DirecTV Hints and Tips
It's simply amazing what DirectTV's website doesn't have any
Like setting up their receivers!
I have an HR23-700. The HD went out a few years ago and they wanted
a bunch of $$ to replace it.
So, I added an external hard Drive. that was unt simple because they
don't tell you it requires an eSATA cable.
But we persevered and it worked for several years.
Recently decided to put it in the motor home instead of the simple
little SD receiver.
Forgot the HD.
So I wound up on the road with a dead receiver.
After some haggling I got them to replace it with a reconditioned
unit for the cost of shipping (~$20).
The I tried to install it.
An immense PITA.
Eventually I through trial and error found out the 18 inch dish
works only when attached to the SWM input on the receiver.
Not only is this not documented anywhere, several forums say the 18
inch dish is incompatible with SWM.
I'm still having problems with some transponders showing up as weak
But most of the channels are working.
When activating my receiver I got an error that had big red boxes
with black Xs. The activation girl told me
that my physical address was not the same as my account address so
it wouldn't work.
A second call directly to tech support 800-388-6597 routed me to a
young lady who said,
"Oh, that's just telling you you can't get HD. Just select the blue
in the lower right. It will work OK."
She was right.