Originally Posted by exile
Have same problem here.
Then it stopped working altogether. wouldn't even turn on. Fan constantly on also.
I disconnected the unit opened and disconnected the hard drive. fan comes on for for a minute or so then shuts off. All control is returned to the reciever and operates normaly.
This tells me its the hard drive. Can others disconnect their hard drives also? I started having this trouble about the same time B*ll started introducing firmware 185 into stream.
They told me its not their problem and I could for 150 dollars get a refurbished one. I am thinking they may have caused this problem and are keeping hush about it with the 185 firmware.
Also does anyone know of a compatible HD that would work with the 9242?
Mine did this for the SECOND time a few days ago... I couldn't even get it to start no matter how many times I unplugged. Eventually I removed cover, blew out the dust (which was a lot), plugged it back in without HDD connected, and it booted right up. After 12 hours, I connected the HDD without the case, then finally I put the case back on... it's been running a few days now just fine.
Usually if the hard drive is failing you get an error code (as I have in the past). My guess is this is an overheating issue. I came close to sending this receiver back to BELL because it definitely seemed messed up, but I had patience, kept unplugging, clearing the memory and eventually it worked. If it fails again, then I don't know. I'm going to hope the dust and dirt clogging the fan and hard drive was the issue for me.
Here is a list of compatible HDD's for 9242/vip622/vip722
Maxtor 4R120L0 4R120L00306P1
<250> st3250823ace works perfectly
Maxtor 6L250R0 works perfect
Make sure if you're ordering a new hard drive you get EVERY SINGLE LETTER correct. I ordered the WD5000AAJS and it came with -00 instead of -57 on the end. It did not work. Eventually I found the ST3500830SCE Seagate and it works awesome with more recording time.
Hope this helps, let us know.