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Ultimate Geek

  #2452650 1-Apr-2020 22:05
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Nutts: Yes, may as well. You don't have many other options.

HDD error - was pressing the pause button but didn't go into rescue mode, so couldn't format disk by pressing 15900. Maybe because that firmware version is what's already on it. Will try again with different version tomorrow.


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Ultimate Geek

  #2453260 2-Apr-2020 19:18
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HDD successfully replaced and eliminated as cause of problem.
Problem is live TV is torn and pixellated and audio is dropping in and out. This carries over to recordings.
Aerial input is fine btw.

Not sure what next if anything


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Master Geek

  #2453266 2-Apr-2020 19:28
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It's not looking good really. There is only the power pack and the circuit board left.
You have changed the hdmi cable and tried the analog output, changed the hard drive and gone through the recovery procedure and it's still faulty.
I doubt you can get a replacement board now days so power pack.
If that does not work look for one on trade me I guess.

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Wannabe Geek

  #2455487 6-Apr-2020 09:26
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Another check...


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.

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Master Geek

  #2516553 3-Jul-2020 08:09
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Yep, still using mine.  I think Ive replaced two hdd in it over the years.

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Wannabe Geek

  #2547977 23-Aug-2020 09:41
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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.



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Master Geek

  #2547981 23-Aug-2020 09:55
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Have you tried running the rescue procedure and loading the firmware again.
I have managed to get a couple of the 3600 going again doing this.
Same symptoms as you describe.
I have read that you have to load an original firmware not a modified version from 2lostkiwis when doing the rescue procedure.
Also load a different version from the final one you want to run if you are going to use a modified one in the end. (Load 3.16 or something like that with the recovery procedure, then upgrade to the modified version you want after that. ) You can't load new firmware with the same name as the one that is already running.

Worth a try as it's not working now so really you can't make it any worse.
It will only take about 15 minutes to do.



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Wannabe Geek

  #2548051 23-Aug-2020 11:39
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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

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