Stuck on "Clearing and deleting everything. This will take an hour"

Discussion in 'TiVo Series 1 - UK' started by Tivo_noob, Oct 9, 2007.

  1. Automan

    Automan Ex TiVo User

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    If it has a bigger hard drive the process takes longer...

    Bigger the drive, the longer the time...

    Or it could be dead Jim :)

    Automan.
     
  2. dvdfever

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    I could understand it taking long if it was stuck on the screen, but the fact it keeps going back to the Welcome screen and round and round leads me to believe it's goosed. I've also spotted that just before it resets back to the Welcome screen, one of the hard drives makes a bit of a grinding sound. Doesn't sound good. :(
     
  3. healeydave

    healeydave from tivoland.com

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    Sounds like a corrupt OS, but without having another (known working HDD) to try, its hard to say. If the OS reboots prematurely, this usually causes a GSOD, so either the system is rebooting before the system is even capable of evaluating a GSOD event, or its power cycling due to a problem elsewhere. Either way, unless it was descriptively sold in this "unusable" state, you might want to consider contacting the eBayer.
     
  4. mikerr

    mikerr TiVoCentral.co.uk

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    Dual drive systems will do this when the B drive fails - it only actually looks for it after "almost there".
     
  5. dvdfever

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    Thanks for the replies. It was sold as working perfectly fine. I contacted the guy and he said he will refund, adding that it never did this when he last used it. He hasn't said yet whether he wants the unit back (I'm not paying return postage if that's the case as it's arrived faulty) but in the meantime I'm not going to open it up so I can't be accused of being the one who broke it.
     
  6. Pete77

    Pete77 New Member

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    When I bought a similarly broken unsubbed unit advertised as working on Ebay I ended up keeping the broken unit free of any purchase charge as it wasn't worth the while of the seller to pay for the return carriage.
     
  7. dvdfever

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    I've just got round to opening it up. Although it was advertised as having twin drives, and he thought they were 150Gb each, there's actually just one single 160Gb drive :(

    I've unplugged and reseated the serial cables, but it's made no difference (nothing else I could really do inside it) apart from that before it resets back to "Welcome..." the hard drive no longer makes a few grinding noises.

    I eventually got a refund from the guy. Before that, he said he'd try and get someone to pick it up, but I said I wanted my money back before that otherwise I'd have no trackable method of it being returned to him. I then got the refund a couple of days later and have had no further contact. So I've basically got a massive paperweight... well, two, if you count my original dead TiVo :/
     
  8. Pete77

    Pete77 New Member

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    Perhaps you and I can donate our paperweights to Mike when he gets round to opening The History of Tivo Museum.:up::up::up:
     
  9. AMc

    AMc Active Member

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    Unless I've misread you it sounds like you need a new IDE drive and a few minutes with the AltEPG disc image and you'd have the paperweight back as a working Tivo.
    I can see that would require some expense but given you have the chassis for nothing...
     
  10. dvdfever

    dvdfever Member

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    Well, the intention was to buy a unit that had both the networking innards plus the hard drive, and it was priced at less than the cost of a hard drive alone, if I bought a good sized new one, ready to roll with the TiVo, from the usual places (okay, this was only 150Gb but it would've been a decent trade-off against the innards of the TiVo).

    Not sure why I'd need the AltEPG disc image as I didn't with my main networked TiVo.
     
  11. TCM2007

    TCM2007 New Member

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    You'd need an image of some kind if the existing disk is broken, the AltEPG one is preconfigured.
     
  12. AMc

    AMc Active Member

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    AFAIK It comes set up ready to use the AltEPG and I believe has a few ready made enhancements that you don't need to install yourself - I think DHCP is in there which makes it simpler to network?

    [edit] missed TCM2007 reply on a new page - what he said[/edit]
     
  13. dvdfever

    dvdfever Member

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    Ah, I understand now. I remember having to telnet over to my main one to use AltEPG, a couple of months back.

    I don't really need a 1Gb drive, as I saw on one particular site which I think I've bought from before (not sure if I'm allowed to name them here, but I got great service so no probs with that), as that's just over £100, hence why I was really trying to go for a cheaper all-in-one solution, which I thought I had with this unit, but obviously don't.
     
  14. AMc

    AMc Active Member

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    If you have a CD burner and a PC with an IDE cable then it's pretty simple to set up a plain 3.5" IDE drive as a new Tivo one...
    http://www.tivoland.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=626

    If you want to go over 500GB you may need to buy a SATA drive and suitable SATA>IDE convertor which will be more expense.
     

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