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Blinking green light, will not reset, black screen

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by BlaineMurphy, May 19, 2014.

  1. Apr 9, 2018 #221 of 240
    aweksny

    aweksny New Member

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    i got it on e bay item 152943568258, tried to match my current chips best as possible, yes i heated with torch to isolate bad one, i used same torch to desolder as well, i bought 2 because i wanted to change the one its paired with on board, u can change em all but these machines are going for cheap and may not be worth the time,
     
  2. B1LL

    B1LL New Member

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    Thanks for that info. Replacing surface mount chips with a pencil torch looks challenging, but fun to try.
    Even though these TiVos are cheap, the Lifetime subscription makes it worth the effort to keep them going.
     
  3. aweksny

    aweksny New Member

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    the pencil torch was used for removal, i used a solder iron to attach new chip, that was still a challenge, magnifing glass and used a solder wick to correct bridged pins, good luck if u attempt and let us know how it goes, mine is still going and im probably not gonna change that second chip as it seems to be working fine.
     
  4. B1LL

    B1LL New Member

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    You've inspired me to give it a try when I get some time. Meanwhile, since we have very few power outages here, my "MacGyver" solution isn't that bad (TiVo installed with no screws so I can lift the cover and slip in a hair dryer).
     
  5. shwru980r

    shwru980r Well-Known Member

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    I saw a lifetime Series 3 652 sell for $132 on ebay a couple days ago. They don't seem to be worth very much anymore.
     
  6. B1LL

    B1LL New Member

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    I agree, but like Harry Tuttle (underground repairman in the movie Brazil), "I'm in it for the action, the excitement..." :)
     
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  7. AntiPC

    AntiPC Well-Known Member

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    My Tivo HD has been sitting for 4 years. Before tossing it, I tried the hair dryer trick, and it worked!

    Thank you all for the helpful posts.
     
  8. SirKnowsALot

    SirKnowsALot Member

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    Hey everybody, glad to see some life back in this thread.
    I've been caught up with life for a while and had to quit hanging out here. I don't have anything useful to add right now, but I would encourage everyone to post any results (good or bad) to advance our knowledge and perhaps discover a reliable fix.
     
  9. cardigans1

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    I was just going to say I had s different S3 TiVo with the blinking light recently and the hair dryer heating for one minute references here worked perfectly to get it working again.
     
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  10. SirKnowsALot

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    Glad to hear you had success.
    Just to be clear, did you heat up U3003?
     
  11. AntiPC

    AntiPC Well-Known Member

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    That's what I did back in April. Since I had it plugged into a UPS at the time, it's been on ever since. The thought was to connect to the Tivo service and keep it running until the summer sales event. I love it when a plan comes together.
     
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  12. Marconi

    Marconi TiVo Junkie

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    Read this entire thread after getting the blinking green light problem on a
    TCD652160. It had been on a UPS and survived an outage because of it but then I unplugged it to move to a different room, replacing it with a new Bolt which has a lifetime ("All in") subscription transferred from a Series 2.

    Anyway, I moved it to another room and plugged it in and got the blinking green light. It was working fine until I powered it down. Not even a surge involved. Grrr...

    Unfortunately, I tried heating U3003, the crystal, the RAM chips, everything that others had found to work for them. No help.

    Is TiVo still allowing folks to transfer lifetime THDs to their accounts? It may be cheaper to buy a working THD on eBay than to pay to have my own THD fixed by WeakKnees or such.

    Many of the channels from my CableCo are analog only and I need a functional THD.

    I'd hoped that this thread would wind up with a definitive solution to the blinking green light problem, but apparently it has yet to be nailed down.
     
  13. HerronScott

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    Sorry thought this might be your issue since you indicated that you had tried replacing the power supply from another working HD.

    Yes you should be able to transfer another HD with lifetime to your account. You might also look at a 2 tuner Premiere to get something a little newer (I think that still supports what you need?).

    Scott
     
  14. SirKnowsALot

    SirKnowsALot Member

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    Unfortunately for us, the blinking green light basically says, "something is wrong". It doesn't point in any specific area.
    If you have to get this THD working in order to make the transfer, I'd try the heating procedure again and hope it works.
    Good luck!
     
  15. ebcinmv

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    Greetings tivophiles! I am firing up this thread again to report on yet another faithful TCD652160 that went blinking green. I don’t think we had a power failure, but a new housekeeper seemed to have unplugged the entire tivo-TV complex. I found and read the first 150 or so posts in this thread, then tried the hair dryer trick, but still had a blinking green. Pondered what to do for a month while my husband groused about no access to cable or OTA TV. Checked out ebay and thought I’d buy a new TCD652160 with lifetime (which we didn’t have) or possibly a slightly newer model. Then thought I ought to read through ALL of the posts.

    When I read the rest of the posts, I realized that I had missed something the first time around about the hair dryer fix...the tivo must be plugged back in hot! Tried heating again with the hair dryer plugged in so that the tivo was positioned right near its plug & home. I heated areas 1 & 2 from the first photo in post 102 for one minute, plugged her back in quick, and ... drumroll please ... solid green and back in action!

    So thanks to you who discovered and shared the tricks, photos, and discussions of where to heat.

    But now that I have seen TCD652160s with lifetime service selling on ebay for around $130 (including shipping), why shouldn’t I sell my old TCD652160 and buy a series 3 or 4 with lifetime for the cost of 1 or 2 years of service (now at $129 per year)?
     
  16. HerronScott

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    Pesonally, I would look at a newer TiVo with lifetime but nothing older than a Premiere. If you can get a Roamio versus a Premiere, I think that is the sweet spot in term of cost and performance benefits.

    Scott
     
  17. ebcinmv

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    Thanks, Scott. What benefits do you think the Roamio has over the Premiere or Series 3? I can see having more tuners is a plus. And simply less aged. Are they better built? Other pluses?
     
  18. pL86

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    Glad to hear you got your Tivo working again. One thing I would add for those who might read this thread in the future is that there seems to be some uncertainty which chips should be heated. Post #102 that you relied on advises owners to heat chip U3003 but other posts like #216 and #219 states that it is the bank of four RAM chips next to the hard drive that should be targeted. Two years after it was repaired by Weaknees, my Tivo started flashing this past Monday night after a power outage but I was able to get it working again by heating the RAM chips. There may be multiple causes of the flashing green light error so folks who are unsuccessful getting their Tivo back online after heating one area of the motherboard might try the other.
     
  19. HerronScott

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    The biggest benefit is the faster processor so if you take advantage of the built-in streaming apps like Netflix, Amazon Prime or Hulu it's a better experience over the Premiere (and of course the S3 only had Netflix left which didn't work when I just checked on our old S3 OLED). We have the Roamio Pro which has 6 tuners and a built-in Stream so you can stream or download shows to your mobile device. The Premiere or higher also have other benefits over the S3/HD such as SkipMode for commercials and online management through TiVo Online (or your mobile device).

    Really though it's a personal decision depending on what you think is important to you. :)

    Scott
     
  20. SirKnowsALot

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    It is definitely the case that there are numerous faults that can result in the 'blinking green', so I completely concur with trying multiple areas before declaring defeat. And I really appreciate the reports of what did and did not work so we can see what is the most likely area to fail.
     

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