Question about Televison & Video
I left this morning and all was well. No one touched this all day long. Came home, and only static/snow, and the DVR blue Power light and the orange record light were FLASHING. Tried everything, pressed reset, no response. Turned off and pulled cord out, left it off for a while, still did not fix it. Directv Tech Support had me do the same thing. He also had me try pressing the down arrow below the select button while simultaneously pressing power, and tried reset and power simtaneously. No help. He said it's probably defective or overheating and they are sending me a new one. But I never give up, and I know there's a fix he didn't try - he was reading out of a manual and ran out of ideas! Any solvers out there?
I had a similar problem the orange record light was on and the unit could not be turned on. I didn't want to replace the unit since all recording would be gone. After some googling I found that the problem was related to the power supply. I found three capacitors with swollen tops 2 1000uf@10V and 1 1200uf@10v. I replaced them and everything works again.
Posted on Jun 11, 2009
I also had the same problem on my two DirectTV DVRs model R15 (i.e. power and record lights flashing when unit switched on – unit would not power up). I agree with Novurania findings, this is a power supply board issue, as I was able to swap power supplies when the first unit failed. I took a look at C7 and C8, which were the 1000 uf @ 10v capacitors mentioned by Novurania and in deed the top of the cans were slight bulked. The 1200 uf cap looked ok. Radio Shack sells electronics part and they had some 1000 uf electrolytic caps rated at 35VDC instead of 10 VDC (p/n 2721032 for $1.59 each). They were a little bigger in rating and size, but they worked just fine. I did not need to replace the 1200 uf capacitor, so I would recommend staring with C8 and C7. Both units are now working. Cost $6,97 instead of several hundred $ and another 2 year commitment to DirectTV. Hope this helps if you have the same problem :)
Posted on Sep 06, 2009
My DVR went out also. The record button would blink but that was it would not power up or anything else. On the advise of Novurania I replaced the two capacitors 1000uf@10v and everything works great again. I lost none of my recordings and it only cost $1.65 so I am really thankful for the advice!
Posted on Jan 12, 2010
I want to thank the participants for the tip on the power supply. My R15 had no power light and the record light blinked on and off with the power supply ticking. I did see that C7 and C8 electrolytic capacitors were both bulging. I replaced them with the 1000uf 35VDC units from Radio Shack and everything is working fine. Easy fix for under $4.00. The solder on the board requires a high heat iron so be aware of that when starting the fix. My stick soldering iron would not melt the solder. Had to go to the gun iron on the highest setting to release the factory solder.
Posted on May 16, 2010
I am yet another user with a bad R15-500 Directv DVR. It stopped working yesterday. When connected to power it was just making a clicking sound: "click-click-click." After taking off the cover to the case, it was obvious that the sound was not coming from the hard drive (I disconnected power to the drive) and was coming from the board mentioned above. I replaced the C7, C8, and C10 capacitors (all were bulging on the top), and this fixed the problem!! My wife now thinks I'm a genius! (thanks to this message board :) ), Ditto on needing a high heat solder iron to melt the manufacturer's solder. I didn't even need to add my own solder, as I just pushed this solder to the side, and pushed it back over the new capacitors. The C7 and C8 capacitors are 1000mF, the C10 is 1200uF. My Radio Shack only had 1000uF 35V capacitors (part #272-1032, cost ~$1.50) with radial leads, which matches C7 and C8. So, I used this to replace all three (C7, C8, and C10), even though the C10 is 1200uF. The diameter of these Radio Shack capacitors are a bit bigger, but they will fit. Here's a helpful link on how to replace capacitors: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCSNWi3UHf4&NR=1
Thanks Again contributors!
Posted on May 23, 2010
Same problem here -- blue power and amber record LEDs flashing on powerup.
Looked and sounded like a power supply problem, so I opened it up and noticed the bulging caps (C7, C8, C10).
Replaced with parts from RadioShack: C7 and C8 with 1000µF 35VDC, and C10 with a pair of caps in parallel: 1000µF and 220µF 35VDC...I had to enlarge the hole in the PCB with a 1/16" drill bit to get both sets of leads through (drill from the copper side, and be careful!).
All systems go.
Posted on Aug 05, 2010
Replaced the c7 c8 c10 capacitors and everything worked fine
Posted on Mar 10, 2010
Replaced the C7 and C8 on the power board (C10 appeared okay) C7 was bulging at the top and C 8 had actually popped on top. Reassembled unit hooked it up and worked fine...
Thanks to those that figured this out,,wife is extremely happy now!
Posted on Mar 02, 2012
Thanks for the insite on the bad caps. One of my DVRs (r15-500) stopped working; both power and rec lights flashing. Took it apart and sure enough, both 1000 uf caps mentioned here look bad. I plan to replace them today and see how it works.
Posted on Feb 11, 2010
Sweet fix. I've had two R15's die due to this problem and replacing C7 and C8 did the trick. Thanks for posting this!
Posted on Mar 12, 2015
My DirecTV R15-500 had no lights and was dead except for a sound that was almost like a heartbeat. I found the three capacitors referenced in the other posts and all of them had bulging tops. I found the exact same rating capacitors at EPO here in Houston and replaced them and now my unit works fine. I had two seasons of Breaking Bad and Fringe and Sons of Anarcny on that machine and was afraid I had lost them. I was planning on finding an identical maching and swapping hard drives but glad I didn't have to as I had read that that won't work. One caveat, I forgot to note the orientation of the two leads as I did not think of polarity. By checking the orientation of the other capacitors, I was able to get all three soldered in correctly. There was a big dot on the motherboard indicating the location of the negative lead. E. Wilson
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