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A few weeks ago, my D*Tivo (Hughes SD-DVR80) unit started giving me an error message, saying that it needed to retrieve satellite info again, which I had no problem with, until it said that it couldn't retrieve that info. I checked my connections, sat signals for A, B, and C are in the 90+ range.

Around the same time, my unit became "jumpy". The smoke effects and screen drawing effect would stop and start about every two seconds. Sometimes this would happen when I watched live or recorded tv as well. The recorder would save every bit of what was to be recorded, but on playback, it would stutter, often causing live tv to lag, and causing a 1 hour show to take about 1:20 to playback.

Then the random reboots occurred. In the middle of whatever it was doing, if it would lag minutes at a time, the unit would reboot, wait a few minutes, reboot again. Every once in a while, it would actually act as if it were working fine.

I wouln't mind so much except that now, abotu 80% of the day its looking for that satellite info that it just can't seem to find, and I'm missing all my shows! (It still manages to catch the reruns of CSI I end up deleting anyway lol.)

Any suggestions? I'm going to do a "erase everything and start over" but if that doesn't work, I don't know where to go. I think it bites that I've had this thing only a year, on a two year committment, and if I couldn't find the tech know-how, I'd have to replace it.
 

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Wow, thats a lot of information! But I appreciate your reply!

Without waiting for someone to respond to this post, I went ahead and did the "reset". The standard warning came up, telling me not to unplug the unit, and that it could take "up to an hour"...

...that was 12 hrs ago (and counting). This ring any bells or blow any smoke that would make you pinpoint the problem to... hard drive? firmware? total FUBAR?

I'll try the hard drive test. If thats what it is, I have my eye on an inexpensive biggie at Best Buy they are promoting this week. I'm good with electronics, computers, etc. so I shouldn't have any problems testing or replacing. However, since I have only been enjoying the system without appreciating the components that make it tick (until now) I felt this forum would be the best to start out for solutions (after Tivo tech support page and a worthless call to DirecTV (duh!)).
 

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Things seem to be better now. I stopped it from its clearing processes (aka unplugged it) and tested the drive. The WD software found a few bad sectors that it said it fixed. I put the unit back together, and booted. When I went to bed last night (this morning) it said it was clearing the drive.

Just woke up, and it was waiting in guided setup mode!

I'll still replace the drive, but at least I can wait a few days before I do.
 
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