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Easy Fix Sky Box Problems

Updated on July 23, 2014

Easy fix solution...

Want to know how to easily fix your Sky box? or is your Skybox plus giving you problems? If your sky box won't turn on then follow these easy fi steps, Do not spend an hour on the helpine phone again!

If the green light on your skybox will not turn on, and stays on red, or you are getting a technical message, then the probability is that your box needs re-set.

Simple easy Sky Box Fix.

This is a life saver if you have tried to phone Sky themselves as you know it can take ages for them to answer and even longer to get your box up and running.

Follow these easy instructions to get your Skybox fixed.

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Fix Sky Plus box Problems

Help is here if your Skybox won't switch on!

There are two options on how to fix your sky plus box problem, I have used both

1. This will not erase your stored and saved programme- so try this first

First unplug the skybox from the mains,wait one minute.

As you are plugging the socket back in Press the BACKUP button on the box (not the remote) and hold.

Wait until all the lights come on the front of the box. (release button)

Wait the full 10 minutes or until the lights go out then switch on from the remote. After about one minute of the message SEARCHING FOR LISTINGS, it should come back on to full service. (do not skip the 10 minutes, you will see the message on your TV. If you do anything in between you will lose all your saved Data)

After a recent Electricity blackout, we used the above procedure to fix our sky plus problem

2. WARNING this will format the HDD drive and you will lose all recordings.

Unplug the box from the mains plug for 2-3 minutes.

Press and hold the buttons either side of the select button on the box while plugging the socket back into the mains.

After 20-30 seconds the light will change colour and you have to wait 20 minutes till it goes back to red. Then press TV guide to see if it is working.

This should reset all the hard drive parameters and solve the problem.

Please let me know if it works (this is the option Sky give you if you phone them...not the above one that would save all your Data?

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    • LisaAuch1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa Auch 

      4 years ago from Scotland

      @googly-eye: hope you got it fixed ! these are just suggestions to help you re-set your box

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      googly-eye 

      4 years ago

      having a problem with my sky box. red light stays on and it wont change to green. some1 help? it has been like this for hours

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Option 1 worked for us after we'd had a power cut! Had to wait a few minutes after the update before it would turn back on, originally reverted back to the standby light so didn't think it had worked but then sprung back to life! Thank you very much for the help and advise!!!

    • LisaAuch1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa Auch 

      5 years ago from Scotland

      @anonymous: sorry try option 2

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Have got the sky+ box to come back on after using option 1 but it will not let me into the planner, it just says a sky+ error has occurred. Help?

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      5 years ago from Canada

      I've never heard of sky so peeked in to see if it could related to the problems we are having with our TV. They put up our dish in the fall when the leaves were off the tree so here it is summer and our big bushy trees are interfering with our television programming lol. It's driving my hubby absolutely nuts.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      We had to use option 2 but worked so a huge thank you

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      yes, great solution No1 (Keeping the data) worked perfectly.

      had to wait a couple of minutes and got an error message "your sky box is unresponsive" and a couple more tries to turn on from the remote, and all is well.

      thanks for the help! really appreciate the article.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Option 1 worked first time - quite a relief - many thanks for a quick and cost-free fix.

      I think the first stage took 12-13 minutes for the lights to go out so have patience and persevere - it'll take longer to buy a new box.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Thank you very much... saved me money thought i would have to buy new box...

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Ahhhh, you're a star, thanks so much! Option one works, and all the data is still in the planner. Thanks!!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Excellent advice thank you, worked first time and saved all my data. Many thanks.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      It worked, panic over! Thanks

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Option 1 worked first time. No loss of data from our Planner. Thanks for your help. Worried we were going to have to get a new Skybox

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Brilliant! Option 1 worked 1st time. Thank you so much

    • LisaAuch1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa Auch 

      5 years ago from Scotland

      @anonymous: Awh I am so gland it helped! Happy Viewing :)

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      "ITS PEOPLE LIKE YOU THAT MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE IN"

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      wow!! Nothing ever works but this did. Thank you for the advice.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Yay worked for me (option 1) Thanks!! Now I can go back to my sick day in front of the TV!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      number 1 worked for me thanks very much :))

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      myspace9 

      5 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Thank you sooo much! Method 1 worked for me exactly as you prescribed. Happy 2013.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Number 1 worked with one exception ,I had to turn the box back on from the top of the box, the remote would not turn it on.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      do you need it plugged into phone line hour or so later an still all the lights on

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Worked like a treat, thanks

    • LisaAuch1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa Auch 

      5 years ago from Scotland

      @anonymous: pleased to help :)

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      LOVELY STUFF..... WORKED WITH NO PROBLEMS .........GREAT, MANY THANKS

    • LisaAuch1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa Auch 

      5 years ago from Scotland

      @anonymous: Fantastic! GLAD this helped!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Thank you so much. Used method one, it worked and I kept all my data plus the added benefit of not being on the phone to Sky forever.

    • LisaAuch1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa Auch 

      5 years ago from Scotland

      @anonymous: HD compatible TV?

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      hi there.... today i bought a new sky hd box.i connect the new one but there only green light on and nothing display on the screen...plzzz helpppp....

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      worked first time for m,e top info

    • LisaAuch1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa Auch 

      5 years ago from Scotland

      @anonymous: Switch off for at least 30 seconds at plug, then try the steps as such!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      on my sky plus box the red button just keeps flickering really fast and have to wait about 3 hours for it to go green. any suggestions?

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Worked a treat, thank god for technically gifted people who share their knowledge with others.

    • LisaAuch1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa Auch 

      5 years ago from Scotland

      @anonymous: YEP! have fun watchin the footie!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Who ever came up with this i owe you a beer,, worked great thnxs !

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Yay it works ... did option 1 as box just switching itself off ... thank you, saved me lots of wasted time on the phone :-)

    • LisaAuch1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa Auch 

      6 years ago from Scotland

      @anonymous: Oh bobbi! So glad it worked! Hasn't the GB team done us proud! Wow and Mo Farrah last night Yes I think everones Sky box went down over the last few weeks and luckily were able to try these steps!!!

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Lisa, thanks to you I have been able to watch the games and Team GB has done more than well. Fantastic games. I have had to leave the box on the entire time as it got stuck on standby. One more day only, openi g ceremonies tomorrow. Thanks again.

    • LisaAuch1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa Auch 

      6 years ago from Scotland

      @anonymous: Bobbi I am so glad it helped! and yes we can't wait for the opening ceremony either! lets hope team GB do great!

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Option 1 worked purrfectly. Thanks so much, I thought for a minute I was going to miss the opening ceremonies. Lifesaver you are, so glad you shared the info.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Option one was very helpful, my sky box is now working beautifully. THANK YOU :-)

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Am still trying option two as one didn't work

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Option one didn't work so now on option two but its just stuck on the red standby light

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Yes!!! It worked (option 1 when Skybox won't turn on). Thank you. Couldn't have coped if I'd lost all my Hugh Bonneville stuff.

      Nerys (Wales, UK)

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      no it didn't but thanks

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Oh, I always so enjoy spending an hour on a helpline and then not be helped, Lisa to the rescue!

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Very informative and helpful lens! Blessed by a Squidoo Angel on 3/26/2011. Have a great day!

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      Tony Payne 

      7 years ago from Southampton, UK

      This is very useful to know. Our Sky box occasionally goes wrong. We are hoping to upgrade to HD soon though, so that means a new box, and new problems maybe.

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      What a Great Idea, I like this!!

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