DirecTV errors can sometimes be difficult to interpret. Whether it is due to no signal, an equipment failure or other interference, sometimes these errors can be downright aggravating.
Take the DirecTV 771 Error “Searching for signal” for example. Some customers have found that this signal has popped up more regularly since the move to all HD programming and the addition of extra HD channels. One of the issues with true HD is that there is typically no in-between point; either you will have a picture or none at all.
If you are in an area that requires one or more inline amplifiers or filters then there is the possibility of the signal already having poor quality. There are a few things you can try to remedy this situation. The first step is to check all connections.
All connectors, from the dish itself all the way to the receiver, must be tightened to ensure best signal reception. You should also check your adjustment nuts and etc to make sure that the alignment has not changed. The next item to check out would depend on whether or not you are using a multi-switch.
If you are then you might want to check it out. If it is unpowered and there is a good deal of cable running to it then you can lose signal strength there as well. If you have checked all these out to no avail then it is possible that your inline filters (B-band converters) or amplifiers have gone bad.
If this is the case you will have to speak to a DirecTV dealer to find out how to get replacements. It is best to try each of the above as well as doing a system reset by unplugging everything before giving the company a call as they can charge a pretty penny for service calls unless you have the service plan.
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