4 Lights Flashing on Bolt

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  1. Dec 7, 2018 #421 of 598
    ggieseke

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    Yellow = RF, Red = IR.
     
  2. Dec 8, 2018 #422 of 598
    theQmaster

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    On the remote or on the device ? I have all 4 flashing on the device...
     
  3. Dec 8, 2018 #423 of 598
    ggieseke

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    On the remote.
     
  4. Dec 8, 2018 #424 of 598
    V7Goose

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    Generally, the 4 lights flashing indicates a bad HDD, but if you put a different compatible drive in the box and nothing changed, then it is likely a bad power brick. I suggest you try a different power cord before you do anything else.
     
  5. Dec 8, 2018 #425 of 598
    ratso

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    Well, I received the WD40NPZZ drive from Central Valley Computer Parts a few days ago suggested by CIR, installed it in my Bolt which already had a 4tb Seagate BarraCuda (Four flashing light syndrome). It never formatted the drive but hung on "Starting Up". Next I performed a clone copy of the new drive but that too stuck at starting up. I'm guessing hydra is the issue. I tested the new drive and it checked good, with DriveDX. Not sure where to go from here.
     
  6. Dec 8, 2018 #426 of 598
    JOSHSKORN

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    After you initially got the 4 flashing lights, did you reinstall the original drive? Try it. See if it loads, then if it does, maybe try your new drive?

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  7. Dec 8, 2018 #427 of 598
    Kishore

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    If you have older drive- please install that. After everything goes through with latest UI, downgrade the SW (from reset guide) to TE3. I had to do it twice to get my Bolt back to older format. Then go thru steps to install 4TB drive (as you did initially).. it should work.
     
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  8. Dec 9, 2018 #428 of 598
    ratso

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    Ok, I’ll try! Thx!
     
  9. Dec 9, 2018 #429 of 598
    ratso

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    Good idea, I will try! Thx!
     
  10. Global_Wierding

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    My Bolt+ has the 4 flashing lights. I tried to reboot many times and failed. I removed the 3TB WD Blue HDD and replaced with a 2TB WD Blue drive and got to the "Starting Up" screen. I held the pause button for two seconds while the amber light was flashing. Any advice on what to do next?

    WD30NPRZ-00YRMTP OLD HDD
    WD20SPZX-11CRATO New HDD

    I tried rebooting with only power cord connected and old HDD installed, still have 4 flashing lights.

    For the record:

    Whenever my Comcast Modem reboots (usually in the middle of the night) I have to disconnect this Tivo Bolt+ in order for the Modem to finish rebooting. I then reconnect the Tivo Bolt+ and all is well.

    Also, I had this Tivo Bolt+ setup for a Mocha network and connected that network with my Tivo Mini and Tivo Roamio.
     
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  11. JOSHSKORN

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    Well first of all, thanks for answering one of my questions. I figured MoCa was just a thing with Verizon/Frontier FiOS but didn't have any answers for that. I'm considering switching due to costs.

    Also, maybe you'd pointed this out, already. Before the four flashing lights occurred, had you tampered with your Bolt+, thus upgraded/changed out the hard drive? You mention "Bolt+", "3TB HDD" and then "old hard drive". I just want to know if the four flashing lights initially began with a different hard drive than the stock HDD installed.
     
  12. Global_Wierding

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    The 3TB HDD is the old hard drive that is factory and has the initial flashing light problem. I upgraded to TE4 months ago with no-known problems. The flashing lights started yesterday morning.
     
  13. JOSHSKORN

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    So, you had the four flashing lights problem on the factory hard drive, decided to swap out the hard drive for a 2TB HD and it worked for a little while until the four flashing lights came back?
     
  14. Global_Wierding

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    The 2TB HD was stuck on "Starting UP" for an hour before I turned it off. The flashing light problem was only on the factory HD.
     
  15. Chris McNeil

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    I have a 3TB Bolt+ and the four lights flashed, just after the one year warranty expired. Tivo technical support told me that it was definitively a failed hard drive. It was $150 to get a replacement. I was astounded that a hard drive would fail after one year. Brand name hard drives usually have five year warranties and last well beyond five years. The replacement Bolt+ also failed after about three months, with the same four blinking lights. It was a free replacement. But before I returned the Bolt+, I opened up the box to examine the brand and date of the hard drive. It was a 3 TB WD. The only issue was that it had been manufactured in 2016, three years before. There was a non-hard drive manufacturing flaw in the replacement Bolt+. So, Tivo readily replaced it again. An inconvenience, but zero cost. I opened up the second Bolt+ replacement and found that it also had a 3TB WD, that had been manufactured in 2016, three years ago. I suspect that TiVo got a big discount on aged-out inventory of hard drives. It has made me wonder whether or not these 3 TB hard drives are actually used? Unfortunately, I didn’t open up the original brand new Bolt+ to examine its drive. If that was three years old, I think TiVo would be seriously misleading customers by selling old components, as new. But here’s positive context. I have had 8 Tivo’s starting with the “3s” over 12 years. This is the only hard drive failure that I have had with a TiVo.
     
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  16. May 1, 2019 #436 of 598
    dpalmi

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    Add another to the list. Got the 4 flashing lights on my Bolt+ on Monday. Internal drive was a WD WD30NPRZ Manuf Date 17 AUG 2016. Bolt+ was purchased 24 months ago. Called Tivo support and they are sending me a refurbed Bolt+ Vox for $79 + tax. They offered that price instantly. I can confirm the drive is indeed the problem. Bolt+ recognizes any other drive and starts to boot without issue. Bad drive also sometimes makes a "clunking" noise often heard with bad drives.

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  17. May 1, 2019 #437 of 598
    fis

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    With all of these stories of original drives going bad, I'd be tempted to take the drive out of any new Bolt before setting it up for the first time and run it through hardware diagnostics to see if there are any bad sectors or other indicators of future failure. However, of course, doing that would void the TiVO warranty :rolleyes:
     
  18. May 2, 2019 #438 of 598
    XIBM

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    I think they are getting hot and failing. See cooling mods thread...
     
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  19. XIBM

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    My Bolt+ woke up with 4 flashing lights today after 18 months of use so I don't guess the extra cooling fans saved the disk. Lucky I had the 3 year warantee and the TiVo rep indicated my lifetime would be on the new machine, we will see...
     
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  20. bobrt6676

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    After 25 months my Bolt+ is flashing 4 lights. Called Tivo support and much to my surprise they are replacing my Bolt+ FREE of charge:blush:. Refurb unit of course. (Since I have been a Tivo customer since 2001 is why they are not charging me.) At least that's what was said. Very Happy Tivo customer!!:smiley:
     
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