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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 2013-08-27, 10:48 PM Thread Starter
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PVR continually rebooting, recordings inaccessible

I came home to my PVR continually blinking on and off (green light on power button). I turned on the TV and it shows blank screen but then a black screen with 3 grey dots, then the blue Bell screen, then in french asking to press select for On Demand. Then I try changing channels and the process repeats over and over. I called Bell and they said that they need to send a technician to replace the PVR.

Which sucks because I lost all the recordings on it, plus have no TV for two days until they come to replace.

Does anyone know if there is any way to salvage the recordings on the PVR?

That is the main down side and total disappointment with storing recordings on the device that you want to keep for a while.

I will never record anything to PVR except for temporary stuff I will erase. I'm using my DVD recorder for everything else.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 2013-08-27, 11:43 PM
 
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It happens, drives and equipment dies.
Unfortunately you are likely quite SOL.
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I had the exact thing happen to me 2 days ago. There was a blip in the power where the lights flicked off for less than a second. The secondary receiver came back to life after a reset (hold down the power button), but the main PVR receiver is in a constant loop where it reboots itself every couple of minutes.

I have a Bell tech on the way here now to change it out. Pissed that I will loose all my recordings. I actually logged on here to see if there was a way to pull the HD and try to connect it to another receiver with a USB cable or something.
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I had the exact thing happen to me 2 days ago. There was a blip in the power where the lights flicked off for less than a second. The secondary receiver came back to life after a reset (hold down the power button), but the main PVR receiver is in a constant loop where it reboots itself every couple of minutes.
Whenever possible, I connect my PVRs to a UPS to protect it against power failures - especially these very brief flickers. They are not usually a problem, but for a small investment, you get piece of mind.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 2013-08-28, 11:31 AM
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I agree with the UPS recommendation. PVRs are sensitive to power droputs and surges. Costco has a cheap UPS (about $55) that is adequate to protect a PVR. It will also prevent disruptions in recordings caused by power fluctuations.
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I think there was a power fluctuation as well, I have an APC surge protector with no battery backup. The PVR plugs into the surge protector.

Are you guys saying that power bar surge protector is not enough?
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 2013-08-28, 01:50 PM
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Correct, any PVR should be plugged into a UPS. Here's an FAQ developed for Cisco/SA PVRs, but applies to all PVRs (and computers):

http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/show...403#post413403

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