Help! Is my Humax Foxsat HDR as Dead as the Proverbial Parrot?

Geoff_W

Active Member
It looks as though my 13 y.o. Humax Foxsat HDR has finally bitten the dust. It was working fine first thing this morning, but I brought it out of standby at lunchtime and it just hangs on the Custom Firmware 4.1.3 loading message. Having powered it down a few times I noticed that the Boot message doesn't appear before the CF message.

So far I have tried unplugging it from the mains and leaving it for at least 10 minutes (several times), but nothing makes any difference. Is there anything else I could try?

😢

I note that Humax are currently offering the Aura with £50 off, so that might be my best option if all else fails.
 

dts

Distinguished Member
Unfortunately nothing lasts forever...it could be a hard drive issue...so maybe treat yourself to a new one.
 

REPASSAC

Member
I would guess that it is a hard drive issue. Try disconnecting the hard drive. If it is that it should them boot. It that works then I suggest deleting all partitions on the disk in a PC or PC caddy and returning it to the Foxsat for reinitialisation.
 

Geoff_W

Active Member
Thanks @dts and @REPASSAC

I put a USB pen into the front port with the Firmware on it but, whilst it now said "Boot" on the display and then "Custom Firmware 4.1.3", it still wouldn't start up. I then disconnected the HDD but no improvement. I've now removed the HDD and will fit it into a caddy to see if Windows 10 can read it.

However, I've taken the decision to order a 2Tb Aura from Humax, taking advantage of the £50 price reduction. So a bit of a learning curve ahead for me.
 

dts

Distinguished Member
Are you using freeview or freesat? I believe that the aura box is for freeview and not freesat...its a cracking box though.
 

Geoff_W

Active Member
@dts Yes, I know the Aura is a Freeview box, I'm happy to change from Freesat, and I couldn't find many Freesat alternatives to my defunct HDR.
 

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