Originally Posted by P Smith
your case is unique as I see ... could be power supply or/and electrolytic capacitors issue ... if you'll remove the HDD and try to boot it, what will happen ? with antennae's cable connected ? perhaps the coax cable has some AC voltage on it ?
I can play with it more over the weekend. Currently it is put aside again.
I have read that some electronics can hold power for some time, takes time to dissipate. I know a number of people have posted about pals reviving themselves after being unplugged for days, weeks. So, I thought I might have gotten lucky.
But no, each attempt after that = just green light.
I did not try again without antenna. I will try antenna/no antenna - HDD/ no HDD combinations over the weekend and post results.
I do have another working pal (same antenna) and the HDD I used was one I use with it - different dock though, guess I'll mix-up docks too.Edit / Update:
After many attempts, I can say that for the "restart / point antenna/continue screen - vs. - green light only":
-- antenna (indoor/outdoor) / no antenna made no difference.
-- HDD / no HDD - only difference was access HDD vs. Hard disc Error "A647"
-- the only variable that seemed to matter was time since power OFF. Shortest was 1.5-hours - most longer.
P Smith also suggested:" instead of Scan, go to Pointing, select your local RF channel where is good signal (or just press left/right arrow and test many as you could); if you see 0 on all channels, then most likely it's tuner chip is dead; "
-- Did scan, all channels = 0
To review my pal's problem, when first failed
, I was able to perform all functions - except receiving OTA signal - I was able to navigate all menus and watch recordings as usual. No live TV or recording. Factory reset went as usual until the setup wizard - with no signal, no way to get past this setup/screen.
It was after I killed power that it started doing the "green light only" start-up.Edited by happy2Lurk - 1/30/14 at 11:23am