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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So is this a chain saw or a dish receiver. If you use the remote that came with the satellite box, go to the signal strength meter and be sure you're receiving a satellite signal. You are probably using the RCA output from the receiver into your TV. Make sure you've selected the correct input that you have the receiver connected to. If you need more information, we'll need more information on the trouble your having with the type of TV, satellite box and connections. Unless of course it is really a Chain Saw.
What are you getting on your TV 1 screen? Are you getting 015, acquiring satellite signal or weak or no signal, blue/black screen or snowy screen? Each of these problems requires certain troubleshooting steps. For the 015 message, a component from the Dish to the receiver may be bad. It could be weather related. For the other problems, the TV may not be on the correct input setting or channel. If you can provide more information, I would be happy to assist you.
Looks like your set is not receiving the signal from the sat. receiver.
Make sure that the audio/video cable is in good shape and connected correctly, then select the correct input on your tv.
If that doesn`t work try to connect a dvd or vcr on the same cable, if that is still no go then you may have a bad audio/video cable or there is a problem with your tv set.
If it does work(dvd/vcr) then you`ll have to check your satellite receiver.
Hope this help. Good luck
There are various reasons this could be happening. To start eliminating the main causes, go to the Magellan site and create a profile for yourself. You will then be able to download the latest firmware update and the newest maps. This will fix connectivity issues and at the same time give you the latest and greatest of what your device has to offer.Also, if your windshield has the blueish.silver covering over it from the factory, this can inhibit GPS Signal from penetrating the windshield and reaching the antenna. You could purchase an external mount antenna which will extend and amplify the signal .
Try another source to the video input to see if the fault is the TV set our the satellite receiver box.
If it is the TV set, you will have to send it for service to correct the fault.
Most of the time I found that on the HD sets, the regular baseband output of the decoder boxes looks sort of soft especialy when compared to HDMI. This is normal. I really don't know the degree of softness that you are seeing.
I would use a calibrated video frequency response test signal and a scope to really make determination of the specs and if there is really a fault. This can be very involved when considering the testing of a satellite reciever box.
How are you determining your error? If you are comparing your position to a map and you are getting error consistently, it could be that your map datum does not match the datum set in the GPS. Without WAAS turned on, your error should be @15'. With WAAS on it should be @ 6 to 9'. If you are using the Sattelite screen to determine your error, remember that is just estimated error. Higher estimated errors can be caused by satellites that are blocked or not visible to the GPS, or poor satellite geometry. It is normal for example, to have more error in high northern or southern latitudes due to less satellites being visible. With good reception you should be able to see 8 to 12 satellites on your satellite page. Signal strength is also important, You can have a lot of visible satellites but if the signal is weak your error wil increase. The signal can be weakened by heavy tree cover or high objects such as buildings or mountains. Such interference is called signal path error. Another form of signal path error is when the signal gets reflected off something before it gets to your GPS. For example; you're in a canyon and satellite 1 is to the east of you. The eastern rim of the canyon blocks the signal from satellite 1, however the signal bounces off the western rim and your GPS then picks it up. Because it took longer to get to your GPS, the GPS thinks that the satellite is farther away than it really is, causing a postion error. (This would not show up on your estimated position error shown on the satellite page because the GPS does not know this is happening.)
When WAAS is turned on it takes a channel that would normally be dedicated to a GPS satellite. It's possible that turning off WAAS helped you because having an extra GPS satellite improved your geometry which improved your accuracy more than the corrections WAAS is designed to make. The next time your error seems high, check how many satellites are being tracked and how strong the signal is.
I hope that you have had this unit for a while because it has been out of date for quite some time. I had this unit as well and furtunately the problems exsisted while under warrenty and I was able to get it fixed. Version 2 seemed to be better, the (A2). Sorry for the info, but vA1 was a bad unit if you ask me.