If it isn't the hard drive, what else?

Discussion in 'TiVo Help Center' started by FishTank1701, Jan 14, 2012.

  1. FishTank1701

    FishTank1701 Member

    Oct 26, 2004
    Central NJ


    Back when it was new, I upgraded the stock hard drive in my Series 3 (648) to a 750gb WD drive. It's been doing great ever since...until now.

    I just came back from a business trip, and found my S3 in a reboot loop. It never gets past the Welcome, Powering Up screen before the screen goes black, and starts all over.

    My initial assumption was drive failure, but I've removed the drive and run some WD diagnostics, and everything comes back fine. I've also dusted off the original 250gb stock drive, installed it, and I'm getting the same reboot loop.

    Based on these results, I'm assuming I've got a different problem besides drive failure, but I'm at a loss as to how to proceed. I've got Lifetime service on the S3, so I really don't want to declare it DOA, and I've got a bunch of recordings I'd like not to lose.

    Thoughts? Ideas? Insights? Random Musings?
  2. lillevig

    lillevig Cold in East Iowa

    Dec 6, 2010
    Marion, Iowa
    The other high probablity item is the power supply. Check the capacitors for "capacitor disease".
  3. FishTank1701

    FishTank1701 Member

    Oct 26, 2004
    Central NJ
    Oops, I should have posted this in the 'Series 3 stuck in "Welcome! Powering up..." loop' thread over in the Series 3 forum. I found that when searching for "capacitor disease"
  4. buckeye1010

    buckeye1010 Very Special Member

    Dec 11, 2002
    Dayton, OH
    Make sure all the internal connections are secure, particularly any ribbon wires.
  5. chris14

    chris14 New Member

    Jan 14, 2012


    don't want to use instantcake to fix because i don't have a PC with IDE.

    does anyone have a good TCD240040 image that i can try restoring to a drive via WINMFS?
  6. unitron

    unitron Well-Known Member

    Apr 28, 2006
    semi-coastal NC
    See your other post and don't hijack other people's threads, it's confusing.:)

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