Software 9.4 just hit my S3…

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by kucharsk, Jul 15, 2008.

  1. richsadams

    richsadams Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2003


    Hard drives can fail for a number of reasons. Bad sectors can cause problems and not be immediately apparent. If a hard drive has bad sectors the instance when a problem would appear would be when TiVo tries to write to those sectors. Bad sectors can be the result of manufacturing defects as well as subsequent damage to the platter(s). Error correction can overcome some issues, but may not be able to handle larger ones. Theoretically a drive could perform fine for quite a while depending on where the bad sectors are located. If the bad sectors are located in the root partitions used to store the software files an upgrade could highlight the issue.

    Read/write heads can be problematic as well; allowing a drive to function normally for months or years and then presenting with errors as well.

    Whatever the case hard drive issues are not always apparent or the same for everyone and of course not all cures work for everyone everytime.
  2. segadc

    segadc New Member

    Nov 21, 2007
    Looking forward to this update! Off-topic: Also looking forward to Verizon Fios getting more HD channels this month (unless it gets pushed back again).
  3. richsadams

    richsadams Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2003
    + 1 and +1! :up:
  4. lessd

    lessd Well-Known Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    I agree with what you said above but I would still try a clear and delete all before trying to replace the Hard Drive for the problem in this thread about the taking away the RF to fix a Series 3 (or TiVo-HD) problem, then finding that a new drive also would fix that problem in a more permeate way. Again just a thought.
  5. richsadams

    richsadams Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2003


    Agreed, C&D couldn't hurt. The coax problem has been hanging around for about a year now. Ideally v9.4x will clear up things for some folks (although it's wishful thinking that it will take care of everyone/everything IMHO).
  6. kirkfrey

    kirkfrey Member

    Jul 25, 2002
    I am completely confused by this. I have had 5 replacement units (plus the original, thats 6) that have all started fine until 9.3 was applied then they died. thats an aweful lot of "bad hardware". I know I am not the luckiest person around but I don't think I am THAT unlucky.

    Do I keep sending my units back? the return shipping is getting expensive. What do I do? How do I get a functioning $700 S3???
  7. mrdazzo7

    mrdazzo7 Well-Known Member

    Jan 8, 2006
    I would seriously LOSE MY MIND if I was on my fifth replacement unit. This is why I'm not bothering to send it back as they continue to hold that it's a hardware issue. For a company i've loved for years, they're really acting clueless on this issue. If I were you I would be making so much noise it's not even funny. You can't sell products for over $500 that fail within less then a year, it's insane. The only reason I'm not stressing it yet is because it's the summer but in a nother month shows are gonna start coming back and this thing damn well better be working.
  8. kirkfrey

    kirkfrey Member

    Jul 25, 2002
    I've made as much noise as I can. Yelling at the CSR's isn't productive, their "managers" can't do anything either. I just don't know what to do. They just gave me (another) 3 months of free service, yippie... I really just want a working unit.

    I always start out nice, its not thier fault, but I have pretty much lost any respect that I have for this company. it use to work, put it back to how it was before.

    I just bought a THD tonight as I just can't take the Comcast DVR any more - and I was thinking about getting one anyway but was holding out until this got cleared up but I just can't take it any more.

    Someone, please tell me what I can do????? I just want a functioning unit. I paid $700 for this and haven't been able to use it since it got 9.3. All of the replacement units have had the same thing happen - oh, except the one that ARRIVED dead - good catch by the QA folks there...
  9. Ziggy86

    Ziggy86 Member

    Jun 22, 2004
    Just curious, were you recording HD programing?
  10. pomerlp

    pomerlp New Member

    Apr 21, 2008
    Don't think there will be one for a S3 or TiVo HD update only. Never has. I think.

    What I want to know is has there been an announcement of throwing the "big switch"? I didn't read all the threads here and usually doesn't it happen about two weeks after the initial release?
  11. richsadams

    richsadams Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2003
    Priority pages are sporadic, but TiVoPony said there will not be one for this release.

    The switch is usually flipped about two weeks after the initial release, but it's all dependent on CSR feedback about any issues. IIRC it took almost a month before 8.1x was released into the wild. Hopefully this one will become available soon. I'm really curious to see if it addresses some or most of the issues some are seeing.
  12. jlb

    jlb Go Pats!

    Dec 13, 2001
    Burlington, VT
    HAven't received my update yet. Looking forward to it!
  13. Flyinace2000

    Flyinace2000 Member

    Aug 2, 2005
    One of my tivo's upgraded about 3 or 4 days ago and my other is still at 9.3a. bother are TivoHD (stock)
  14. jkbrowne

    jkbrowne New Member

    Dec 14, 2005
    Yep, the show I was recording was in HD.
  15. derspiess

    derspiess New Member

    Jul 10, 2007
    Dang. That means 9 long days until I get to watch silly Youtube videos on my TivoHD. And that's assuming the promised 8/1 date is solid :(

    Not that I can't already watch them almost as easily on my home theater PC, of course :p
  16. tootal2

    tootal2 Active Member

    Oct 14, 2005
    When will my tivos be hit with 9.4?
  17. dwit

    dwit Active Member

    May 4, 2004
    Atlanta, GA
    For Series 3 platform models, by Aug first, it's been stated.
  18. steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

    May 1, 2006
    Dallas, TX
    I want it NOW!

    Gimme, gimmie gimmie.

  19. yunlin12

    yunlin12 Tivonation Citizen

    Mar 14, 2003
    San Jose, CA
    yeah, +1. Hit me, hit me hard!
  20. 59er

    59er TiVotee

    Mar 27, 2008
    New York, NY
    I am so tired of waiting. I want it NOW!

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