forced download instructs the Sky digibox to download the latest software
version from the Sky digital satellite, once completed any new channels or
changes that have been made to the Sky programme guide will become
apparent. This is very usefull if you have not used the Sky box for some
time IE: moving house etc, plus it is essential for all new installations.
Forced DownloadPress and hold the "back up" button on the
front of the receiver (Not the handset), whilst keeping the back up button
pressed, switch the "receiver off at the mains" then back on.
After approx 10 to 20 seconds all the lights on the front of the receiver
will come on followed by a message on screen (If connected via a scart
lead). The message will indicate that the system software is being updated
and please leave for 10 minutes you can now release the "Back
up" button. On some of the newer faster digiboxes this may only take
5 minutes, once completed the message will disappear from the screen,
leave for approx 30 seconds and press the sky button to resume normal
operation. By going to "Services" then "System Set up"
you will see that the software version has now been changed and is fully
NB: We have experienced some problems recently where downloads have either
taken longer or the system has not been immediately updated. This we are
informed is due to the additional information required for the new ITV
channels etc. It may be a temporary blip but if this happens do not worry,
the box will be automatically updated as it receives the signals but it
may take a few days.