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Best Buy Premiere $34.99

Discussion in 'TiVo Premiere DVRs' started by jaredmwright, Feb 1, 2013.

  1. lessd

    lessd Active Member

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    They would not do that for me, who did you speak to ?
     
  2. pspens

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    I bought a "refurbished" Series 3 a couple of years ago. In a little over a year it started having problems. I have since opened it up and the disk drive in there was manufactured in 2006!! The cabinet and everything else looked new. Sounds like they found out a way to get rid of old disk drives, assuming that they would soon get the Tivo unit back in exchange.
     
  3. unitron

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    That's about the time S3 were first being built, so no surprise on the hard drive date.

    It might have had very low mileage.

    And the odds are your problems were caused by bad capacitors in the power supply.
     
  4. pspens

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    What? Tell me more about the bad capacitors. Will I have problems with the Premier 4? This is important to know, because I'm considering the lifetime deal.

    I had a nice Panasonic dvr (bought it around 2003?) It started having problems and it turned out to be bad capacitors which I found out how to replace. But a year after replacing them, the same thing started happening I and I said the hell with it and bought a Tivo S2.
     
  5. lessd

    lessd Active Member

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    I think TiVo may use up disk drives that way, if you have a program that can read out the S.M.A.R.T information that will tell you the hours on the drive, about 8,760 hours/year. (The program I use is HD Tune)
     
  6. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    Go read the wikipedia page on "capacitor plague" for an overview of the problem.

    So far in the TiVo world it seems to mostly be bad caps in the power supplies of single tuner Series 2s, some Series 2 DirecTiVos, and the 3 different flavors of Series 3s, with S2 dual tuners having somehow escaped the problem.

    Haven't really seen mention of Series 1s and Series 4s being affected.

    Of course the problem also hit lots of computer power supplies and PC motherboards, especially around the Pentium II BX chipset era, as well as LCD televisions and computer monitors, and who knows what else

    In the affected TiVos, the problem can cause all sorts of strange symptoms because the power supplies don't quit completely, they just don't perform quite up to spec, so stuff doesn't get quite as much current as needed with quite as high a voltage pushing it.


    EDIT TO ADD: There are several threads around here about the power supply problem and what signs to look for.
     
  7. replaytv

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    I went to the Golden Colorado store and they didn't have any of the $34.99 priced TiVos, but with the ad they said that they would honor the ad price to order one. ( I printed out the ad on my computer printer and took it with me to the store )
    At the Denver store they had a display model that they might honor the ad if I still had it, but the ad flew out the window on the way there. They said that Greeley or Ft. Collins (I forget which ) were the only locations with those TiVos were in stock at the store. The ones in the Denver store were the Premieres with larger hard drive. They wouldn't sell those to me for the $34.99 price.
     
  8. ToddGsell

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    By "ad" do you mean the print out of the bestbuy.com page with the clearance price?
     
  9. replaytv

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    Yes, I went to the website listed on the first of this thread and printed out photo of the ad on the bestbuy website and took it to the bestbuy store.
    I went to the Westminster store today and they wouldn't sell me the display model. I only really wanted it because it was set up for 'evaluation' last time I was there, and I was hoping I could use it instead of paying for lifetime. The display TiVo was on the demonstration video so I couldn't check if it had 'evaluation' and didn't make any difference as mentioned before, they wouldn't sell it to me anyway.
    If I knew it had 'evaluation' I would have ask for a supervisor to try and overrule the clerk.
     
  10. unitron

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    ...and was immediately gobbled down by a homework eating dog that had gotten loose.

    :)
     
  11. I WANT MORE

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    No go. $99.99 :thumbsdown:
     
  12. DaveDFW

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    Did your phone person look for the correct model number?

    The TCD746500 is priced at $99, it was only the TCD746320 which was available for $35.
     
  13. lew2

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    Denver. February. Open windows?.. :eek:
     
  14. I WANT MORE

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    I read her the SKU from the PDF file.
     
  15. replaytv

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    Ya, we get some really warm weather in Denver in the fall, winter and spring. We played volleyball in Denver outdoors last Sunday with barefeet, shorts and tank tops. I got all sweaty cuz the sun was beating down.
     

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