How to Reset a DVR

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Regardless of what television provider you subscribe to, you will eventually encounter issues with your television signal. These issues often take the form of a pixellated screen, blurry or static images and abnormal behavior from your menus and guides. Fortunately, a great deal of these issues can be resolved by resetting or rebooting your DVR or receiver box. Each television provider's DVR or receiver box can be reset the exact same way, so you needn't perform an extensive internet search for troubleshooting tips exclusive to your particular box.


Step 1

Turn off your television.

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Step 2

Remove the power cable that supplies electricity to your DVR box.

Step 3

Leave the unit unplugged for at least a full minute.

Step 4

Insert the power cable back into your DVR.

Step 5

Turn on the television to enable the DVR's auto-update and finish the resetting process.


Some DVR brands, such as TiVo, also provide a menu-driven method for resetting the device. You may use your remote control to navigate to the settings or utilities menu and follow the on-screen directions from there.