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Lost SDV channels on 2 S3's at same time

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by jacksonian, Jun 25, 2009.

  1. jacksonian

    jacksonian New Member

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    I have TWC in Greensboro, NC and have had 2 S3's hooked up to tuning adapters for the past few months (was the first in the Triad to get one). I've had problems randomly/intermittently losing some SDV channels but could usually get them back with a power cycle.

    But I went on vacation and came back to find that the house had suffered an electrical storm. A tree in the yard got hit by lightning. It ran into the house via the invisible dog fence and blew the power transformer on it even though it was hooked to a surge protector. My wireless router got hit and knocked out a couple of ethernet ports (but continued to work wirelessly) and my Control4 home automation controller is scrambled (not dead, powers on normally, but some commands are gibberish).

    Well, I *think* at the same time, not sure since I was gone, I lost ALL of my SDV channels on both S3's. Can't get any of them. But all my other channels work fine, it's specific to SDV channels.

    TWC came out yesterday. The tech says everything on their side is fine, TA's, CC's, etc...but he got on the phone with TiVo support. TiVo thinks their side is fine and that it's the TA's. TiVo guy actually said he had no problem replacing the S3's but didn't want to do that unless we knew the TA's were good.

    Anyone have any thoughts? Seems to me that if it's specific to SDV channels that it's a problem with the TA's. Perhaps the lightning scrambled them too? Our neighbors lost their TWC boxes in the lightning storm.
     
  2. jacksonian

    jacksonian New Member

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    I have the solution to my own problem. I had been trying to reset my system by power cycling both the TiVo and TA's, but that wasn't working. Turns out that I didn't need to power cycle the TiVo and there's a specific way to power cycle the TA (at least the Cisco TA with TWC).

    Unplug the USB and power to the TA. Wait a few minutes. Plug only the power cord back into the TA and wait for it to completely lock back in with a solid green light (Cisco). Then plug the USB back in.

    That got all my SDV channels back on both sets immediately.
     
  3. Stuckeyboss

    Stuckeyboss New Member

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    Just wanted to say thank you to Jacksonian. I had lost all SDV channels on two TiVo's and TWC was completely stumped. I cycled the Tuning Adapters as described and service was restored.
     
  4. jacksonian

    jacksonian New Member

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    Happy I could help. If you get stuck and the TWC person doesn't know how to help, ask to be transferred to the CableCard support desk, or call them directly 866-532-2598. They really are the only ones with the knowledge to deal with any TiVo, CableCard, Tuning Adapter problems. The regular reps just don't know what you're talking about (not their fault, just beyond their expertise).
     
  5. dlfl

    dlfl Cranky old novice

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    And sometimes you also have to restart the Tivo in this situation to get all the SDV channels back.
     

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