Some Tivo Replacement Advice South

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by Kyven, Sep 23, 2011.

  1. Kyven

    Kyven New Member

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    Hello All,

    Here is the situation. I have a Tivo HD works fine. I also have a series 2 Tivo that my kids use that just died. Stuck on the grey booting screen, probably a hard drive. Kids very unhappy without their Tivo.

    Not to keen on buying a Premiere. The kids are using a standard TV (no HD), and no cable card needed. I am paying $10 a month for service. I don't want to go to $15 for the kids to watch standard TV.

    Should I invest in a new hard drive and just keep the series 2 going?

    Advice appreciated.

    Kevin
     
  2. magnus

    magnus Tivo User

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    I'd look on craigslist for a Tivo w/ lifetime. probably get one for pretty cheap or get a new hard drive.
     
  3. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Well-Known Member

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    Are you cable or OTA?
     
  4. Kyven

    Kyven New Member

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    Both
     
  5. Joe01880

    Joe01880 I love my TiVo

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    I found a TiVo series 2 at a yard sale for $3. It works great so if all you need is a S2 you sure can find them cheap enough.
     
  6. unitron

    unitron Well-Known Member

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    What's the model number of that Series 2?

    It might be the drive or it might be the power supply getting marginal.

    I took a look at Craigslist in your area

    http://miami.craigslist.org/search/?areaID=20&subAreaID=&query=tivo&catAbb=sss

    to see if there were any likely donor candidates and with the exception of only a few listings, including this one

    http://miami.craigslist.org/mdc/ele/2598081914.html

    which would give you an HD XL for $50 (pretty much the price of the 1TB hard drive inside), or 2 for $100,

    people down there seem to overestimate considerably the worth of their used TiVos.

    Seriously though, you need to rule out the power supply as the problem.

    They do have states between perfectly fine and dead.

    Also, if somehow the power or data cables to the drive have somehow loosened at one end or the other, that can cause gray screen as well.
     

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