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Problems with audio, guide, tivo recorded shows

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by jctivo, May 1, 2013.

  1. jctivo

    jctivo New Member

    Jan 16, 2005
    So my S3 is on the fritz. I have lifetime on it and don't have the $$ for a new tivo. I run farifax va fios with cable cards.

    I have 2 kids and this the primary tv distribution product so I need to fix it.

    Problems escalated last night.
    I had audio dropouts on recorded shows and live shows.
    Then I let it sit for a while and didn't touch it.
    Then it worked for a few hours later that evening.
    Then this morning, almost total non responsive to the remote.
    There were no shows listed in the saved list.

    I had guide problems and interface problems where I haven't been able to change channels or select a recorded show.
    I finally got on a cartoon network but I couldn't do much else.

    I think I have narrowed the list down to. I'm not very handy.
    a. hard drive issue
    b. power supply
    c. capactictor
    d. verizon line trouble
    e. cable card
    f. coax into box from street
    g. external hard drive (western digital 500gb hooked up thru esata)

    I understand that e-g are the least likely reasons for the trouble but are the easiest to test.

    I'm less concerned about shows that I might lose that I have already recorded.

    1. My first question is if I disconnect the external hard drive, will the tivo work? (IF that were the problem)

    2. If I bought a tivo series 3 on craigslist for $50, could I just use it for parts like power supply, capatictors to repair my nonfunctioning tivo series 3.

    Thank you in advance,
  2. jrtroo

    jrtroo User

    Feb 4, 2008
    External drive issues are at the top of the list to investigate. The 500 GB model was not as reliable as the 1 TB model. However, cables could also be the issue. Exchange with a known good one.

    If you just remove it, all shows recorded after it was installed will be lost.

    Internal drive is next to investigate.

    Capacitors are the same as the PS. You could try a used unit, but that could be a short term prospect as bad caps are a well known problem.

    Easy things to try are to reseat the cable cards and to review your signal quality.
  3. Teeps

    Teeps Active Member

    Aug 16, 2001
    Yes but many if not all saved programs may not play.
    Eliminate eSata cable by swap or replace with known good cable.

    Yes, but not a good idea with regard to power supply repair. As the TiVo you buy could have bad capacitors too.
    Better to find a local radio/tv/appliance repair shop to replace the capacitors in the power supply. Much info here and on web on that subject.

    You indicate problems playing back with recorded shows, that should eliminate the verizon side of things. You can disconnect the cable from verizon to TiVo and recheck recorded programs, just in case.
  4. jctivo

    jctivo New Member

    Jan 16, 2005
    thanks for all of the tips.

    I disconnected the external wb hard drive and the tivo seems to be working much better. No problems with only a couple hours of testing.

    So I will try to find a new esata cable and reconnect the hard drive.

    Assuming that doesn't help, I will try to go internal and get a new hard drive per the various faq threads on tivocommunity which are very helpful.

    I was definitely surprised at the costs of sending my tivo to someone to have the hard drive upgraded. I guess I will try it myself and save $150.

    Thanks again,
  5. unitron

    unitron Active Member

    Apr 28, 2006
    When you disconnected the external drive, did the TiVo complain about it being missing and force you to "divorce" it before you could do anything else?
  6. jctivo

    jctivo New Member

    Jan 16, 2005
    It wiped out all of my recorded shows.

    I'm trying a new esata cable today.

  7. jctivo

    jctivo New Member

    Jan 16, 2005
    I tried a new esata cable and wiped out all of my past shows by removing the external drive for a day.

    Everything has been working fine for a week but I know it might not last.
  8. pmiranda

    pmiranda New Member

    Feb 12, 2003
    Any update?
    My S3 has been dropping audio in recordings (not playback) lately and I don't have eSATA, already replaced the power supply and hard drive a year or two ago (maybe the new ones are already dying?), and my Premiere on the same cable feed isn't having these problems.

    Last time I had this it was just the power supply. I guess I'll open it up and check it out.

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