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TiVo Series 3 Suddenly Slow & Rebooting

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by mandms7, Apr 28, 2011.

  1. dlfl

    dlfl Cranky old novice

    Jul 6, 2006
    Dayton OH
    I thought Intellipark only prevented soft reboots -- but I won't argue with success! You can get your software updated in a few minutes by just forcing several connections to TiVo until the status says "pending restart", then reboot the TiVo.
  2. mandms7

    mandms7 Member

    Mar 11, 2006
    Bay Area, CA
    Up on the latest software and still no slowness or reboots during transfers. Either was the hard drive or the image got damaged.
  3. Worf

    Worf Active Member

    Sep 15, 2000
    Wow, two weeks ago my TiVo was being really slow - it would take 10 times as long to go through the To-Do List than it did the week before, and then I noticed the background animation was stuttering. Funny enough, everything else worked just fine - all the recordings were fine. And other than the slowness, it was otherwise fine. It even rebooted just fine.

    Last week I found this thread and guessed it was the hard drive, so I pulled it and imaged it and dumped the image on a spare. Turned out it was 1 bad sector 40GB in (according to ddrescue). Figuring it's just a recording that would be corrupt (512 bytes are bad - so what?), I put it on an old replacement (I didn't need to upgrade it, but finding any hard drive under 1TB new is almost impossible) 300GB drive that was sitting around and it booted up and everything. And it was back to being fast again.

    Still can't figure out how that 1 bad sector could've made it so slow... especially since it's smack in the middle of the first media partition - there shouldn't be anything other than a recording there. Not even the original TiVo videos that it came with should be that far into the drive...
  4. ggieseke

    ggieseke Well-Known Member

    May 30, 2008
    If it was recording the live buffer to that part of the disk it would explain it.
  5. Worf

    Worf Active Member

    Sep 15, 2000
    Could be, but that one sector was marked "Sector awaiting replacement" which means the next write will usually fix it by replacing it with a spare.

    Considering the drive doesn't have any bad sectors otherwise, it's kinda strange. Just happy I caught it early and could make a backup and replace it. And that the sector was something unimportant compared to what could've been.

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