DirecTV copy protection problem R15

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DirecTV dumped a new software version into my R15 DVR Model 300 on June 18, 2008.

Immediately, I started getting "Copy protected" messages from every kind of recording (archiving) device I have connected to the receiver, including DVD recorder and PC tuner card. I also got color bars/scrambling when trying to record to a VHS VCR.

This "protection error" happened on both live broadcasts (e.g. CNN) as well as on programs that had been recorded to the DVR before the software upgrade.

Using the red button on the front panel of the R15 did NOT correct the problem.

The only way to fix this was to power-off (unplug) the DVR and restart.

This happened to me once before, sometime in the last 18 months as I recall, also after a software download.

(Kinda reminds me of the early days of PCs, when they still had hard-reset buttons but some add-in cards still wouldn't reset until you unplugged the AC; 3Com ethernet cards were famous for this!)

Hope this helps anyone else who runs into this ugly bug...
 
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Thanks for the info! I've been pulling my hair out trying to figure out how to record shows again.

:eureka
 
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