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HD TiVo s3 won't boot

Discussion in 'TiVo Help Center' started by Robin, Oct 7, 2013.

  1. Robin

    Robin Nasty Woman

    Dec 6, 2001
    I have a degree in computer engineering. I pretty solid there. ;-)

    I just haven't gotten around to opening it back up to poke around.

    Any thoughts on the $99 lifetime + $170 to swap for a premiere?

    Personally I didn't want a premiere since I'm OTA but $270 for a warranteed premiere with lifetime seems like a deal. (for my FIL)
  2. WO312

    WO312 Active Member

    Jan 24, 2003
    That is a deal. Cheaper than lifetime alone. And it should be fine for your FIL.
  3. Robin

    Robin Nasty Woman

    Dec 6, 2001
    Anything special I need to know about cable cards?
  4. unitron

    unitron Active Member

    Apr 28, 2006
    semi-coastal NC
    Yeah, good for him, but that doesn't tell us whether the S3 HD problem is the motherboard (in which case you might as well take that $99, add $1, trade it for a Benjamin, and light a cigar with it), or not the motherboard, in which case it can be relatively easily fixed, making the $99 worth putting into it.

    If you get readings on the +12 V line (yellow wire), or the +5 V line (red wire) that aren't within say half a Volt or so of nominal, like if the 12 Volt line has sagged down to 10.5-ish, then it's worth replacing caps even if they don't show any bulges, 'cause the problem is probably the power supply (although the hard drive may have its own separate co-incidental problem).

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