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Not a matter of "if", but "when"

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by buscuitboy, Sep 9, 2013.

  1. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    Is that the same supply with replacement caps in the bottom picture?
     
  2. poppagene

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    He was talking about doing a simple swap so it is probably a different power supply that was intended to be a replacement.
     
  3. innocentfreak

    innocentfreak Active Member

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    poppagene is correct. That is just another board pulled from a spare TiVo HD I had.

    It turned out to the be the hard drive any way.
     
  4. buscuitboy

    buscuitboy New Member

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    If able to, pull the hard drive and put it in a desktop PC. Then run the WD extended test on it. It usually take a few hours and if it comes back with errors, then your hard drive definitely needs to be replaced.

    Of course, this is assuming you have a spare desktop PC to work with as who really has these anymore? :p
     
  5. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    Put your finger on top of that cap that looks slightly domed (with the TiVo unplugged from the wall socket, of course), and if it's not absolutely flat, replace it, and any that were in parallel with it, 'cause it ain't gonna get better or heal itself.
     
  6. mr.unnatural

    mr.unnatural Active Member

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    LOL, I've got at least 3 extra working Windows PCs plus a Hackintosh sitting in my computer room in addition to my primary PC, one desktop upstairs for the wife, four HTPCs, two netbooks, and two laptops. I've also got an unRAID server and a PC dedicated to running pfSense as my router. I could probably put together a couple more with spare parts I have lying around.:p
     
  7. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    Is this capacitor issue supposed to affect the OLED S3 boxes? I still have two S3 boxes from 2006 that my girlfriend uses. When 1TB drives were first available in 2007 I put one in each of those boxes and that has been it. They have been running 24/7/365 so far without any issues.
     
  8. poppagene

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    Yes
     
  9. squint

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    I have a Tivo HD from 2008 that had some minor issues but nothing obviously related to the power supply. I put it on a good UPS from day one. I opened it up and found one capacitor bulging a little so they can be fine for several years but will eventually fail.
     
  10. aaronwt

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    I won't be looking forward to that day. My GF will be pissed. I keep telling her to offload some shows she wants to keep to Tivodesktop but she hasn't
     
  11. sfhub

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    The first sign of capacitor issues on both my S3 OLED units (1 year apart) were the analog svideo/composite output started getting flickers or flashes. The digitial HDMI output looked ok.

    I only noticed because I have the analog outputs connected to slingbox, otherwise with just HDMI connected on the TVs I wouldn't have noticed for a while until the 2nd symptoms (around 4 months later) started, which is getting RS uncorrected errors on cablecard 2. Eventually these will progress to partial recordings.

    After that, you may not be able to reboot anymore, unless you pull out cablecard 2.

    If you let it sit for even longer, it'll just bootloop.
     
  12. HerronScott

    HerronScott Well-Known Member

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    Yes, both of my S3 OLED power supplies (purchased December 2006 and January 2007) have had this issue although only 1 has had the power supply fail. Still waiting for some "downtime" to pre-emptively replace the caps in the second one.

    It's a relatively easy and cheap issue to fix so not sure your girlfriend should be too worried about it.

    Scott
     
  13. aaronwt

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    She's not worried about it, it's me that is worried. Because I will get the flack from her boxes being down.
     
  14. sfhub

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    It probably takes an hour to pull the unit, unscrew everything, replace the caps, and put everything back together. Add an hour because it is your first time doing it.

    She sleeps at least 6hrs right? What she doesn't know won't hurt her (or you).

    Just don't F it up :)
     
  15. steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

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    You could always go the safe route and get refurbished power supplies online, and just have to do a simple swap.
    Heck the GF could probably do that (I would think ;)).
     
  16. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    But if his girlfriend isn't into swapping it might be better not to ever mention the idea.

    :rolleyes:;):D:cool:
     
  17. murgatroyd

    murgatroyd Don't stop believin'

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    And why should she? kmttg is better. :p
     

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