Originally Posted by naranja
Last night my TV said "no signal" when on the Tivo input. I figured the cat had knocked off the cable on my splitter. Today I discover no lights on the front of the tivo but it is plugged in and warm. I unplugged/replugged and could feel the hard drive spinning (don't think it was the fan) but no lights and no signal. It's an HD series 3 with a couple year old 1TB drive with lifetime of course. No hints of problems until this failure.Thanks for any advice.
Go read up on "capacitor plague", because there's about a 99% chance that your power supply has it.
Although if it does there's a small chance that's not the only problem.
But that's the problem that will need to be fixed first.
Good news is that if that is the problem, you can replace the capacitors among which the bad ones will be for about $10 in parts and some simple soldering work.
Do you have a #10 Torx bit? A #8? A voltmeter? (you might not even need that) A medium to high wattage soldering iron or gun? A PC to which you can connect the TiVo's hard drive for testing? (it's SATA)
Do you have an external drive connected to that TiVo?