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itsjustwho

@comcast.net

DCX3400 DVR cable box..What tools are needed to take apart

Anybody know what type of tool or any tool that I can use to take apart my DCX3400 Motorola DVR box


jjv124

join:2009-11-21
Hanover, PA

I'll just say that it's probably not a good idea to take that box apart.


andyross
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join:2003-05-04
Schaumburg, IL
reply to itsjustwho

Be careful. There may be security seals on it, not always visible from the outside, and if they determine it has been opened, they could fine you.



THZNDUP
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reply to itsjustwho

said by itsjustwho :

Anybody know what type of tool or any tool that I can use to take apart my DCX3400 Motorola DVR box
Didn't you really mean to say Comcast's DCX340 Motorola DVR box ?
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itsjustwho

@comcast.net

Yes I did. I own the box. It has special screws on the box. What tool is needed?



itsjustme

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reply to itsjustwho

I own the box... So taking it apart is okay.



THZNDUP
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said by itsjustwho :

Yes I did. I own the box. It has special screws on the box. What tool is needed?
Then it shouldn't be too hard to get that info from where you got the box. Check your warranty.
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crucialcolin

join:2004-09-12
Roseville, CA
reply to itsjustwho

uhmm this thread sounds kind of fishy to me...



Caddyroger
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To the west

Yes it does a anonymous poster that wants to take apart a Motorola stb that's belongs to Comcast.
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jjv124

join:2009-11-21
Hanover, PA
reply to THZNDUP

said by THZNDUP:

said by itsjustwho :

Yes I did. I own the box. It has special screws on the box. What tool is needed?
Then it shouldn't be too hard to get that info from where you got the box. Check your warranty.
+1


owlyn
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join:2004-06-05
Newtown, PA
reply to itsjustwho

Motorola does not sell boxes directly to consumers. If you bought it at Ebay, you were robbed. Taking it apart will not reveal any way to make it work.


Joe12345678

join:2003-07-22
Des Plaines, IL

said by owlyn:

Motorola does not sell boxes directly to consumers. If you bought it at Ebay, you were robbed. Taking it apart will not reveal any way to make it work.
you can buy them from cable co's in canada and even from best buy / other stores.


Caddyroger
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said by Joe12345678:

said by owlyn:

Motorola does not sell boxes directly to consumers. If you bought it at Ebay, you were robbed. Taking it apart will not reveal any way to make it work.
you can buy them from cable co's in canada and even from best buy / other stores.
He did not post where he from. Yes you can in Canada but his posting has Comcast.net which is only in the us.
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jwhite4

join:2002-03-21
Philadelphia, PA
reply to itsjustwho

I took apart an old Gerrold analog box years (decades?) ago (at the time I was doing work for a small cable firm, which had the special screwdriver for the screwheads). Two things I remember:

1. There was a daughterboard which was completed encapsulated in plastic. My assumption was that it was the encryption chip, and Gerrold didn't even want you access to the pinouts of it.

2. There was a microswitch in it that, once tripped, threw up an error code on the display, and stopped it working. I think I remember calling up Comcast, said, "I was moving the box, it fell on the floor, it's not working anymore..", hoping maybe they'd think the fall triggered what I'd guess is ordinarily an 'intrusion' code. [No problems getting it reactivated BTW.]

Jeff



beachintech
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There are security seals and such inside that box that make it very obvious the cover was removed. If you have a Comcast marked box, it is not to be taken apart and property of comcast no matter where you bought it.
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owlyn
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reply to Joe12345678

said by Joe12345678:

said by owlyn:

Motorola does not sell boxes directly to consumers. If you bought it at Ebay, you were robbed. Taking it apart will not reveal any way to make it work.
you can buy them from cable co's in canada and even from best buy / other stores.
I know you can buy them in Canada, but it looked like he was from the U.S. (comcast.net). Also, if someone paid full price for it, I can't imagine he'd want to take it apart.

