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Picture Freezes, can change channels!

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Picture Freezes, can change channels!

I thought I'd run this by the forum since Comcast hasn't been able to fix this.

About once every two or three days (watch about 3 hours per day), while I am switching channels or selecting a recorded show, my picture will freeze.  I can still hear the sound.  If I change the channel, the picture remains but I can hear the sound of the new channel.  So far, the only fix, is to refresh.  This works everytime but it means I miss a few minutes which is a problem if I'm recording something. If I switch to Netflix via the X1, the picture stays frozen but I hear the Netlix audio.

 

Xfinity has come over twice.  Signal is very strong.  They changed all of my coax cables and also gave me a new X1 box.  Nothing worked.  I even changed the HDMI cables.  Any ideas?

 

PS: Just read other threads describing this same issue.  Can't find any solutions.  I just swapped out the HDMI from my XI to the receiver with a brand new HDMI cable.

 

While the picture is frozen, the internet, phone, and another TV connected through a DTA continue to work.  Nothing seems to "release" the frozen picture (unplugging coax or HDMI).

 

I run the X1 using an HDMI cable to my Pioneer Receiver, which is connected to my TV via another HDMI. 

 

Thanks for any ideas. 

 

Art

 

 

 

Official Employee

Re: Picture Freezes, can change channels?

Your upstream signal levels are too high and out of spec, on both your DVR and your modem. If you need assistance getting another tech out let us know
Contributor

Re: Picture Freezes, can change channels?

Andrew, did you run a test on my line or are you just speculating based on my description?  Should I call my local Comcast and tell them what you identified?  I'm reluctant to have yet at third service person come to no avail unless you've spotted something that they didnt.  The last time someone came, he ran some tests from his truck.

 

Thanks,

 

Art

Official Employee

Re: Picture Freezes, can change channels?

I can access the levels of your equipment and look at a map. It’s possible it may be an outside issue, as a neighbor has the same levels as you do.

I’ve escalated it up to a colleague to get a tech, so you don’t have to call in.
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Re: Picture Freezes, can change channels?

Thanks.  If I can find out when they tweak things, I'll keep you posted on the results.   Art

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Re: Picture Freezes, can change channels?

 

Hello artseattle, I can assist you with getting a tech out to take care of this issue for you. Can you please send me a private message with your full name, street address, and account number by clicking on my name (ComcastAmir) and then "private message me"?

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Re: Picture Freezes, can change channels?

I continue to have the problem with my picture freezing. I can change channels and hear the audio of the selected channel or even Netflix.   I've needed to "restart" the system about once per day.

 

Since my last post, I tried connecting the X1 to my TV directly using the RCA jacks.  I can watch an SD version of the box using this input.  However, if the X1 freezes, the RCA connection goes black and the audio continues to be changeable.  I already swapped out all of my HDMI cables.  Unplugging the HDMI cables and then re-plugging does nothing.  Only "refresh" or "restart" work.  Also, my DTA box, phone, internet are not affected.  Entire community and house are only ten years old so I suspect good cabling.

 

Are there any other things I can try?  So far:  Had two techs come.  Signal is fine, swapped X1 box, changed Coax cables.

 

The last time the tech came, he told me there would be no charge.  However, I was charged $70.  When I called Comcast, they told me they would waive the fee as a courtesy but that I would be charged if they sent another person for this same issue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Re: Picture Freezes, can change channels?


@artseattle wrote:

I continue to have the problem with my picture freezing. I can change channels and hear the audio of the selected channel or even Netflix.   I've needed to "restart" the system about once per day.

 

Since my last post, I tried connecting the X1 to my TV directly using the RCA jacks.  I can watch an SD version of the box using this input.  However, if the X1 freezes, the RCA connection goes black and the audio continues to be changeable.  I already swapped out all of my HDMI cables.  Unplugging the HDMI cables and then re-plugging does nothing.  Only "refresh" or "restart" work.  Also, my DTA box, phone, internet are not affected.  Entire community and house are only ten years old so I suspect good cabling.

 

Are there any other things I can try?  So far:  Had two techs come.  Signal is fine, swapped X1 box, changed Coax cables.

 

The last time the tech came, he told me there would be no charge.  However, I was charged $70.  When I called Comcast, they told me they would waive the fee as a courtesy but that I would be charged if they sent another person for this same issue.

