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Sunday, 12 May 2013
9:06 AM

we keep losing the signal on input 1 but input 2 appears good. we re-set each time and it works for a while. is this a problem with the LMB? can we replace the LMB with one purchased from Amazon? HTI Quad LMB?

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linda's 1 post FR flag

10:54 AM

linda: Although there is always a possibility that it could be the LNB but in most cases its not, however to help determine whether it is or not try swapping the two inputs over on your box, if the fault changes from LNB1 over to LNB2's signal check indicator then its either the cable / connector at fault or its indeed the LNB port, if however it remains on LNB1 then unfortunately that indicates a defect on LNB1's tuner, most unlikely though!

Leaving the two box inputs swapped over you can verify if its the LNB or not by simply swapping the two connections over "on the block", because if it is the block at fault then the fault will show up again on your boxes LNB1 input, if though it doesn't then unscrew each connector in turn from the coax and check for any signs of water having gained access, drying out with a tissue as necessary, then after having ensured that all strands of the braiding have been pulled back over the cables outer cover and screw the connectors back onto the coax then onto the LNB.

Further advice re: blocks etc dependant on findings.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
11:03 PM

Can I use my Freeview box to pick up Saorview channels in North West Ireland? (Donegal)

The nearest transmitter from Saorview is quite close on aranmore island i think. But to get any signal from East is very unlikely past Errigal Mountain.

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francis's 1 post GB flag
Dave Lindsay

11:37 PM

francis: Maybe or maybe not.

Freeview HD receivers definitely work with Saorview. Some Freeview standard definition receivers will show Saorview pictures.

Saorview pictures are encoded using the MPEG4 standard whereas Freeview standard definition pictures use the earlier MPEG2 format. For this reason, many Freeview SD receivers don't have the capability to resolve MPEG4 pictures. In such a case the signal will be received, albeit with no picture.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 15 May 2013
10:21 AM

hi Have an old Sky box (Amstrad drx280) no phone connected I dropped the Sky subscription. Just recently having constant problem with 2 or 3 specific channels (rest OK) giving no sat signal or broken picture output. Problem gets solved with a reboot. I do not leave box in standby but switch off power. Is this fault fixable? Thanks in advance for any feedback.

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Omhie's 1 post GB flag
Thursday, 16 May 2013

6:53 PM

Omhie: The fault mentioned is purely coincidental, as the problem is caused by the voltage being fed to the tuner dropping off as the box heats up, this being due to the electrolytic capacitors used in the power supply having dried out though heat.

To be quite honest about it, its not really worth repairing this type of fault unless the person doing so is an electronics enthusiast, because the labour costs would exceed the value of the box.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Friday, 17 May 2013
John McKenzie
9:20 PM

I live afew hundred yards from the perth transmitter. uring the last few weeks there has been people working on the mast. Now I get a disturbed signal and a faily regular and loud 'clunk' coming through my TV. Whatever they've been doing, it ain't helped my signal. Living so close to the transmitter I've never had trouble getting a signal before. The digital antenna I have is fairly new and works well.

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John McKenzie's 1 post GB flag

9:46 PM

John McKenzie: Nothing is indicated on the engineering notice board as far as any work having been taking place at the relay, and as yet no other complaints have been made.

If you are located close to the mast then you should try a test with one of these old set top aerials connecting into your TV, or alternatively try a short length (about 4 feet or so) of bell type wire or similar pushed into the middle of your TV's aerial, the reason for this type of test being to see if reception improves with a slightly weaker signal.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Saturday, 18 May 2013
ian from notts

9:21 AM

Omhie, jb38- I'd guess that means a trip to Ebay for a new Skybox (single or double feed?) or a Freesat box ?

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11:50 AM

Omhie / Re:- ian from notts: Well yes, provided that anything purchased was not bought under the "no returns" or "sold as seen" label, because power supply problems in Sky boxes nearly always involve a temperature dependant time factor before the fault shows up, this in practice meaning a few hours or less in some installations whereas days in others depending on where a person might have installed the box, obviously the problem appearing much sooner if the box is installed within the confines of a Hi-Fi cabinet or similar.

By the way, there isn't really any advantage in anyone purchasing a twin LNB input Sky+ box unless they are intending to take out a Sky contract at some point in time, as a Sky+ box only works like a standard box without a contract being in force.

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