Toshiba sd-400

Discussion in 'DVD TiVo Units (Archive)' started by raider68, Apr 26, 2006.

  1. Sep 8, 2006 #121 of 163
    ashu

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    And, even rhough you've cancelled and likely no longer read the forum, I'd like to inform you that you would NOT win that bet :)

    Mine's a dead Mator with the unmistakeable click of death, and confirmed as inaccessible when installed to a PC (I boot and test bad drives with the Ultimate Boot CD - can't get any more elaborate about confirming drive deaths ;) ).
     
  2. Sep 8, 2006 #122 of 163
    ukaussi

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    With yours I would absolutely lose as the click of death is indeed a sure sign of drive failure. I am sitting next to a users laptop right now that has that issue and it isn't even recognied in the BIOS !!
     
  3. cgilly

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    My Toshiba died in July, and haven't had luck with the guy that said he'd try to fix it for me. I have an image that was sent to me on dvd (thanks), and he tried another one that was emailed as a link (thanks), and a 250gb drive - but he says he can't open the images to get it to work.

    Is there anyone in the Columbus, OH area that would be willing to work on this for me? I'd try it myself, but I'm pg w/twins, about to burst, working full time, and don't have the time (DH isn't computer savvy enough to try).

    Please PM me if so.

    Thanks,

    Carole

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    I'm still paying the reduced monthly rate, because Tivo support said they'd credit me for the downtime if I can get it running again...hoping that is true.....
     
  4. JamieP

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    Instant cake is an option. It's hard to find on their website, but they do have a version for the sd-h400 (link).
     
  5. ArcticZ

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    yep thats it. My second toshiba sd-400 did on us a week or so ago. And we paid the $20 for the instant cake and bought a $60 160gb drive and installed the software and the thing booted right up and is working fine. We even noticed that the unit seems quiter now. So now were still using the h400 unit and the free refurb unit i got a few monts ago and were still tivioing along. :D
     
  6. atsang

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    mine died like 8 months ago, and its been sitting there because I just havent gotten around to it (also because i'm using my SA8300hd for hd recording). anyways, i dled some iso from a PM request, and loaded it up, and it was slow and buggy. it went into that restart cycle.

    I bought the instantcake, loaded it up and everything is working great. Once I saw the tivo's green background I knew things were already better :)
     
  7. cgilly

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    Thanks for all the advice, and for the tip that Instant Cake is now available for this unit. I'm definitely going to try it!

    Will let you know how it turns out!
     
  8. sgthatch

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    You could not be more correct. My bubble gum only lasts 15 minutes too! Let's take them to court.
     
  9. sgthatch

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    Here's a couple of things to consider. My HD crapped in July. I forget the exact day but it was a sad day at my house. Anyway, there are many options out there. You don't have to use a Maxtor if you don't want to. You don't have to have an image of your drive (but you will lose/have lost your previously recorded shows). Your lifetime membership will transfer. Do a google search for replacement drives. I used Weaknees (yes, a Maxtor). Everything worked great UNTIL...

    This week we lost the audio and video of live TV. I have trouble-shot everything and narrowed it down to a cooling issue. Bottom line: If you think your TiVo ran a lot with the old hard drive, wait until you put a 300g HD in there. We used to have about 15-30 TiVo suggestions now we have over 400. What that means is cooling problems that lead to other symptoms (i.e. no live tv audio and video). You can solve this several ways. First, turn off TiVo suggestions. Second, get a bigger/better cooling fan from a computer store. Third, make sure your unit is well ventilated and not stacked directly on top or underneath any other a/v components. Fourth, clean out all of that dust out of the inside (especially around the fan exhaust). I'm sure there are many other great ideas out there for how to deal with cooling.

    My last parting thought. If you don't like Toshiba, TiVo, or Maxtor, I would invite you to turn in anything in your house with those name brands on them to your favorite charity. Then you will need a subscription to TV Guide and a VCR. A warranty is a warranty.
     
  10. hlev

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    I just wanted to give thanks for this forum and all the helpful people here.
    After reading all the posts, I downloaded the Instant Cake for the Toshiba
    and bought an 80 gig Westerndigital hard drive. Did the installation and
    it worked with no problem. Total cost $65.
    Been up and running for a week now.


    THANK YOU, THANK YOU! :)
     
  11. Tersanyus

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    Just wanted to let everyone know that my SD-H400 which I used for about a year then left unused and unplugged for a year.

    My TiVo subscription is long gone and I knew this unit had TiVo Basic so I hooked it back up and got it up and running.

    It downloaded 7.3.1 and has been running fine on that for about 2 weeks. So if what I skimmed over in this thread about updates killing the unit is correct mine may go belly up at any time.

    If it doesn't then these units just don't last long. If any electronic item lasts past it's manufacturers warranty consider yourself lucky. This is how the electronics world works. Things generally work till warranty gives out. You get angry and are forced to buy a new one. This is how those companies make their money.

