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We had a lightning strike in the area with resultant power outage. The set top box is not working and doesn't respond to switching off and or removing plugs from wall for over 5 mins. The LED display window has characters but they are meaningless such as incomplete charcters eg an E without the top horizontal etc. The unit does not respond to the remote or by pressing the buttons on the unit. The signal indicator does not light, but the Power indicator does. I think it has had it. Any clues? It is Model TZ-HD1X Matt

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  • bengem11 Jul 22, 2008

    Thanks sincerely bobbyj for your comments. Thank goodness they are not as expensive now, as they were when I bought this one! Matt

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Lightning is an indiscriminate killer of electronic equipment it can attack multiple areas of electronic circuits. set top boxes are for the most part a computer and data is collected thru an antenna and transmitted back to your set. lightning can enter the box in multiple ways thru the antenna or the AC or both. It would not be worth persueing a repair on this just replace it. if you had other equipment damage then check with your home owners policy for the replacement of all the equipment damaged.

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