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Unit Frozen The display shows "Hello" and flickers in time to a tiny little red light on the motherboard next to a nicad battery (observable once cover is removed on the left side of the unit. Removing or replacing the battery seems to have no effect. Pushing the little red buttons next to the light and battery make the light speed up or stop, but no other changes. No menu, no movement, no spinning up of the drive inside. Help?

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  • m iqbal Dec 08, 2007

    The display shows "Hello" and flickers in time to a tiny little red
    light on the motherboard next to a nicad battery (observable once cover
    is removed on the left side of the unit. Removing or replacing the
    battery seems to have no effect. Pushing the little red buttons next to
    the light and battery make the light speed up or stop, but no other
    changes. No menu, no movement, no spinning up of the drive inside. Help?

  • Kalralahr Jun 12, 2008

    Yep, me also. Same exact problem... Will check the power supply.

  • coreyMB Sep 07, 2008

    I was Watching tv and it just stoped took off the cover flashing red light tryed to push the two little red buttons but it did nothing I need some help.

  • A John Keller Dec 08, 2008

    I bought three of these on e-bay and they all eventually had this problem.

    I changed c18 and c36 as Nipper00 posted. Both are 2200uf at 10v.

    Both units are now working. I do notice that the display is still a little dim. I can handle that as long as it works.

    The third unit "resurrected" itself after a couple of weeks of being powered off. It will die again.

    I bought 10 for less than $10 delivered from http://www.opamp-electronics.com/catalog... as posted by coreyMB.

    Thanks everyone.

  • Terrence  Jones
    Terrence Jones Jan 06, 2009

    I have the same problem. My client told me that their DVR wasn't working anymore. I have removed the the two capacitors (C18 and C36) and should recieve the replacement ones in a few days. I will post and let everyone know how everything turns out. From the looks of it, this should be a reliable fix. Thanks everyone!

  • Anonymous Feb 05, 2009

    I had a similar problem and replaced the c-18 & c-36. Now it works, but now I have no display on the unit. Dose anybody know if either c-18 or c-36 has anything to do with the display? Maybe I have a bad connection on one of the resisters?

  • Anonymous Feb 10, 2009

    The hello lite is dim, the unit will not operate. No tv thru the unit, drive door will not open. Thanks Jerry

  • jerrycrum1 Feb 10, 2009

    The hello lite is dim, the drive will not operate and there is no tv thru the unit. Red lit blinks fast. There is a green lite about 4 inches to the rear of the red lite.

    We had a storm here last nite. However all the other units on the same power strip is still working. Also have a power stableizer for the units. Tried to reset the unit with the power button. Was wondering if there are any other resets. Thanks Jerry

  • lpatrickjr Mar 07, 2009

    wondering if there was anyone in the New Jersey that can fix my unit, which is suffering from the dreaded "Hello" syndrome

  • trevit May 11, 2010

    Quote:xjnation
    "I had a "dead" lrm-519. Tried unplugging, restarting, etc. I took off the housing cover and pressed a little black button on the mother board. Fired right up and has been flawless since."

    What little black button?

  • climateau May 11, 2010

    In response to pbjy's post on Sept. 17,2008



    Your cliarification post is a little misleading...



    There are the 220uf 200v Caps on the PRIMARY power supply board at the heat sink....

    HOWEVER there are two 2200uf 10v Caps located in the Secondary section
    (located by the rainbow power cable harness) They are located at C18 and C36....

    My C36 cap is the one that is bulging...

    Just shooting some clairification to you, as you were not quite correct with your info.

    No harm / no foul.

  • pbjy May 11, 2010

    the power supply on the lrm-519 has 220uf at 200v, not 2200 uf at 10v.

    the main board has 3300uf not 2200uf.


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Replace the capacitors located on the Secondary board they are C18 and C36 2200uf at 10v. You'll need a soldering iron and some solder and solder wick to remove to old solder. Purchase replacement capacitors, with the exact some specs as the original. Place to new ones in with the striped side of the capacitor facing the checkerd side printed on the board. Solder in place and snip of the excess wire from the capacitor on the back side of the PCB board. Put everything back together and it sould fire right up. This is a moderate fix, but some electronics knowledge is needed. Hopes this helps everybody.

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Change c18 and c36 both are 2200uf at 10v - they are on the power supply and most of the time they are green

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The c18 capacitor did the trick for me. It was located on the power supply board. Everything works fine now. Jerry

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Wat little black button on the mother board?

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I will agree with the capacitor bulging being the main cause and also the fix.
As I do repair computers and have dealt with the same issue in many of a unnamed four letter manufacturer, In those years of 2004 -2006 many capacitors were cheaply made and bought from oversees and 80% of all of these unnamed manufacturer's motherboards had to be replaced due to "bulging capacitor failure". This failure takes time to show up.

Posted on Oct 25, 2008

I partially did what nipper00 posted by on Jun 12, 2008 by replacing c18 (2200uf at 10v). The red blinking LED now stayes solid and the system boots up completely. Will be stopping by Radioshack to get another one to replace c36.

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Had the same thing happen to me as well. I unplugged power cord, removed cover, unplugged hard drive cables, and reassembled. Re-attached power cord and unit fire right up.

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Same problem by power surge.
Many peole have same problem.
I believe this should be recall issue!

Posted on May 20, 2008

I have the same problem and will be taking it to a local service center tomorrow. I'll let everyone know what the problem was and how much it cost to repair. Ours is out of warranty so it will cost more but I should get it back faster. We shall see!

Posted on Apr 26, 2008

I'd like to know the answer to this one too. Mine has the exact same problem, also after a bad storm that caused the power to go out.

LG wouldn't give me a price quote at all... they said to just send it in and they would send an invoice. NOT!

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Same problem, called LG and they said the hard drive died and no one will fix it but them. $69 fee just to look at it plus the cost of the parts. Not sure if it's worth it.

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This is just wonderful. Mine has the same symptoms. We had a power surge last weekend, the DVR was hooked up to a Rayovac Surge protector. But I think someone left the DVR turned on during he outage, and it sufferd many on off events while power was being restored. I think it is probably a bad capacitor, but I'm no electrician.
Best Buy wants to send it to LG. Has anyone been this route? How much did they charge? I'm considering getting an HP with Microsoft program guide, and connecting it to my TV.

Posted on Mar 20, 2008

Sounds like a weak power supply

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I had a "dead" lrm-519. Tried unplugging, restarting, etc. I took off the housing cover and pressed a little black button on the mother board. Fired right up and has been flawless since.

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