BOLT - M-Card Hot Insert ?

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  1. rcoates777

    rcoates777 Member

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    Gang -

    Is it OK for the Bolt to be powered up when inserting the M-Card? I saw no warnings about this.

    And OK to remove it from powered up TiVo HD ?

    Thanks!

    Bob
     
  2. DVR_Dave

    DVR_Dave Well-Known Member

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    Yes and yes.

    YMMV, but you may need to restart the Bolt after you pair the card for the first time.
     
  3. krkaufman

    krkaufman TDL shepherd

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    The BOLT models (and 4-tuner Roamios) aren't like older TiVos where the CableCARD slot was easily accessible. My main concern with hot-insertion of the CableCARD into the BOLT is that it suggests rotation and manipulation of the BOLT unit during the process, which isn't advisable with a spinning hard drive.

    In my opinion, a BOLT or 4-tuner Roamio should be powered-down to insert or remove the CableCARD.

    That said, the TiVo software is OK w/ hot insertion.
     
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  4. JACKASTOR

    JACKASTOR Active Member

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    Being that the drive is 2.5" it's designed to be in a portable laptop, so no worries flipping it over. The exception would be flipping it like a pancake which would could cause irrevocable damage to the drive heads and platters..
     
  5. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    I never insert or remove a cable card in the Bolt or Roamio while the Hard drive is spinning. I always unplug them first.
     
  6. pdhenry

    pdhenry Recumbent

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    When I called to pair my Cable Card with my Bolt the agent asked for the Cable Card serial number. It's located on the back of the card as you look at it in the Bolt so I pulled it out to read it and reinserted it. Seemed not to cause any issues aside from the Bolt complaining while the card was out.
     
  7. JACKASTOR

    JACKASTOR Active Member

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    Serial number is available from the bolt menu under cable card options.
     

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