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301 Power Problem

My Dish 301 receiver won't stay powered up. When I turn the unit on, it stays on for a few seconds then automatically turns itself off. When I pull the smart card out and re-insert the card, it does the same thing. Can anyone assist me with the problem?


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  • tierramike Jan 11, 2009

    I have the exact problem with a refurbished prepaid service Dish Network 301 receiver that I just received yesterday via an eBay purchase from an authorized Dish Network supplier. Here is what I emailed to the seller today:

    "The receiver arrived late yesterday afternoon. Unfortunately, after hooking it to my portable satellite dish and my TV and plugging it in and turning it on, the power seems to die after a few seconds (the green power light goes out). I tried resetting it several times by holding down the power button for at least 10 seconds. The power light comes back on, but it fades out again within a few seconds. I tried unplugging the power cord and changing outlets and I even tried removing and reinstalling the Dish Network card, but it does the same thing - green power light on for a few seconds, then going out. I did get it working for a short time and got the Dish Network menu and satellite feedback, but that went away when the power light went out.

    Do you have any suggestions?"
    I haven't received a reply yet. Given that I plugged it into multiple outlets in different rooms, I'm assuming the receiver is bad (not very well "refurbished", it seems).


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You might have a grounding issue or electrical power. dish receivers need a specific amount of volts, what you can do is take an extension cord n connect it to the rcvr and take the other end of the extension cord n plug it in on another outlet in another ROOM, then see if it powers on , if it does something is wrong w/ the outlet even if u have A tv or other appliace plugged in, if it doesnt turn on then call dish network n get replacement receiver

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The Dish 301 is about as basic as it gets, it's one step above hand shadows for entertainment. Might try power up with card inserted if that doesn't help send it back PS was designed by a handicapped chimp I hope chimps aren't insulted.

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