Help: My S3 is Sick

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by mlinehan, Sep 24, 2007.

  1. richsadams

    richsadams Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2003


    Hmmm..."blue Almost there" screen? :confused:

    After running KS57 TiVo would normally reboot just as if you had unplugged it or run a menu restart. It should start with the Powering up screen followed by the Almost there...screen. Then on to the opening video or (depending on the model) it may go straight to TiVo Central.

    You'd never want to interrupt a Kickstart (by unplugging TiVo, etc.), however if it's hung up on the Almost there screen, try unplugging it, wait 15 seconds for the hard drive to spin down completely and then plugging it back in. If it still hangs on the Almost there screen, it's likely that your hard drive has failed.

    If you really have a blue Almost there screen...can you snap a pic and post it? AFAIK no one has ever seen one of those. :)

    Good luck and let us know how it goes!
  2. JackieGaGa

    JackieGaGa Member

    Mar 24, 2008
    I just wanted say thanks I got it to work. I have a phillips DSR704 TIVO for DirecTv and yes it was a blue screen with the DirecTv logo in the middle. On the bottom it said Almost There. The picture came on in about 20 mins. So once again Thank You for your quick response and helping me getting it to work.

  3. richsadams

    richsadams Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2003
    Ah, a DirecTiVo! Glad that it's behaving now! :up:
  4. aliweb1

    aliweb1 New Member

    Jun 22, 2006
    My Series 3 HD worked flawlessly for 1 1/2 yrs. This week started getting slower to respond. Unplugging did not work, keeps trying to reboot. Called TiVo and they diagnosed hard drive failure. They have shipped me another refurbished unit for $149. Easier than replacing drive myself, but unfortunately will lose all drive contents.

    BTW, the rep did not suggest trying the Kickstart 57. Will try it tonight just for the heck of it.
  5. richsadams

    richsadams Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2003


    Sorry to hear that your Series3 isn't feeling well. KS57 might remedy things, but it sounds more like the hard drive is giving up.

    Seems some hard drives last for years and years. We have one ready to apply for membership at Leisure World I think. ;) Others seem to only last a year or two. If you buy a hard drive outright most have at least a three-year warranty, many five years. So for those into DIY, it's usually better to replace a drive yourself rather than to get another TiVo. But if you're not ready to "crack the box" and do a bit of work with your PC in tow, understood...can't blame you.

    Let us know how things go. :up:
  6. haysdb

    haysdb New Member

    Dec 11, 2002
    My symptoms matched the first post EXACTLY, so I replaced the hard drive, using WinMFS to backup my existing drive and restore the backup to the new drive. It took less than 30 minutes with the help of an external enclosure. It was downright EASY.

    I was about ready to order another drive when I said to myself "Duh, why not just use the 500 GB drive in the external enclosure?" I had already lost the contents of the external drive while diagnosing the problem.

    Instead of 750 GB I now have just 500 GB, but I can buy another drive if that's not enough space.

    Thanks to the original poster and all who responded to the post.

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