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Hughes SD DVR40 suddenly "reboots"

We will be watching a TV programs when the We suddenly get the the Welcome Screen and the DVR goes through the reboot process.

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Re: Hughes SD DVR40 suddenly "reboots"

It's most likely your hard drive. If it happens at the same point in the recording, or if you can delete a program and then record something else and it does it again, it is hitting a bad spot on the hard drive. Your best option is to replace the hard drive and you should be good to go.

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II just want to ask a question about a TIVO DVR.

You can buy a used DirecTV with Tivo. You probably had a Hughes SD-DVR40 or SD-DVR80 before. The used model needs to be transferable to your account (which means it can't be leased, it has to have no outstanding charges on the previous account, etc). And you have to buy a new DirecTV card.

If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area or in San Jose, write to and they should be able to help you out.

May 17, 2010 | Directv HD DVR TiVo DTV Receiver /...

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Hughes sd-dvr-80 rebooting randomly now stays on powering up when

This is common with drive problems.
Could also be a power supply getting hot.

Apr 12, 2010 | Hughes SD-DVR80 DirecTV / TiVo DTV...

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Need remote code

Need to know how to program remot to tv

Dec 13, 2009 | Hughes SD-DVR40 210-Hours Video Recorder

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The remote for the hughes sd-dvr40 will only change the tv chanel even with the button on the remote in the sat. mode it will not change the sat. rec. chanels

I fixed it by reprograming the remote. This is how! Point the remote away from the DVR and press and hold the TV power button and the Directv button on the remote at the same time until the red light at the end of the remote comes on and stays on when you release the buttons. Then press the thumbs down button on the remote (3) three times and press enter on the remote. This corrected my problem which set the remote as a new remote. You will have to reporgam your TV code into the remote to operate the volume on your TV .

Nov 16, 2009 | Hughes SD-DVR40 210-Hours Video Recorder

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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...

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.

Oct 06, 2009 | RCA DVR40 DIRECTV DVR with TiVo

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Can hughes sd-dvr 80 be used as stand-alone dvr?

not without a subscription to Directv. after it enters the box it is basicly a Directv signal, it has to show up on the program guide.

Mar 10, 2009 | Hughes SD-DVR80 DirecTV / TiVo DTV...

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While we have the DishTV receiver/DVR, I suspect they are similar in principle.

You can't really do as you describe unless the unit has two individual tuners; some do, some don't. You'd need to check your manual to ldetermine that.

What you can do on all with the DVR function is watch a pre-recorded program since that comes from the hard drive, not the tuner.
This allows you to record one live and watch previously recorded material.

Aug 17, 2008 | Hughes HR10-250 DirecTV / TiVo 200-Hours...

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My RCA dvr 40 did the same.I think it was overheating.I vacumed the fan opening and put small blocks of wood under the legs and that worked for about 3 mos. then it said powering up but wouldnt. i'm now replaceing the unit. Good luck

Apr 09, 2008 | RCA DVR40 DIRECTV DVR with TiVo

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Welcome. powering up" screen freezes

well it sounds like the tivo is trying to re aquire the information needed or it was damaged during the power outage.If you can get into the menu settings make sure that you are getting a satellite signal on both tuners or both cables coming from the satellite.If you have the same tivo thats in the picture then you can go to directv central "the blue button at the top of the remote" then once you get there go to "read new messages and setup,then settings then satellite signal.once you go to the signal testing screen make sure you have a signal on both of the signal meter bars.If you dont one of the cables may have been damged.another way to test to see if the cables are ok is to take another receiver from another room and see if if will work on BOTH the cables that plugged into the tivo.If you discover that one or both cables are not working you can go to a website called and there is a section that will explain how to fix the cable/If you are unable to get to the setup screen then something internal may be wrong with the tivo.You will have to call Directv and have the tivo replaced with the new DVR,not tivo anymore.Or you can replace it yourself.Once again the website i mentioned will help ALOT.GOOD LUCK rate me fixya if this helps.OH yeah not dialing out will not cause any problems.Mine is the same way and it will just prompt you to make a phone call.

Dec 04, 2007 | Hughes SD-DVR40 210-Hours Video Recorder

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Hughes SD-DVR40 has video delays. the video stops every 5 seconds and when you press a button on the remote there is a delay for the response.

Video delays, running slow, and pixel glitches are indicators of Hard Disk Drive read and write errors. The shows you record are stored on a computer Hard Disk Drive within the DVR. If you have the original 40GB (35 hour) Western Digital Drive and it has never been replaced, it is a sure sign it is beginning to fail. You can either send it out and have it replaced or if you are electrically and mechanically inclined and want to try it yourself or have a computer genius living next door, the drive replacement is a simple process. You will need to obtain a pre loaded, pre initialized hard disk drive replacement for this Hughes DVR. You can purchase them online at The smallest replacment is a 70 hour drive (80GB)They sell high quality pre configured Maxtor drives especially designed as replacements for DVR Drives. There are step by step instructions included with the drive. Any qualified electronics guru or computer tech should be able to replace the old drive with the new preconfiged drive. It is about a 30 minute job. Once installed and powered up the Receiver/DVR will act like it is a brand new receiver. You will have to call Directv to reauthorize your receiver again. If they ask, you can explain that you had a technician replace a faulty hard drive on your owned receiver and you need to reauthorize it. You will discover this when you power up with the new drive. The new drive should fix the delay problem. You will also need to set up your remote for your TV through the Remote setup menu again unless you remember the code (I can't). When you access the remote setup, the instructions will be displayed on the screen. Just scroll down to your brand of TV and input the different codes one at a time until you find one that works.

Nov 06, 2006 | Hughes SD-DVR40 210-Hours Video Recorder

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