Uverse DVR Crash--All Recorded Programs Lost

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Uverse DVR Crash--All Recorded Programs Lost

We've had Uverse TV for a few weeks and have had great experience with it until tonight.  We were watching one channel at 8:59pm and right when the clock clicked over to 9:00pm we had hit the RECORD button on a show in the GUIDE.  There were also 3 other shows scheduled to record at 9:00pm.
 
We're not sure how or why, but the Motorola VIP1216 DVR crashed and went into a strange hung/rebooting state for a few minutes.  During this time, one of the screens we saw had 3 or 4 small circles or dots on it.  After a few minutes, the box stabilized and we were able to watch TV again.  Also, it began to record the shows that it was recording just before it crashed. 
 
Now, however, when we go to Recorded Programs, we're missing all of our previously recorded shows.  OUCH!  We had at least 30 shows that now are apparently lost forever.
 
We called Uverse Tech Support and explained our situation to a nice agent named Eli.  He put me on hold for a few minutes, and when he came back he pretty much read back to me what I had just told him.  Bottom Line: Sorry you lost your recorded shows.  If it happens again, we'll probably send a tech out to replace your DVR.  IF IT HAPPENS AGAIN???  If it happens again, I'm not sure how long I'll remain a Uverse customer! 
 
If there are any Uverse engineers reading this, take it from a fellow engineer (computer networking)...this is a PROBLEM that needs to be FIXED.  I'd be happy to help someone re-create the situation if they'd care to try it.  I'm sure it'll happen again with other customers.
 
Has anyone else experienced this or something similar?  Has anyone else lost all their recorded programs? 
 
I think Uverse technology is great.  But obviously there are bugs that need to be worked out.
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First, try training your RG; this will help the whole system come back faster after a power outage.

Koolkid has a great Interative RG Trainer here.

 

When you press OK on the remote, you are not going past the blue Press OK screen?  Is the ATT button (top left) pressed (and blinks red) when OK is pressed?

 

What happens if you press the OK button ON the front of the DVR?

 

Another thing you can try is to unplug the DVR at the back of the unit; wait for the 3 front lights to flash (a few seconds) and plug it back in.  That should not cause you to loose your recordings and is another way of doing a soft reboot.

 

Kitty sounds smarter than the tech you got, sad to say. :smileywink:

 

The USB ports are not turned on at this time for an external HDD, but might be in the future.

 

Others here can give you some tips on making HDMI work.

 

 

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Good thing you let that tech leave, he would have given you something you didn't need and you would have lost your recordings.  If you buy a dvd recorder you can record you programs to dvds or if you have a vcr you can store them on videotape.  But then they wouldn't look as good.
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Thanks for the info and advice, spd2demun. 

 

>First, try training your RG; this will help the whole system come back
>faster after a power outage. Koolkid has a great Interative RG Trainer here.

 

As it turns out, I was able to get the box running normally for now by following an unusual reboot sequence (see below). I suspect this is nothing nothing more than a short-term fix, but I'll save the link to RG trainer and run through it the next time there's a failure.

 

>When you press OK on the remote, you are not going past the blue
>Press OK screen?  Is the ATT button (top left) pressed (and blinks
>red) when OK is pressed?

>What happens if you press the OK button ON the front of the DVR?

 

Yup, the ATT button blinks red. I had that along with the OK button on the DVR.

 

>Another thing you can try is to unplug the DVR at the back of the unit;

>wait for the 3 front lights to flash (a few seconds) and plug it back in. 

>That should not cause you to loose your recordings and is another way

>of doing a soft reboot.

 

I previously had disconnected from the DVR and from the wall. The odd sequence that worked was to disconnect (again) from the DVR, then wait, as you note. Then, press and hold the power button on the DVR for a long time (>10"). What happened is that I had to reset to the aspect ratio (options-system settings), which on previous reboots had remained in the customized setting. I think what was happening is that despite my efforts, the system was not actually resetting.

 

>Others here can give you some tips on making HDMI work.

 

The HDMI cable has worked fine from the outset. Why the techie volunteered that bit of wisdom is beyond me.

 

Also, in response to the message about using a recordable DVD as back-up -- that idea makes sense. I notice that since Blu Ray won the HD spec war, the price of recordable HD-DVD units has gone in the tank.  

