SKY Skybox F3 overview

Number of problems: 8

Number of solved problems: 3

Number of unsolved problems: 5

Problem resolution: 38%

Compared to other pvr and hard disk recorders:

SKY Skybox F3: Likelihood of getting a solution

 Poor
Ranking: 112th out of 118
Most likely to get a solution:
Digital Stream DHP8100U - problem resolution score of 100%
Least likely to get a solution:
Panasonic DMR-EX86EB-K - 2 out of 11 problems solved
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Problem: The unit has just frozen up. It keeps freezing and then shutting itself down.

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Solution 1: It can be extremely frustrating when this happens. Most of the time, there isn't much you can do other than turn it off and then on again, at the mains if the power button isn't responding.

However, there are a few things you can check to help prevent it in the future. Number one is check how hot it is. Freezing can happen when the unit isn't properly ventilated or is in a hot place. Make sure all the vents are uncovered and there is nothing on top of it.
You might also want to check for system updates.
Finally, you might consider turning the unit off and then on again regularly to reboot it. Freezing often occurs when it has been running for a long time, so once a week or so you could try to reboot it by switching it off and on. If you don't want to do this yourself, you might consider buying a timer switch to do this for you at a time you know you won't be using the machine, e.g. 4AM.
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Problem: Recordings keep failing. Sometimes when I record a programme, I get an error message and I lose the recording.

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Solution 1: Recordings fail for a number of reasons. If you schedule the recording and it records - but records the wrong thing - the box might be tuned to two different regions. Reset the channels and manually tune them if you suspect this to be the case.
If the unit is on a series record but has missed the programme, check the programme guide to see if future episodes are being recorded. It may have identified the programme as a different series for some reason, so set a series link on any future episodes that are not being recorded.

Other failed recordings can show a problem with the unit. One or two failed recordings do not necessarily mean that your unit has a fault - it could be due to a power cut or your box could have (unluckily!) frozen or crashed prior to the start of the programme.

However, if there are numerous failed recordings and it continues to occur even though you can watch TV OK, it sounds like a problem with the hard disk and this will need to be either repaired or replaced.
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Problem: Picture keeps stuttering and is blocky and pixellated.

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Solution 1: Check for loose cables and check your signal strength.
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Problem: Am new to this and dont know if it is possible but can you record live tv while watching another channel

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Solution 1: no it hase only one tuner inside
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Problem: I switched my sky box f3 on ant it loads up shows L100 instead of showing the blue screen which reads sky box it just keeps loading up to L100 and repeats the process over and over is there a solution

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Solution 1: i had the same prob try a aerly firmware i tryde won of the fist that came uot keep trying
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Problem: Sky box f3 itis reboot &no working

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Problem: Sky F3 box picture keeps freezing not on pay channels only but on terrestrial also.Keep having to constantly reeboot to get back. Any Ideas.

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Problem: Sky F3 box picture keeps freezing not on pay channels only but on terrestrial also.Keep having to constantly reeboot to get back. Any Ideas.

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Problem: My sky box says offline so can't get any channels,anyone have any ideas?

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Problem: I have two boxes one works perfect when I try to connect the other one it switches on OK but when I tighten satellite feed it turns off ?

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Problem: TWO YEAR OLD SKYBOX 3 WILL NOT COME ON KEEPS SHOWING LOAD ON SCREEN FOR ONE SECOND THEN NOTHING IS IT FIXABLE

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Problem: My box was working fine but yesterday I tried to update the channels and since then, all channels is now scrambled. Think the box us rejecting the update. Any suggestions on how to fix this please?

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Problem: No power to f3 box

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Problem: Hi , my SKYBOX F3 froze on me , I unpluged it to reboot itself but now that I have pluged it in it will not turn on . Anyone knows what I should do

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Problem: HI WHEN I RECORD A PROGRAM ON MY SKY BOX F3 AND TURN OFF THE TV. WHEN I TURN ON THE TV THE SCREEN GOES BLACK AND MY RECORDING IS NO MORE CAN U HELP PLEASE

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