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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 2017-11-13, 12:09 PM Thread Starter
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Older Rogers boxes all dying

I have a lot of boxes from Rogers - I bought them years ago when FutureShop (remember them) used to have good prices for Boxing Day sales - something like $200 for the HD non-PVR boxes. So I had about 10 boxes in total, SA3250HDs, SA4250HDs and SA8300HDs.

Over the years I have occasionally had some boxes repaired at the Cable Shoppe on Birchmount in Scarb. They would charge $100 to repair a box.

In the last few months it seems that a number of my boxes have died. Anyone else see this recently?

One of my SA8300HDs died and the whole thing will not power on, so I don't think it is a hard drive issue. I have done hard drive replacements in these in the past.

Is it worth getting these repaired? I still use them, especially with my SageTV PC server. For that purpose any box with a component output is fine as I feed the component output into a Hauppauge HD-PVR to capture the picture in Hi Def, albeit with a D-A-D path that will lose a bit of quality. It was also useful to have boxes with active firewire ports as SageTV can use that for changing channels.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 2017-11-13, 12:32 PM
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no idea but boxes dying seems to be a common thread on here, myself included. I think in the case with Rogers it might seem better to Rent boxes since they are changing technology in about a years time to X1 IPTV. Anyways the good news is that even tho ur box broke, you saved so much money over the last 10+ years by owning them and NOT paying rental fees.

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 2017-11-13, 12:33 PM
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Electrolytic capacitors and switching power supplies are frequent failure points in electronic devices like cable receivers and other AC powered devices. Capacitors are not difficult to replace but it requires some PCB soldering experience. There are a couple of threads here about how it is done. Sometimes it's possible to scavenge working parts (like the power supply) from one receiver to replace a failed part in another receiver. A used NextBox 2 (4642) goes for about $100 so that could be a better option. They don't have a Firewire port so an IR blaster is required for changing channels.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 2017-11-13, 01:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Wayne View Post
In the last few months it seems that a number of my boxes have died.
Although this does happen occasionally, it has not been reported as widespread. Most regular boxes seem to last almost forever, although I have had one failure of a STB in the 15 years I've had various boxes. I've also had HDD failures on the 8300HDs, however, they have always functioned as a STB with the HDD failed.

If you're having the issue on several boxes, then there could be an issue with electrical surges or similar in your home. I always connect my PVRs to a UPS.

If they start to boot and then show "----" on the display, this means they need to be activated (call Rogers to do so). Boxes are usually deactivated after being unplugged for several weeks.

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 2017-11-14, 12:53 PM
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If you look at Kijiji or Craigslist, you can usually find replacement boxes in the $50-$100 range for those models. Its a cheap option vs. getting repaired.

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