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Tivo Series 3 - Bad capacitors in power supply

Discussion in 'TiVo Help Center' started by johnsom, Jul 25, 2011.

  1. amyf

    amyf Member

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    Anyone??
     
  2. genebopp

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    Instead of diagnosing your board and learning electronics just change the power supply. I assume yours is a life time unit. If the main board is dead, the unit is no good. It doesnt sound like your drive is the issue, so the only other piece you can really change is the power supply. I have a bunch of TivoHD parts, they are cheap. I am selling a board out of a TivoHD on ebay for $30. Cheaper than other people are selling them for just to get this stuff out of my house. It looks a little different than the boards in my other units and your board. But it really came out of a tivohd. Buy my board (or someone elses) try it. If that isnt the problem, put it back on ebay yourself and get your $30 back.

    Power Supply for Tivo HD Series 3 TCD652160 DVR SPWR-00011-000 RevB0 | eBay
     
  3. HerronScott

    HerronScott Well-Known Member

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    Amy,

    Sorry that I couldn't really be of more help but troubleshooting power supplies isn't something that I've done much of other than replacing the capacitors on our S3's and it doesn't help that I don't have one free with a power supply that I could check things on for you.

    Were you able to get your issue resolved with a replacement?

    Scott
     
  4. amyf

    amyf Member

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    Scott, yes, I picked one up before the suggestion was posted - in fact, I got a working unsubscribed S3 so I now have spare parts. The power supply is a different variant than the one in my original S3, but it works, albeit with a few bulging caps. I'll just replace those and go from there. Thanks for your help.

    Amy
     
  5. HerronScott

    HerronScott Well-Known Member

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    Glad to hear that you were able to get it back up with the replacement power supply!

    Scott
     
  6. Robert Gluck

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  7. Robert Gluck

    Robert Gluck New Member

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    Scott, where did you buy the caps?
     
  8. jmbach

    jmbach der Neuerer

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    Got mine from Mouser and Digikey


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  9. HerronScott

    HerronScott Well-Known Member

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    Digikey. Maybe I should go back and update that post. :)

    Scott
     
  10. worachj

    worachj Well-Known Member

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    Someone created this project list for mouser.com parts. Not too sure how good it is.
    USE AT YOUR OWN RISK.

    Project: S3 OLED TCD648250B PSU Caps:
    Mouser Electronics
     
  11. Robert Gluck

    Robert Gluck New Member

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    Thanks, Scott. I'll check out Digikey.
     
  12. Mike McCarver

    Mike McCarver New Member

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    What are the symptoms of bad power supply capacitors? My Series 3 just won't turn on sometimes, but works fine if I unplug and plug it back in. This am, it wouldn't work, snowy screen this time rather than blank, popping noise every few seconds. uplug, replug did the trick. Could this be the bad capacitor problem? Called TV tech support, waste of time.They said change the power cord. Plus they say I'm out of luck with my lifetime program since it goes with the specific box.
     
  13. worachj

    worachj Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like the power supply to me.

    TiVo Repair and Troubleshooting Guide: Problems and Solutions
     
  14. sfhub

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    Almost any symptom could be produced by bad power supply/capacitors. All the components are only specified to work in certain voltage ranges. If they expect 5V and you start giving them 4.2 Volts, they might fail to work at all, or they might put out bogus data, which then causes further issues, eventually percolating to a point your notice. If you get data corruption on the drive, that can cause other issues.

    I've had systems that wouldn't boot. I've had boot loops. I've had CableCARD issues. I've had waves on analog outputs. I've had HDMI issues. All of them attributed to bad power. When the supply finally really dies then it is easy to see. The thing just won't turn on.
     
  15. jlb

    jlb Go Pats!

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    Without reading through this ENTIRE thread, does anyone have any sort of map showing the proper replacement part for each capacitor on the TiVoHD power supply? Once I move I am going to try and fix/replace a bad cap or two on my box.
     
  16. videobruce

    videobruce OTA is still alive

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    Read the value off each cap, replace one at a time. Just watch polarity. There are lists available, but there aren't that many and there are at least 2 different versions of the PS.
    I would strongly suggest Mouser or DigiKey. Not e-bay. ;)
     
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  17. HerronScott

    HerronScott Well-Known Member

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    The HD did come with 2 power supplies so you need to find out which one you have and we can send you to the right list...

    Scott
     
  18. jlb

    jlb Go Pats!

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    Thanks Scott. It will have to wait a month or so. We move 4/6 and I probably won't want to be tinkering until we get a little more settled in. I am still torn at this point (now with a Bolt with All-in also) if I want to try replacing caps myself or look for a PS via a used TiVo on CL or whatnot...... we shall see.

    Any other forum members that are in the Middlebury, VT area??? ;)
     
  19. Hank

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    When you move, I have a repaired PS pulled from an HD-Tivo (series 3) that I can sell to you if it's the same version.
     
  20. HerronScott

    HerronScott Well-Known Member

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    You can use either HD power supply in any HD as the output is the same - just 2 different vendors and designs. You just can't use an S3 OLED power supply in an HD (extra 7.5V line for the OLED display) or an HD power supply in an S3 OLED.

    Scott
     
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