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Bad PSU and Now Bad HD?

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by Flyinace2000, Nov 4, 2017.

  1. Flyinace2000

    Flyinace2000 Member

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    We are back up and running. Now what to do with that Roamio OTA i got last week that is also dead.
     
  2. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay

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    Return it
     
  3. johng

    johng New Member

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    How often does Tivo do Lifetime transfer deals? I'd upgrade to a bolt if I could transfer my lifetime subscription.
     
  4. HerronScott

    HerronScott Well-Known Member

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    Not very often. It's a shame if you missed the longtime user deal back in 2015/2016 and the transfer offers earlier this year. Otherwise, you can take advantage of the sales where they have discounted new lifetime service.

    Scott
     
  5. Flyinace2000

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    Yup, doing that. Just got the fedex label. Lets see if i can get anohter 12-24 months out of old faithful.
     
  6. Flyinace2000

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    That didn't last long. 24 hours later i wake up to "Welcome...powering On!" Doing a hard reboot gets me back online, but the next morning stuck back at the powering up screen. Obviously stuck cause of the widle issue, but why is it rebootingin the first place. Running SMART now,
     
  7. Flyinace2000

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    Extended smart test passed. Did some of the other tests and it said it couldn't find HDA/HDB/HDC, is that normal?
     
  8. HerronScott

    HerronScott Well-Known Member

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    Where are you running this test at? If not on a PC, I'd pull the drive and run the manufacturer's test on it.

    Scott
     
  9. Flyinace2000

    Flyinace2000 Member

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    Via the TiVo kickstart code.
     
  10. Flyinace2000

    Flyinace2000 Member

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    And do i want to sink in another $90 on a new drive..... I've email Tivo to see if they will throw me a bone on a lifetime transfer offer. Should of kept the Roamio OTA:triumph:
     
  11. ajwees41

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    was it dead on arrival or after awhile?
     
  12. Flyinace2000

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    First roamio i got failed after a day or two. bad hard drive. Sent it back recieved replacment. by that time i had repaired my TiVoHD (or so I thought) and returned the replacment Roamio OTA after about 2 or 3 days of having it. Literally the day it went to fedex the TiVoHD started having issues again.
     
  13. ajwees41

    ajwees41 Well-Known Member

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    can you try a different ac outlet or power strip maybe the wiring to that outlet is bad.
     
  14. Flyinace2000

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    Yeah i guess i could. The powerstrip is pretty old.
     
  15. Flyinace2000

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    No difference in power supply. Tried using it again today, was watching about 20 minutes of football (live) when it rebooted. Besides another drive, what else should i check?

    I called Tivo. they would sell me a refurbed Bolt for $99 and new lifetime for $349. Think i'd rather get the roamio for $399.
     
  16. sfhub

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    Direct from TiVo with no sale going on that is an ok price.

    They just had some 500GB Roamio OTAs for $199 during CyberMonday. Amazon will sometimes have 1TB Roamio OTAs for low $300s.
     
  17. Flyinace2000

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    ...yeah. I bought one and returned it when my TiVoHD faked me out after the PSU repair.
     
  18. emuman100

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    Did you try using a fresh image on a fresh drive? Perhaps the MFS partitions have corrupt data when you copied over, or the switching FET on the power supply is going bad. Also, it may help to look at the logs if you can use an mfslive bootdisk and mount the /var partition.
     
  19. Flyinace2000

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    Yup, used a fresh image. I took the drive out again, reformatted, re-imaged, ran through the setup. Next morning stuck on "Welcome, PoweringUp" again. Granted it is an old drive, but all of the health checks on it pass.

    So it is either the switching FET.

    Could i mount the drive in OSX to get to the /var partition? (i'm running on a hackintosh, so plugging in via SATA is not an issue).
     
  20. emuman100

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    You'll need to compile tivopart and use that to read the partition map, but I don't know how that would work on OSX. In OSX, you can mount it as an ext partition. Using an mfslive bootdisk on a USB stick is what I do. Then copy over the logs another stick for viewing.
     

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