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I bought a used rca dvr40, plugged everything in the same from my direct tv console (non dvr) and inserted the access card-I got an error code saying keep plugged in for three hours while the unit tries to repair itself?

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You need to call DirecTV and request a new access card. They are $20 and come with instructions. These cards can't be transfered from one receiver to another, unlike a cell phone SIM card.

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