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Old 05-28-2013, 08:04 PM   #1
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Tivo HD DVR Motherboard

Does the motherboard on a Tivo HD DVR go bad very often? Any experiences?
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Old 05-29-2013, 10:25 AM   #2
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I have never had or heard of a mother board on that model going bad. But I mostly deal with Series 1, Series 2 and Premieres that I have over 20 of and have owned another 10 or 20 over the years.
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Old 05-29-2013, 10:38 AM   #3
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Does the motherboard on a Tivo HD DVR go bad very often? Any experiences?
Unless a power surge cooked your motherboard I would guess less than 1 in 1000 just go bad, hard drives are the main weak point followed (by a big distance) by the power supply.
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Old 05-29-2013, 02:18 PM   #4
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Yeah there are two main components that fail in a TiVo. The hard drive and the power supply. When the hard drive fails you get problems like pixelation and stuttering during playback, and eventually a complete failure to boot. With a power supply you can get all sorts of weird issues. Tuner failures, network errors, CableCARD issues, etc... Both can be fixed for about $100.
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Old 05-29-2013, 07:04 PM   #5
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Thanks for the good info. I really appreciate the feedback.
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Old 05-31-2013, 10:41 AM   #6
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Does the motherboard on a Tivo HD DVR go bad very often? Any experiences?
Apparently some have developed problems with some of the stuff on the motherboard, like one tuner works and the other one doesn't, but if it appears to be complete motherboard failure I'd suspect either the power supply, or the hard drive, or both, first.

I'd especially suspect the power supply, due to the "capacitor plague" issue.

I'd even suspect it if the motherboard isn't completely dead but just is having strange symptoms.
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Old 06-01-2013, 10:53 PM   #7
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Define "often". I have a few Tivo HDs and 2 of them have developed the dreaded blinking green LED problem. When that happens, the TiVo is useless and will not boot, even after putting in good power supplys and hard drives.

So to answer your question, I have had 2 THDs motherboards "die" on me.

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Define "often". I have a few Tivo HDs and 2 of them have developed the dreaded blinking green LED problem. When that happens, the TiVo is useless and will not boot, even after putting in good power supplys and hard drives.

So to answer your question, I have had 2 THDs motherboards "die" on me.

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I had about 100 THD pass through me and the only motherboard problem I every saw (once) was the HDMI plague, when HDMI works until the just a few minuets comes on, the component output works normally. So your just unlucky or something is blowing your motherboards.
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I had about 100 THD pass through me and the only motherboard problem I every saw (once) was the HDMI plague, when HDMI works until the just a few minuets comes on, the component output works normally. So your just unlucky or something is blowing your motherboards.
From what I gleaned from your message is to try using component cables if the THD is suspected to have a bad MB and you're using HDMI. Is that a fair assumption?
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From what I gleaned from your message is to try using component cables if the THD is suspected to have a bad MB and you're using HDMI. Is that a fair assumption?
If you have that thing hooked up via HDMI, first thing to do is "downgrade" your video connection temporarily for testing purposes.
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Old 07-14-2013, 01:01 PM   #11
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I think I just had a TivoHD MB failure
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