My DirecTV receiver fried my access card!

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  1. Rob Speicher

    Rob Speicher Supporting Actor

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    Here's a timeline for this bizarre thing.

    9/18 11pm - Power goes out because of hurricane
    9/19 12am - Power comes back, TV/SAT works
    9/21 around 5am - Second satellite receiver goes out, receive blinking "Call extension 745" box at bottom of screen
    9/21 12pm - Call DirecTV, they go through the diagnostic script and determine it's the access card, FedEx me a new one overnight. I look at the card and notice that it's brown. I look at the working access card from the other receiver, and it's all white.

    This is what the broken card looks like:

    [​IMG]

    My receiver fried the access card! Now, my receiver is on a lot, because TiVo records things and then doesn't turn the receiver off when it's done. So it's often on for long periods of time, and I do notice that the receiver itself is hot to the touch. But this shouldn't be happening, right? Is this a freak occurance? We've had to receiver for probably 3 years, with this same access card. I have the new card in there now and it's working, but I'm worried that this could happen again.

    The receiver is the Sony SAT-A55.
     
  2. Mark All

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    Rob,
    I live over in Burke and had my Zenith 520 go out of commission around 11 pm. I figured there was a strong power surge (my power blinked but never went off during the storm). Looks like a power surge may have fried your card. My receiver started working once I disconnected it and plugged it into another outlet. After resetting the circuit on my Monster surge protector the receiver worked as usual.
     
  3. Rob Speicher

    Rob Speicher Supporting Actor

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    That's what I figured at first, but the fact that the receiver worked after the power outage made me wonder. My receiver is plugged into a Monster surge protector, but maybe something got through after the storm.

    I'll definitely keep an eye on this new card.
     
  4. Steve Lucas

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    I know a guy (no, not me, I don't even have a satelite system), who uses bootleg cards to get all the satelite channels for free. His card is fried on a regular basis by the satelite company. Somehow, they send out a signal that recognizes bootleg cards and fries them like yours. Is it possible that yours got mistaken for a bootleg card when the signal was sent out by the comapny?
    Just a thought.
    Steve
     
  5. Arthur Legardo

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    They don't physically "fry" the card like in Rob's case, just the "information" that is on the card.
     
  6. Mike Boniferro

    Mike Boniferro Second Unit

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    lol, wouldn't that be something... the sat companies sending down lightening bolts and burning up all the tampered cards [​IMG]
    'frying' the card is just a figure of speech... except to Rob
     

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