Here in my neighborhood, we have frequent, lengthy power outages. I have my two DirecTivos (both R10's) on UPS's, but as the outages usually go on for hours, the UPS just lets me shut down the Tivo before the battery runs out.
I thought I was doing this correctly: DirecTV button (to DirecTV central); page down (to Standby); right arrow (to go into standby mode). As far as I'm aware, this is the closest I can get to "turning it off". Is this correct?
Anyway, a few nights ago, the power went out, the UPS's started bleeping, and I got up and shut down the Tivos. About 6am, power returned after the electric company had hooked a generator up to power poles outside my house! (Honest, I live in a major Northeast city, not somewhere in Africa!)
Now, I had had rough night, but I don't think I was delusional enough to turn the TV on and forget about it. Nonetheless, the TV came on, and the Tivo in the bedroom was displaying a green warning sign with words to the effect of "A serious error has occurred. Wait three hours for the recorder to reacquire information. If the receiver still does not work then, call 1800...."
I switched to the living-room, Tivo, which had not come out of standby, so I pressed the DirecTV button. The yellow boot-up screen appeared, after which this unit also displayed the same green screen.
I was exhausted, so switched the TV off and went back to sleep for a little bit. 2 hours later, both units were functioning normally.
I've never seen this warning screen described anywhere before. Has anyone else seen it, or have any idea what may have caused it? The power resumption to the house must have been somewhat violent, as the microwave also needed power-cycling before its clock would work properly. But, the Tivo's were on UPS's which are supposed to provide surge protection and some level of voltage regulation.