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Tivo Series 2 Stuck at "Welcome! Powering up..."

Discussion in 'TiVo Help Center' started by Shanezam203, Feb 3, 2010.

  1. Feb 3, 2010 #1 of 48
    Shanezam203

    Shanezam203 Member

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    Hey Guys, my Tivo Single Tuner with Lifetime :cool: is stuck at Powering Up, I bet it is the Hard Drive?

    Tivo and I tried to do a few things to reset it, but nothing. Suggestions?

    Thank you,
    Shane :)
     
  2. Feb 3, 2010 #2 of 48
    reubanks

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    Replace the hard drive?

    What model Tivo is this? Is it the original drive or an upgraded one.

    Randy
     
  3. Feb 3, 2010 #3 of 48
    Shanezam203

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    Original factory drive, single tuner, 40 hour I think.
     
  4. Feb 3, 2010 #4 of 48
    reubanks

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    You wouldn't happen to have a spare IDE hard drive sitting around would you? (The original should be 40GB, but might be larger if it isn't a 40 hour unit.)
     
  5. Feb 3, 2010 #5 of 48
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    Sounds like the same thing that happened to me. The fix is pretty easy, search the forums for Instant Cake.
     
  6. Feb 3, 2010 #6 of 48
    Shanezam203

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    What was the fix, replacement Hard Drive?

    I did a search for Instant Cake and I see a bunch of threads, any 1 specifically you can suggest?

    Thank you,

    Shane
     
  7. Feb 4, 2010 #7 of 48
    Shanezam203

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    Anyone have a direct link to the fix?

    Thank you guys,

    Shane
     
  8. Feb 4, 2010 #8 of 48
    HomeUser

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    Click on the Forum Sponsor "DVRUpgrade" button above, Instant Cake is under the "Software Tools" tab.
     
  9. jk5598224

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    Help I am getting the same thing with my SVR-3000. I recently ordered a hard drive from weaknees and I was installing it just fine. I was at the point of doing the final guide update.

    Then all of a sudden it went back to powering up. Is there a way to do a hard boot? Every time I unplug and plug it back in it seems to be in the same placel
     
  10. chicagobrownblue

    chicagobrownblue Well-Known Member

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    I bought a drive from DVRUpgrade that already had the Tivo operating system on it. The new drive doubled my recording capacity from 23 hours at best quality to 46 hours of best. The drive was pulled from, I think, a Tivo HD which they upgrade to even larger capcity.
     
  11. Shanezam203

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    Thanks I found Instant Cake & the hard drives. I don't really want to go through the hard drive change myself, is there any value this single tuner Box has selling it defective but with Lifetime service?

    Thank you,
    Shane
     
  12. Shanezam203

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    On a scale of 1-10 how difficult is the hard drive replacement and then software install?

    What will it cost, I am debating restoring this Single Tuner, only advantage is lifetime.

    Thanks,
    Shane
     
  13. lastdeadcat

    lastdeadcat 22 years in Alaska

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    If you get a drive with preinstalled software, the fix is simple. It's almost plug and play with a little screw driver work. You even get a Torx screw driver with the drive. What ever you do with new hard drive, this is good time to upgrade the capacity of the drive. It must be at least the size that came with the box. Get the biggest you can afford and really use.

    There a sticky in one of the forums here with all the details about changing the hard drive. I think it's in this forum.

    The TiVo Community sponsors, DVRupgrade and Weaknees, have all the prices and info for do-it-yourself or they do it.
     
  14. Shanezam203

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    I didnt see the drive came with Software Tivo ready, then I can do it. :)

    Thanks guys,

    Shane
     
  15. Shanezam203

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    I want to make sure the replacement drive I am getting below has the Tivo software already and is plug and play.
    (open Tivo, remove HD, replace with new HD below.:) )

    Replacement Drive Kit 189 Hour Drive 160gig $99.00
    Install Options: self install $0

    Part # S2R-160000-540 for my Tivo TCD540040 :up:

    Thanks,
    Shane
     
  16. HomeUser

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    Yes the 189 Hour Replacement Drive Kit (160GB) comes pre-loaded with TiVo software for your 540 TiVo.
     
  17. Shanezam203

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    Thanks HomeUser! 1 last question, do you suggest putting the $100 into this Single Tuner, in time won't Analog not be supported?

    I called Tivo, they'd replace it with a dual tuner for $150 + Lifetime transfer $200 is $350. Or upgrade to Premium with Lifetime is $500. Before I buy the replacement hard drive for $100, I subtract $100 from the Upgrade costs above and I am considering...

    Thoughts?

    Thanks,
    Shane
     
  18. HomeUser

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    With the Series2 Dual Tuner you are still stuck with analog. The S2DT will only be able to record a single digital channel by using a Digital Transport Adapter therefore nothing gained.

    If you can afford to upgrade I suggest going with the Premiere upgrade offer you were given. If it is the same offer that is on TiVo.com the Life time is a new subscription for the Premiere and the lifetime remains active on the Series2 which you might be able to sell.
     
  19. True Colors

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    Just throwing this out there, but your hard drive might not be the source of your problem.

    I had the same issue that you did and it turned out that my power supply was not working properly. I got that fixed and then my tivo starting working again just fine...... without ever changing out the hard drive.

    TC
     
  20. Shanezam203

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    I tried a 2nd power supply and that didnt do it. I can hear the HD making a weird sound.

    Question: I found a Tivo Series 2 dual tuner at a garage sale for $20, can I swap hard drives or will my tivo lifetime not carry over with that, it stays in broken HD?

    THANK YOU,
    Shane
     

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