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Bad System Board?

Discussion in 'TiVo Help Center' started by Marconi, Dec 21, 2012.

  1. caughey

    caughey Member

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    Thanks, I remembered seeing some counters somewhere before, but I didn't go deep enough in the menus to find them again.
     
  2. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    I've learned a bit about that flashing green light on HDs since you posted this.

    In your case, it probably meant that it had downloaded 11.0m and was ready to switch boot partition sets next time it got rebooted.

    It can also, I am told, be the result of the CPU announcing a problem on the motherboard, maybe even a problem inside the CPU (which is a custom chip with a bunch of other stuff besides the actual CPU) itself.
     
  3. Coffee

    Coffee New Member

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    A hard disk wouldn't cause the light to blink green. If the light is blinking green, the DVR makes no attempt to do anything (even access the hard disk).

    It's likely to be a power supply issue, but it can also be caused by something on the board.
     
  4. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    As I indicated, a blinking green on an S3 HD or HD XL can indicate a pending reboot to activate a software update, which information would technically have been communicated to the motherboard by the hard drive.

    Now if you boot or reboot and get the blink, that's different (and you're quite possibly screwed big time).
     
  5. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    I must respectfully disagree.

    Always, on S2s and S3s, suspect the power supply first, with the hard drive as a close second.
     
  6. caughey

    caughey Member

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    And the flashing green light returns.... No video, rebooted...I can hear the little TiVo guy bouncing through the different TV shows now...such a sweet sound.
     

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