Joe12345678

join:2003-07-22
Des Plaines, IL

said by owlyn:

said by Joe12345678:

said by owlyn:

Motorola does not sell boxes directly to consumers. If you bought it at Ebay, you were robbed. Taking it apart will not reveal any way to make it work.
you can buy them from cable co's in canada and even from best buy / other stores.
I know you can buy them in Canada, but it looked like he was from the U.S. (comcast.net). Also, if someone paid full price for it, I can't imagine he'd want to take it apart.
d
Maybe he wants to put in a bigger HDD?


cypherstream
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reply to itsjustwho

I don't know about the DCX, but usually these things use Security Torx bits.
»www.amazon.com/pc-Torx-Driver-Se···hi_img_b

You ask the question and there's my answer. Just don't take apart a box that doesn't belong to you. If you got ripped off on E-Bay and you just figured out that you have a huge paperweight and want to harvest the hard drive out of it, then fine. But if you got this from Comcast, then stop right now.

Can't say you weren't warned.



owlyn
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said by Joe12345678:

d
Maybe he wants to put in a bigger HDD?
You can't just put in a bigger drive. It needs to be formatted by the box's OS, which you do not have access to.

Joe12345678

join:2003-07-22
Des Plaines, IL

1 edit

said by owlyn:

said by Joe12345678:

d
Maybe he wants to put in a bigger HDD?
You can't just put in a bigger drive. It needs to be formatted by the box's OS, which you do not have access to.
they do not auto formatted?

The Direct tv boxs will do that for a E-sata or any disk on the build insata port.


beachintech
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said by Joe12345678:

said by owlyn:

said by Joe12345678:

d
Maybe he wants to put in a bigger HDD?
You can't just put in a bigger drive. It needs to be formatted by the box's OS, which you do not have access to.
they do not auto formatted?

The Direct tv boxs will do that for a E-sata or any disk on the build insata port.
eSATA ports are a lot different from the internal drive. They are designed to have drives connected - Cable boxes do this as well if enabled.

Usually the firmware is looking for a particular size drive, make, and model. If you change it, 99/100 it will not do anything but blink.
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Tordek
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1 edit
reply to Joe12345678

said by Joe12345678:

said by owlyn:

Motorola does not sell boxes directly to consumers. If you bought it at Ebay, you were robbed. Taking it apart will not reveal any way to make it work.
you can buy them from cable co's in canada and even from best buy / other stores.
Not the DCX series you can't only the DCT

Not to mention it seems he was scared away haha

Joe12345678

join:2003-07-22
Des Plaines, IL

said by Tordek:

said by Joe12345678:

said by owlyn:

Motorola does not sell boxes directly to consumers. If you bought it at Ebay, you were robbed. Taking it apart will not reveal any way to make it work.
you can buy them from cable co's in canada and even from best buy / other stores.
Not the DCX series you can't only the DCT

Not to mention it seems he was scared away haha
DCX boxes for sale hear

»www.nwtel.ca/personal/tv/digital···ceivers/


Paolo
Mr. Wireless

join:2004-05-29
canada
reply to itsjustwho

notice the .ca on the domain name, that significance its a Canadian web site


tommyBoythec

join:2009-06-27
reply to itsjustwho

well, itsjustwho
you will need a few tools and you can find them by using any search engine. you just need to know what to look for.

here is what you'll need.
1. 3.8mm Gamebit 4.5mm Gamebits (this is the tool to take off the security screws)
2. Motorola DVR Jerrold Plastic Anti-Tamper Tab Plug Seal Lock (this is a security tab that will break when you remove the top of the dvr or hd-pvr). you will need to replace this. ok, so get lots of them
3. Motorola Cable TV Box Replacement Security Screws (these are the original screws that go into the dvr in case you drop one and lose it)

thats it basically. i got all my stuff including the hard drive from newelectronx. hope this helps..