Power Supply Replacement

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by denverandy, Jul 28, 2020.

  1. denverandy

    denverandy Tivo Old timer

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    Just wanted to share my recent experience - I have a Series 3, and after a power outage here it never came back on. Figured it was the power supply. I've always had good experience with WeakKnees, but they wanted $99 for a new PS, plus return shipping. (They send you a refurbished one, charge you $199, then you send your old one back, and they refund $100). Instead I found someone on Ebay ("Dvrnerds") who paid shipping both ways and only charged $60. I sent him (Rodney) my PS, he replaced the capacitors, and returned it to me. He even send me a T8 bit as I didn't have one (I used a vise grip to remove the one T8 screw).

    Anyway... my Series 3 is back up and running. I use it for OTA DVRing.

    Andy, Denver CO.
     
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  2. Majik45

    Majik45 New Member

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    Thanks for sharing your experience. I have a Tivo HDXL sitting on my table open with what I assume is a bad power supply. Debating on trying to buy a new power supply for $50 to $60 (not going to spend $100 from WeakKnees) or just upgrading to Tivo Roamio for like $200 from Ebay. Debating which is the better option at this point. I have another Tivo HD that is still going strong since I bought it. I only use these for OTA broadcasts.
     
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  3. denverandy

    denverandy Tivo Old timer

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    Good luck. Thinking about all the technology at my home, the fact that this Series 3 (with LCD display) is still working great 13-14 years after I bought it is amazing.
     
  4. Majik45

    Majik45 New Member

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    I decided to get the Power Supply repaired at this point, as the Tivo is basically worthless while not working, but if it is working I'm guessing worth at least $100. I contacted the above guy (Ebay user name is actually velocdesign) and even though his listing for a new power supply was for a different model, he said he could do my model as well. And he even gave me $10 off as my model doesn't use as many capacitors. He was very responsive and easy to deal with.
     
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  5. cwerdna

    cwerdna Proud Tivolutionary

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    If folks are in the SF Bay Area needing a power supply, I guess I could sell an entire Tivo HD for relatively cheap.

    Another TCF member sent it to me long ago and I paid for shipping which unfortunately turned out to be more than estimated. It has no active service and thus can't be activated now anyway, so it's basically a doorstop. I had booted it a bunch of times before and confirm it boots, outputs video and I could see the recordings on the drive.

    Whenever I move, if it's not gone, the unit will probably go to e-waste.
     
  6. unitron

    unitron Well-Known Member

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    You could probably sell the power supply by itself for more than you can sell the whole thing.
     
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  7. RandallW

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    Hmm, my Tivo HD just died and I could probably just use the HDD and PS. Will DM you.
     
  8. cwerdna

    cwerdna Proud Tivolutionary

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    I was able to sell the TiVo HD to Randall! Turns out he lives not far from me. Yay!

    Better than it going to e-waste.
     
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  9. EdBobTexas

    EdBobTexas New Member

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    I need 3 series 3 HD power supplies repaired and cannot locate the ebay guy (velocdesign) who is mentioned in this thread, does anyone know how to reach him or does anyone have information about anyone that can do these repairs other than weaKnees? Thanks
     
  10. Majik45

    Majik45 New Member

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    His user name on ebay is velocedesign. Here is a link to his store on EBay. I was able to message him there and had great service from him repairing my Tivo XLHD Series 3 machine:

    velocedesign on eBay
     
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  11. EdBobTexas

    EdBobTexas New Member

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    Thanks so much for your help, I was running out of old units on ebay to buy for their working power supplies.
     
  12. HerronScott

    HerronScott Well-Known Member

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    You need to find someone local to replace the caps. It's only about $10 in parts. :)

    Scott
     
  13. unitron

    unitron Well-Known Member

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    There's a guy in Raleigh that advertises LOW ESR caps for sale on the Raleigh Craigslist, and he did at least one re-cap job on someone's S3 power supply that I steered toward him--don't remember if there was shipping involved or just a drive over from Durham or something like that, but apparently everybody came out of the deal happy.
     

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