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Premiere XL (TCD748000) died

Discussion in 'TiVo Premiere DVRs' started by rybx, Jul 5, 2013.

  1. Feb 4, 2018 #181 of 202
    shwru980r

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    Remove the hard drive from the Premiere, connect it to a PC, download and run the hard drive manufacturers diagnostic utility on the Tivo hard drive.
     
  2. Feb 5, 2018 #182 of 202
    leswar

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    I think you might find solid (constantly) lit lights are a motherboard problem and not a hd problem.

    I had a similar experience. Had an extra new in the box Premier from a Walmart clearance sale.

    Swapped-out the old ps with new ps. No go. Still had "solid lit" lights.
    Tried the new hd. No go. Still had "solid lit" lights. Tried original ps and new hd. No go. Still had "solid lit" lights.

    Confirmed this is a motherboard problem that a new ps and/or hd combination doesn't fix when I put the old ps and old hd in the new
    Premier and it started right up. I could see all my recordings in My Shows but obviously couldn't play them because that hd is married to the old motherboard.

    Since the old Premier is Lifetimed and the spare new one is not subscribed I thought about trying to use the new motherboard -- maybe learning to reball the processor (where I think the subscription info lives) onto the new mb.... or wondering if there are parts I could use from the new motherboard for repairing the old mb. At this point I got nothing to lose.
     
  3. Feb 5, 2018 #183 of 202
    ggieseke

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  4. Feb 5, 2018 #184 of 202
    Justin.KY

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    Can somebody send me the image for a TCD746320? I also need the tool to image the drive as well. Help is appreciated. My tivo won't boot :(
     
  5. Feb 5, 2018 #185 of 202
    ayceblue

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    leswar - That is exactly what I did not want to hear. There is another well known website that states that the motherboard rarely goes bad. They say that solid lights point to a bad power supply and, oh, by the way, they sell the power supply for $79. So I bought it. I also backed up the HDD using ddrescue and got a full 1 TB image with no errors. Tonight I'll copy the image to a new drive to see if that does something. I also now have access to a known good 748 image (thanks ggieseke) that I will try. Please let me know if you have any luck with moving your lifetime subscription to the working mb, I might be in the same boat.
     
  6. Feb 6, 2018 #186 of 202
    leswar

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    Good luck. Keep us updated.
     
  7. Mar 3, 2018 #187 of 202
    ayceblue

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    Here is an update, as you requested. I partially gave up and bought a used premier XL off ebay for $30. Pulled the MB out, put it in mine, and it boots up. Regarding all the lights staying on solid, the new motherboard lights up all the lights for like 1/10th of a second and immediately goes to just the green light. The video immediately display "starting up". About 20 seconds later, you can see that the HD has spun up an the OS begins to load. So my spidey sense is telling me that it is stuck in reset. It's been years, but I remember back in the day that microcontrollers and CPUs have a reset pin, shouldn't be too far off the reset button on your computer. If you hold the reset all the lights come on, when you let go, lights go off and cpu starts booting. Does that make sense? Anyway, smells like that to me. I'm now wondering -- something like a capacitor/resistor holds the reset pin to ground and when power is applied to MB, cap/resister holds reset for 1/10th of a second, capacitor then charges and the voltage on the pin jumps to 5V (of whatever "on" is) and chip begins to boot. Hmm... might be worth taking a look...

    Anyway, this whole exercise was to get the tivo working again so my wife won't lose her hundreds of hours of shows she does not want to lose. Now I'm beginning to see that the drives are encrypted and tied to the motherboard. That really ticks me off.
     
  8. Mar 5, 2018 #188 of 202
    leswar

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    Thanks for the update. There is no hard reset via motherboard as you describe for tivo that I recall. There is a procedure using your remote to send codes on startup that can repair the disk if I'm recalling correctly. But for the life of me I forget the procedure. Try searching the forums or maybe someone will chime-in with the answer.

    Did you test your disk in a pc or use Spinrite 6 on it?

    Yeah, a different mb won't get you there cause your old drive is tied to your old mb and won't play any programs. But if your old hard drive is good you will see
    all your programs listed under My Shows. They just won't play.

    I guess the thing to do is to learn how to reball or find someone who can. Have fun checking out youtube. :D

    Maybe sign up for netflix/hulu or others for a month so the wife can catch up on her shows.. or learn about u (nevermind).
     
  9. May 2, 2018 #189 of 202
    SirMontego

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    Wonderful people of tivo community, the hard drive on my premiere xl has died (TCD748000) could someone send me an iso. thanks a million!
     
  10. May 2, 2018 #190 of 202
    ggieseke

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  11. Jun 2, 2018 #191 of 202
    VeloceDesign

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    I'm in need of a clean Premiere XL TCD748000 image for a Lifetime unit that has stopped booting. Thanks in advance!
     
  12. Jun 3, 2018 #192 of 202
    ggieseke

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  13. Fool on the Bay

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    After 7 years, my Premiere XL TCD748000 with a lifetime subscription has a failed disk. May I please have a clean image from which to build a replacement?

    Adding my voice to the many who have thanked ggieseke for this lifeline.
     
  14. ggieseke

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  15. Wilma Bird

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    my TiVo Premier XL model TCD748000 has died and I'm looking for an image so that I can rebuild it.
    Thank you in advance.
     
  16. ggieseke

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  17. yergg

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    Same here, my TiVO Premier XL (TCD748000) HDD died and I need the image to rebuild. Anyone can help with this?
     
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2018
  18. ggieseke

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  19. Nov 3, 2018 #199 of 202
    Pat_2018

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    Any one has premier XL image?
     
  20. Nov 4, 2018 #200 of 202
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