Spontaneous Rebooting

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by bmohler95, Oct 4, 2010.

  1. dlfl

    dlfl Cranky old novice

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    Are both CC's single-stream? If you put a multi-stream in slot 1, there would be no need for another CC in slot 2. Just an idea. Also I would recommend a multi-stream CC if you can get it, although there is no reason 2 single-streams should not work (that's what I have in my THD).

    Also, I wonder if it's good to do the software updates before doing the clear and delete. Probably doesn't make any difference but I would have done the C&D first.

    It's not impossible that you just have a bad THD. It has happened. Of course bad CC's has happened too.
     
  2. Mr.Broncosfan

    Mr.Broncosfan Mesa, AZ

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    Yeah, I tried that. Both cards work when I put in Slot 1, however, they both fail when I put in Slot 2.
     
  3. Mr.Broncosfan

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    It's my understanding that the original Series 3 will need 2 cards, regardless if they are mulit or single stream.
     
  4. Robbdoe1

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    Correct. But that is only for both tuners to work.

    It sounds like slot 2 may be the problem. Can you complete the setup with a card in slot 1 only and finish? Try using just the 1 tuner and if it works well then that may point further toward a bad slot 2.

    Let us know.

    Robb
     
  5. Mr.Broncosfan

    Mr.Broncosfan Mesa, AZ

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    Yep. 1 cable card in Slot 1 works just fine. The message on the TV says to call Cox to pair the card or give them whatever information they need. Once I place a card in Slot 2, all hell breaks loose.
     
  6. Mr.Broncosfan

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    Cox just came and left. He didn't have any CC on him and all he did was hook up the T.A., which I didn't really care about since it's not booting up anyways. He said I needed the tuning adapter to receive local channels? :rolleyes:

    I'm still leaning towards the power supply being the problem. Many times when I plug in the power all I hear is a tick, tick, tick, tick and nothing comes on. If I take the cover off, it's definetly coming from there. Could it be that there is not enough power for Slot 2?
     
  7. Robbdoe1

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    Did the cable guy pair the 1 card you installed? I would have him do that and at least get 1 tuner working.

    I don't think a bad PS would cause just slot 2 to be bad. I would not rule out the PS yet, but I would try to fix what I could by having the card in slot 1 paired and using the unit and seeing how it goes.

    Robb
     
  8. Mr.Broncosfan

    Mr.Broncosfan Mesa, AZ

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    He couldn't pair since my tivo wouldn't boot up. Just the ticking sound. Gonna give it a rest and try again later. Thanks again for the time and advice.
     
  9. dlfl

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    Sorry, I miss-read your earlier post and thought you had a THD.
     
  10. dlfl

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    I'm now leaning that way too. See ***this*** .
    Unfortunately, if there is any way to get a new PS for less than $99, I am not aware of it. If you have lifetime on your S3 and like it, this would be worthwhile. Maybe you can find a used S3 with a good PS for less, I doubt it actually. Note the HD and S3 PS'es are not identical. You could upgrade to a used or refurbished HD with a small HDD and then install your new HDD -- only problem being the DVR_Dude image on your new HDD is good for S3 only. I wonder what he would charge to exchange that for one with an HD image?

    However it may be worthwhile to try it with new CC's first. Frankly, I doubt it. The clicking noise kind of clinches it for me.

    ***this*** looks interesting:
     
  11. Mr.Broncosfan

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    Ha. I saw that post yesterday too and it's pretty similiar to my issue. I just ordered one from weaknees. I do have lifetime, so don't really want to part ways with this tivo. I'll probably also keep the HDD from DVR_Dude as long as everything works out. I'll let you know if the PS works.

    Also- as with Robb- Thank you for all your help and advice.
     
  12. Robbdoe1

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    I love it when a plan comes together. Let us know.

    Robb
     
  13. Mr.Broncosfan

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    Woo-hoo! My tivo is up and running. Swapped out the power supply and all is good! Good to have it back. Thanks guys for your help!
     
  14. dlfl

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    Thats cool!

    And the winning bid on that eBay S3 that I linked in post #70 was $100. As I suspected buying a used S3 was not a cost effective way to get a power supply! (And it would have been a used PS.)
     
  15. Mr.Broncosfan

    Mr.Broncosfan Mesa, AZ

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    Yeah, but it's crazy to think that you could get a used S3 for the same price as a power supply. I would have just picked up a new Tivo HD at Blockbuster for $99, but already have lifetime on my S3.
     
  16. Robbdoe1

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    Nice.

    I'm glad you got her running. I love when these posts get finalized since someone will be coming along shortly with the same symptoms and now there is a resolution.

    Robb
     
  17. OC7

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    So true. That would be me. I recently started having symptoms similar to Mr.Broncosfan on my S3 and was also able to fix it with a new power supply from Weaknees.

    My 5 year old S3 (with a 6 month old upgraded 1TB HDD) went into a reboot loop. I was able to stop the loop by doing a hard reboot without the cablecards inserted. The Tivo came up and told me that the number of cablecards inserted had changed. I then put in the first cablecard and the Tivo rebooted again and came back up. After allowing the Tivo to search for channels for the first cablecard, I then put in the second cablecard. The Tivo then searched for channels for the second cablecard and I was back up again. The Tivo would work for about 12 hours or so and then go back into a reboot loop.

    Until the power supply arrived, I kept the Tivo going by doing the same removal and reinsertion of the cablecards whenever it would go back into the reboot loop.

    I decided to spend the $99 on the power supply since my S3 has Lifetime on it and the upgraded harddrive is so new.

    Thanks especially to Mr.Broncosfan, Robbdoe1, and dlfl for your inputs to this thread.
     
  18. Robbdoe1

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    I was thinking that this thread would come in handy in the future, but not a week later. :)

    I'm glad you got it going.

    Robb
     

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