TiVo Bolt vs TiVo edge

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by ufo4sale, Jun 4, 2020.

  1. tommiet

    tommiet Active Member

    Oct 28, 2005
    Possible... but probably not. Still, remove the cable card cover and watch the temperature drop. Won't hurt to try.
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  2. mdavej

    mdavej Well-Known Member

    Aug 13, 2015
    Given what I've read, I wouldn't go near a Bolt or an Edge. I have no desire to engineer a cooling system or be a beta tester again.
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  3. tommiet

    tommiet Active Member

    Oct 28, 2005
    It's nice in that you do have a choice. But that choice requires you to buy 3-5 year old hardware with no warranty. In fact.. you actually will be a beta tester as you will be testing how long a TiVo DVR last.

    Roamio owners swear that the DVR will last forever. You can get a "renewed" one with a 90 day warranty for only $600 at Amazon.

    We all have a choice.
  4. mdavej

    mdavej Well-Known Member

    Aug 13, 2015
    Point taken. But I just sold one of my lifetime Roamios for under $300 and will have another for sale at that price soon. You’re shopping in the wrong places.
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  5. blackngold75

    blackngold75 Active Member

    Mar 9, 2010
    I've had an original Bolt (white one) running for almost 3 years with an upgraded hard drive. No hardware issues. Software problems, yes, but that's not just a Bolt thing. I do have a USB-powered fan blowing across the Bolt, but I did that because it is in an enclosed cabinet without adequate ventilation.
  6. mattyro7878

    mattyro7878 Well-Known Member

    Nov 27, 2014
    Southern CT
  7. squiredogs

    squiredogs TiVo'er since 1999

    Aug 14, 2006
    My original 4 year old 500gb bolt is stock, and zero problems. ti's stuffed behind the TV on the wall. Not running Hydra, maybe that's hy it's not straining. I was going to jump in on the Vox craze, but never got around to it. I didn't upgrade the OS after reading stuff here. Now if the refurb units all ship with Hydra anyway, I'd get the Edge in a crapshoot.

  8. cwerdna

    cwerdna Proud Tivolutionary

    Feb 22, 2001
    SF Bay Area, CA
    Could be. At Temperature of Bolt, ufo4sale talked about temps of 68 (presumably 68 C ODT) which is insanely hot in my book. 68 C is 154.4 F.

    (I have a Bolt+ and posted my temps at Temperature of Bolt w/my two fan setup. The other day, I was down to 38 C (100.4 F) when the room was on the cooler side (below 70 F). I removed the cable card cover and recently put 4 (not very thick) rubber feet under the the feet of my MULTIFAN S4, Quiet USB Cooling Fan, 140mm to raise it a little and allow for better air intake. )

    I'm still on my original Bolt+ that I ordered in early April 2017 during their "once in a lifetime" transfer offer. Memory's foggy but I think I activated it by end of that month. I've never opened the unit and am still on the stock 3 TB drive. I did pay $40 for the 3 year extended warranty but it turned out to be useless since it's now expired and I never had to take advantage.

    Prior to the recent AC Infinity fans, I used various laptop cooling pads (with fan(s) in them) to keep my Bolt+ cool.
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