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Old 11-23-2013, 08:37 PM   #1
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Series 3 Rebooting

I have had my Series 3 for over 10 years (Lifetime transferred from my Series 1) and it is on its second external hard drive 1TB, purchased from Amazon in May. I have FIOS and 2 cablecards. Starting a week ago, it has been rebooting every 45 minutes or so. My old recordings are unaffected, but no new ones have been complete as it takes about 15 minutes to reboot and start a second recording attempt. It is also responding to commands very slowly.

I have had TIVOs for many years and replaced many hard drives, but are there any other probable causes to this other than the hard drive? I believe I am not able to run diagnostics as I only have Apple computers.
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Old 11-23-2013, 10:53 PM   #2
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Puff,

This is probably bad capacitors in the power supply. Check out this recent thread on this which has links to parts lists to fix it for the original S3 OLED model.

http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb...d.php?t=511469

Note that the S3 came out in 2006 so it's only hitting 7 years this year.

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Old 11-24-2013, 02:51 AM   #3
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Using internal and external drives are prone to failures more then a single drive. Recordings are spread over both drives and you lose them when even 1 drive fails. Its better to use a single larger drive.
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Old 11-24-2013, 07:31 AM   #4
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Look at capacitor cans on the power supply board. If any of them look like this:
http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb...94#post8750894
you have "capacitor disease" and this needs to be addressed before anything else since a bad PSU can cause all kinds of bad Tivo behavior.

I agree with the recommendation to move to a single-large-internal-HDD configuration. If your internal HDD has lasted more than 5 years, you are doing better than average -- ditch both drives before you have another failure.

But check for even slightly bulging caps before doing anything else.

Also, cheap and easy, try reseating the esata cable connections for the external drive or even replacing that cable.
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Old 11-24-2013, 11:06 AM   #5
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Thanks all. I have a 2 TB internal replacement drive on its way. I'll open it up then and look at the power supply. It could have been only 2006, when TIVO offered the Lifetime transfer. It certainly performed well for a long time, it outlasted the first add on drive. I did reseat the esata cable, but I will change it as I have others, maybe this will help until I change it out.
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Old 11-28-2013, 09:37 AM   #6
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I added a new 2TB drive and my caps in the power supply looked ok. I sent two hours on the phone with Verizon. They couldn't get the cable cards to play HBO, although Starz and SHO came in fine. New cards to arrive Friday.
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Old 11-28-2013, 10:43 AM   #7
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I added a new 2TB drive and my caps in the power supply looked ok. I sent two hours on the phone with Verizon. They couldn't get the cable cards to play HBO, although Starz and SHO came in fine. New cards to arrive Friday.
Weird CableCARD pairing issues are also the sign of bad capacitors, you're saying they're fine, but the odds of that are against you.
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Old 11-28-2013, 01:08 PM   #8
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What she said.

If they look bad, they are bad, but if they are bad, they may or may not look bad.

Get a voltmeter.
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