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Old 09-03-2012, 09:07 PM   #1
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Any Heat Issues With Premiere?

I just ordered a Premiere XL/4. I downloaded the manual and also checked out the dimensions...I was surprised that the Premiere is actually shorter and a few inches less deep than the TivoHD. Does the smaller case cause any problems with heat?

This will be going in a closed cabinet with a couple of TivoHD's and several other components. While I do have a fan in the back of the cabinet, there isn't a lot of extra space to help dissipate the heat...
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Old 09-03-2012, 09:30 PM   #2
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I just ordered a Premiere XL/4. I downloaded the manual and also checked out the dimensions...I was surprised that the Premiere is actually shorter and a few inches less deep than the TivoHD. Does the smaller case cause any problems with heat?

This will be going in a closed cabinet with a couple of TivoHD's and several other components. While I do have a fan in the back of the cabinet, there isn't a lot of extra space to help dissipate the heat...
The Premiere draws less power and generates less heat than the TiVo HD. You should have fewer heat problems in your cabinet, unless maybe you install a power-hungry 7200-rpm hard drive.
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Old 09-03-2012, 10:18 PM   #3
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I've had one of them in an enclosed cabinet for about a year. No problems whatsoever.
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Old 09-03-2012, 10:27 PM   #4
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Thanks for the help guys. I know they have their own fan, so I thought they would be ok...just thought I'd double-check...
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Old 09-03-2012, 11:59 PM   #5
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One thing you can do with any TiVo is find some stick-on rubber/plastic feet* that are taller than the stock ones on the TiVo and put them on the bottom of the chassis near the original feet.

The idea is that, since the TiVo draws air in from the bottom, the aperture through which that air travels getting to the holes on the bottom of the chassis will be larger if the TiVo is higher up in the air, so the fan won't have to "suck" as hard to get the air in, so it can move more of it more quickly without drawing more power.

(also, the more the air travels vertically on its way into the TiVo, the better a job gravity can do keeping dust out of the air stream)


*Try your local Big Lots if you have one. I found a near lifetime supply at mine after striking out at Lowe's and Home Depot.
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Old 09-04-2012, 02:17 AM   #6
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I use those little felt ones, you can get a 16 pack at Walmart for $2.99 and they work great as well. Also, I have a 7200rpm Caviar Blue in one of mine and the temp is the same as the one that has the original Green drive it. It hovers around 35C - 37C all the time and it has another Tivo sitting on top of it too.

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Old 09-04-2012, 11:00 AM   #7
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Those little feet sound like a good idea. I didn't know they had those, so what I do is take 4 clean water bottle caps and place them under the feet of the Tivos to allow some air circulation. My only complaint is that they are white. I wish they were black so they didn't show, but they are barely noticeable.

Haven't had any heat problems.
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Old 09-04-2012, 01:21 PM   #8
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Without adding any height with extra feet, the Premiere has zero issues with cooling. I had three stacked at one point and had no problems with any heat. The stock feet provide more than sufficient height for air flow.
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Old 09-04-2012, 02:28 PM   #9
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Those little feet sound like a good idea. I didn't know they had those, so what I do is take 4 clean water bottle caps and place them under the feet of the Tivos to allow some air circulation. My only complaint is that they are white. I wish they were black so they didn't show, but they are barely noticeable.
Some narrow black electrical tape and a sharpie should fix you right up!
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Some narrow black electrical tape and a sharpie should fix you right up!
Ooh, I have both of those things. Thank You! I am so NOT crafty or creative.
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Some narrow black electrical tape and a sharpie should fix you right up!
Or some wide tape and a sharp utility knife.
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Old 09-05-2012, 09:53 PM   #12
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All good info guys...thanks!

I just got it today. It's been hooked-up and running for about 8 hours and so far, it seems to be running down-right cool to me...I doubt if there will be any problems.
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Old 09-06-2012, 03:41 AM   #13
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Those little feet sound like a good idea. I didn't know they had those, so what I do is take 4 clean water bottle caps and place them under the feet of the Tivos to allow some air circulation. My only complaint is that they are white. I wish they were black so they didn't show, but they are barely noticeable.

Haven't had any heat problems.
Coke Zero Cherry bottle caps are black.
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Old 09-06-2012, 09:26 AM   #15
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There is no need to use any bottle caps.

In Summer 2010, when I had at least half a dozen Premieres running, I had some water damage from the condo above me. For several days there were a bunch of dehumidifiers running in my condo which raised the heat tremendously. Temps were around ninety degrees inside during that time period. None of my Premieres had any issues in this ninety degree heat. Even the three Premieres that were stacked were fine. The standard feet provide more than enough height for cooling.
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