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4:42:54 PM
771 Signal Loss on some channels on some TVs but not others

I get the 771 Signal Loss error on some channels on two TVs in the house.  The other TVs in the house receive those channels.

Ran System Diagnostics resulting in Diagnostic Code:  43-243.

Receiver:  H21/100, Software: 0x4736

I get the 771 Signal Loss error on some channels on two TVs in the house.  The other TVs in the house receive those channels.

Ran System Diagnostics resulting in Diagnostic Code:  43-243.

Receiver:  H21/100, Software: 0x4736

771 Signal Loss on some channels on some TVs but not others

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Please post your signal readings

You'll find these readings under "Menu" -> "Setup" -> "System Setup" -> Satellite -> "View Signal Strength". Note the "+" and "-" symbols next to the "Satellite" and "Tuner" entries where you can toggle the readings between the various satellites and both DVR tuners. If you have a DVR it's important to check BOTH satellite tuners.

Fill in your readings for each satellite and tuner on the new post you create, using the example below as a guide. (The example below is only an example and not a form that will appear in your post unless you "cut" and "paste" it.) A properly aligned dish will show 80-90s on most of the relevant transponders (although some will be low or zero):
Satellite transponders (32 total at 101º)
[Most of your standard definition channels are beamed from 101ºW]
1-8 X X X X X X X X
9-16 X X X X X X X X
17-24 X X X X X X X X
25-32 X X X X X X X X

Satellite transponders (3 total at 110º)
[A few HD channels, also beamed from 99 & 103º]
1-8 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA X
9-16 NA X NA X NA NA NA NA

Satellite transponders (11 total at 119º)
[Local SD channels for some cities, Spanish package]
17-24 NA NA NA NA NA X X X
25-32X X X X X X X X

Satellite transponders (16 total at 99º(s)) [or 99º(b)]
[Local HD channels for some cities]
1-8 X X X X X X  NA NA
9-16 NA NA NA NA NA NA X X
17-24 X X X X X X X X
[Note: these can be very slow to appear]

Satellite transponders (14 total at 99º(c)) [or 99º(a)]
[National HD channels]
1-8 X X X X X X X X
9-16X X X X X X  NA NA
[Note, these can be very slow to appear]

Satellite transponders (16 total at 103º(s)) [or 103º(a)]
[Local HD channels for some cities]
1-8 X X X X X X NA NA
9-16 NA NA NA NA NA NA X X
17-24 X X X X X X X X
[Note, these can be very slow to appear]

Satellite transponders (16 total at 103º(ca))
[National HD channels]
1-8 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
9-16 X X X X X X X X
17-24 X X X X X X X X

Satellite transponders (14 total at 103º(cb)) [or 103º(b)]
[National HD channels]
1-8 X X X X X X X X
9-16 X X X X X X X X NA NA
17-24 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA

Please post your signal readings

You'll find these readings under "Menu" -> "Setup" -> "System Setup" -> Satellite -> "View Signal Strength". Note the "+" and "-" symbols next to the "Satellite" and "Tuner" entries where you can toggle the readings between the various satellites and both DVR tuners. If you have a DVR it's important to check BOTH satellite tuners.

Fill in your readings for each satellite and tuner on the new post you create, using the example below as a guide. (The example below is only an example and not a form that will appear in your post unless you "cut" and "paste" it.) A properly aligned dish will show 80-90s on most of the relevant transponders (although some will be low or zero):
Satellite transponders (32 total at 101º)
[Most of your standard definition channels are beamed from 101ºW]
1-8 X X X X X X X X
9-16 X X X X X X X X
17-24 X X X X X X X X
25-32 X X X X X X X X

Satellite transponders (3 total at 110º)
[A few HD channels, also beamed from 99 & 103º]
1-8 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA X
9-16 NA X NA X NA NA NA NA

Satellite transponders (11 total at 119º)
[Local SD channels for some cities, Spanish package]
17-24 NA NA NA NA NA X X X
25-32X X X X X X X X

Satellite transponders (16 total at 99º(s)) [or 99º(b)]
[Local HD channels for some cities]
1-8 X X X X X X  NA NA
9-16 NA NA NA NA NA NA X X
17-24 X X X X X X X X
[Note: these can be very slow to appear]

Satellite transponders (14 total at 99º(c)) [or 99º(a)]
[National HD channels]
1-8 X X X X X X X X
9-16X X X X X X  NA NA
[Note, these can be very slow to appear]

Satellite transponders (16 total at 103º(s)) [or 103º(a)]
[Local HD channels for some cities]
1-8 X X X X X X NA NA
9-16 NA NA NA NA NA NA X X
17-24 X X X X X X X X
[Note, these can be very slow to appear]

Satellite transponders (16 total at 103º(ca))
[National HD channels]
1-8 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
9-16 X X X X X X X X
17-24 X X X X X X X X

Satellite transponders (14 total at 103º(cb)) [or 103º(b)]
[National HD channels]
1-8 X X X X X X X X
9-16 X X X X X X X X NA NA
17-24 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA

*The views and opinions expressed on this forum are purely my own. Any product claim, statistic, quote, or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider, or party.

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No DVR on this TV.

