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Old 08-08-2015, 10:14 PM   #1
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Rebooting issue

I am trying to wade through all the responses about this but none I have found seem to be the same.

Problem: Tivo3HD randomly reboots. It gets through the reboot and will act normal. I can watch live or recorded shows and do other things on the menu. It will eventually ( under 15 min.) hang then come back after a min. or so for a few times. Then it will freeze and reboot.

I have checked to make sure the caps are all flat and not leaking.

I have disconnected everything for a while and reconnected (with the exception of the HD).

I have tried running a code 57 but it did not seem to react to that at all. It just seemed to go right through a normal reboot. No hesitation or green screen.

I cannot afford to just go buy a new one so trying to figure this one out is important to me.


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Old 08-08-2015, 11:12 PM   #2
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Does it have a lifetime sub?

99% probability it is either the hard drive or the power supply. How much DYI capability do your have? For example, can you remove the hard drive, hook it up to a PC to run diagnostics tests? Can you measure the voltages (12V, 5V and 3.3V) produced by the power supply while under load (i.e., without disconnecting anything)?

The lowest cost would be replacing the caps in the power supply for about $15 in parts, which requires soldering capability. Any other fix (power supply or HDD) is going to cost a minimum of $50 and could easily cost more. If it doesn't have lifetime it might be simpler and cheaper to just buy another one on eBay -- although it might have problems too.

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Old 08-14-2015, 12:51 AM   #3
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Thank you. It has become evident that it is the HD. I have one from a slightly newer Series3 that might work as a replacement. Going to try to find it this weekend and see.

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Old 08-14-2015, 11:24 AM   #4
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Thank you. It has become evident that it is the HD. I have one from a slightly newer Series3 that might work as a replacement. Going to try to find it this weekend and see.
The replacement drive must be of equal or greater size than the one you're replacing.

And, if the newer s3 is not the same model TiVo you will need to either clone the existing drive to the replacement one, or install a clean image for that model TiVo.

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Old 08-14-2015, 12:53 PM   #5
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Flat caps does not mean they are good. It just means they have not vented...

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