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SIR-S4040R will no longer power up (except the fan)

I unpluged my DVR and when I plugged it back in, all that happened was the fan began to run.

I cannot get the system to do anything other than that. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thank you for your time and have a great day!!

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  • Anonymous May 17, 2009

    This has happened to my unit as well. While I was looking online, it just started up with my assistance. Now it has happened again... I probably wont be replacing it.

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Hold in the power button for at least 10 seconds. It should reboot. If not the DVR needs to be replaced.

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