Frozen, Dead, or Bad Drive .... Thoughts

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  1. o2manyfish

    o2manyfish .....Damn Tivo

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    Hey Guys,

    I did a couple of searches but couldn't find an accurate answer. So if this has been covered, please just point me in the right direction without flaming.


    I have a Series 1 D TIVO. It was working fine till about 6 weeks ago when I unplugged it to do some painting.

    I hooked it back up last night. First it came to "Powering Up" and seemed to hang. I let it sit for an hour but nothing happened.

    Today I opened the case and blew out all the dust with compressed air. Now nothing happens when I power it up -- One green light on the front - that responds to pressing any of the front buttons.

    However the screen is black. I can hear the drive spinning, but I don't hear the heads moving too much.

    I removed the drive and ran the "MakeTivoBootable"

    Put the drive back, and still black screen.


    Any thoughts.... Did the TIVO die by being unplugged ? Is the drive dead ? Is it just a bad Saturday ?

    Thanks,

    Dave
     
  2. wedgecon

    wedgecon Just Plain Awesome TCF Club

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    The Tivo did not die simply by being unplugged.

    I would check the following before replacing the drive.

    1) If you have another receiver I would plug it into the same cables and see if it works.
    2) I would remove and reinsert the access card
    3) Use the Hard Drive manufacturers utility to check for physical errors on the drive.
     
  3. o2manyfish

    o2manyfish .....Damn Tivo

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    Should the TIVO box do anything without a hard drive plugged in ?
     
  4. o2manyfish

    o2manyfish .....Damn Tivo

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    Can anyone tell me what the unit does - if anything - without a hard drive plugged in ?


    I would like to know what direction to look in (unit or Hard Drive)


    Thanks
     
  5. wedgecon

    wedgecon Just Plain Awesome TCF Club

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    If you still get the powering up, the hard drive is at least partially working. If you do not even get that it may be bad.

    I would start with the hard drive first as that is the problem 90+% of the time. I would take it out and run the Hard drive diagnostics on it and if it is good I would use mfstools or instantcake to put a new image on it.
     
  6. Dkerr24

    Dkerr24 Lost in Big Bend

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    I know a series2 unit will still show the powering on screen, but that's it. Don't know about an ancient Series1.
     

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