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Dish Network Acquiring Signal 535 Stuck

Dish Network Acquiring Signal 535 Stuck: How to Fix It

If you are a Dish Network customer, you may have encountered the error code 535 "acquiring signal this should take no more than a few minutes" on your TV screen. This error means that your receiver is having trouble locking onto the satellite signal and is stuck in a loop of trying to acquire it. This can be frustrating and prevent you from watching your favorite channels. Fortunately, there are some possible solutions that you can try to fix this problem.

What Causes the Error Code 535?

The error code 535 can be caused by various factors, such as:


  • A dish misalignment due to bad weather, strong winds, or physical damage.

  • A faulty or loose cable connection between the dish and the receiver.

  • A defective LNB (low-noise block downconverter), switch, or splitter that receives and distributes the satellite signal.

  • A software glitch or corruption in the receiver's memory.

  • An interference from other devices or sources that affect the satellite signal quality.

How to Fix the Error Code 535?

Depending on the cause of the error, you may need to try different methods to fix it. Here are some common steps that you can follow:

  • Reset your receiver by unplugging it from the power outlet for 10 minutes and then plugging it back in. This will clear any temporary issues and refresh the system.

  • Check your dish alignment and make sure it is pointing to the correct direction and angle. You can use a compass or a smartphone app to find the azimuth and elevation of your dish. You may need to adjust the dish manually or call a technician if it is out of alignment.

  • Check your cable connections and make sure they are tight and secure. Look for any signs of damage, corrosion, or wear and tear. Replace any faulty cables or connectors if needed.

  • Run a check switch test from your receiver's menu. This will scan for the available satellites and transponders and display the results on your screen. If you see fewer satellites than before or any red X marks, it means there is a problem with your LNB, switch, or splitter. You may need to replace them or call a technician for assistance.

  • Avoid any interference from other devices or sources that may affect the satellite signal quality. For example, keep your dish away from trees, buildings, power lines, or wireless routers. You can also try changing the channel or frequency of your receiver to avoid any conflicts.


The error code 535 "acquiring signal this should take no more than a few minutes" can be annoying and prevent you from enjoying your Dish Network service. However, by following the steps above, you may be able to fix it yourself or identify the cause of the problem. If none of these methods work, you can always contact Dish Network customer support for further help.


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