 

 

 

 

 

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I certify you a tech now! :smileyhappy:  Glad you found something that worked.
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I think it's pretty widespread.  We had 3 failures with DishNetwork and now have lost all our programs on the ATT dvr that is less than 6 months old.  I think it happened during the night when the maintenance is done.  DishNetwork told us to turn it off every night.  We turn it off every time we turn off the TV.  So, that doesn't help.  It was interesting that list was not lost, only the programs.  I flipped out this time!!  Now, I really think it's a good idea to get a back-up dvr.  Does anyone know how do rig it up?
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/startRant

 

Just faced this for the SECOND TIME.  first time, the tech came out for freeze issues, and just replaced the DVR. stated that the lost shows were unaviodable.

 

Today, the system slowing died.  first, we lost the programming information.  Then, the menu choice for Recorded TV.  Called tech support, and requested a L2 resource.  This offended the L1 folks, but, they were suggesting Disaster Recovery settings; again, costing me all my recordings.

 

We tried rebooting several times, then tried pulling new firmware; it appeared to start working again, allowing the DVR to reboot, and for us to navigate to channels. Then, that died as well.

 

Through a few more reboot attempts, the DVR appeared to go into DR mode itself (NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!), and then, ended up with a single red 'X' in the middle of the screen.  It's toast now.

 

Between this, the fact that I have NEVER had the download speeds that I pay for, save for one terrific day when a field tech was here and changed some gateway settings (of course, the slower speeds resumed only a few hours later)  I am less enthusiastic about recommending this service.

 

Please o great AT&T U-Verse service folks, just give me what you PROMISED ME.

 

/endRant

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We just lost all of our recorded programs today.  Quite a bummer.  In the morning when I turned on the TV the screen was blank with a little X on the screen.  I reset and it took several minutes to reboot.  Later I went to my recorded shows and there were none there.

 

I decided to call customer service and  went through their reset process.  I was told that they were sorry and sometimes it happens.  I wanted to know if I had done something wrong and really didn't get an answer.  It is making me think of switching to a different provider.  They didn't even offer anything for the inconvience...

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If or when it happens again, try an unplug/plug in for 30 seconds hard reboot, will reset

everything, but won't lose recordings.  A bummer that you lost all the recordings. :smileymad:


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TAIAC wrote:

We just lost all of our recorded programs today.  Quite a bummer.  In the morning when I turned on the TV the screen was blank with a little X on the screen.  I reset and it took several minutes to reboot.  Later I went to my recorded shows and there were none there.

 

I decided to call customer service and  went through their reset process.  I was told that they were sorry and sometimes it happens.  I wanted to know if I had done something wrong and really didn't get an answer.  It is making me think of switching to a different provider.  They didn't even offer anything for the inconvience...


 

 

Unfortunately, your experiece is typical. AT&T's boxes have proven to not be reliable (I've had my DVR replaced three times and at least one other time I had the dreaded X and a hard reset to fix it also removed my recordings). AT&T will gladly tell you that there is no way to back up your recordings and thay they are sorry if this happens; heck, they even warn that this can happen in their terms of service (which noone reads, of course).

 

Remember, even if AT&T tells you that they need to replace your DVR, they will not offer any way to move your recordings to the new one. They simply don't care. They see those recordings as theirs, not yours, and feel no need to do help you in any way.

 

Sorry for sounding harsh, but I've been through this enough to know that if I ever record something I care about, I need to copy it to DVD as I have no confidence in AT&T's equipment.

 

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We just lost all our recorded programs today.  We've had U-verse for about three weeks and had about 20 programs recorded.  This thread was started in 2008 and after reading these posts i'm seriously worried.  This appears to be an ongoing problem and AT & T doesn't seem to be doing anything to fix it.

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fatsuki wrote:

We just lost all our recorded programs today.  We've had U-verse for about three weeks and had about 20 programs recorded.  This thread was started in 2008 and after reading these posts i'm seriously worried.  This appears to be an ongoing problem and AT & T doesn't seem to be doing anything to fix it.


Unplug your dvr for 30 seconds and then reconnect it.  After it boots up check your recordings.

 

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Did that, everything is still gone and it just crashed again.  This time we only had one show recorded but it was erased too.

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sure sounds like a bad hdd

call  in and tell them the hard drive is failing

my take

 

 

randy

 

 

 

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the first thing i'm not sure why we can't watch the dvr when theres no dsl signal has anyoner ever seen the hard drive but if there is won you would not be able to watch your backups because each dvr encrypts with it's own code .

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