Satellite 101

1-8    84 86 86 0 83 98 86 97

9-16  81 85 85 60 82 98 85 98

17-24 82 0 85 59 83 98 86 98

25-32 82 0 85 53 84 97 83 98

Satellite 110

1-8   na na na na na na na 98

9-16 na 86 na 59 na na na na

17-24 na na na na na na na na

25-32 na na na na na na na na

Satellite 119

1-8 na across

9-16 na across

17-24 na na na na an 98 0 0

25-32 85 0 95 53 97 100 97

Satellite 99 (c)

1-8  60 67 56 61 60 65 57 62

9-16 60 67 56 59 60 65 na na

17-24 na across

25-32 na across

Satelline 99 (s)

1-8 0 0 - - - - na na

9-16  na na na na na na - -

17-24 - - - - - - - -

25-32 na across

Satellite 103 (s)

1-8 - - - - na na na na

9-16 na na na na na na - -

17-24 - - - - - - - -

25-32 na across

Satellite 103 (ca)

1-8  na across

9-16  72 0 74 0 72 0 72 0

17-24 71 0 72 0 64 0 67 0

25-32 na across

Satellite 103 (cb)

1-8  74 0 76 0 72 0 74 0

9-16 73 0 76 0 71 0 na na

17-24 na across

25-32 na across

No DVR on this TV.

Satellite 101

1-8    84 86 86 0 83 98 86 97

9-16  81 85 85 60 82 98 85 98

17-24 82 0 85 59 83 98 86 98

25-32 82 0 85 53 84 97 83 98

Satellite 110

1-8   na na na na na na na 98

9-16 na 86 na 59 na na na na

17-24 na na na na na na na na

25-32 na na na na na na na na

Satellite 119

1-8 na across

9-16 na across

17-24 na na na na an 98 0 0

25-32 85 0 95 53 97 100 97

Satellite 99 (c)

1-8  60 67 56 61 60 65 57 62

9-16 60 67 56 59 60 65 na na

17-24 na across

25-32 na across

Satelline 99 (s)

1-8 0 0 - - - - na na

9-16  na na na na na na - -

17-24 - - - - - - - -

25-32 na across

Satellite 103 (s)

1-8 - - - - na na na na

9-16 na na na na na na - -

17-24 - - - - - - - -

25-32 na across

Satellite 103 (ca)

1-8  na across

9-16  72 0 74 0 72 0 72 0

17-24 71 0 72 0 64 0 67 0

25-32 na across

Satellite 103 (cb)

1-8  74 0 76 0 72 0 74 0

9-16 73 0 76 0 71 0 na na

17-24 na across

25-32 na across

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looks like your dish is out of alignment.  best to call DTV and request a service visit.  free with the protection plan otherwise $50.00

looks like your dish is out of alignment.  best to call DTV and request a service visit.  free with the protection plan otherwise $50.00

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Thank you.  Is it odd to you that the channels I do not get on this TV I am able to receive on a different TV in the same house?  I think I have 8 receivers and only 2 are having 771 problems, on numerous channels on those 2 TVs.  But I can go to a different room in the house and watch that channel.  Strange?

Thank you.  Is it odd to you that the channels I do not get on this TV I am able to receive on a different TV in the same house?  I think I have 8 receivers and only 2 are having 771 problems, on numerous channels on those 2 TVs.  But I can go to a different room in the house and watch that channel.  Strange?

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what are the model numbers of both the "good" receivers and the "bad" receivers

what are the model numbers of both the "good" receivers and the "bad" receivers

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Bad Receivers:

H21/100 - no DVR, this is the one I provided all the numbers for

HR21/200 w/DVR

H20/100

Good Receivers:

D10/100

H21/200 w/DVR

H20/100

DRD430RG

D10/100

Bad Receivers:

H21/100 - no DVR, this is the one I provided all the numbers for

HR21/200 w/DVR

H20/100

Good Receivers:

D10/100

H21/200 w/DVR

H20/100

DRD430RG

D10/100

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Try swapping this "bad" Receiver with one of your good Receivers.  If the problem stays with the "bad" Receiver, you can be pretty sure it's defective.  If the problem stays in its room, then something might be wrong with the satellite coax cable feeding that room. .  Let us know what you find.

Try swapping this "bad" Receiver with one of your good Receivers.  If the problem stays with the "bad" Receiver, you can be pretty sure it's defective.  If the problem stays in its room, then something might be wrong with the satellite coax cable feeding that room. .  Let us know what you find.

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Not so strange.  The signal the Directv set top boxes receives is digital, all 0's and 1's.  The nature of a digital signal is that it can be perfect through a wide range of signal strengths but at some point, it drops below a tolerable level.  On the "good" sets the signal strength may be only a single point inside the usable level and on the "bad" set it's one point outside.  Note the numbers on your 99c satellite.  Those should all be in the high eighties or better yet in the mid 90's.

Not so strange.  The signal the Directv set top boxes receives is digital, all 0's and 1's.  The nature of a digital signal is that it can be perfect through a wide range of signal strengths but at some point, it drops below a tolerable level.  On the "good" sets the signal strength may be only a single point inside the usable level and on the "bad" set it's one point outside.  Note the numbers on your 99c satellite.  Those should all be in the high eighties or better yet in the mid 90's.

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