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How To Test The OpenBox S-9 LNB Regulator/ Power Supply

Discussion in 'Free To Air (FTA) Discussion' started by Pixl, Feb 5, 2012.

  1. Pixl

    Pixl Thread Starter Senior Member Pub Member / Supporter

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    A weakness in the OpenBox S-9 and possibly the other models is the LNB voltage. I suspect these are being damaged by connecting a second receiver to the loop thru. The OpenBox like other receivers has excellent short circuit protection, but not stray voltage protection. So when you connect a second receiver to the OpenBox and one is set to vert, and the other is horz, zzzap. 13 and 18 volts don't mix well. Use an external splitter with the OpenBox.
    This problem can be very elusive as under certain conditions the receiver will still work after it has been damaged, but cannot pull too heavy a load. It might still run one lnb, but connected to a system with switches or motors will bring it down. Many people have have measured the lnb voltage at the back of the receiver and with nothing connected the voltage may read normal.
    If your receiver is out of warranty you can open it up and make these checks and possibly repair it yourself.
    You need to check the LNB regulator mounted on a heat sink near the tuner, and a troublesome resistor near it. (see yellow arrow in photo)


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    Connect your receiver with a short coax to a lnb or to your dish system coax for loading. Power it up and measure the voltage on the three terminals on the regulator. I've numbered them from left to right 1-2-3 ( see photo).

    Horz. channel
    1=18v output
    2=20v control v.
    3=25v input

    Vert. channel
    1=13v
    2=15v
    3=25v


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    Next with the power off (back switch) check the value of the small black resistor that is in line with the center terminal of the regulator. It should measure 220 ohms "in circuit"


    Now with the power back on check the voltage of the power supply. It has a flat white ribbon connector and you will need a pin or small wire on the end of your probe to slip down the top of the connector and get at each circuit. The voltage values are marked on the board and also in my photo.



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    RT-Cat "My person-well trained" Pub Member / Supporter

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    Nice pics, Jim. Really got into the receiver.
    Thinking I'll change both the regulator and the resistor, cuz my voltages are not correct.
    Hope you enjoyed the Super bore party the wifie made you go to.:)

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    Pixl Thread Starter Senior Member Pub Member / Supporter

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    Ted,

    Sounds like that might get you going.

    Super B. party was pretty good, and the best part, we got to leave and make it home before the game actually started!
     
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    Anole SatelliteGuys Guru

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    If this thread doesn't veer too far off course, it might make a good sticky. :up
    Correction, probably better in the Hall of FAQs. :cool:
     
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  5. yankee495

    yankee495 Active SatelliteGuys Member

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    Parts: Voltage Regulator - Old Receiver.

    I had a friend and his Viewsat done something like this. Had an old receiver...DTV, Dish, don't remember but they have one in them...We did end up ordering one because it was a vreg in the power supply or somewhere, but we figured this out when we had them apart. Anyway, it was years ago, turned out to be a different vreg.
     
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    RT-Cat "My person-well trained" Pub Member / Supporter

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    I would agree with FAQ after all other posts were removed and it was locked or closed.

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