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Weird SO3 Behavior

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by WO312, Nov 8, 2013.

  1. WO312

    WO312 Active Member

    Jan 24, 2003
    I have had my TA on a timer for 2 years now and it updates about every other day every time I check it, maybe every 2-3 weeks.

    I checked it last night (Thurs), and the last GC had been Wed A.M., but the update had failed earlier in the day with an SO3 error. I had never seen that before. I tried a manual update and it got to downloading but once again failed on an SO3. I rebooted and same behavior. I went to bed and checked it this morning. While the GC is still saying Wed, so a little over 2 days now without an update, a program update had completed and an index had occurred. No sign of any SO3 error.

    Anybody know what exactly an SO3 error is?? Whatever it is, it fixed itself.
  2. unitron

    unitron Active Member

    Apr 28, 2006
    semi-coastal NC
    It's some sort of problem that occurs when there's a problem downloading and indexing program guide data, and putting the timer on the TA is supposed to keep the TA from interfering with Garbage Collection executing properly and completing.

    Apparently GC failure is a big cause of S03.

    The unofficial fix for S03 that won't go away is to do a Clear Program Information and To Do List (not a C&DE), which saves you having to go through Guided Setup again, where there's a chance of getting stuck on account of an S03 error, although if that happens it's been suggested that you tell it you only have antenna to reduce the amount of guide data that it tries to download, so that you can get through GS and fix the line up later.

    I think the CPI&TDL forces it to go back and start the data download from the beginning instead of trying to just grab the changes since last time, or resume an interrupted download where it left off, or something like that.

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