Originally Posted by jdubs
This has been going on for close to a year now, but I was finally at the point where I can't take it anymore so I posted this. Could it still be capicitor plague or would my Tivo have failed by now if it was? The only reason I ask is because I am comfortable replacing a hard drive, but not replacing or even inspecting capacitors.
You have to take the top off to get to the hard drive.
While you have it off, you can scan the power supply with the old Mark I calibrated eyeball.
If you don't see any sign of leakage or even a slight bulge on the top of any of the caps or any pushing out of the plug in the bottom, you might still have caps going bad, but if you do detect any of the above mentioned symptoms, you can be sure you have a power supply going bad.
The good news is that it's a cheap and easy fix.