Bolt noisy fan - options?

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  1. Jun 17, 2016 #1 of 154
    Sky747

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    Hi everyone,

    I recently upgraded my TiVo Premiere XL4 to the TiVo Bolt. I enjoy everything about the a bolt except the loud noise coming from the fan. I can be all the way across the living room and still hear the fan going. I must say it is one of the loudest piece of equipment I've ever had.

    I see that other users in the forum are reporting the same issue.

    I'm wondering whether mine is excessively loud and whether I should ask for a replacement unit. Otherwise, could anyone comment on the fan noise for the Roamio? I may choose to replace the Bolt with the Roamio instead until the Bolt Pro, or something else comes along.

    Thank you in advance. :)
     
  2. Jun 17, 2016 #2 of 154
    aspexil

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    I've seen the reports from other users about a loud fan on the Bolt. Ours is quiet. We can't hear the fan at all. Tivo must have have had a bad batch of fans.
     
  3. Jun 17, 2016 #3 of 154
    Sky747

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    Thank you. Another user had the same issue on the TiVo forums and asked for a replacement unit which was not nearly as loud.

    I'm going to request a replacement through Amazon and will post an update here.
     
  4. Jun 18, 2016 #4 of 154
    Sky747

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    I received a replacement unit from Amazon and it is as noisy as the original. Either Amazon received a bad batch of units, or I'm just more sensitive to the noise. Or, the BOLTs are simply noisier.

    I'll just live with it for now and hopefully the upcoming model(s) will be quieter.
     
  5. Jun 18, 2016 #5 of 154
    aaronwt

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    Every TiVo DVR with a fan makes noise. There is no way around it. I can hear a fan in any TiVo, from over fifteen feet away, in a quiet room.
     
  6. Jun 18, 2016 #6 of 154
    eric102

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    Mine seems to make less noise when I set it on its edge leaning against a wall with the fan openings facing out (away from the wall). The case is cool to barely warm that way, where as when I had it in a cabinet on its feet with the fan openings down the case got very hot. Its on the floor carpeting when its on its edge so maybe that helps a bit also rather than the sound resonating off a hard surface.
     
  7. Jun 18, 2016 #7 of 154
    tomhorsley

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    Poke around these forums some. I saw someone who came up with the ultimate solution: Mounting a large diameter Noctua fan outside the case (I presume with holes added for air flow). Noctua fans are amazingly quiet. I've taken to replacing all fans with Noctua fans if I can get a Noctua the correct size (unfortunately there are a lot of sizes they don't make).
     
  8. Jun 20, 2016 #8 of 154
    lessd

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    Do you know if the Bolt has fan speed control built in like the rest of the TiVo line, when first booting up my Roamio the fan makes a lot of noise until the speed control takes over around the middle of the boot up.
     
  9. Jun 20, 2016 #9 of 154
    aaronwt

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    I thought the Bolt did the same thing.
     
  10. Jun 20, 2016 #10 of 154
    lessd

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    That the question I am asking as I don't have a Bolt, if the speed control was not working on some Bolts, that could be one answer as to why some sound like a jet, and others Bolt owners have low fan noise.
     
  11. Nov 7, 2016 #11 of 154
    zubinh

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    My Bolt + is making some rough sounding fan noises, not loud but sometimes loud enough. What do you guys think of putting a very quick squirt of WD-40 on the fan?
     
  12. Nov 7, 2016 #12 of 154
    s.pearce0188

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    My fan I can hear on my BOLT ️but it's not loud per say and it's doesn't bother me at all; plus there is no ill effects from it as in regards to function or heat etc


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
  13. Nov 8, 2016 #13 of 154
    fcfc2

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    Although I have seen some reports of moderate success by carefully pealing back the label on a fan and placing a small amount of oil in the small hole usually found there, I would suggest you skip a quick squirt of oil in and around the fan. It would be hard to control and just as likely spray lubricant on other electrical components with unknown results.
    Usually a replacement fan can be found online/Ebay by simply checking the fan size, voltage, and number of pins on the connector.
     
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  14. Nov 8, 2016 #14 of 154
    zubinh

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    Thank you for the advice.
     
  15. Nov 11, 2016 #15 of 154
    mswlogo

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    The Bolt fan is way to noisy. RoamIO and Series 3 HD are MUCH quieter.
    I returned my Bolt. Because of this and other issues.
    Don't waste your time oiling a brand new fan.
     
  16. Dec 11, 2016 #16 of 154
    Bruce24

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    FWIW:

    I setup my renewed Bolt yesterday and found the fan noise to be way to loud. I initially set it up on the desk in my office and thought it was load, but thought/hoped when I tucked it in my AV cabinet I wouldn't notice it. Well that didn't happen. It is by far the loudest piece of AV equipment I have. I can hear it as soon as I enter the room. With the Premier XL4 it is replacing I have to be within a few feet to hear it.

    I called Tivo and they are sending me a replacement. Hopefully it will not be as noisy.

    -Bruce
     
  17. Dec 12, 2016 #17 of 154
    aaronwt

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    Yes. it must be defective. The fan should not be that loud. I've used five Bolts at home and the fan was nowhere near that loud.
    Although I can hear the fan in any DVR from over fifteen feet away in a quiet room. The same goes for the hard drive. When many people I know can't hear them from several feet away. I can still hear the fan or hard drive from several times that distance.
     
  18. Dec 26, 2016 #18 of 154
    Bruce24

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    Tivo sent me another one which I just happen to setup today, it is might more quiet than the original one I received.
     
  19. Dec 30, 2016 #19 of 154
    Doc Holiday

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    I find the Bolt fan spins faster and is hence slightly louder than my Roamio fan was. The Bolt is also warm to the touch and heats the shelf underneath it. The ODT according to the system information is 63C, which is plenty acceptable for the processor - but I still don't like it. I really can't imagine cutting holes in the bolt and externally mounting a fan. I ordered a Lepa Lepad Notebook Cooler V17 from Amazon that should be here this weekend. It's a laptop cooler that has adjustable fan speed and a switch to turn off the LED light. I am betting that if the Tivo is cooler, the internal fan will slow down and it will be quieter.
     
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  20. Dec 30, 2016 #20 of 154
    aphoid

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    Since I upgraded my Bolt's HD (then replaced it since I'd bought one of the ill-suited SMR 4 TB models), I suspect my warranty is kaput. I bought a 50mm computer fan that purports to be one of the quieter ones, and I will probably try to install it in the coming weeks.
     

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