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I saw on another thread about a guy selling his tivo on ebay and the OP there was upset that it looked so clogged up...and that it was being sold like that.

Maybe this isn't a happy hour question, but you all are as smart as the geeks on the other tivo areas (the tech ones) and I am comfortable here, so I thought I would ask.

I have two dogs and lots of dog hair. I am actually scared to look at the back of my tivo now. I do have some air to blow it out, but how is that done? It's my bad but it's been two years and seems fine. Okay, I have never done it to my computer PC fan either. I have only used the air on the keyboard.

And one more question, is there any sort of cover to put on the tivo to save it from dust and dog hair that won't over heat it. I don't have and can't get anytime soon a glass entertainment type dealie.
 

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I've had my old series 2 for about 3 or 4 years and I never opened it up till I upgraded it a few months ago. I expected it to be FILTHY and covered with dust bunnies. I was pleasantly surprised with so little dust that was inside. If it were on of my PC's, I doubt that a Dyson vacuum would be able to clean it out.
 

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since 1999. Perhaps one of these days I will actively clean it. Drive replacements in 2000 and 2005 revealed far less dust/stuff than I see in my PCs after a year or less...
 

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I cleaned my S3 about a week ago. My primary goal in opening the case was to check things out before I upgrade. I got the S3 the day it was first available. I was suprised how clean it was, as my A/V cabinet is usually a mess. The fan had some dust but the unit was otherwise spotless. Despite this cleanliness, I recomend a basic cleaning at least once a year.
 

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You're all shutting down before the blowing right? Seems smart.

Be careful with vacuuming inside any PC (or TiVo), too. Do it for very long, and the static charge that builds up from the friction going past the plastic nozzle can do very very bad things. I speak from experience.
 

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ThreeSoFar said:
Be careful with vacuuming inside any PC (or TiVo), too. Do it for very long, and the static charge that builds up from the friction going past the plastic nozzle can do very very bad things. I speak from experience.
This is why I'm pleased to have this nifty 3M service vaccum where everything is properly grounded. It's sole purpose is for vacuuming electronics of various sorts. Sadly, I never use it. ;)
 

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I cleaned mine a few weeks ago. It sits pretty high on a shelf, so doesn't get that dusty. The computer is worse.

What you need to do to keep dust and other nasties out, is attach filter material on the air inlets on the bottom of the TiVo.
 

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Actually this is probably a good reminder. My TiVo never used to need cleaning, but now that I have cats I should be probably be a least checking it out...
 

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I just cleaned out my entire system this weekend. I try to do this every six months or so, but it usually winds up being once a year. I have several cats so I expected there to be a high level of dust/hair in all of the equipment. As it turned out only the receivers, TiVos, and cableboxes had much dust or hair in them.
 

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I check the To Do list at least every few days... oh, you don't mean THAT kind of cleaning.
(at least every day during the major new-episodes season... though I just lost at LEAST one SNL from early this year over the weekend because a SP started recording episodes and I didn't expect it.. I must've forgotten to check the To Do list before I went to bed..)
 
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