Is my SD-DVR40 dying?

Discussion in 'TiVo Help Center' started by Patrick G., Sep 21, 2007.

  1. Patrick G.

    Patrick G. New Member

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    I've had DirecTV + a Hughes SD-DVR40 DirecTivo for a few years now. Lately, whenever I try to access menus via the Tivo button, it takes a several seconds before the menu appears, and then any actions (up,down,enter,etc.) either take several minutes each, or it will just perform one action, then freeze for 5 minutes and then reboot. Sometimes my Now Playing List will take a long time to register navigation commands too, but it hasn't yet frozen up completely and rebooted. So, luckily, recording and watching recorded programs isn't a problem (other than extremely slow menu navigation once in a while). I've already cleared Thumb options, so not sure what to do next. Get a new unit? Get a new hard drive?
     
  2. litzdog911

    litzdog911 TechKnow Guide

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    Before replacing the hard drive, try some of the other "Reset & Clear" options. The most drastic is a "Reset and Clear Everything" that will essentially reinitialize your entire Tivo. If none of those solve the problem, then consider replacing the drive.
     
  3. adlerx

    adlerx New Member

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    Whatever you do, don't let DTV talk you into one of their new units, you will not be very happy with it compared to the Tivo....
     
  4. wscannell

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    Very slow menu response is typical of a faing hard drive. When the drive retries, it takes priority and menus wait. If you notice occasion pixelization, this is another sign.

    You may also experience slow menus when you have first started the unit, particularly if it has been off for a while.
     
  5. Patrick G.

    Patrick G. New Member

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    Well, at this point I can't even get to that option. The unit reboots before I can navigate past the first menu page.

    Can someone point me to a walk-thru on how to replace the hard drive in this thing? I'd need to know what kind of drive to get, and exactly how to do it. Thanks!
     
  6. Patrick G.

    Patrick G. New Member

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    For what reasons?
     
  7. litzdog911

    litzdog911 TechKnow Guide

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    The easiest approach is to buy a pre-imaged upgrade drive and install it yourself. Or you can buy/download software tools that let you create your own upgrade drive. See these resources ....

    http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/forumdisplay.php?s=&forumid=25

    http://www.weaknees.com/index.html

    http://tivo.upgrade-instructions.com/

    http://www.mfslive.org/

    http://www.newreleasesvideo.com/hinsdale-how-to/

    http://www.dvrupgrade.com/dvr/stores/1/instantcake.cfm

    http://www.9thtee.com/
     
  8. Patrick G.

    Patrick G. New Member

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    Well, I just found this, and it appears to have resolved my issues:

    1. Unplug your Tivo and then plug it back in

    2. While it is powering up press and hold the pause button on your remote keeping the remote pointed at your Tivo. The front panel lights will turn off and then the orange light will turn on. Now you can release the pause button

    3. Enter 57 on your remote

    This should bring up what is called the Green Screen of Death, which says that your Tivo has discovered problems with it's file system and is attempting to fix them. It checks all the sectors on your hard disk and marks any bad ones so they will not be used anymore.
     
  9. litzdog911

    litzdog911 TechKnow Guide

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    For now. Chances are that your problems will return. If it were my Tivo I would replace/upgrade that drive while you can still preserve your existing recordings.
     

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