The H20 every 10 to 20 minutes of viewing the receiver restarts and searches for the signal ... I caledl directv and its a known problem... their solution sign a two year contract and they will replace it... any better solutions ? i do not want to sign for another two years !
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I'm guessing you have the H20-600. They got recalled. More than likely, your receiver is bad.
If your installation was in the last 3 months, do your technician a favor and call him if he left his number or office number. Even though you have a faulty unit, a 'repeat service call' still counts against him and it could effect his work flow. Call them and they will do what they can to help you get a new unit without harming the technician's stats.
If your installation was not in the last 3 months, call DirecTV. This is pretty much a receiver issue (an issue like a bad connection or switch wouldn't cause this problem). You can probably try to get them to directly mail you a new box (you'll be able to ship your old one back for free) instead of forcing you to wait for a service call. If you have the H20-600, you can probably get the box for free but you'd definitely end up paying for the service call.
those units are known to go out after not long at all try doing a front panel reset by pushing the red button where the access card is you may have to do it several times to see if it will finally come up if not your looking at buying a new receiver
unplug the power from the reciever for a few moments. plug it back in and let it load. once its finished turn to channel 201. Usually it the reciever is on an unavailable channel (channel with no programming) when it restarted it will go back to that unavailable channel hince the black screen and no sound.
If you swapped directv receivers and the problem followed to a different tv then there is something wrong with the directv receiver. Need to run satellite setup again on this receiver to fix. repeat satellite setup is accessible through the setup submenu by pressing menu from the directv remote. look under satellite submenu once in setup
I do not have an schematic for this receiver. This receiver might not use LM317 or TIP42C but a different voltage regulator, try to locate where the 20 volts line from the power supply and follow it to anywhere near the LNB tuner circuitry. This type of IC is normally mounted on a heatsink.
Lastly if you are a subscriber, give you satellite service porvider a call to get a replacement.
your locals may be broadcasted on a a different satellite (directv uses 7 different ones). when u travel, your dish on your rv might be capable of receiving the satellite that broadcasts normal programming. the dish on your home may look a little different and picks up more than one of the satellite signals. also these satellites are in different locations