Hello- I have an original Series 1 with lifetime service that is... er, was... still going strong! I started using TiVo in 2001, and upgraded this series 1, adding an 80gb drive (a Fujitsu, if I remember correctly) in 2002, which bumped my storage capacity up to about 106 hours. While I am a programmer by trade, I'm a Windows guy - I don't dabble with Linux at all - just followed some instructions I found online. All worked out fine.
All was well until June, 2005, when one of the drives died... ended up being the first drive - the original 13gb. I ended up sending it back to TiVo and they replaced that first drive - and that was fine, until the last few days.
Within the past week, TiVo started locking up intermittently - we'd be watching something and it would just hang. The remote would do nothing - the only thing that straightened it up was unplugging TiVo from the power, then plugging in again and restarting. Over a week, the lockups became more frequent - and as of today, TiVo won't start up at all - just nothing but a green light. I haven't opened the box back up, but one of the drives is quite noisy - and the location of the noise sounds like it might be that main drive again.
I'm sure this has been covered, but I'm not a regular here, and I didn't find a step by step solution with my cursory searching... wondering if someone could enlighten me...? I'm not scared of doing this myself (plus I really don't have the $ to send it back to TiVo right now!), but I don't know what I need to do. The main thing that I don't want to do is lose my lifetime service, but reading thru some other threads, it appears that service is keyed against the mainboard - not the hard drive. That being said, reading further, it looks to me like if I could get a clean series 1 image, I could just replace that drive and all would be fine (I realize, of course, I'd lose my saved content - that's okay). I don't mind replacing both drives with a single larger drive (I own a small computer store and have drives on the shelf), or even just 'unmarrying' the 80gb from the suspected dead 13gb and starting fresh with just that 80gb - it's just that I'm a total Windows person and am painfully ignorant in the Linux world.
Can anyone give me a step by step all in one place here to get my TiVo going again? THANKS!!!