I have two HDXL units both of which have consistantly displayed a frustrating pattern. This (from what I have read here) seems to be a chronic software based issue with these units TIVO support of course takes the easy way out and simply declares it to be a physical hard drive issue, I am skeptical.. I'm hoping that others may have experienced the same problem and might have some suggestions to work around or solve it ..
What seems to happen and the units have done so for at least the past year..
The unit completes daily download however the "program data to" does not advance, after a restart the program data to" advances properly. I have read that there may possibly be a connection to the "GC" or garbage collection function, I also have a Premier Unit on which the GC seems to run approximately once a day, however on the HDXL units usually it remains on the initial date, approximately 30 days past the last GC date I then start getting the S03 error. My solution to this has been the "Clear SP,to do list etc. This ends up being a 12 hr process then many more hours redoing the SP list etc, Tivo's SP manager is of some help but is frustrating in that when you copy back to the unit the priority order is completely different from what has beeen saved off, so that any time savings from the transfer is negated by having to reorder them over again.
When I do this reset I follow this order..
1. Copy my Season Pass List to a dummy entry on Tivo SP Manager.
2. Run Clear SP and To do Lists
3. Clear residual SP that #2 did not clear, these left over entrys appear in name only but do not seem functional.
4. Run Guided setup
5. Re Start system.
In the most recent episode of this following the re run of guided set up I initially had 1 day of program data which the season pass list seemed to successfully work with, overnight it claims to have download a full update with program data for the next two weeks however none of the SP's seem to see any programming past the initial 1 day, if I go to find programs and alphabetically find one of my SP' shows future episodes show up for the upcoming 2 weeks if searched for by date and time..
HELP !!!!. Any ideas sincerely appreciated...