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Old 02-05-2016, 05:04 PM   #1
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Question TiVo TCD 65 2160 HD stuck on start-up

Trying to get this series 3 Tivo to start up again.

TiVo TCD 65 2160 HD

Stuck on this screen.

What should I do?

Thanks.


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Old 02-05-2016, 09:45 PM   #2
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Can you provide a little more info?
Are you trying to upgrade the drive? Has the unit been sitting idle for awhile?
If it was fully functional and just started rebooting into this state, that doesn't sound good.

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Old 02-06-2016, 12:12 AM   #3
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Trying to get this series 3 Tivo to start up again.

TiVo TCD 65 2160 HD

Stuck on this screen.

What should I do?

Thanks.

That screen is loaded into video memory from a chip on the motherboard.

If you removed the hard drive and then powered up the TiVo, you'd get the same symptoms, that screen would load and then it would never move on.

So for some reason your TiVo motherboard is not able to satisfactorily communicate with the hard drive (or else it would move on to the "Just a few more minutes" screen, which is on the hard drive).


If you still have the original 160GB drive in there that was installed at the factory it's very possible that it has failed and will have to be replaced.

However, that model TiVo is among those prone to power supply failure (usually partial failure and not completely dead) due to one or more capacitors on the power supply circuit board failing.

It could be that the hard drive is still okay but the power supply can no longer provide enough current to spin it up properly.

Or you may have both power supply and hard drive problems.

The good news is that repairing the power supply is usually a simple matter of replacing those capacitors (at a cost of around $10 to $15 in parts), which is a simple soldering job.

If you have a PC that's not too terribly old you can prepare a new hard drive for that TiVo.

I'm assuming you do not have an external hard drive attached to the TiVo.

Do you have a cable card installed in it?


Is the color on that screen shot accurately reproducing here, or is there a lot more orange in it in person?

(power supply problems can cause all sorts of strange symptoms and a loss of color might be one of them)

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