Out of the Blue

I was checking to make sure TiVO was set to catch the Deadwood season finale tonight (it still hasn't sunk in The Sopranos is over for the season), and with a quick pop, the audio went. Some checking seems to isolate the problem to my receiver, so I need to check and see if hopefully this may just be a blown fuse. I have fears that it goes beyond that, as there was a distinctive smell following this that seems very familiar as fried circuitry, so it may be a goner.

Play Time: The Polyphonic Spree - The Quest For The Rest.
Stories of the Day: Grapefruit-sized meteorite strikes house.
Science!: 'Electric armour' vaporises anti-tank grenades and shells.
Hypochondriacs have real disease `health anxiety'. Thanks Jim Chaney.
Men Have Biological Clocks, Too.
Image of the Day: Battered Moon. Thanks Jim Hendrickson.
Media of the Day: Croc Under Car. Thanks Ant.
Auction of the Day: Panzer Dragoon Saga - Sega Saturn, Near Mint. Thanks Jon. There was this time in band camp...
Follow-up: For Scientists, It's Hard to Love Venus (registration required). There once was a man from Peru...
Thanks Mike Martinez
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Re: DeadTiVO
Jun 14, 2004, 09:33
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Re: DeadTiVO Jun 14, 2004, 09:33
Jun 14, 2004, 09:33
 
Unfortunately, it was out of warranty, so we were forced to buy the replacement unit.

Er... if you still have the old unit then it's worth something. Quite a lot actually. Particularly if you had lifetime service.

Replacing a dead HD in a TiVo is pretty simple -- you just need a new HD, an image, and some technical knowhow (e.g. -- how to follow instructions and connect/disconnect hard drives). If you want details, go check out the Underground on the TiVo forums (http://www.tivocommunity.com). There are full directions for installing a new drive. The only tricky bit would be getting the image to do the reinstall -- you can find them online though (but not at the site above -- don't even ask there), or if your new TiVo is the same brand/series as the old TiVo then you can get the image from it.

And, if you don't want to deal with any of that, you can sell the dead TiVo on eBay for a tidy sum ($50-100... add ~$300 if it had lifetime subscription).

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