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erik401
03-10-2009, 06:15 PM
We had a power failure this morning, and when I came home from work I found a dead TiVo.

I'm guessing that it's a hard drive problem (at least partially), but the situation's different than in the troubleshooting guide.

Has anyone had a similar situation? Is it possible to revive my TiVo! with a new hard disk?

Any help is appreciated!

Erik

Details:

TiVo! Series 2 TCD24008A
Lifetime Service
No LEDs light up
Fan works
No HD noise (it's too quiet)
Does not power usb wifi adapter
No video (no welcome screen or anything -- the scariest issue)

When plugged in to S-Video, there's a horizontal white bar that just keeps coming down a black screen, but I think that's probably just an issue with the line being connected with no signal.

erik401
03-10-2009, 06:31 PM
I tried disconnecting the hard drive, but nothing changed (and the drive does not spin up, besides a few clicks).

Erik

erik401
03-10-2009, 07:06 PM
I tried disconnecting the hard drive, but nothing changed (and the drive does not spin up, besides a few clicks).


Tried again and the drive does spin up now (without the IDE cable).

Erik

ksmith
03-10-2009, 11:48 PM
I had the same problems with a Series 2 240004A it turned out it was a capacitor in the Power supply underneath the heat shield,it was the 2200 uf 10 volt capacitor.If the top of it is bulging it is no good,since I replaced it no more problems it cost 3-4 dollars.Hope this helps.Keith

erik401
03-11-2009, 08:32 AM
I had the same problems with a Series 2 240004A it turned out it was a capacitor in the Power supply underneath the heat shield,it was the 2200 uf 10 volt capacitor.If the top of it is bulging it is no good,since I replaced it no more problems it cost 3-4 dollars.Hope this helps.Keith

The top of the capacitor is just barely bulging. I didn't notice it when I first checked everything out. I think I might even have a 2200uF capacitor somewhere. Hopefully this is the only problem!

Thanks,
Erik

erik401
03-11-2009, 11:40 AM
Thanks Keith! Replacing the cap worked perfectly.

Erik

ksmith
03-11-2009, 04:19 PM
Erik,Glad to hear that it's working I found the solution here in Forum back when mine died I think the guy was Commador who posted about the bad capacitors on the power supply.Thanks,Keith

aaronwt
03-11-2009, 05:05 PM
Get a UPS. An Uninterruptible Power Supply should be required for a TiVo.