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Only receiving signal on 1 satellite

I'll admit that I have had this problem for quite a long time, but if you can help me correct it, I would really appreciate it.  My SIR - TS160 worked great for the first couple of years after I purchased it in 2003.  In 2005 I lost the signal from 2 of the satellites.  I had DirecTV come out and they checked the dish and that checked out o.k. They tried a different receiver and everything worked, so it must be the receiver.  I did not want to replace the receiver at that time because I was going to wait and get a HD Tivo later on when the price came down.  Well I waited too long, they no longer are associated with Tivo and the receivers that they have now are not that reliable. Hopefully, the next best thing would be to repair the one I have. Here are my symptoms: Satellite (A) 101- 85% signal, Satellite (C) 110 - 0% signal, and Satellite (B) 119 - 0% signal. Is there a common problem that would cause this or am I out of luck? Any help you can provide will be greatly appreciated - Rick

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I have Dish 322 receiver. Everything was fine; a week or so ago satellite 119 reception was spotty, now we can't get 119 at all. We get 110 but only about 34%. Sometimes the receiver will power itself off...


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Press the Menu button on your remote. This will bring up the Main Menu on your TV screen. Input the numbers: 6 (System Setup), 1 (Installation), and 1 (Point Dish). On the right side of the Point Dish screen are 3 buttons. Select the Check Switch button. Within the 2 large boxes are satellite numbers and green or red boxes. Make a note of the satellite numbers (should be 119, 110), the trans, the device, and switch. Super dish and alternate should not be checked. Select the Test button on the bottom of the screen. If a box pops up with a warning about TV 2, select Yes. It will now run the check switch test. Let it complete the test. After completion, the screen will automatically go back to the Installation Summary screen. You may get a message stating that the Check Switch test has found fewer satellites than previously detected. If you get this message cancel out of each screen (do not save the results) till you are back to the TV screen and it is acquiring Satellite signal.

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