Originally Posted by rassi
Have an older TiVo HD in a 2nd TV room that we don't use as often as our main unit. Went in there today to watch TV and the unit was stuck rebooting - it was only showing the "Just starting up" screen (the one before the first TiVo logo). I suspect the HD may have died. Would that be the most common cause for this?
Model number on the back of the unit is TCD652160.
What are my options???
The most common cause for not moving on from the first screen, which is on a chip on the motherboard, to the "just a few more minutes" screen, which is on the hard drive, is a failure in communication between the motherboard and the hard drive.
This can be due to several different things, ranging in severity from the data and/or power cable to the hard drive not being fully and properly connected to failure of something on the motherboard.
The most likely cause is either hard drive failure (especially if it's still the original drive after all these years) or, in a Series 2 or 3 TiVo especially, a failing power supply, or maybe both.
If your 652 still has the original drive and the original, never had anything on it replaced, power supply, you're overdue for problems with both.
Have you ever replaced a hard drive on a PC, or assembled a PC?
Do you have a PC you can take the cover off of and connect a hard drive or two to the motherboard temporarily, or do you have one or more SATA to USB adapaters?
Do you have access to a voltmeter and any experience using one?
Any soldering experience?
(If you have to open the TiVo up to do anything with the hard drive, you might as well, while you've got the lid off, spend $10 to $15 bucks on replacing the usual suspects, capacitor wise, on the power supply circuit board and save having to do it in month or 3)