Bolt, 4 flashing lights, rebooted OK. All good or beginning of the end.

Discussion in 'TiVo Bolt DVR/Streamer' started by tlc, Sep 8, 2020.

  1. tlc

    tlc Active Member

    May 29, 2002


    I have a 3 year old white Bolt with a 3tb toshiba drive that had 4 flashing lights this morning.

    After reading all the bad scenarios here, I power cycled it and it came up OK!

    Have I dodged a bullet or is this the beginning of the end?

    BTW, I have a fan under it with the cable card door open and it has "Power Saving" set to "Medium".
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2020
  2. lhvetinari

    lhvetinari Ambassador to the City of Chicago TCF Club

    Jun 24, 2019
    Get a replacement power supply, keep an eye on it. Back up anything important, and take a copy of your channel list/thumbs/SPs with KMTTG - could be a bad drive or PSU, better safe than sorry.
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    JOSHSKORN Active Member

    Aug 27, 2015
    I have never heard of a story where someone actually recovered from 4 flashing lights. Consider yourself lucky. Last time this happened to me, I was on vacation. I had my mother unplug the Bolt and when I got back a week and a half later, I plugged it back in, still the four flashing lights...even after a week and a half of no power to the device. I had to call TiVo again and ask for a replacement. What I would do, is invest in a good UPS, something like this. I ordered something like this (I can't remember if it was APC or another brand) right after my last incident and I've had power outages since then, but my TiVo was not affected at all, aside from losing signal only during the power outage, but that's no biggie.

    I've had to call TiVo maybe three times now and ask for a replacement Bolt+ because my units kept dying after a power outage. I even got desperate and actually plugged one unit directly into a wall as TiVo Suggested, instead of a power made no difference, my Bolt+ would still die following a power outage. Replacing your bolt absolutely sucks, because you lose everything...your One Passes, your recordings, all of your app settings...literally, everything. I really don't know of a good way to continuously back it up to another device, either...unfortunately...or should I say, set up unmanaged or automated backups. Another thing you might want to think about doing, is getting a USB-powered laptop fan. That'll help lower your temps a little bit, and even a little bit can be good enough, particularly if you live in an area that has consistent 100+ degree weather and you don't cool the rest of your house down with AC.
  4. genebopp

    genebopp Member

    Dec 11, 2008
    I thought that the 4 flashing lights was a drive failure. At least it was for me. I put 2 seagate drive in my 2 bolts a couple of years ago. Within a month they were both flashing and useless. The drives themselves were not bad. Tivo just didnt like them I forgot why. There was a whole thread about 4 flashing lights after using seagate drives. I would plan for a replacement drive if I were you.

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