Requesting Help with RCA40 issue

Discussion in 'DirecTV TiVo Powered PVRs & Receivers' started by wgoose26, Aug 18, 2011.

  1. wgoose26

    wgoose26 New Member

    May 20, 2005
    Sorry to start a new thread but....

    my situation:

    I have an RCA40 unit that I have still registered with DirecTV but has a lost access card and a dead 200GB drive that i had previously upgraded.

    (yes, i was wasting $5 a month for a few months)

    I do not have the original 40 GB drive from the unit -- but i do have a functioning 40GB drive from another RCA40 which i plugged in. The system powered up to the menus and gave me the HW Error #51.

    My questions:

    1.) If i do a clear and delete everything will the drive then work in the machine? (i dont care about old recordings)

    2.) Can i just stick a larger drive in and do a C&DE to get it to function or will i have to do the Hinsdale Procedure?

    3.) Will DirecTV send me a new access card?

    ~thanks very much to any who can answer
  2. stevel

    stevel Dumb Blond TCF Club

    Aug 23, 2000
    Nashua, NH
    1) Yes.
    2) No - you can use the old disk as a source image for the new one and expand the partition size
    3) Yes, but they will charge you $20 or so
  3. wgoose26

    wgoose26 New Member

    May 20, 2005
    thanks mate....

    i had a feeling those were the answers but wanted to get confirmation before clicking away....



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