Does the Mini Vox self-destruct in 5 years like the A93?

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  1. Doug G

    Doug G Member

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    Bought a one-owner, lightly used, excellent condition A93 on eBay back in January this year to replace the Premiere in the living room. Worked great until a few weeks ago. Now stuck in the boot loop of death. It just displays the Tivo icon for about 3-4s and reboots, ad infinitum. Tried all the workarounds here with no success.

    I see that there are lots of "factory refreshed" VOX (A95) units out there which certainly doesn't make me want to consider replacing it with a new unit if all I'm really doing is renting time, especially given the price. No idea where they get off charging 2 bills for something this cheap and poorly designed.
     
  2. slowbiscuit

    slowbiscuit FUBAR

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    My 3 A92s have not self-destructed after 5 years.
     
  3. krkaufman

    krkaufman TDL shepherd

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    We've had 3 or 4 v2/A93 Minis die this year, so, yeah, there seems to be an issue with them ... or at least a batch of them.

    As for the A95/VOX|LUX Mini ... no way to know, given they've only been on the market for 3 years.
     
  4. jaredmwright

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    One more my Mini Vox just failed with similar symptoms. Not sure if it is bad flash in the unit and after an update and partition change it causes an issue. Would be nice if there were a way to manually reset it to defaults to attempt a repair since there is no removable drive on these.
     
  5. krkaufman

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    The Minis are small enough that I'm just stashing them in a storage box, pending the long-shot that someone may some day determine a fix.
     
  6. shwru980r

    shwru980r Well-Known Member

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    I read in a previous thread that someone called Tivo when their mini failed and Tivo sold them a Mini Lux at a reduced price.
     
  7. brobin

    brobin Active Member

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    Always test with a new power supply before writing them off.
     
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  8. Doug G

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    And I read a thread where someone was told since the failed unit was bought second hand on eBay they were "SOL" which I tend to believe this is the reality here.
     
  9. Doug G

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    Good advice. I had a WD My Book I swore was failing about a year ago and it turned out the supplied switching P/S was just dying (couldn't provide the req'd startup current anymore.) I replaced it and the drive sprung back to life and has been fine ever since.

    I did locate another 12V/1.0A unit in my basement but it didn't change a thing.
     
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  10. keithg1964

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    I purchased two Minis off ebay and within an year one failed and they sold me a new Lux Mini for less than $50 about an year ago. I was surprised. Sidenote, I have a long term Tivo Customer and have had about a dozen or more Tivos. Not sure if that matters.
     
  11. pfiagra

    pfiagra Well-Known Member

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    That was pre-Xperi. TiVo doesn’t seem to be offering these deals anymore.
     
  12. FiosUser

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    yeah I had two minis fail that fit this scenario. They gave me 25 bucks off a lux and told me to call Weaknees to repair the minis--which Weaknees doesn't do repairs on minis.

    Weird to me these are all failing. Wouldn't be the first time an update caused what symptoms to be a hardware issue, but really is soft.
     
  13. mlcarson

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    I purchased 4 mini's and they were all new at the time.
    1/19/2016
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    12/9/2013

    Three of them have now died. I know one died in 2019, one died earlier this year, and the other died today. So they don't seem to live more than about 5 years. The only one that I was able to check did not have an external power supply issue -- it was the Mini itself.
     
  14. cjgadd3

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    My A9200 died today after 6 years. Stuck in reboot loop. Checked power adapter, is good. I guess it's just EOL. Oh well, looking at the new ones. Don't know if it's worth 200 to me.
     
  15. cjgadd3

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    I called Tivo after my 6 year old mini died and they gave me $25 off. Not a lot, but it's something.
     
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  16. Corran Horn

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    My TCDA92000 (2013 OG model) still lives and works very well. Knock on wood.

    It has always been free-breathing out in the open so no ventilation problem at all. I wonder if that's why.
     
  17. krkaufman

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    Your TiVo account page may assist in identifying which of the above 4 units is still living. (And it would be interesting to know which it is; my expectation would be the 2013 unit, hypothesizing component/manufacturing issues with the 2015-era boxes.)
     
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