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Master Geek

Topic # 135114 14-Nov-2013 15:27
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The background, skip to the last paragraph if you want to get to crux of it... 

Quite some time ago perhaps 9 - 12 months one of my Tivos stopped powering up. It would just sit on the powering up screen with a single green light on the front. I've tried to reboot it a few times over the months to no avail. I had the other Tivo so wasn't in too much of a hurry to fix it but as the second one is getting older I thought I should look into fixing the first one as a spare. After spending hours on-line reading about similar symptoms on WeaKnees and other overseas sites and having a close inspection of the caps on the power-board (which incidentally doesn't appear to be the same on the WeaKnees  Series3 HD models) I concluded that it was probably the HDD that was faulty and was about to order a replacement and then realised I could swap the first Tivo drive into the second Tivo as a test. If it failed to boot then I'd know it was definitely the drive. Well blow me down if it didn't boot up! Ok then it must be the power-board or something else. So I put the second Tivo drive into the first Tivo... and...that one powered up as well! So I swapped them back again and the first one is still powering up Doh! 

So now quite unexpectedly I have two Tivo's working again!  Yeah!

Now It might be possible that unplugging the sata/powercable has corrected the fault but just in case the Tivo is just lulling me into a false sense of security I've decided that I need to take the drive back out and take an ISO of the OS so that I can put it onto a new drive if necessary. Does any one know what programme definitely works on the NZ Tivo drives as I understand that what works on the overseas Tivo's wont work on ours? Maybe this ? I don't want to brick the OS by using the wrong software. I understand the Tivo is Linux based whereas I have access to a windows7 based computer.
Thanks for your help in advance


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  Reply # 934429 15-Nov-2013 13:48
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Hi Robin, contact Darren in OZ. He is the Tivo Dr and has likely seen exactly this before.

He has been a great help to me in keeping my Tivos alive with excellent advice and software and support.!contact/c2q4

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  Reply # 934625 15-Nov-2013 20:14
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WinMFS Beta build 9.3f
You will need to run it as administrator.


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  Reply # 934628 15-Nov-2013 20:20
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Also the caps don't necessarily look bad, but replacing them fixes the issues. I have just repaired a TiVo that kept resetting by replacing the caps. Here is another example

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Master Geek

  Reply # 935141 17-Nov-2013 11:01
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Thank you all very much, its appreciated!


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  Reply # 935146 17-Nov-2013 11:19
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Boot up a Linux live CD and use DD:
sudo dd if=/dev/sdb of=/dev/sdc

Please check what drives are mounted, to avoid any complications it might be best to unplug your internal drive(s) to ensure you don't copy to them, but pretty-much use "mount" to find out what drive(s) are currently mounted and go from there.

I'd say this is the easiest option for me :) not sure about Windows.

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  Reply # 936330 17-Nov-2013 23:04
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michaelmurfy: I'd say this is the easiest option for me :) not sure about Windows.

WinMFS is very easy, if you are a windows user. Otherwise there is MFSlive boot cd.
I don't know why the version on my PC said version 9.3f, but 9.3g is the version to use for New Zealand & Australia.

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