Originally Posted by Emacee
Since last night, my Series 3 has been stuck in Powering Up mode. It keeps rebooting after the four lights in front go out.
I tried to run the Kickstart diagnostics but the unit won't go into diagnostic mode (either 57 or 54) and just keeps rebooting. When I hit pause when the four lights go out, the red light (bottom-right) flashes briefly and then the unit reboots despite of the number code. (I've run Kickstart before and I know it doesn't always take but I have been trying repeatedly with no success.)
Anything I can do?
The change in the lights that signals when it's time to do whichever remote button combination is the right one for a particular model TiVo occurs, in my experience so far with S1s, 2s, and 3s, about 60 seconds after the Welcome screen first appears.
But if the motherboard isn't partially or mostly successful in initial communication with the hard drive, you might not ever get to that stage.
If you do, that's still not a guarantee that there's nothing wrong with the hard drive.
And, although it's certainly possible with that model that you also could stand to replace some power supply capacitors, I suspect that all is not well with your hard drive, though I don't know if it's the drive itself or some of the TiVo software on the drive.
Try KS 52, to see if you can get it to boot from the alternate boot partition set.