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Anonymous
September 6, 2005 1:05:31 PM

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My HDVR2 DirecTivo has a second drive (from Weaknees). A few days ago, I
noticed it was running louder than usual, especially when busy ... it might have
been when heavier than normal disk access. IAE, the increased noise was just a
slight overall increase. After coming back from the weekend away, the HDVR2
sounded totally different ... a grinding noise, repeating at a fixed time
interval. It sounds like a PC harddrive when really being pushed hard (head
seeking?) or trying to re-read a bad block. I have noticed no functional
problems, other than the 30 second advance not working, which I could quickly
enable again. (The 8 second backup did work; I forget if that's a standard
feature or part of 30 sec advance.)

I also noticed the HDVR2 was running hotter than normal ... 49 degrees instead
of 39-40 degrees.

Suggestions? Is it time to replace the HDVR2 with an R10 (with drive upgraded
by Weaknees)? I would preferably want to avoid losing much of the 140 hours or
so currently recorded!

Thanks!

Dave

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Dave Morgenlender
e-mail: dmorgen@alum.mit.edu
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Anonymous
September 6, 2005 8:50:14 PM

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

In article <2h4rh1l00hdi8utu0okgmd9a0m9185j9ul@4ax.com>,
David Morgenlender <dmorgen@alum.mit.edu> wrote:

> My HDVR2 DirecTivo has a second drive (from Weaknees). A few days ago, I
> noticed it was running louder than usual, especially when busy ... it might
> have
> been when heavier than normal disk access. IAE, the increased noise was just
> a
> slight overall increase. After coming back from the weekend away, the HDVR2
> sounded totally different ... a grinding noise, repeating at a fixed time
> interval. It sounds like a PC harddrive when really being pushed hard (head
> seeking?) or trying to re-read a bad block. I have noticed no functional
> problems, other than the 30 second advance not working, which I could quickly
> enable again. (The 8 second backup did work; I forget if that's a standard
> feature or part of 30 sec advance.)
>
> I also noticed the HDVR2 was running hotter than normal ... 49 degrees
> instead
> of 39-40 degrees.
>
> Suggestions? Is it time to replace the HDVR2 with an R10 (with drive
> upgraded
> by Weaknees)? I would preferably want to avoid losing much of the 140 hours
> or
> so currently recorded!


Most likely drive problems, in which case a solution Will lose all your
recordings.

Since its running hot, also check the cooling fan, maybe its bearings
went, or a cable is intefering with the extra fan on the weakness
bracket. Sometimes folks replace the OEM fan and install the replacement
backwards.
Anonymous
September 6, 2005 8:50:15 PM

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

Jack,

Actually, the most recent drive was installed by Weaknees. I installed the
first extra drive, which ran ok (& cool) for a year ot 2. Then I got the
continual reboot problem. I sent it to Weaknees, so they could diagnose which
drive was dead, and replace it. That was probably 1-2 years ago & it had been
running fine since. So I doubt it's a misplaced cable. But a fan certainly
could be bad.

Now for the really strange part ... I went out for a few hours. When I came
back a little while ago, the record light was on ... and it was quiet, i.e.
sounding like before the problems started! It was as if a background defrag had
been completed ... except I've read there's never such a thing on a Tivo! (I
haven't yet checked to see that it's really working.)

Dave


Jack Zwick <jackzwick@yahoo.com> wrote:

>In article <2h4rh1l00hdi8utu0okgmd9a0m9185j9ul@4ax.com>,
> David Morgenlender <dmorgen@alum.mit.edu> wrote:
>
>> My HDVR2 DirecTivo has a second drive (from Weaknees). A few days ago, I
>> noticed it was running louder than usual, especially when busy ... it might
>> have
>> been when heavier than normal disk access. IAE, the increased noise was just
>> a
>> slight overall increase. After coming back from the weekend away, the HDVR2
>> sounded totally different ... a grinding noise, repeating at a fixed time
>> interval. It sounds like a PC harddrive when really being pushed hard (head
>> seeking?) or trying to re-read a bad block. I have noticed no functional
>> problems, other than the 30 second advance not working, which I could quickly
>> enable again. (The 8 second backup did work; I forget if that's a standard
>> feature or part of 30 sec advance.)
>>
>> I also noticed the HDVR2 was running hotter than normal ... 49 degrees
>> instead
>> of 39-40 degrees.
>>
>> Suggestions? Is it time to replace the HDVR2 with an R10 (with drive
>> upgraded
>> by Weaknees)? I would preferably want to avoid losing much of the 140 hours
>> or
>> so currently recorded!
>
>
>Most likely drive problems, in which case a solution Will lose all your
>recordings.
>
>Since its running hot, also check the cooling fan, maybe its bearings
>went, or a cable is intefering with the extra fan on the weakness
>bracket. Sometimes folks replace the OEM fan and install the replacement
>backwards.

=======================================================
Dave Morgenlender
e-mail: dmorgen@alum.mit.edu
=======================================================
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