Series2 No Yellow Light

Discussion in 'TiVo Help Center' started by chianr, Jan 23, 2012.

  1. chianr

    chianr New Member

    Mar 22, 2003


    Thanks to the advice on this board, I bought an old "donor tivo" on craigslist, and replaced my power supply.

    Much to my delight TCD240 was alive once again!!!

    BUT my joy would not last long. There is no response from any remote signal (I have the old peanut).

    - The donor tivo DOES respond to my peanut.
    - Yellow light on front panel never flashes. Just steady green.
    - Replaced front sensor circuit board with the one from donor tivo. Nope.
    - Replace batteries in peanut and performed both "resets". Nope.
    - I'm certain it's not IR interference.

    It's disheartening to have come this far (replaced hard drive, replaced power supply). But after 9 years of faithful service, maybe it's time to say goodbye to my lifetime series2.
  2. ggieseke

    ggieseke Well-Known Member

    May 30, 2008
    It's really easy to dislodge the ribbon cable from the front sensor board to the motherboard. If you power it up while it's disconnected you will burn out a small inductor on the motherboard. It's a pretty easy fix to solder a jumper in place to replace the inductor.

  3. bshrock

    bshrock Member

    Jan 6, 2012
    Check the 1-2 switch on the remote or program the remote to control all TiVo DVR's (ID '0').

    To program the remote to control all TiVo DVR's.
    1: Hold down the PAUSE and TiVo buttons for 5 seconds, until the red LED on the remote lights up.
    2: Press the number key '0'
  4. chianr

    chianr New Member

    Mar 22, 2003

    your reply is solid gold and gives me new hope. when swapping the power supply, i DID discover the front panel ribbon was halfway out (as there was not even a green light after powering on...)

    i did do a couple searches for my problem, but in the end, I really do need wise humans such as yourself to contextualize the search.

    will let you know it goes!
  5. chianr

    chianr New Member

    Mar 22, 2003


    it's done. thanks to all.

    Like a lot of other novices I'm sure, I merely scraped off the old L30 with a jeweler's screwdriver and dabbed a solder glob to jumper L30.

    it wasn't art, but it worked.

    Sorry TiVo Inc. It will be some time yet before I relent for Premiere.

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