Roamio OTA noisy and running hot to the touch.

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by rhoops, Dec 22, 2016.

  1. rhoops

    rhoops New Member

    Jan 7, 2005
    I bought a refurbished Roamio OTA for my daughter and son-in-law. When he set it up, it was noisy and ran hot to the touch. I've had 3 Tivos, a series 2 (now retired), a Premiere, and a Premiere XL. None of them have run hot or been noisy.

    I've noted that the Roamio has a fan between the hard drive and the circuit board, near the middle of the machine, and, of course, a plastic case.

    They called TiVo and received an advance exchange for another refurbished TiVo OTA, but when they set it up, it too was noisy and hot. I think they are going to return both TiVos for a refund.

    Is this an inherent design flaw? Do all Roamios run hot and noisy? It is loud enough to be heard 20 feet away. Is there any use in requesting a third refurbished Roamio?
  2. mickinct

    mickinct Member

    Sep 14, 2015
    NO i've got 5 OTA units and the only issue I had is that the hdd does not spin down on my latest refurb unit tivo is send another one out, they are very quiet.
  3. scole250

    scole250 Member

    Nov 8, 2005
    Goldsboro, NC
    Is there a cooling fan going/gone bad, making the noise and not turning properly and not cooling the tivo?
  4. JoeKustra

    JoeKustra in the other Alabama TCF Club

    Dec 7, 2012
    Ashland, PA...
    In System Info there is a reading: MBT. Normal value is about 40C. I have two and they are almost silent.
  5. miadlor

    miadlor Member

    Sep 4, 2003
    Rhode Island
    I sent one back that had a noisy grinding sound when plugged in. Within a week it was showing up owned by someone else. I can see their recordings.
  6. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2005
    And so it sounds like TiVo never "de-registered" you? Very odd, because the unit then has 2 simultaneous activations.
  7. L David Matheny

    L David Matheny Active Member

    Jan 29, 2011
    SE Ohio
    Or maybe the unit has only one activation: miadlor's original one. If the new owner tried it and it just worked, he may have figured he didn't need to activate anything. So if miadlor can see his recordings, maybe he can see miadlor's recordings too. But I didn't think that sort of thing could work without the use of a VPN. Could it?

    So, miadlor: Do you mean you can actually view the new owner's recordings?
  8. miadlor

    miadlor Member

    Sep 4, 2003
    Rhode Island
    Sorry, no. I can't view the recordings but can see what's listed on TiVo Online and phone app. I can change the name of the device of the TiVo and add, delete recordings and one passes.

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