I want to upgrade, but what can I do with the Bolt now?

Discussion in 'TiVo Bolt DVR/Streamer' started by forrie, Oct 12, 2019.

  1. forrie

    forrie New Member

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    I just bought my Bolt barely a year ago. I want to upgrade to the Edge, more because the design itself of the Edge will fit better in my config. 2TB is more than enough for me.

    My problem is, what can I actually do with my Bolt, now that I'm stuck with it. Can it be repurposed, in some fashion, say with a linux distribution or something that will make it useful (apart from trying to sell it).
     
  2. UCLABB

    UCLABB Well-Known Member

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    Set up in bedroom and use as you would use a mini? If not, sell it.
     
  3. forrie

    forrie New Member

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    Yes, I may sell it. I just thought there might be some mini-linux dist I could put on it..
     
  4. seaninde

    seaninde Member

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    How much? I returned my edge yesterday because of the bad picture quality and plan to get another bolt.
     
  5. Sparky1234

    Sparky1234 Well-Known Member

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    Sell it and buy the Edge? Bolt still sounds like a better product.
     
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  6. forrie

    forrie New Member

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    Wow, really. I'm curious what happened with the new Edge, as they are flaunting this as the best DVR they've ever produced. I think the Bolt was a flop as well -- cheap plastic, first one overheated and I had to return it, lots of quirks in the firmware (their QA process must really suck).


     
  7. Sparky1234

    Sparky1234 Well-Known Member

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    My Bolt+ has been rock solid from day one.
     
  8. Wigohwt

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    If your Bolt is working fine, then there's no need to rush out to buy an Edge. Apparently, there are some "bumps in the road" that need to be smooth out yet. Besides, with Black Friday and the EOY, it might be a good reason to wait for price deals anyway.
     
  9. pj1983

    pj1983 Active Member

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    Perhaps the traditional advice for cars applies to new TiVo models:

    "Never buy a new/redesigned car in its first model year".
     
  10. UCLABB

    UCLABB Well-Known Member

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    My two Bolt+ were rock solid from day one. From day two... not so much.
     
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  11. SNJpage1

    SNJpage1 Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    Use it to back up your new unit. I wish I had done that with my HD instead of just sitting it on a shelf. I had to get my Bolt replaced and lost all of our Season Passes. I am going to see if I can still get them from the HD.
     
  12. Sparky1234

    Sparky1234 Well-Known Member

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    I must say TiVo models have improved with speed and reliability over time. I never had a TiVo die but rather age out of the program, Pioneer 810H, but used the lifetime transfer at the time to another TiVo buy. Premiere XLs, Premiere XL4 had some hard drive issues at about 5-6 years old and were upgraded for more space. Roamio Pro and Bolt+ have been rock solid performers. All are still working and on 7/24. Now that's reliability.

    Heat is TiVo's biggest issue so all my TiVo's have spacers between components and are in open spaces.

    Sure I would like to see TiVo be more responsive and cheaper but it's still a terrific platform for what it is designed to do.
     

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