Series 3 HD TiVo Upgrade Information

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by weaknees, Sep 13, 2006.

  1. vman41

    vman41 Omega Consumer

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    I don't they could call it SATA if it didn't use the SATA connectors. The SATA specification even dictates the location of the connectors on the back of the drive so you can put anybody's drive in your hot-swap tray.
     
  2. megazone

    megazone Hardcore TiVo Geek

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    WD's drives are compatible with SATA specs, but they ALSO support a proprietary style of connector that is supposed to be more secure. That seems to be the cable TiVo is using, and while the SATA part plugs into the board, it looks like the power leads are soldered on.
     
  3. megazone

    megazone Hardcore TiVo Geek

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    Mine didn't.

    Opening it still voids the warranty, of course.
     
  4. megazone

    megazone Hardcore TiVo Geek

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    That was fast. Need someone to 'review' the upgrade? ;-)
     
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    It shouldn't matter, the cards are wed to IDs on the board, not the drive.
     
  6. megazone

    megazone Hardcore TiVo Geek

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    I don't think so, the capabilites and features of the unit hasn't changed - same software, etc.

    It isn't why TiVo doesn't make more versions - that's manufacturing efficiency. When you make multiple versions you buy less of a given part, which can increase unit cost (less of a bulk buy). Then you have multiple products to produce on the line and manage. Multiple packaging versions, even if it is just stickers. Then multiple units to warehouse and manage in the supply line. Then retailers don't always like it, because they have the same issues, and they can end up just ordering one version. Like with the S2, you often saw stores with only the 80-hour model or just the 40-hour model, while TiVo.com had the 40, 80, and 140.

    There will probably be some diversity at some point, I'm guessing a 500GB model, but not too much. Same thing happened with Palm - they expanding their product lines so much it was confusing and sales on all models was poor. So they contracted to fewer lines and that's done better for them.
     
  7. davezatz

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    Mine didn't either. But I noticed one of the leaked photos had it. Perhaps they broke testers/reviewers into groups to help identify the guilty. ;)
     
  8. megazone

    megazone Hardcore TiVo Geek

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    Beta testers had their boxes a lot longer, months, so they were probably pre-production and they probably didn't want testers looking inside - hence stickers.
     

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