the power on when plugging and unplugging coax RF connectors. This time it bit me. It's working fine as far as the kitchen right now without the amp in the line, but I do need the amp to get to rooms further out in the system.

    Thanks everyone for your ideas.
     

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