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I found a Tivo

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by socaltoolguy, Oct 22, 2012.

  1. socaltoolguy

    socaltoolguy New Member

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    I found a series 2 Tivo in a parking lot the other day. I don't have high hopes for it being any good but you never know. What is the easiest and quickest way to find out if it is in working condition and what it's status is. I am on Verizon Fios. I haven't messed with any Tivo's for a few years and I can't remember what all is involved with hook up. Thanks for any help,

    Ray

    Since I first posted this, I plugged the box into power and the cooling fan doesn't spin and there is no activity on the front panel. I would imagine this is why it was lying in the spot where I found it. I guess I'll just cannibalize it for the h/d and move on. But if I'm missing anything let me know.

    R

    Well, I guess it doesn't much matter now. I took it apart and did some testing. It seems the power supply is bad. So, it's just parts now. But thanks to all who read my post.

    R
     
  2. steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

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    If you can still read the Tivo Service Number on the back, you can call TiVo to see if it has lifetime or not.

    Odds are it doesn't have lifetime (or the person who ditched it didn't know what he had).

    It would be worth fixing if it has lifetime service on it.
     
  3. socaltoolguy

    socaltoolguy New Member

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    Thanks for the info. All the tags are in like new condition so all the info is there. Who do I call? What is the ph. # and what dept. should I ask for? I hate being such a bother but if you can help cut down the search time it would be great.

    R
     
  4. steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

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    1-877-367-8486

    Just talk to the person that answers the phone.
     
  5. socaltoolguy

    socaltoolguy New Member

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    Thanks Steve. I did as you suggested and found that it doesn't have the lifetime and the last time it was active was in 2009. I also found a power supply on ebay for $15 but I must ask myself how much I need to fix this thing. I think I'll just remove the h/d and use it for something else. Oh well, it was worth the time and effort to get this far. Thanks again for your help.

    Ray
     
  6. lillevig

    lillevig Hot in West Texas

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    Yeah, without lifetime it probably isn't worth the $15 that the power supply would cost you. The drive may or may not be any good but it's probably not much use because it's almost certainly a very small IDE drive.
     
  7. socaltoolguy

    socaltoolguy New Member

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    It's an 80 gig so I will just use it to back something up or ????? At the price of free I'll find a use for it. Thanks for your input though.

    R
     
  8. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Active Member

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    Am I the only one who was hearing "Found a TiVo, found a TiVo, found a TiVo just now. I just now found a TiVo, found a TiVo just now. Cracked it open..." and so on? Am I showing my age? :eek:
     
  9. steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

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    Now that you point it out... :p

    I will say I would do nothing different if I were in the OPs position. You never know.
     
  10. dlfl

    dlfl Cranky old novice

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    :D Really? Was it properly parked? Surprising it hadn't been run over and flattened :cool: Are you leveling with us? Typically old Series 2 TiVo's are obtained by a hand off from a mysterious stranger in a trench coat in an alley on a dark rainy night.
     
  11. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    There's a model number on the sticker on the back that starts with TCD.

    What's the rest of it?
     
  12. socaltoolguy

    socaltoolguy New Member

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    Hi Unitron, thanks and here is the number. TCD649080.

    Ray
     
  13. socaltoolguy

    socaltoolguy New Member

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    I wouldn't joke about something so serious. I did look around and over my shoulder before touching it. My wife thinks I'm a dumpster diver. Oh well......

    R
     
  14. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    That (and its larger hard drived lookalike, the TCD649180) is the last of the Series 2s, the Dual Tuner, or S2 DT as we often call it here.

    It's also the first I've heard of the S2 DT having a power supply problem.

    The single tuner S2s, and the S3s, yes, due to the capacitor thing, but so far the DT had seemed immune.

    If the power supply is completely dead, check and see if the only problem is the fuse being blown.

    Don't dumpster it just yet.
     
  15. socaltoolguy

    socaltoolguy New Member

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    Well, I screwed up when I tried to diagnose the problem I thought the fuse might be the problem too so I bypassed it. When I plugged in the power cord, I got a spark from the area of a small transformer. I figured that probably did it in. I can get a power supply from ebay for about $15 plus shipping but is it worth the cost? I, at some point, want to set up my home with Tivo's again and connect them wirelessly but I haven't acquired all the stuff yet. I'm still looking for the right deal on a Premier with lifetime. I have a TCD652160 Hd unit that I picked up from ebay but I don't want it to be my primary subscription. Anyway, if I was to fix this S2 what would I use it for? It won't record HD. I guess I could use it out in my shop. Any suggestions?

    R
     
  16. dlfl

    dlfl Cranky old novice

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    Food for thought .... a convenient alternative to finding an electronic equipment disposal site! Parking garages would probably also do. ;)

    I have a perfectly functioning S2DT that's been shelved for over 3 years now after replacing it with a TiVo HD. I haven't thought of anything to do with it that's worth the subscription price but can't bring myself to junk it either. And what little I could sell it for isn't worth the bother.
     
  17. lrhorer

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    What surprises me is someone hadn't called a tow truck to tow it away. :D
     
  18. socaltoolguy

    socaltoolguy New Member

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    I know exactly how you feel. That's why we all end up with more junk than we need. If I don't do anything else with this thing I will scavenge the hard drive out of it. I don't need it but it might come in handy for something or somebody. And after I get what I want out of it, I'll find a convenient parking lot and pass it along to someone else.

    R
     

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