Originally posted by chkelly
i am scheduled to receive the update in 8 hours, but i cant change channels!!!! What do i have to do, just leave it on??? I dont understand why it cant do the update right now..
Because the updated code isn't being transmitted through the data stream "right now". DirecTV reserves the transmissions to the time compatible with all time zones that'll least affect viewing. When the process starts, if a user doesn't answer "no" to the update query, it occurs automatically. If, for example, an owner was experiencing severe weather anywhere within 20 miles, it would be prudent NOT to take the update on that particular "evening".
It shouldn't hurt to turn the receiver "off", though I'm personally skeptical that it makes any difference. (The only thing different when the box is cycled "off" by the remote or on-box buttons is to suppress the video and audio outputs, and extinguish the flourescent display. Otherwise all circuits remain powered up and processing as usual. However, for those with boxes stuck at a partial download, I definitely wouldn't suggest doing a hard reboot. (That could be asking for additional trouble.) If it's stuck on one channel, OTA or satellite, leave the box alone. If any of you with functional receivers ARE scheduled for tonight's download, it might be prudent to tune a satellite channel, though, again, it shouldn't matter.
If your box is stuck on a partial download, and you're thinking of a hard reboot, have your spouse or significant other tie you down for your own protection. (This might end up more entertaining than TV anyway...)
If your box is scheduled for tonight's download and is functioning normally, either turn if off or on as you desire. But if the weather at the appointed time in your zone is flakey, decline tonight's download to another day.
In all cases, explore the option of prayer.