 


locate either end of your HDMI cable (one easiest to get to). next time it freezes, pull that end from the HDMI port (remember which one it was). after 20-30 seconds plug back in. did picture unfreeze?

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Re: Picture Freezes, can change channels?

Thanks.  I've tried that several times.   When I unplug the HDMI from either end, and wait 30+ seconds, the picture stays frozen.   If I unplug from AC the X1 box, it reboots and then everything is fine.   

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Re: Picture Freezes, can change channels?


@artseattle wrote:

Thanks.  I've tried that several times.   When I unplug the HDMI from either end, and wait 30+ seconds, the picture stays frozen.   If I unplug from AC the X1 box, it reboots and then everything is fine.   


ok next test, leave everything connected but unplug the TV for 30 seconds or so then plug back in and turn on. results?

Contributor

Re: Picture Freezes, can change channels?

That's definitely a new one.  I'm assuming unplug, not turn off?!   I'll try it as long as the next test isn't "Stand on one leg and rub my stomach!"

Official Employee

Re: Picture Freezes, can change channels?

Artseattle, the dvr and your modem’s upstream and downstream levels need to be in a certain range to work properly. Presently your upstream levels of both your dvr and your modem are too high and out of spec. Downstream levels are barely in the
range. Your last tech out was 3 months ago, but there’s no telling what’s happened between then and now. If you want assistance getting another out let us know.
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Re: Picture Freezes, can change channels?

the last tech told me that all signals were fine.  As I mentioned before, the Xfinity service representative told me that the next time I needed someone to come to my house, I would be charged $70.  Does that seem right to you?  What should by my next step.   Also, I did try unplugging the TV.  When I replugged picture was still stuck.   I'm seeing many messages complaining about this same problem.  I haven't seen any solutions or patterns yet.   Thanks.

 

Art

Official Employee

Re: Picture Freezes, can change channels?

I can only go by what I see. If the problem is outside or equipment related, there’s no charge. If it’s related to in house wiring, there will be a service charge. The levels may have been fine at the time (whenever that was). Ultimately, it’s your choice on how you want to proceed.
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Re: Picture Freezes, can change channels!

Yesterday when I had my daily "Freeze" I called Comcast. They told me that my downstream and upstream looked great. They downloaded a new "boot" file for my x1. They needed to "restart" my system to get it working. The tech said he as familiar with this problem but didn't have any other suggestions other than to have a tech come out (for the 3rd time). I'm even willing to pay the $70+ if I had confidence that they could do something. I've never read a fix even though I've seen this problem discussed many times! Art
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Re: Picture Freezes, can change channels!

Interesting. I'm having the same problem. Sometimes it's every 3-4 days but it has frozen twice in one day. I do all the things the phone tech tells me to do and she has reset the box, but froze even after she did that. Haven't had anyone come out yet but after reading this thread, doesn't look promising. I wonder what % of X1 box customers have this problem? A neighbor says he doesn't have the problem.
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Re: Picture Freezes, can change channels!

Great to have someone to commiserate with! I've noticed that it only seems to happen when I switch to a recorded show. If it does happen it occurs immediately when I press "Start" or "Resume." The frozen screen is right where the recorded show begins to play. One time, I (think) it froze when I began playing a live show which I was also recording at the time. I'm going to keep a log from now on. What I know for sure: The picture has never frozen while I'm watching something live or once it starts playing a recorded show. The picture often freezes when I start to watch a recorded show by pressing "Watch" or "Resume" "Restart" or "refresh" always works to reset (until the next time) Others see a similar pattern?
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Re: Picture Freezes, can change channels!

Recorded shows for me too. But I have to unplug and reboot which takes 5 minutes or so. I can't simply hit refresh or resume as it is locked up.
Contributor

Re: Picture Freezes, can change channels!

Are you able to access the Restart button by pressing "A" on your X1 remote? That's how I access it. Hopefully, someone will find a fix for this soon!
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Re: Picture Freezes, can change channels!


@artseattle wrote:
Are you able to access the Restart button by pressing "A" on your X1 remote? That's how I access it. Hopefully, someone will find a fix for this soon!

on the next two events try unplugging only the HDMI cable (be sure to note which jack it is plugged in to) and after 10 seconds or so plug back in. fixed? 2nd even turn off power button on the physical set top box (puts in standby) for 10-30 seconds then press again. fixed?