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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 2008-10-08, 12:05 AM Thread Starter
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Question PVR SA 8300HD difficulty rebooting

After rebooting, my Pvr SA 8300HD, freezes.I can't do anything,buttons on the unit, and on the remote, have no effect.This happens, after I replug the terminal, after installing an external Hd, or if the AC goes off.It sometimes takes 10-12 cold reboots, before the unit regain its data, and becomes usable again.Any thoughts about that, you guys outhere?
When it reboots, I get the time on the machine,and the selected opening chanel on the tv,but I like I said earlier, I can't turn it off, or change channels . I am with Videotron in the Montreal area...
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 2008-10-08, 12:34 AM
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Could be a defective PVR. I once had a problem with the 8300HD when I was using an IR extender (actually it was an RF to IR device). Long story, but I could sometimes get the PVR into a strange state where it wouldn't react to any commands for many minutes.

Are there any sources of IR nearby that might be confusing the PVR? (a long shot I know).

I would recommend that you get a UPS so that the PVR never loses power (that will solve one cause of reboots).
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 2008-10-08, 01:53 AM
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Once you get it rebooted, you may wish to check the signal strength, etc. See the following thread:


It's also possible that the return signal to the head end is not getting through properly, so you can't reboot - remove any splitters or devices in the upstream RF-coax line. Splitters and any devices (like a power bar with the coax going through it) need to be rated 5-1000 MHz and bi-directional. If you're using a power bar, I'd suggest bypassing it with the coax.

I suggest you purchase a UPS and plug the external HDD and the PVR into the battery protected side and plug some other devices (TV, etc) into the surge protected side. You can usually purchase a UPS for about $50-70 (500-750 VA would suffice)

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 2008-10-09, 09:54 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks 57, The problem was caused by a faulty splitter.
All is Ok now
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