Help with dead tivo

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  1. TLD

    TLD New Member

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    I came home and found my 80 hour series 2 Tivo with all the lights on in front, the left glowing green and amber and the right one glowing red and amber and the video was blank. It won't reboot after unplugging and re-plugging it but I think I hear the hard drive spinning or it could be the fan, so it's not dead, dead.
    I guess the first thing is if anyone knows what this means. Hard drive, power supply?
    The next thing is I also have a 40 series 2 Tivo. Can I swap the hard drive from my dead Tivo to my 40 hour one to see if it's the hard drive and if it's not, to try to rescue the shows from it to my PC via Tivo to go. If I just move the hard drive over will the working Tivo boot up from the larger hard drive and allow me to access my shows?
    Thanks for any help in advance.
     
  2. bidger

    bidger Active Member

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    I know when I had a head crash on a 14 hr. SA unit I still had video, though the image on the screen was frozen. I'm not sure that no video necessarily means bad power supply.

    If you already know the manufacturer of the hard drive in the crashed TiVo, you can download their diagnostic software and connect the HdD to your PC to run it. If the drive passes, you'll know it's the power supply.
     
  3. litzdog911

    litzdog911 TechKnow Guide

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    This sounds like a power supply failure. You can buy replacement power supply boards from http://www.weaknees.com
     
  4. TLD

    TLD New Member

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    Thank you, that makes sense. How about the hard drive swap can they just be swapped, will it boot . Can the power supply from the 40 hour be swapped over to the 80, there both the black face series 2 Tivos. Thanks again.
     
  5. litzdog911

    litzdog911 TechKnow Guide

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    Yes, the power supplies should be the same. You can swap the hard drives, but you'll have to perform a "clear and delete everything" before you can use it, so you'll lose your recordings.
     

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