problem with digibox . help

saint

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I cant turn on my Sky digibox
when i press the power button , nothing happens . the power light stays on red (pressing maually and from remote) . Ive tried removing and reinserting the plug from the mains and removing the sky card , but nout .
I have an oldish (3 years) Amstrad standard sky box thats had no problems picking up sky .

does anyone have any idears or suggestions or is it that old-age has set in ?

Any help appreciated
 

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#2
What is the model number of your Amstrad, it is probably not worth repairing. You can buy a nearly new box on eBay for way under £100. You can if you want send it to www.digirepairs.co.uk or www.mces.co.uk for repair, have a look on their sites for costs.
 

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Its a common amstrad DX100 . does this mean that the box is knackered then ?

living in sweden , whats the best replacement for it ? can i buy a Sky+ without the extra monthly charge ?

Ive heard lots about DREAMCAST boxes , do they work with Sky ?
 

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If its a DX100 I wouldn't bother to have it fixed...get on ebay and get yourself something modern. DX100 too old & too slow!

Sky Plus will not cost you any more provided you spend over £30 on monthly Sucriptions ie sports or movies package.

Carefull which box you go for though, some are better than others for fringe reception. Pace 2600 is best down here as a normal box. As for sky+, Iceman and others swear by the Thomson 160....I can' back that up yet as mine is still on its way here. The Pace V2 isn't too bad I suppose, but I'm not that impressed with it.

Sorry, can't comment on dreamcast!

Cheers

Nick
saint said:
Its a common amstrad DX100 . does this mean that the box is knackered then ?

living in sweden , whats the best replacement for it ? can i buy a Sky+ without the extra monthly charge ?

Ive heard lots about DREAMCAST boxes , do they work with Sky ?
 

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Ok thanks
whats the deal with Sky Plus . I am currently subscribing to the sports package so it should only cost me for the box , yes . doesn't this require another cable from the lnb to the tv ?
Do i order / buy this through Sky or do i buy it seperately at thedigiboxshop.com , which is easiest & cheapest ?
in that case do i get to keep the Sky Plus box if i end my subscription .


Maybe its just easier to buy A Pace 430N . whats the thedigiboxshop.com like . any ideas .

thanks for any help ... after having an ashes free day
 

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skyplus does need a second cablefor the second tuner input.you will not have to pay any more with your subscription.dont buy from sky because they will want to install it and probably sell you the pace 3100(which they did to a friend of mine last month for 99 pounds) ,which is bad for fringe reception.just put your card in to the sky plus box then call sky and tell them to transfer your card to the new box.
 

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hi again
anyone out there selling a working Pace 430 or 2600 box ?
e-bays not really for me .

send me a PM if u have one to sell .
 

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Use the classified adverts, there is a wanted section. We do not encourage trading by PM, too many ways for things to go wrong and no open records when they do.
 

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I have a pace 2600 doing the exact same thing - press the red button and nothing happens. I was thinking of trying a forced upgrade but I'm scared it could only make things worse. Any suggestions or is it off for repair????
 
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#10
Without more info, these might be digibox hardware faults, but it's at least worth trying a software update (since new software is currently being broadcast).

Disconnect (unplug) from mains power, then re-connect whilst also holding down "backup" button on front panel (NOT on remote!). All front panel lights should come on. Wait at least 1 hour, then see if it now works.

Digiboxes on ebay, also guaranteed various 2nd hand ones from : www.dcsat.com .
 

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about the sky+ box .
it costs nothing more for me as i am subscribing to the sports package , but what happens when i stop this package , and use it just for the freebies . does it still have all the options (PVR) or do they then take £10 per month then ?
Do i have to tell Sky its a sky plus box when i change box ? can i say its just a new box ?
Is the Pace PVR3 (80 Gb) a good reciever for us in the fringe ??


thanks saint ... PS.I didn't miss anything interesting from the Oval yesterday did i ? Na .
 

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At the moment it only works on a subscription, so will not work with just the freebies, they can tell it is Sky+ box by the version number..
 

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without subscription , it will still work as a receiver , just with no PVR functions , yes ?

Pace PVR3 , any good ?

cheers
 

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Sorry, yes, I didn't express that very well, it will function as a nornal digibox. With regard to the PVR3, it probably suffers as much as the others with what appears to be inherent unreliability, you may get one of the lucky 20 percent though.
 

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thanks for such rapid replies Rolf (southern england eh , i'm originally Winchester, hence SAINTs)

I reckon the 20% figure has just swung it for me . need no more hassle , its gonna be the Pace DS430n

cheers
 
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I notice the comment by Zorba,, states the Pace 3100.. is poor for fringe reception,,, anychance of a thread re the Sky + and HD recorders,, would be very interested in the views of which is the best available for Costa Blanca Inland.. I was on the brink of buying a 3100????
 
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