We got our new HD DVR today to replace an HD receiver and older tivo. After getting it to finally activate, I found the DVR full of shows from another user. I cleaned out the shows, the shows set to record, and changed the channel. The unit crashed, bring up the in-home agent. That crashed and I rebooted the unit. For 3+ hours now, we have tried rebooting it, using the pc in-home agent program, and just waiting, but it either gets to the starting up screen and stalls or manages to get a channel for a second before crashing. Any advice? Of course, the tech support is closed now as well. I'm very disappointed in Verizon.
ETA: Plugged the old HD only box in and it works fine, so it has to be the box.
I think you have a bad DVR and should return it. Verizon will hate me for saying this, but if you think about it....it had programs recorded on it...that means that nobody checked it out when it was returned and there is a good chance it was previously returned as a defective unit.
for fun, try clearing the hard drive by doing the following.
Most likely it's just flat out a bad stb, and it should be replaced, but in case it's just bad recordings
Access The Diagnostics menu. Press Power (off), Select, Select (from the front panel only).
Complete the following 5 key presses within 5 seconds of each other.
Replay, DVR, DVR, DVR, FiOS TV
Press another button and the LED will display "Clr". Exit the Diagnostics menu and turn on the STB.
Just a note of caution. In the case of this post, this is a good suggestion.
HOWEVER.... If anyone else is reading this post. This is NOT something you want to try in normal troubleshooting. For all intents and purposes this is a complete format of the hard drive on the DVR. This will delete everything on the drive. and I mean everything. It also might necessitate a call to tech support to reactivate the STB. In some cases this reformat sometimes even clears the activation.
So again. In the case of the OP on this thread. Good Idea to try. But for everyone else. Only as a last resort, and then only if you have already tried calling tech support and failed to get results that way.