Is there any way on earth to recover programs from a broken series 3?

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by pianomannick, Jun 2, 2011.

  1. pianomannick

    pianomannick New Member

    Jun 2, 2011


    I have a Tivo with a failed motherboard. I replaced it, and I was hoping I could watch my shows that I had recorded before it broke. It powers on fine, but when I get to the now playing list, it says "hardware failure detected" and to restart the tivo. From what I understand, the Tivo will work fine if I erase the hard drive. But, that defeats the purpose of trying to save the programs.

    I just read that tivos use an encryption chip on the motherboard, and I am horrible at soldering. Are there any other options?
  2. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    No, you apparently have to move the encryption chip from one to another. (I also have a dead S3, and am hoping it's the power supply.... but the hard drive actually died soon before that..)

    At least one person here has said they've successfully moved the encryption chip from one Tivo to another.
  3. unitron

    unitron Well-Known Member

    Apr 28, 2006
    semi-coastal NC
    Exactly which S3 do you have?

    The first one, the TCD648xxx, has a discrete crypto chip which can be transplanted like I recently did with an S2 DT to rescue 2TB of recordings.

    The HD and HD XL, I think I read, don't.

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