Wife and I have been watching tv all night, then, all of a sudden the livingroom hd/dvr box went off and now shows a yellow ring that is going in a circle and '' d1 or dl '' to the right of that. I tried turning the unit off by hand and remote, didn't change. I tried unplugging unit for a couple minutes, still didn't do anything. When I unplugged the cable wire itself for a few minutes and re-screwed it back in the cable would come on for like 10 seconds and shut back off and started the aforementioned issue. We checked the bedroom dvr box and it is ok, the kids room which have basic cable are both fine as well.
Ive seen this before...that may be indicative of an upgrade of the software in the cable box that comes from your cable provider. The best thing to do is plug it back in, let it get the "yellow ring" for a bit, and wait for the upgrade (it make take 10 - 15 minutes). Then things should return to normal... If the condition persists, try to call the cable company.
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If you have more than one HDMI port on your TV,
run one HDMI cable from the DCT6412 to the TV,
and one HDMI cable from the BluRay unit to the TV.
Then, use the "source" (or "input") control on the TV's remote-control to select either 'HDMI1' or 'HDMI2'.
Check with your provider to ensure that you are in expanded services, or limited. Because being on limited services the box will lock you out of those channels. If you are in billing for those services and you checked the batteries on your remote and they are good and you get a solid red blink when you change channels not a double blink (indicating that your batteries are dying), Then try power cycling your DVR by, removing the power supply and waiting 3sec then plug it back in. Your box should shut off, turn itself back on, then go into the load screen, then, once the load screen display shows on your tv and on box display, wait for your box to completely load (don't touch nothing until the correct time shows up, meaning that it has completed the load process) Once the process is complete turn box back on and you should have you guide back up and (No Data) on your program schedule(Don't Worry!!) it will populate, with 15-20 mins.
Now try to ch. up and down and see if that fixed the problem. also make sure nothing is blocking the sensor. If all else fails and you changed the battery, called your cable provider and request a box swap, (be sure to watch all your recorded shows because they go bye, bye with the cable guy!)
this works to record progam you watching 1. press menu key 2. highlight DVR button by using either < or > key then press OK button 3. answer prompts
Do this to set up a recording in advance or a series recording 1. Hit the guide button 2. scroll thru channels until you find program you want to record 3. scrool over to red dot press OK button 4.you can the highlight red dot for one time recording or go down one to record every episode. make sure you check the settings for this program.
I work for a cable company that has this exact cable box. in our system we choose not to actvate this option. cable companys go to motorola and give them the exact features that they want the box to perform. most cable companys won't have that feature added mainly 1 due to cost and 2 if you have that type of box it probably has on demand available, so they want you to rent a movie then to play it on dvd.in my opinion straight to the tv is better anyway, the less devices you run the video signal through the less problems you will have . all those ports on the back of the box is standard for the 6412, but are not always actvated.
I have a DCT6416 which is essentially the same unit but with a bigger hardrive. I just had the same problem and was able to fix it. First connect your DVR to your TV with the composite RGB cables and disconnect the HDMI. Then power your unit on. Then power it off (using the power on the DVR not a remote) and immediatly press the menu button on the DVR (not the remote). A white screen with black writing will come up. Using the down arrow buttons on your DVR go to the bottom line where it says "reset factory default" Toggle down to that and then use the right arrow key and your settings will be reset. Then exit out of that by powering off. Now remove your composite cables and replace the HDMI. You should be back up and running.
When that happens its most likley you had a power outage and the box reset. Well kinda reset but not all the way. You can unplug the power and wait about 10sec and plug it back in and wait a few min to a few hours, and If that doesn't work get a new box.