Before I InstantCake it...

Discussion in 'TiVo Help Center' started by buckeye90, Aug 1, 2007.

  1. Aug 1, 2007 #1 of 11
    buckeye90

    buckeye90 New Member

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    Hello all.

    Long time listener, first time caller.

    Here is my deal.

    I have a Tivo Series 2 TCD140060 w/ a subscription through next March.
    I am stuck on the "welcome, powering up" screen
    Most assurredly, the drive is dead. I have confirmed using WDTools that it has SMART failures in several areas
    I have another drive sitting here waiting to be installed in the machine (actually it is already in, more on that later)

    Before I drop the $20 on Instantcake, I was wondering if there is anyway to check the unit to make sure that a newly imaged drive will/should fix the problem.

    The reason that I am trying to make sure is:
    I have done a lot of research on this (this board and dealcommunity) and decided to try to "find" an image via P2P. I located and successfully downloaded a couple of instantcake images neither was specifically for my tivo (t60 and tcd540 which i thought would be close enough), but I was hoping to either get lucky or be able to assess if the tivo is able to be fixed.

    Both images pretty much gave the same result as having no hard drive in the Tivo at all, "welcome, powering up" screen with two amber lights staying lit.

    I was hoping that the downloaded images would at least get to another screen to give some indication that the machine can be salvaged.

    I am ready to purchase the correct version of IC, but I was just looking to get a warm and fuzzy from someone that it probably isn't the motherboard or powersupply (as I am getting video, just those darned yeller lights)

    Anyone have any experience running the tivo through pre-boot diagnostics or anything?

    If there is not anyway of knowing, I will just buy it and hope for the best.


    If this message would be more fit for the underground, I would be happy to move it there.

    Thanks,

    Jim
     
  2. Aug 1, 2007 #2 of 11
    HomeUser

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    You might give dd_rescue a try. dd_rescue makes a binary copy from the failed drive to your new drive. Keeping the old drive cool with a drive cooler or fan may help also. The copy will probably take over 8hrs depending on how many read re-tries are required.
     
  3. Aug 1, 2007 #3 of 11
    JimSpence

    JimSpence Just hangin'

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    BTW, the T60 is a series 1 unit.
     
  4. Aug 1, 2007 #4 of 11
    buckeye90

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    Jim. Had no idea, only thing I could find on short notice! Thanks for the response tho!
    Home USer - I thought dead was dead but it looks like it was doing OK in transferring the data. It got to 1.1GB transferred in the last 75 MIN but I am getting hdc:dma_timer_expiry:dma status ==0x61 and 0x60
    hdc:lost interrupt

    over and over. Right before this point the curr rate dropped from 2300kB/s to 146

    I will give it until I get home from work tomorrow.
     
  5. Aug 2, 2007 #5 of 11
    HomeUser

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    dd_rescue is a long shot it slows down when it hits the bad area I would expect it to go faster than a gig an hour however.
     
  6. Aug 2, 2007 #6 of 11
    skivo

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    3rd rock...
    I used Instant Cake to revive a Series 2. Worked great and worth $20 not to have to dig through the web to put the pieces together myself.

    I believe they have a moneyback guarantee if it doesn't work for you, but it probably will (assuming you correctly identify the TiVo model before download).
     
  7. Aug 2, 2007 #7 of 11
    RoyK

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    +1
     
  8. Aug 2, 2007 #8 of 11
    buckeye90

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    I couldn't find any kind of guarantee from InstantCake, the only thing that I could find is

    We have designed InstantCake to be as easy-to-use as possible, however we cannot guarantee that it will work on your specific PC, as some older systems have trouble booting from CD, or may not have enough memory to load the InstantCake software properly. PTVupgrade is not responsible for InstantCake not working on your PC, or if you cannot get the software to work properly on your PC. If you are concerned about this possibility, please do not purchase the product.

    The PC part of it, I am confortable with I just was hoping to diagnose the tivo before making the purchase.

    Anyone know of the guarantee?

    Also as a progress note on dd_rescue.
    I am at 9910272.0k does that look like 9GB to the rest of you? (120GB drive...)


    Time to bail?
     
  9. Aug 2, 2007 #9 of 11
    buckeye90

    buckeye90 New Member

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    Answered my own question here

    "Due to the nature of downloadable software products, please understand that there are no refunds on purchases of this product and no exchanges should you select the wrong version of software for your TiVo."

    I am going to go for it anyway. Thanks for everyone's responses. I am sure that the dd_rescue would have eventually worked, but 10 more days at best.....
     
  10. HomeUser

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    10 Days, too many errors probably not.
     
  11. buckeye90

    buckeye90 New Member

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    Just for a follow up. Purchased the INstant Cake for my Tivo and restored the image. Let me say that it was easy as..... PIE?

    Thanks for the help and keep up the good work all!

    Jim
     

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