So my S3 is on the fritz. I have lifetime on it and don't have the $$ for a new tivo. I run farifax va fios with cable cards.
I have 2 kids and this the primary tv distribution product so I need to fix it.
Problems escalated last night.
I had audio dropouts on recorded shows and live shows.
Then I let it sit for a while and didn't touch it.
Then it worked for a few hours later that evening.
Then this morning, almost total non responsive to the remote.
There were no shows listed in the saved list.
I had guide problems and interface problems where I haven't been able to change channels or select a recorded show.
I finally got on a cartoon network but I couldn't do much else.
I think I have narrowed the list down to. I'm not very handy.
a. hard drive issue
b. power supply
d. verizon line trouble
e. cable card
f. coax into box from street
g. external hard drive (western digital 500gb hooked up thru esata)
I understand that e-g are the least likely reasons for the trouble but are the easiest to test.
I'm less concerned about shows that I might lose that I have already recorded.
1. My first question is if I disconnect the external hard drive, will the tivo work? (IF that were the problem)
2. If I bought a tivo series 3 on craigslist for $50, could I just use it for parts like power supply, capatictors to repair my nonfunctioning tivo series 3.
Thank you in advance,