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RCA Dirtctv DVR 40g will not turn on

The fan runs just fine but the DVR will not turn on and items will not record.

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  • Anonymous Nov 28, 2008

    Same problem the power went out in the house but when it came back the dvr fan is on but no lights, not working.

  • imampt Dec 02, 2008

    I have the same problem.  plug it in .. fan runs fine ... however no power, no lights no watching TV period ..At first had message saying internal temp getting too hot and make sure vents weren't blocked, fan wasn't blocked etc. .. all this was good except for some dust over the fan vent which i cleared .. unplugged unit and waited 10 mins and plugged back in .. everything was fine but then i couldn't get a picture .. called directv to assist because DVR said my directv account was not active .. directv confirmed that my account WAS still active .. so Directv had me perform diagnostics that involved unplugging the unit and plugging it back in for ~ 5 repetitions at which pt after ~ the 3rd repetition the power light nor the unit would work although power was getting to the unit as the fan was running fine . where can i get this repaired I miss my TIVO and i'm not real big on Directv replacement DVR right now

  • cbrittneyd Dec 05, 2008

    Exact same problem and it happened on 12/4/08 w/ my RCA DVR 40. Tech tried to help but couldn't. Before I called the unit was frozen on the initial start up stating that it would only be a few minutes longer with the Directv logo on the middle screen. Then nothing, it was just frozen at that point. So I called and the tech had me unplug and go through a series of waiting and unplugging which was useless and we had already done on our own before calling. Then the tech had me change around the satellite cords on the back listed under one and two and nothing changed. Then tech had me give him ID # and unplug unit one more time and then plug it into a different outlet. Oddly enough, the unit then would not power up at all. The fan is running fine but now no light on the front. We have been very pleased with directv for the past six years for the most part, so we were upset about this unit not working (not with directv, it's not their fault). I was however a little concerened with after giving the id # on the back of the unit that all of a sudden the whole unit wouldn't even power on. The tech had talked about remotely restarting it- could he have done something remotely that made the unit not power back on? Not sure if this is even possible. Tech connected me to a manager and manager was nice but not helpful and could not explain clearly what exacty to do to continue service in the bedroom with the now broken dvr. We just told her that we would like to purchase another dvr unit, the same one or a better one. We had Directv website up while talking and saw some for $99. She told me that I would not be purchasing it but rather renting it and also get locked into two years. I almost said fine (though I really just wanted to buy it outright as I had with my two directv tivo dvrs three and four years ago for the same price of $99). She said that they don't sell dvrs anymore so be aware that you are leasing them and this is just another silly fee for using it and getting locked in. She told me if I wanted to actually purchase one, I would have to go to bestbuy. Went to bestbuy and it is the same thing, you are leasing it from directv through bestbuy. Bestbuy is atleast very honest about the leasing whereas directv's website makes it appear as you own it. After doing a lot of research we are not going to go with the current dvr units through directv- and not because we won't own it but because they rate so horribly. They don't use the same Tivo interface and everyone just slammed them and said they were horrible and not user friendly. We;re just going to get this one fixed and hope for the best.

  • Anonymous Dec 22, 2008

    Same here. I woke up one morning (I sleep with the TV on) and the TV was off. I turned it on and the DirecTV DVR box was not on, so I hit the power button, reset button, etc., but...nothing. I unplugged it, and all that jazz, and the fan runs, but no lights come on and the box is currently just sitting there with no purpose.

  • sbierer Jan 12, 2009

    I am in the same boat ... if anyone has suggestions on how to get it fixed (repair shop?) I would appreciate. I went to get a new directv receiver but they are horrible and not compatible with my dish. It's either fix this one or go back to cable. Thanks!

  • not happy 73 Feb 12, 2009

    We had the same problem in mid-December. Given the fact that there are a number of people that had their Tivo dvr's suddenly go out at the same time DirectTV discontinued their relationship with Tivo and started to offer their own service, I am suspicious. I know that DirectTV downloads software "updates" to the receiver from time to time, so it would certainly be possible to install new code that disabled the receiver and force you to lease theirs. It would be interesting to have someone who knows what they are doing see whether there was any malicious code downloaded to cause this problem.


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A lot of times this is a power supply issue, if you are of the electrically adept you can check the capacitors on the power supply, it usually tends to be one of the 2200 mf ones.... otherwise there are places you can send it to for repairs, or it's also possible to just buy a new powersupply from

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I had the same problem. after doing a little research and calling Directv, I discovered the problem was the hard drive crashed.
I considered buying one from directv, but was informed it was a lease.
Luckily a friend just switched his TV service to Verizon FiOS and had a DTV DVR with he sold me me.
Also saw some on ebay for under $50.00. That might be an option for anyone who wants to use the buy to own option.
I now plan on seeing if there is a way to save the recorded programming on the kaput unit. Failing that. it gets "recycled".

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