I own a TCD54140 model Tivo Series 2 unit and recently after a vacation, I came back and to my surprise, my TiVO unit was stuck on the Welcome screen. Recycling a few times later led me to the conclusion that the drive had gone to the great hard drive haven in the sky so after some digging around and some mis-adventures, I finally got a new TCD540140 TiVO image laid down on a brand spanking new Maxtor 300GB IDE drive. Everything was going jim dandy until I noticed that during the setup of the new TivO drive (i.e. laying inputting the new configs and such) the pciture was jerking slightly. I went to Live TV and lo and behold it was jerking there too!!!
That's never a good sign but bear in mind that this was supposedly a brand new drive!!!!!
I guess that I must have done something bad to a TiVO or a Maxtor hard drive in a prior life to have add this bad luck. Before I return the drive to the retail store, I'm wondering if anyone has had experience with this type of "picture jerk" phenomenon. Does this really indicate a defective drive or is potentially an issue with the TiVO hardware itself?
Fortunately I have a smaller drive lying around my apartment that I can try out to prove the last point but it's gonna suck because I really wanted that extra recording room. It's also a pain because I may have to schlep back to the store to get credit towards a new drive.