Nutts: Yes, may as well. You don't have many other options.
If you connect your TV antenna connection to the UHF output of the magic box is it good?
That would check the integrity of the UHF inlet connector and its PCB solder joints.
If you have the patience you could lift out the PCBA and check its power supplies for electrolytic capacitors.
These aren't used much nowadays because they have such a finite life at high temperatures.
Yep, still using mine. I think Ive replaced two hdd in it over the years.
I'm still (was) using a modded 3600 until it decided to stop working recently. It starts up and shows the Magic splash screen on the TV, but then the TV goes blank and nothing more happens. It continues to show MAGIC TV on the front display.
I haven't done much faultfinding yet, other than to disconnect the HDD to see if it did anything different. I see from a post above, it may store some setting on the HDD but it should still boot further than it does I think, even without the HDD connected.
I guess I could try a different video output instead of HDMI, but as the front display seems to show that it's stuck, I'm not sure that will make much difference :(
Any suggestions welcome.
Thanks for the quick reply Nutts.
I looked in the manual for the "firmware upgrade", which needs the unit to boot first - I didn't get as far as the rescue procedure. It has been quite a few years since I did the modified firmware change, so I didn't remember the proceedure.
So thanks for the reminder. I did still have an original firmware file which was lucky, as the MagicTV download site doesn't seem to work anymore?
Anyway, I did the rescue with version 20 and it worked OK. I tried the modded version 17 firmware after that, but it gave a "stage 2 not found" error.
I think I'll just leave it on the original version. This unit is just for occasional use in the office, as I also have a 3700 for main use.
Really appreciate the nudge in the right direction. Thanks