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Anonymous
May 12, 2004 10:06:12 PM

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My ReplayTV (5040 with 160g hd update) has started to act real funny.
First I heard strange sounds coming from the unit. Sounded like the
drive heads repeatly trying to access a spot on the disk. The TV shows
only the "PLEASE WAIT" message.
A soft boot (holding power button for 10 sec) did nothing, so I unpluged
the device, waited a minute and plugged it in again. This fixed the problem
the first time. However now, a couple of days later, it is happening again,
and nothing can get me past the "Please Wait" screen?
Does this mean that the HD is bad? are there any diagnostics I can run or
cleanup/fixup that can be done?

Thanks,
Mike Kamerman
kamerman@usa.net

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Anonymous
May 12, 2004 10:06:13 PM

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On Wed, 12 May 2004 18:06:12 GMT, "Mike Kamerman" <kamerman@usa.net>
wrote:

>My ReplayTV (5040 with 160g hd update) has started to act real funny.
>First I heard strange sounds coming from the unit. Sounded like the
>drive heads repeatly trying to access a spot on the disk. The TV shows
>only the "PLEASE WAIT" message.
>A soft boot (holding power button for 10 sec) did nothing, so I unpluged
>the device, waited a minute and plugged it in again. This fixed the problem
>the first time. However now, a couple of days later, it is happening again,
>and nothing can get me past the "Please Wait" screen?
>Does this mean that the HD is bad? are there any diagnostics I can run or
>cleanup/fixup that can be done?
>
>Thanks,
>Mike Kamerman
>kamerman@usa.net
>

Sounds like a bad HD. You get that delay while the system is retrying.
Hopefully, the software hasn't been corrupted.

I had that (endless "please wait") once. It was a bad drive then.

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May 12, 2004 11:47:19 PM

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Mark Lloyd <mlloyd@5xxxmail.com5xxx> wrote in message news:<ae15a09ppo2ag3sc4dus2i57sjv04nqglt@4ax.com>...
> On Wed, 12 May 2004 18:06:12 GMT, "Mike Kamerman" <kamerman@usa.net>
> wrote:
>
> >My ReplayTV (5040 with 160g hd update) has started to act real funny.
> >First I heard strange sounds coming from the unit. Sounded like the
> >drive heads repeatly trying to access a spot on the disk. The TV shows
> >only the "PLEASE WAIT" message.
> >A soft boot (holding power button for 10 sec) did nothing, so I unpluged
> >the device, waited a minute and plugged it in again. This fixed the problem
> >the first time. However now, a couple of days later, it is happening again,
> >and nothing can get me past the "Please Wait" screen?
> >Does this mean that the HD is bad? are there any diagnostics I can run or
> >cleanup/fixup that can be done?
> >
> >Thanks,
> >Mike Kamerman
> >kamerman@usa.net
> >

It's a bad HDD. If you get another one, use a Maxtor. I've repair
several and the Western Digital will not last.
>
> Sounds like a bad HD. You get that delay while the system is retrying.
> Hopefully, the software hasn't been corrupted.
>
> I had that (endless "please wait") once. It was a bad drive then.
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Anonymous
May 13, 2004 12:13:55 PM

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Why will the Western Digital not last? Just curious, as I always use
Western Digital's "JB" (3-yr warranty) drives in computers.

Regards,

Margaret

"Dan" <dpoolecet@msn.com> wrote in message
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>
> It's a bad HDD. If you get another one, use a Maxtor. I've repair
> several and the Western Digital will not last.
Anonymous
May 13, 2004 10:25:35 PM

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Fixed my problem...
Thanks to information from "Mikeyboy", I unplugged the
ethernet cable from my 5040 (connects it to my hub), and
re-booted. System came up quickly and with no apparent
aftereffects. Re-connected the cable, and was able to contact
replaytv and update my guides.
According to "Mikeyboy" the boot was probably hung on a
perceived (real or not) network error and was in a continual
retry loop.

Thanks,
Mike


"Mike Kamerman" <kamerman@usa.net> wrote in message
news:o Itoc.7546$wo6.3373@newssvr27.news.prodigy.com...
> My ReplayTV (5040 with 160g hd update) has started to act real funny.
> First I heard strange sounds coming from the unit. Sounded like the
> drive heads repeatly trying to access a spot on the disk. The TV shows
> only the "PLEASE WAIT" message.
> A soft boot (holding power button for 10 sec) did nothing, so I unpluged
> the device, waited a minute and plugged it in again. This fixed the
problem
> the first time. However now, a couple of days later, it is happening
again,
> and nothing can get me past the "Please Wait" screen?
> Does this mean that the HD is bad? are there any diagnostics I can run or
> cleanup/fixup that can be done?
>
> Thanks,
> Mike Kamerman
> kamerman@usa.net
>
>
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