Wednesday, April 17, 2013


This old TiVo that we have at work kept making weird noises for about a week. When I finally had time to go check it out, I found that it was stuck on the boot screen. The noises came from the disk drives starting and stopping every time it reset itself. I thought it was a hard drive error, but a few days later, it stopped turning on at all.

I took it apart and tested the individual pieces. The dvd and hard drive worked fine connected to a computer. But when I checked the the power supply with a multimeter, it was outputting the wrong voltage. A lowly 0.5 volts on what should be a 5 volt rail. We ordered a new power supply online, swapped it out, and now it works again.

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