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Does this sound like a bad Tivo drive?

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Anonymous
June 27, 2005 4:48:18 PM

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Hi all,

Been having ongoing problems with my Tivo Series 2 540 box for a few months
and I'm about ready to try a new hard disk. I'm using it via a Motorola
DCT2000 cable box. Cable service is a mix of analog and digital channels.
Tivo works fine on all analog channels... no pixelation except for a few
seconds when you switch channels, but the pixelation is usually very bad and
constant on the digital channels. Sometimes it's so bad the blue Tivo "no
video source" screen flashes constantly among the pixelation. What's funny
is one digital channel may work fine with the Tivo, but the channel next to
it may be so bad it's unwatchable.

I've swapped DCT2000 boxes to no avail. Also have tried both cable and
component inputs to no avail. Tried the "clear and delete everything"
setting several times to no avail. Run the DCT2000 straight to the TV
bypassing the Tivo box and the picture is perfect.

Any ideas or should I just go for a new disk?

Thanks

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Anonymous
June 27, 2005 10:24:39 PM

Archived from groups: alt.video.ptv.tivo (More info?)

In article <11c0ev2cp0944b3@corp.supernews.com>, dig154
<dig154@hotmail.com> wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> Been having ongoing problems with my Tivo Series 2 540 box for a few months
> and I'm about ready to try a new hard disk. I'm using it via a Motorola
> DCT2000 cable box. Cable service is a mix of analog and digital channels.
> Tivo works fine on all analog channels... no pixelation except for a few
> seconds when you switch channels, but the pixelation is usually very bad and
> constant on the digital channels. Sometimes it's so bad the blue Tivo "no
> video source" screen flashes constantly among the pixelation. What's funny
> is one digital channel may work fine with the Tivo, but the channel next to
> it may be so bad it's unwatchable.
>
> I've swapped DCT2000 boxes to no avail. Also have tried both cable and
> component inputs to no avail. Tried the "clear and delete everything"
> setting several times to no avail. Run the DCT2000 straight to the TV
> bypassing the Tivo box and the picture is perfect.
>
> Any ideas or should I just go for a new disk?
>
> Thanks


Those do not sound like dying-disk symptoms. Are you sure you're
getting a good signal? No breaks in the coax anywhere? All
connections tight?

Did you try hooking the cable directly to the TV to see if you're
getting a good signal? (This presumes not everything you get is
scrambled at the head end.)
!