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Continuous reboot problem

My machine is locked in a cycle where it keeps trying to reboot but never quite gets there. most of the time, i get a grey screen that reads "welcome, powering up." after some time, it progresses to the "almost there, just a few minutes more" message before going back to the original grey screen without ever completing the reboot. it keeps repeating over and over again.

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  • guestMMM Nov 23, 2008

    I used to have the same problem... now the TIVO stopped booting up at hte gray screen "Powering up..." level. Suspected the BIOS Chip malfunctioning but the problem described here can be caused by a ...bad 80 GB ATA Maxtor boot disk sector or so...

    MMM - Manhattan Beach, CA


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Most likely, if your unit is not powering up to the TiVo Central screen, you have a hard drive problem. You might consider a replacement TiVo hard drive.

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