Hello all of you 3455 users that are still out there. I have not posted nor have even signed onto this forum, much less this thread in almost a year. Someone sent me an IM yesterday which has brought me back here today. I think that I can still help people out to a certain degree. I am still running one for about 19 hours a day, with back up units standing by in various stages of ability. In case any one is interested, I have 3 Pioneer 810 DVD burner units still chugging away and they are older than the 3455's.
It may be possible to salvage a "dead" hard drive, but I can also create a working 250 Gig Drive if any one can still find a new one around that works. If one is willing to try a SATA to IDE converter, even a 250 or 160 sata laptop hard drive will work. Depending on how comfortable you are at removing the hard drive, sending me just the hard drive has worked in the past. I do not charge anything, just that all shipping is handled by the one seeking assistance.
From what I have seen if you can get it to at least boot to the Phillips screen and then it re-boots, then it is more than likely a defective hard drive that cannot properly boot any more. About the only way to confirm that though is swapping drives. I would hate for someone to purchase a drive, just to find out it was not a bad drive, but at least one can always use the drive in a computer or other DVR setup. On the flip side putting a new drive in will require one to have the firmware burned onto either a CD or DVD before trying a new drive. It also may work if you have a 200 or 250 gig drive, so one may want to try that route before sending a drive to me. I only got it to work one time and since then, I had to clone the drive. If one has worked with computers, then hooking your old drive and a new drive up in a bar bones system with a DVD drive that boots with cloning software, then that software will make a clone of your old disk onto the new disk. It could take quite a while or die due to the extent of the damage in the defective drive. But that is basically how to salvage or replace a drive. If enough of the drive is transfered, it may be possible to insert the cloned drive. IF it boots to TV, you may be able to salvage some shows, if the drive was not fully cloned, only partial, then you may want to format the drive and start fresh after salvaging what you can before starting to record full time again.
This is all from the top of my head, so re-reading my earlier post may be safer, but I am willing to brush off any cobwebs, if needed.
Maybe someone can tell me it's worth trying to replace my drive on my 3455H.
I've used the firmware CD before with success when my DVR gets "stuck," about 3+ times in the past 5 years.
Today it got stuck while transferring to a DVD. After rebooting it now gets to the bluish water droplet background screen with PHILIPS appearing on the machine display itself, but not on the screen. Then it goes into cycle of rebooting. I can hold down the OPEN button and get it to read my firmware CD. This results in LOAD, COPY, BOOT in the display, but then it returns to a continuous reboot.
If I replace the drive, I think I just need to get it to read the firmware CD, and from there it will allow me to initialize. Is that correct? I think cloning is unnecessary since I don't care about the old recordings. Also, I tried plugging the DVR drive into an XP machine. I used a program called partition magic to verify that it thinks the drive exists but did not touch it.
(If I replace the unit, I'd like something that can record from an external (VCR / non-digital) source and burn DVDs. I'll look through the latest forum posts for a new machine, but I thought maybe someone here has a recommendation since we probably have some similar needs.)
Thanks.Edited by rrgg - 12/31/12 at 1:03pm