[mythtv-users] Black Screen w/PVR-250 caused by overheat
egeekial at comcast.net
Wed Jun 8 06:54:31 UTC 2005
So if they're prone to overheating... why haven't you tried cooling them?
James L. Paul wrote:
> Brad Fuller wrote:
>> Brian Fischer wrote:
>>> I am experiencing a black screen on my pvr-250 after a few weeks of
>>> with my myth box. I believe the cause is overheating because I
>>> cannot get
>>> my live tv to work until I shutdown and leave the computer off for
>>> about 30
>>> minutes. A reboot will not fix this issue. I plan on adding a new
>>> fan to
>>> the system, but wanted to know if anyone has a solution or
>>> suggestions to
>>> fix this.
>> If you think you have a heat problem, open the PC and run it until
>> you have your suspected heat issue. Then spray the suspected
>> component with freeze spray and view if you have any changes in the
>> video output. Sometimes you can find intermittent thermal problems
>> with freeze spray -- not always.
>> On the other hand, how many people have heat problems with PVRx50s?
>> It might be something else.
> I don't know how many people, but I'll raise my hand here. In the past
> 2 years I've had 4 PVR-250 cards die due to heat. The 4th one just
> gave out a couple weeks ago. First the tuner gets noisy for a month or
> so, then I start getting dropout that results in corrupted recordings
> and cause commercial detection to crash. Then I buy a replacement.
> I'm currently down to 2 cards again and am planning this time to
> replace with two PVR-500 cards.
> My system is a RedHat9-based Athlon 2600+ in a Gigabyte GA7VT600 MB
> with 512MB RAM, watercooled in a 4U rack chassis. The PVR cards get
> HOT and are the main source of heat inside the chassis. They seem to
> last up to a year. Of the 6 total cards I've had, none of them are
> still in service after over 2 years.
> YMMV :)
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