Hi TiVo Community-
I screwed up.
I have a TiVo HD (TCD652) with a WD drive that was manufactured in Sep. 2007. It was showing signs of slow failure
for the past few years. So, having some time over the recent holidays, I tried copying the drive and adding capacity
at the same time.
I tried WinMFS (winmfs_beta9_3f), but despite using the "administrator" account/UAC disabled (Windows Vista)...the whole works- for some reason the drives weren't being recognized.
No problem. I'm more comfortable with a command-line anyway, and have a "functional" knowledge of Linux.
I used the (great) tools @ http://www.mfslive.org/download.htm
- (mfslive-1.4), and the nifty "Interactive Command Generator" @ http://www.mfslive.org/cgen.php
Unfortunately- I didn't select the "Custom Linux Swap Size" checkbox, and my new drive is a WD10EZRX (1T)... so
clearly I need a swap partition that's greater than ...let's just say 'the default' ;)
My new 1T drive worked GREAT for a few weeks (see: [media]http://johnl.net/2013101170544-00-img_3716.jpg[/media] [before] and
After a few weeks, my TiVo started to 'hang' at boot. Sure enough- I'm using a WD drive (with Intellipark) and
until yesterday, I hadn't read the various posts in this forum about "wdidle3". So that's mistake #2.
I've since corrected that mistake, set the Intellipark-idle timeout to "62 minutes", and now my TiVo is able to
do both a power-on and a 'soft' boot.
Due to the small swap partition, I'm now stuck in a GSOD loop.
I've been reading through this post:
"How to fix your TiVo if it gets stuck on a green screen"
...but it's wicked-old, and I think due to its age, mentions Series 1 & 2 TiVo's.
I'm not too comfortable/confident altering partitions on the drive... especially since this (new) drive is my
ONLY semi-working drive.
Last night I tried putting my old/original drive back in -just 'till I get the kinks worked-out with the new WD10EZRX
drive... but I was greeted with a "Welcome Powering-Up...", then about 5 seconds later.... a GREY screen.
Nothing more. The old drive sounds like the heads are seeking...but I left it in this state over night- and
it just doesn't seem to want to boot any more.
So- if I haven't bored you all yet.. on to my question:
Is the method described here: "How to fix your TiVo if it gets stuck on a green screen"
still applicable for a drive copied from a TiVo HD using MFSLive v1.4 (backup/restore) to "fix" the too-small
swap-partition size mistake ???
Another approach or thought:
I'm purchasing another WD10EZRX tomorrow. Rather than mucking around with partition re-numbering, wouldn't it be
_much_ safer (considering this is my ONLY semi-good drive) to use the same tools from the same MFSLive CD
and make a copy of my copy? This time- I'll use: backup -qTao - /dev/sda | restore -s 500 -zi - /dev/sdb
(and, of course, I'll set the wdidle3 correctly on the newest drive too!)
I appreciate any thoughts and advice you can give me.