Originally Posted by blazin6969
Alright my grandfather has a Series 2 Tivo it was this model TCD540080
I think it got fried some how, most likely the pet dander because the fan had quite a bit and when I took it apart it had a burnt smell to it. I then bought the same exact unit online thinking I could just swap the hard drive. However that as well did not prove to be fruitful.
My question is how I can take the lifetime one he had and make this other one I just got online to use as parts the new lifetime one. Is there anyway to transfer the data, from what I read the information is married to a chip on board the unit. Is the any way to recover this via jtag? Or Can I hotswap the drive to the new one?
Any information or a point in the right direction would be great!
Assuming the second unit you bought worked okay before you started part swapping...
Make sure the white ribbon cable that connects the front panel to the motherboard is fully and squarely seated in the socket.
Apparently it's easy to bump and dislodge.
Put the original hard drive back in the original TiVo and hope you haven't screwed it up.
Take the power supply out of the original TiVo and set it to one side.
Be careful with that ribbon cable as well.
Take the power supply out of the second unit.
Put it in the original TiVo.
See if that doesn't fix things, at least temporarily.
All of the second and third series TiVo models' power supplies are at risk for something called "capacitor plague", and almost any troubleshooting on them should begin with making sure there's nothing wrong with the power supply.
And you might want to do a fan transplant as well.
Let us know how it goes.