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roamio basic fan noise- high pitch whine

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by leiff, Nov 2, 2013.

  1. leiff

    leiff Member

    Aug 24, 2005
    SF Bay area
    the wire connecting the fan to the motherboard was easy to pop out With needle nose pliars without doing damage. it didn't produce any error message. Now i can enjoy blissful silence. I expect my basic Romeo to run cooler even though the fan is off, because im keeping the lid off of it. when the lid was on, the top lid was always hot to the touch. In system settings i see MBT. I assume stands for motherboard temperature. mine reads 34. I also removed the wifi lan module board from the TiVo. it popped right out after removing a screw. I confirmed I was able to reattach the board and wifi function resumed. I'm keeping the wifi bored off just because I'm paranoid of any unnecessary WiFi signals.
  2. scn101

    scn101 New Member

    Aug 13, 2013
    Plano, TX
    I am surprised that you find the Roamio noisy. I am sensitive to noise and my old Premiere took some finessing with its fan (replaced it, extra grease on the fan shaft, rubber isolation O-rings to mount the fan, etc.) to get it quiet enough. I could still hear it across the room but since it was a steady white noise it isn't troublesome.

    I've had my Roamio (basic OTA model) for about a month now. It is very quiet. Much quieter than the Premiere. After one week I replaced its Seagate 500GB HDD with the same model HDD that I had in my Premiere, the 2TB WD20EURS. No perceivable change in volume, certainly not from a couple of feet away.

    AFAIK, the Roamio is a hit. Quiet, fast menus, Netflix works (finally), all in all an improvement over the Premiere.
  3. CloudAtlas

    CloudAtlas New Member

    Oct 29, 2013
    The Roamio T6 looks to be what cable vendors have wanted - lots of tuners and storage with a modern platform that supports apps and whole home viewing + streaming. That's a big challenge for even large Cable vendors. Roamio with Mini might be the reason Comcast is continuing the TiVo rollout.

    And with installation support from the cable vendor the TiVo burden falls on the cable company.
  4. Darr247

    Darr247 New Member

    Mar 21, 2010
    What's the secret of getting the top off the Roamio?

    I removed the T8 torx screw from the center rear, and as I bow it up the rear tabs on the sides let loose, but how do you get the rest of the side tabs to unlatch?

    Do you need 3 (or more) hands?

    Nevermind... I tried and tried pushing in on the center (only the center tabs actually latch) from the end while holding it bowed in the back/middle as far as I dared, to no avail. 3 hands would help in this instance. :)

    So, I used the padded handles of a pair of wire strippers to hold it bowed up in the middle (one on each side of the screw tab), then from the back inserted a 7'' long plastic scribe (really a Tupperware Citrus Peeler) under the edge of the tab on the left side (the right-side looking at it from the front)... barely twisted the plastic scribe and the lid popped right open... then it tips up and the latch on the 'upper lip' of the Tivo 'smile' in front unhooks.

    I can't believe how fast the Tivo OS readies a blank 2TB drive (WD20EURS gives 316 hours of HD, for what it's worth). Now to copy the season passes over on tivo.com from the S3-THX and Premiere XL it's replacing.

    Thanks anyway!
  5. nooneuknow

    nooneuknow TiVo User Since 2007

    Feb 5, 2011
    Cox Cable...
    Anybody else notice that the fan now changes pitch in proportion to how "busy" to TiVo is? Software 20.4.2 made this instantly noticeable to me.

    I wanted to climb the walls when I pulled out three Premieres and a TiVo HD, and replaced them with just two continuously whiny jet-engine-like base Roamios, in a rather small bedroom.

    In other threads there's always been argument over which was more annoying, the hard drive, or the fan, with more being annoyed by hard drive seeking noises, than the fan. For me, I couldn't even hear the hard drives over the fans, until 20.4.2. Now I don't hear the fans, unless the TiVo is very "busy".

    What's odd is, I can only hear the drive seeking sounds with one ear, while my other ear can't hear them at all. Same goes for if I press each ear to my laptop as a "what the heck?" test. Yet both ears can equally hear the fans. This is new. I guess I must need an ear cleaning treatment from shoving earplugs in every night until now, to be able to sleep in a room with base Roamios before 20.4.2.
  6. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

    Jan 31, 2002
    I have not noticed any issues like that with my Roamio Basic. But it has plenty of clearance all around it. Like any TiVo, with a fan and hard drive, I can easily hear it. But I haven't noticed any abnormal sounds from it.
  7. svelund

    svelund New Member

    May 28, 2015
    A easy way to solve the problem for most of us of a noisy TiVo is to move the TiVo box to a new location. This will work no matter what the cause of the noise, fan, hard drive, or whatever. In my case I drilled a hole in the floor between the living room and the garage. I routed the TiVo wires (power, coax cable and the HDMI cable) to the garage, moved the TiVo box there and re-connected the wires. Presto-no noise.
  8. jim-j

    jim-j New Member

    Nov 24, 2013
    Does the TV remote works through walls?
  9. series5orpremier

    series5orpremier Well-Known Member

    Jul 5, 2013
    Yes, a TiVo Roamio remote does work through walls. The TV remote doesn't have to.
  10. MP414

    MP414 New Member

    Jul 18, 2016
    For the last few days, my TiVo Roamio was getting progressively louder. It was absolutely horrendous and annoying how loud it was, even when in standby mode.

    Well, my issue was resolved and it was very inexpensive and easy to fix. Here's how I did it:

    1. Purchase a can of compressed air.
    2. Purchase a product called "DeoxIT DN5."
    3. Unplug the TiVo unit from the power supply and remove all cables.
    4. Use a T9 bolt or similar to remove the center screw in the back of the TiVo unit.
    5. Carefully pop off the top of the TiVo unit.
    6. Put your finger on one side of the fan to prevent it from spinning and gently use the compressed air to remove any dust and/or embedded dirt.
    7. Use very little of the DeoxIT DN5 on the fan.

    ** Be careful not to spray on the motherboard or any of the other circuitry.**

    8. Put unit back together.
    9. Plug in and give it about 2-3 minutes of the fan to work in the solution.
    10. See if the noise level decreased for you.

    Mine is now as quiet as a mouse once again!

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