Please help, newbie with problem!

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Please help, newbie with problem!

I have had a  DirectTV Rca dvr80 model for two years now with no problems. Recently I accidentaly delivered a static shock to it, after that my remote would not control the dvr functions. I replaced the remote to no avail, then I was told by a DirecTV tech that the Infrared "EYE" that receives the commands from the remote was damaged and could not be replaced or repaired. Please let me know if this is a fixable problem. Can I do it myself or do I have to take it to get it fixed?