HR20-700 Channel Change Problem (1 Viewer)

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Fl_Gulfer

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The other day I programed my Harmony H659 to run my new HDTV, Receiver and D* Box. Everything worked fine for a couple of days but now the Sat. Box won't change channels 90% of the time with any of the D* remotes I have (3) or the Harmony. It will turn on and off with the Harmony remote but that is it.
Sometime I can hold the channel button down for about 30 sec. and it will change channels once.
It will work with the buttons on the front of the DVR.
Should I just have them send a new box? even though it's hard to get the HR20-700 for my local channels antenna.

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wildbill129

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If the red button reset didn't fix it, then it is probably coincidentally toast. Call and get a new one, tell them you use OTA, they will give you another HR20 or an HR21 with the AM-21 tuner. Hopefully you have the protection plan.
 

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If the Directv remotes work, but yours doesn't, it's likely your remote that has the problem. Have you tried that? Also, do a complete reset from the menu, not just a rbr. CAUTION! If you do this, you will lose everything you have recorded. That shouldn't matter, since you are willing to exchange it for another one anyway. Good luck!
 

jdspencer

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Possible IR interference. Do you have an LCD TV? If so, try turning down the back light level. It could also be another remote that's spewing IR.
 

Fl_Gulfer

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We they are sending me a new one tomorrow.
The new Samaung LN40B630 is about 4 feet away from the Sat. Box... What does the Back Light have to do with the IR? I have 3 HR20-700's and I tried all 3 remotes on the box and they wouldn't work.
My Harmony H659 will turn it on and off and if I leave the box on for hours it will change the channel a couple of times but thats it.
 

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We they are sending me a new one tomorrow.
The new Samaung LN40B630 is about 4 feet away from the Sat. Box... What does the Back Light have to do with the IR? I have 3 HR20-700's and I tried all 3 remotes on the box and they wouldn't work.
My Harmony H659 will turn it on and off and if I leave the box on for hours it will change the channel a couple of times but thats it.

Some Samsungs have had issues with the back lighting interfering with the ir remotes. It does sound like your dvr is the problem.
 

Fl_Gulfer

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Well the new Box arrived yesterday and today it started doing the same thing. I have the Back Light turned down all the way, I did that before I hooked up the new box. What are my options?
 

Fl_Gulfer

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Thanks guys but I found a solution after extensive searching the internet, Put a piece of Masking tape over the sensor on the DVR and that stoped the IR interference.
 

Fl_Gulfer

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Some of the LCD HDTV's give off alot of IR interference and I read that if you put a piece of paper tape over the sensor it cuts down on it and the remote will work, all remotes.
 

jdspencer

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Hopefully, the tape you used is somewhat transparent. :)

I have heard of others using a piece of electrical tape with a pin hole in it.
 
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