S03 error, then black

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by duhmel, Jan 22, 2020.

  1. duhmel

    duhmel Member

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    I had a S03 error when trying to update programming. Reading through some posts I deleted my thumbs up/down (even though I never used this). After hitting thumbs down 3 times and enter, the screen stayed frozen with a message that it could take an hour. After about 5 minutes the Tivo rebooted by itself and then stayed at 'powering up' for a few minutes, then went black. I tried unplugging and replugging but screen remained black. The green light turns on and I can hear the hard drive spinning for about 10 minutes.
     
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2020
  2. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay TCF Club

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    2 things.... The bad capacitors in the power supply (very common issue), which may also cause issues with the hard drive.
     
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  3. duhmel

    duhmel Member

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    After about an hour the Tivo completed the reboot. I next cleared the guide and again after a reboot am waiting for 'an hour' for it to finish. Then I will try to connect to get an update.
     
  4. Teeps

    Teeps Well-Known Member

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    If your S3 TiVo is connected to a tuning adapter; disconnect the t/a to allow the garbage collection (GC) routine complete.
     

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