    I buy some extended warranties. My new HDTV's have them. My $30 DVD players on non HDTV's do not have them. A $30 DVD player is throw away electronics. If it lasts the 90 day warranty you are lucky. If it lasts a year, well, wow!

    The Toshiba SD-H400 never looked to be that well made to begin with. If you look inside while replacing that hard drive just look at all the white wire jumpers in there. This thing looks bypassed so many ways it's suprising it lasted as long as it did.

    Don't get me wrong. I liked my Toshiba while I used it. I like the other standard TiVo's I used. At the time I left there was no S3. I wanted HD recording so I went the Windows Media Center route. No it's not TiVo but I can record HD. Would I like an S3? Sure. I may get one once the prices go down. I remember telling the TiVo rep when I cancelled service on 3 TiVo's why I was leaving. He tried his hardest to get me to stay.

    For the price of an S3 today you could build/buy a PC upgrade it to HD add on cards. True no cable cards, no dual tuners but also no monthly fees.

    I look forward to trying Series 3 when it drops about half the price it is now.
     
  12. ashu

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    Excellent post, Tersanyus!

    Good move on the Media Center. I'm too lazy to deal with the hassle, so I'll survive with the Cable HD DVR from the company until the S3 is about 2/3 the current price (500ish out of pocket)

    And I have a strong feeling your SDH400 will last about another year, confirming it's a drive lifetime issue. Maxtor has finally mastered how to engineer their drives to fail past warranty :)
     
  13. bhshmo

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    So my Toshiba Tivo died this weekend, stuck on the "Welcome. Powering up..." screen. From what i've read on this thread its very likely the hard drive is kaput.

    My question is, with the many options -- fixing it myself,or letting a pro do it -- will any of them make it possible to recover the recordings on my seemingly-dead drive? Or is it just dead? I do not have a lifetime subscription. So therefore it seems there would be no benefit in fixing my current machine, and I might as spend the $140-ish and buy a new one. right?
     
  14. lafos

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    If the HD is dead, then recovering the shows is not possible. On the other hand, if there's only a few bad sectors, it may be possible. You'll need a hard drive with a size equal to or greater than the TiVo drive. Search the forums for info on mfstools and dd_rescue. You can download tools and burn them to CD. There are step-by-step guides. I'd try mfsbackup/mfsrestore first, as it's faster than dd_rescue, which does a sector by sector copy.

    If your shows aren't worth the time & effort (I'd guess several hours of research and work if you're new at it), then a new TiVo might be worthwhile.

    Personally, fixing stuff is fun.
     
  15. glocks

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    This morning, we also received the dreaded "Welcome" message with the gray screen and the apparently locked hard drive after almost exactly 2 yrs. of use. However, I unplugged the unit for about 40 min. and then fired it up again and everything is back to normal... Whew!
     
  16. buddhawood

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    Time to think about replacing the drive while you still can use the image off your old drive. Chances are that you are just delaying the inevitable.
     
  17. Oct 4, 2006 #137 of 163
    glocks

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    Hm. Still alive (barely) after another unplug and play today. As someone who is reasonably intelligent but has no experience w/ installling hd's or even opening up electronic devices, it looks like my options include:

    a) quickly ship to weaknees for about $200 for the same brand (but larger) of drive that might be expected to last about 2 yrs.

    b) order replace kit from weaknees that purportedly anyone can install in 1/2 hr. or so, for about $150

    b) refurb/new model online for maybe $180-$200

    c) new DT Tivo box w/ 3 yr subscription for $400

    d) cable company DT dvr for $16/mo.

    Just thinking out loud, lol. I'm leaning towards the replace kit, but I know as soon as I mention a DT option, my wife will be pushing for that strongly...
     
  18. Oct 4, 2006 #138 of 163
    gastrof

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    The only reason for shipping the machine to Weaknees is if they think they can save the recordings off the old drive.

    If not, don't worry about just ordering an appropriately prepared drive from them and installing it yourself. I was hesitant and had to ask a few questions here, but with a little hand-holding from guys in the "Help" forum, I did it and the thing works just fine, and now has even greater capacity than my other TiVo.

    If the DVD burning is important to you, keep the Toshiba.
     
  19. Oct 4, 2006 #139 of 163
    glocks

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    Thanks for the reassurance for being able to do the install myself, w/ the weaknees kit. A $10 off coupon code--google10-- for google checkout pushed me to order the install kit today. The race is on b/t the free ground shipping and the end of my hd's life! Ugh.
     
  20. Oct 4, 2006 #140 of 163
    ashu

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    The SDH400 is the unintegrated DVD playing TiVo (no burning possible). In fact, it seems to boot into an alternate DVD-only OS identical to Toshiba DVD players of its era!

    This weirdness is more than made up for in the incredible snappiness of this unit ... same innards as the 240 series, and not the slower 540 series of S2 TiVos! And component DVD quality is superior, IMO, to the DVD burning TiVos for some reason ... and I have the Tosh RS-TX20 as well as the Humax DRT800 to compare it to!
     

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