Wednesday, July 04, 2007


Hughes HDVR2 Tivo Power Supply Repair

My brother's Hughes HDVR2 Tivo failed.

First, it crashed several times over a month and had to be power cycled.

Then, it wouldn't turn on at all and just made a tick, tick, tick, tick noise.

From visual inspection, I noticed that capacitor C18 in the power supply was bulging slightly. It is in the center of the photo and is very subtle, but you can compare it to the other capacitors and see a difference.

The original was a Teapo SC series, 2200uF 16V, low ESR capacitor. I replaced it with a Nichicon PW series, 2200uF 16V, low impedance capacitor, part number 647-UPW1C222MHD from Mouser Electronics (who have no minimum order).

Just for good measure (and because I bought more than one) I also put a capacitor in C31 which was not stuffed in the original board.

Be sure to use a low ESR (also known as a low impedance) capacitor.
If you don't, it may work in the beginning but will quickly fail.

All electrolytic capacitors have a limited operating life (measured in thousands of hours), so this is an especially weak point for devices that are always powered on.

Be certain that the white ribbon cable between the power supply and the main board is plugged in all the way. It can be misaligned and short contacts causing irreparable damage to the power supply and the main board.

I have only done this with a Hughes HDVR2, but says the same power supply is used in the Hughes SD-DVR40, SD-DVR80, SD-DVR120, the Philips DSR7000, DSR704, DSR708, the RCA DVR39, DVR40, DVR80, DVR120, and the Samsung S4040R, S4080R, S4120R.

WARNING! The power supply includes unshielded contacts that are directly connected to line voltage. THIS CAN KILL YOU. Do not work on a power supply when it is plugged in. Do not work on power supplies if you don't know what you are doing.

This is only a report of what I did to fix a Tivo. It is for educational use only.

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