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Old 08-08-2005, 08:44 AM   #1 (Print)
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Exclamation Toshiba SD-H400 Audio Failure

I've had the Toshiba sd-h400 for about a year now.
Recently the audio output started failing. I checked all cables
and all outputs (Digital, RF out, etc.). None of them have any sound

If I unplug (Power) the box, leave it that way for some time and
then power it back on, I get the audio back. However, it fails again
after some time.

Has anyone else noticed this problem and/or know a solution?

Also, has any one made use of the warranty from Toshiba.
I still have a month more of "parts" warranty. The 90 day "labor"
warranty has expired. Is it a pain to send it in and have them
fix this problem?

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Old 08-23-2005, 02:00 PM   #2 (Print)
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Some more updates on my problem.

- If I keep the TIVO powered OFF whenever I am not watching it,
I have better luck with the audio. So, this is probably related to
some components heating up. I also need to keep it away from
the cable box (which probably adds to the heat).
Anyway, I am not happy with the reliability of this box.
Worse, I cannot send it in for repair, since this problem
is not consistently reproducible.
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Old 08-27-2005, 11:40 AM   #3 (Print)
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Angry unreliable Toshiba SD H-400

I purchased my unit in 5/04. In the last month, just over a year later and barely out of warranty, it started losing audio and video output. I also had to unplug/replug it to regain function. The problem is intermittent and unpredictable. The only thing Toshiba could tell me was that it was probably a hard drive problem. I could pay for packaging, mailing the unit, labor and parts...without knowing if it could be fixed. I don't think it is worth the headache or expense. I will probably just move on from Toshiba...and maybe Tivo.
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Old 08-27-2005, 01:10 PM   #4 (Print)
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You could also get a replacement hard drive, reimage it yourself, and see if it fixes the problem.

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Old 09-09-2005, 02:45 PM   #5 (Print)
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My problem is pretty bad now and I am thinking of getting a new box.

I thought this would be more of a problem with some
on board electrical component and not a hard-drive issue. That's

Anyhow, if you have any pointers to fixing the hard-drive problem,
and/or replaing the hard-drive, please let me know.

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Old 10-19-2005, 01:55 AM   #6 (Print)
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If your audio problem sounds like squeeks and clicks and pops don't bother replacing your drive. I just had my drive fail and had sound problems like that and still have them with the new drive. Sorry i didn't see your post sooner but I just joined.
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Old 12-15-2005, 09:36 PM   #7 (Print)
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bought mine same month, audio is ok, but started getting pixelation on playback over the past 5-6 weeks. slowly getting more frequent. starting to show up while watching live now.
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Old 12-16-2005, 10:13 AM   #8 (Print)
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Pixelation is a HD issue almost always. Your hard drive is dying.

The sound issues.. try ventilating the TIVO better.. this sound problems described in this thread.. sound like overheating big time..

Perhaps the fan in the unit has become clogged or stopped?

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