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Old 11-03-2009, 09:25 PM   #1
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Series 3 starting to lose it....

My Series 3 has been relatively problem free for the first three years, but in the last week, it is starting to melt down. The first buggy clue was the echo we got on the TiVo "signature" sounds. When choosing an action that generates the classic TiVo "boop boop" sound, we get an annoying echo of the sound that lasts for 5 to 10 repetitions. Also, the system started randomly rebooting, and though it recognizes my home network, I get an error message that says it can't find a network gateway.

Any of this sound familiar to anyone? It feels a bit like gremlins found their way into my Series 3....

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Old 11-03-2009, 09:50 PM   #2
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Any of this sound familiar to anyone? It feels a bit like gremlins found their way into my Series 3....
It's time to replace the hard drive. Most TiVos will last 10+ years if you replace the drive every 3-4 years.

Drive upgrade/replacement instructions are here. These drives will work fine in the Series3:

Seagate ST31000322CS @ Provantage.com
Seagate ST31000322CS @ TheNerds.net
Seagate ST31000322CS @ PC Connection
Seagate ST31000322CS @ Amazon.com

Western Digital WD10EVDS @ Amazon
Western Digital WD10EVDS @ Buy.com
Western Digital WD10EVDS @ TheNerds.net
Western Digital WD10EVDS @ CDW

The WD10EVDS produces a bit less noise, but it also costs $10 more.

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