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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 234
    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

    cardigans1 Member

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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

    HerronScott Well-Known Member

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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!
     

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