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

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

  1. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    Okay, the 649 files are for if you ever want to use or restore and sell that dual tuner TiVo whose drive you're about to use.

    The 540 files are for your lifetimed single tuner TiVo.

    Do you have a PC?

    Does it have a place to connect the older style (pre-SATA) hard drives (PATA/IDE) that are in the TiVos?

    Does it run Windows XP or newer?

    If the answer to all 3 questions is yes, go to mfslive.org and download the WinMFS program Beta build 9.3f

    Also download from mfslive.org the zip file of the .iso of the MFS Live cd v1.4 just to have it on hand or to use if you don't have XP or higher on that PC.

    Unzip the WinMFS, which will give you winmfs.exe

    Copy it into the Program Files folder and make yourself a shortcut to it on the desktop, unless you want to click on Start, Run and then browse for it.

    Also have the .tbk file on that PC where you know where it is.

    Hook up the 80GB drive to the PC, and boot into Windows.

    Do not try to find or look at the drive with any program or part of Windows.

    If a found new hardware balloon pops up, just click the X to close it.

    After Windows gets fully booted and settles down, start up WinMFS, click the "I agree to the terms" thing, and then click on "Select Drive"

    When the Select Drive screen/box comes up, make sure you select the 80Gb WD. It shouldn't show you the drive Windows is on, or any other drives that Windows can see.

    Then click on I think it's File, Restore drive or Restore image or restore something.

    Point it toward the

    540_GSet.tbk

    file, do not check the don't use optimized partition layout check box, if it defaults to a swap size of 128 that's enough for an 80GB drive, then click OK or Start or whatever's on that screen.

    Then sit back and wait until it tells you it's done, at which point it'll probably say something like do you want to expand. Hold off on doing that for right now.


    If you don't have a new enough version of Windows, or a version at all, on that PC, we'll have to walk you through using

    540_gset.bak

    with the MFS Live cd.

    And you won't need the original drive out of the 540 hooked to the PC for this operation.
     
  2. DCswitch

    DCswitch New Member

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    Hey guys (unitron)- would love to get the 540_GSet image. Both the Sendspace and Dropbox links are no longer working. Thanks in advance.
     
  3. replaytv

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    If you live in the Denver area you can come by and borrow a working Tivo to get the image off of.
     
  4. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    I think we solved his problems in another thread, but that was a very Santa-like offer you made.
     
  5. replaytv

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    **HO HO HO*** say I with a quivering belly of jelly. :)
     
  6. jw461

    jw461 New Member

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    Figured I'd hijack this thread rather than start a new one to keep related info all in one place.

    So I've had this same issue with my 540* series 2 and I can fix it by reimaging the drive as described. The problem is, the fix only lasts for like 2 days before it gets stuck again.

    I've tried a new drive (brand new, actually) and the software is still corrupted somehow in about 2 days...reimage and it's fine again for 2 days.

    Any ideas on this one?
     
  7. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    Exactly which issue?

    Never gets beyond first screen?

    Or goes from first screen to a featureless gray screen?

    And have you verified that there's nothing wrong with the power supply?

    (like with a voltmeter?)

    Is it running 9.3.2b or 9.3.2c (look in system information) ?

    It might be a problem with trying to shift over to the alternate partitions to change from b to c.
     
  8. jw461

    jw461 New Member

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    Sorry, the issue is getting stuck at the first screen as per the original topic. I can't check system information until I reimage the drive again, but good idea on checking power supply voltages. I might even try powering the drive with a different source to take load off the Tivo PS to see if it makes a difference...if that works out, then I know what to replace.
     

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