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S3 upgrade help please.

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by pablopsd, Oct 3, 2013.

  1. Oct 3, 2013 #1 of 54
    pablopsd

    pablopsd New Member

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    Hey Everyone,
    Forgive me if i posted in the wrong spot. I'm 99.9% sure my hard drive died, as it was making a racket, and it will not show up or be recognized in any computer either. My Series 3 was completely stock, never hacked, so i did not have a disk image. I found and purchased instant cake, which was a waste of time and money. I did find a link on these forums to an S3 image for WinMFS and MFS live. I had a 500GB drive just laying here so i used WinMFS to put the image onto the new drive. I thought i had success, as i was able to go through the whole setup process, but i had to do the delete and clear everything to set everything with my service which is lifetime on this unit. Now it hangs at the welcome power on screen. I pulled the drive and WinMFS said it wasn't a Tivo drive. I also tried another 500BG drive, both times expanding the drive when asked if I want to. That one as well will not even get through the initial setup. I did download the truncated image again, to be sure that nothing had happened to it. and did the drive over again. Again i was able to go through the setup, but when clear and delete, it hangs on the welcome screen. Have tried some kickstarts, but those don't seem to be working at all. I am using Parallels on an iMac with XP. Not sure if that may be part of my issue? I can boot off of the ISO for MSFlive, but not having another drive to clone, doesn't help me. Im not sure what i can do with the image i found on this forum for MSFlive? I thought you had to have 2 drives? Sorry for the lengthy post. I'm hesitant to spend the money on a preformated drive, if the same thing will happen to that when i install it. Any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks

    Paul
     
  2. Oct 3, 2013 #2 of 54
    wtkflhn

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    You haven't said what brand of drive this is. TIVO's are picky about what kind of drive you use. Western Digital is the best kind. I would get a drive from Weaknees, a sponsor of this forum. I have had several drives from them and never had a problem. They will send you the tools to change the drive and instructions how to do it. They will also give you some tech support if you have a problem.
    Good luck.
     
  3. Oct 3, 2013 #3 of 54
    unitron

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    If you can get the Ultimate Boot CD to boot your iMac, run the manufacturer's diagnostic long test on that 500GB drive, just to be sure there's nothing physically wrong with it.


    Do you have a TCD648250, a TCD652160, or a TCD658000?

    Have you carefully examined the power supply capacitors?

    All of those models (and the S2s before them) are subject to power supply problems due to faulty capacitors (Google "capacitor plague").

    When using WinMFS, allow me to suggest that after restoring the image you decline the offer to expand, then click on mfsinfo to make sure everything looks okay, and test it in the TiVo.

    If all is well, you can return it to the computer and run mfsadd to expand.
     
  4. Oct 3, 2013 #4 of 54
    pablopsd

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    Hey Guys,
    It is a 648250 original Series 3. I have tried 2 Western Digital drives, both 500GB. I looked over the power supply somewhat, but if it ain't made out of wood, it all looks the same to me! LOL! I didn't see anything extremely obvious on the capacitors. I did look at the status after formatting the drive and it all checked out OK with WinMFS. That was what I did this AM and it went in, and did the full setup then froze after doing the clear and delete step. Could that be signs of power supply issues? Obviously something affected the drive to begin with, although it just could have been age.
     
  5. Oct 4, 2013 #5 of 54
    unitron

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    Are either or both of those WD drives Caviar Greens?
     
  6. Oct 4, 2013 #6 of 54
    pablopsd

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    Yes. The one that was working to start then hanging up.
     
  7. Oct 4, 2013 #7 of 54
    unitron

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    You need to read up on Intellipark, wdidle3.exe, and find a friend with a PC to which you can attach those drives' data cables straight to the SATA ports on the motherboard.

    Disabling Intellipark, or setting the timeout period for something really long, like 300 seconds, may solve your problem.
     
  8. Oct 4, 2013 #8 of 54
    pablopsd

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    Or buy a drive preformatted from Weaknees....
     
  9. Oct 4, 2013 #9 of 54
    pablopsd

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    I also have a Seagate drive available. Think that would be better?
     
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    Isn't it easier to just try wdidle3.exe first before moving on to another drive?
     
  11. pablopsd

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    Maybe, but need to get something to run it on. I may have an option, but if I don't kind of leaves me limited choices.
     
  12. unitron

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    Since you're going to have to borrow a "real" PC to disable Intellipark, go ahead and try the Seagate and see if it works in the TiVo.

    Turn down any offer to expand and test it in the TiVo first after restoring.

    If it works, we can go from there.
     
  13. pablopsd

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    Ran UBCD with WDIDLE3 on my real MacPro from 2007 and it let me disable it. Installing now, will see how it goes. "real" PC ...... :)

    Good thing you seem like a nice guy! :p
     
  14. unitron

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    Let's see, which company was it that ran the ads being very explicit that Macs and PCs aren't the same? IBM? Nope, wasn't them, maybe Compaq/HP or Dell? Nope, not them either.

    Darn it, it's right on the tip of my mind's tongue...

    ;):rolleyes::p:D
     
  15. pablopsd

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    Which one is smart enough to be able to run both, or all 3 with Linux.

    In guided setup now. Will see.
     
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    Went through guided setup, it was working fine. Did the clear and delete, and it didnt hang up. JUst a waiting game now to see how far we get. Says it may take up to an hour. Guess we will see if WDIDLE3 helped.
     
  17. pablopsd

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    Should there be some kind of screen on or display on the S3 during a clear and delete? I think its doing something, but i don't know?
     
  18. unitron

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    If it's the same as the S2s, it should have a screen that looks like the boot screen, but has a lot more words about how it's doing a C&DE and it'll take an hour or 3 hours or whatever, and not to unplug it 'til it's back to the boot screen or something like that.


    Although I have a vague memory of reading something around here a year or three ago about newer models not providing visual info on something that takes a long time.
     
  19. unitron

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    Which one can you take the cover off of and hook directly to the SATA ports on?
     
  20. pablopsd

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    Don't need to. MacPro has a nice panel with trays to pull out the drives. Booted right up and went right into what I needed. Pretty cool, except i had to dig to find the command lines! LOL!
     

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