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Series 3 Cablecard Problem

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by Gary-B, Aug 9, 2012.

  1. Gary-B

    Gary-B Member

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    My original Series 3 (Not HD), started rebooting the other day. Figured it was the hard drive and replaced it. That didn't fix the problem, got it narrowed down to if I have a cable card in the top slot, it reboots. Worked over a week with bottom cable card installed.
    Anyone have any suggestions, replaced the cable card with a new one with same results.
    Thanks
     
  2. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    Go read the wikipedia page on "capacitor plague" and then come back and read the threads on power supply problems.

    Sounds like a classic case of just enough power draw to be too much for a failing supply to handle, so the voltage sags, and that resets the CPU, which causes a reboot.

    Good news, if it is the power supply, it's probably the capacitors and if you can solder it's a $10 fix.

    If you're anywhere near Raleigh I can hook you up with a guy who's got good replacement caps reasonably priced. (You need a better grade than you'll find at Radio Shack).
     
  3. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    You need to get hold of the manufacturer's diagnostic software and test both those drives.

    Always test an old one that might be giving problems and always test a new one before putting it into service.
     
  4. Gary-B

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    unitron Thanks, no bulging caps but replaced with one from another S3 and it's up and running (just hope it stays that way). Thanks Again.
     
  5. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    Replaced what with one what?
     
  6. Gary-B

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    Power supply from a spare S3.
     
  7. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    Well then, I'd say that despite the lack of visual evidence it's quite likely the other PS was going bad, and can probably be fixed inexpensively.
     

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