No signal -Tivo Bolt

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  1. X-RaySpecs

    X-RaySpecs New Member

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    I am continually having an issue where when I turn on the TV/Tivo and it says no signal. I have an LG OLED TV with HDMI connection to my Tivo Bolt. If I unplug the Tivo power supply and let it reboot, it will then work, but if I come back a day or two later, same issue. The problem started basically when I got the Tivo nearly 2 years ago, but it didn't happen very frequently. It kept getting worse (more frequent) and after a call to Tivo support I eventually paid a fee to have a replacement box sent. I got the new/replacement box set up and am having the same issue!!!

    Additional info:
    I have a Tivo mini on another LG OLED and that one always works just fine. The issue only occurs on the TV with the main box.

    The TV with the mini used to be hooked to the main box and had the same issue. That TV now has no issues while using the mini.

    I can watch TV via the mini on the other TV even when the main box/TV says "no signal."
     
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  2. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay TCF Club

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    The problem may be the power saving mode and the v21+ software. If you can get it to be able to see the Tivo menu, whether you restart it or not, turn off the power saving mode, and also standby should not be used. v21/Hydra is pretty buggy when you need it to work.
     
  3. snerd

    snerd Well-Known Member

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    I'm having a similar issue on the Bolt VOX that I got through the Summer Breeze sale. I'm running TE3 with power saving off. Sometimes the TV (Sharp LC-70LE650U) wakes normally, other times there is no signal from the Bolt. Unplugging the HDMI cable and plugging it back in wakes up the Bolt, but that is a big PITA. I've found from trial/error that turning off the TV, waiting 10 seconds, then turning the TV back on usually gets a signal after 2 or 3 tries. Very annoying.
     
  4. Tylerin4D

    Tylerin4D New Member

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    X-RaySpecs - I am having the *exact* same issue. Were you able to identify the cause or find a solution?
     
  5. X-RaySpecs

    X-RaySpecs New Member

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    Unfortunately, no. I went through a total of 3 replacement boxes and all showed the same issue. The support folks tried (I spent numerous hours on the phone/online with them over the past couple of years), but ran out of "fixes" even after escalating the issue up to senior techs. They had tried changing power saving settings and several other things, but nothing ever worked and the issue always came back. The eventually offered me yet another replacement box, but I declined. Of course they wouldn't refund my purchases or lifetime service contract!

    I did find an eventual fix on my own. I swapped the Bolt DVR that was on our main LG OLED to an old Toshiba TV in the bedroom putting the mini that was on the Toshiba to the LG. This has completely fixed the issue! The main box connects EVERYTIME to the Toshiba when waking up as opposed to the LG never being able to connect on that intial wake up (requiring the reboot). The minis on my 2 LG OLEDs work everytime as well.

    Hopefully you could do something similar? It's ridiculous that Tivo's product doesn't work with such a high end TV, but the proof is in the pudding. My Bolt that wouldn't connect to the LG connects just fine to an old TV.
     
  6. Tylerin4D

    Tylerin4D New Member

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    Thanks for the follow-up, X-Ray. I also have a LG OLED (65EF9500). It's as if the TiVo decides the TV isn't there after a few hours and gives up attempting to send any output via HDMI (until I power cycle the unit). Given your experience, I'll probably spare myself endless hardware replacements or hours on TiVo support.

    I do have a second TV in the house. It's a newer/smaller LG OLED. Fingers crossed it will work the the Bolt and I will move my TiVo mini to the family room. If all else fails, I might just cut my loses and retire from TiVo. Thanks again for the response.
     
  7. jssmcarlo

    jssmcarlo Member

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    Had similar issue (couple of times, different TV’s), each time the TV had a firmware update available which fixed it.
     
  8. gardiner

    gardiner New Member

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    I have a LG OLED(65B6P)as well. This issue is driving me crazy as it happens a few times a week. I might bring my VOX upstairs and use that instead.

    FYI: There are at least two other threads with the same issue.
     
  9. gardiner

    gardiner New Member

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    I think I have figured out a possible solution for LG TVs. I have now gone a week without it losing the signal. Try disabling Quick Start+ in the General Settings menu on the TV. I had read of a similar issue happening with XBOX's. Let me know if it works.
     
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  10. zubinh

    zubinh Active Member

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    Thanks for that suggestion Gardiner. I have an OLED C8. This issue has been plaguing us for a while, I just turned off quickstart, will let you know how it goes. Another thread mentioned that changing the resolution from Auto to 1080P also helps.
     
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  11. zubinh

    zubinh Active Member

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    It's been 3 days - So far so good. I set Tivo resolution to 1080P and turned off Quickstart on the OLED. No issues yet.
     

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