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need advise - is my S3 too far gone??

Discussion in 'TiVo Help Center' started by rainbow, Apr 30, 2012.

  1. rainbow

    rainbow Member

    Feb 7, 2008
    I have an original OLED series3. Have been experiencing a lot of problems this past month or so.

    Screen freezes, then reboots, sometimes I have have GSOC green screen; when i click the remote, sometimes the sound echos 6-7 times, even though clicked once. The longer it stays plugged in, the more it will sponteously reboot.

    I have new power supply and HD (from brand new, unused S3 I had). So it is not a capacitor, or hard drive problem.

    I have posted this question elsewhere, but it has gone unanswered. I need someone who is learned and has worked on S3s to give me some advise in case these symptoms point to any specific problem (so please no scolding:eek: -)

    If it is too far gone, do you think tivo might allow a (discounted) lifetime transfer to my other, unused S3?
  2. unitron

    unitron Active Member

    Apr 28, 2006
    semi-coastal NC
    The original S3 is the last model on which someone who knows what they're doing working with surface mount devices can transfer the crypto chip, where the TiVo Service Number is, to another of the same model motherboard. The lifetime sub is tied to the TSN.

    A fresh hard drive, which has just passed the manufacturer's diagnostics long test, with a fresh installation of the image for that model, would be a good troubleshooting aid, although if you pulled the drive from a known good non-subbed TiVo and put it in, and once you got past the error 51 and the need to clear and delete everything, that's pretty much the equivalent, so that kind of narrows it down to something flaky about the motherboard.
  3. rainbow

    rainbow Member

    Feb 7, 2008
    Thanks, Unitron, for your response. That is pretty much my fear realized.:(
  4. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Well-Known Member

    May 6, 2002
    Before you entirely give up, you might try installing a fresh image on the drive.

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