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TiVo Kickstart Codes and Information

TiVo kickstart codes enable certain diagnostics at boot time. If you're having problems with your TiVo, this information may help you to determine the source of the problem. Additionally, some codes can help with setup issues.

To Perform a Kickstart Code, pull the plug to power down the TiVo. Wait 15 seconds, plug the TiVo back in, and follow the instructions listed below for your model TiVo. After you have finished the last step of the kickstart process, the TiVo will reboot and will perform the appropriate kickstart action.

Note: The kickstart process will not work if your TiVo is perpetually stuck at "Welcome, Powering Up..." If you have those symptoms, you'll want to take a look at our TiVo repair and troubleshooting guide.

FOR SERIES1/SERIES2 TiVo DVRs (without DVD recorders):

    1. As the DVR restarts, the left (Receiving) LED light on the front bezel DVR will be green at first.

2. As soon as the left light turns yellow, immediately (within 2 seconds) press and hold down the yellow PAUSE button on the remote.

3. Within a few moments, the right light should turn yellow. (If you are unable to catch the change in color or timing, you may also hold the PAUSE button down continuously during the restart until the second light comes on.)

4. When this second light comes on, release the PAUSE button and then press the one or two digits of the kickstart code from the list below on the remote control. (You will have approximately 10 seconds to do this.)

     HUMAX/TOSBHIBA TiVo DVRs WITH DVD RECORDERS (DRT400, DRT800, RS-TX20, RS-TX60)

 1. As the DVR restarts, all LED lights on the front bezel of the DVR will be on at the same time. Press and hold the pause button. The red DVD light will then illuminate on its own. Continue to hold the pause button.

2. Once all lights are lit again, release the PAUSE button and then press the one or two digits of the kickstart code from the list below on the remote control.

    ORIGINAL SERIES3 HD TiVo (TCD648250/TCD648250B):

  1. As the DVR restarts, all four LED lights on the front bezel of the DVR will be on at the same time.

2. As soon as all four go out, immediately (within 2 seconds) press and hold down the PAUSE button on the remote. (If you are unable to catch the timing, you may also hold the PAUSE button down continuously during the restart until only the yellow light comes on.)

3. When the yellow light comes on, release the PAUSE button and then press the one or two digits of the kickstart code from the list below on the remote control. (You will have approximately 10 seconds to do this.)

TIVO HD / TIVO HD XL:

1. As the DVR restarts, the green LED light on the front bezel DVR will be lit.

2. As soon as it blinks, immediately (within 2 seconds) press and hold down the PAUSE button on the remote.

3. Within a few moments, the yellow and red LED lights will turn on. (If you are unable to catch the timing, you may also hold the PAUSE button down continuously during the restart until the yellow and red LEDs come on.)

4. When the yellow and red LEDs come on, release the PAUSE button and then press the one or two digits of the kickstart code from the list below on the remote control. (You will have approximately 10 seconds to do this.)

TIVO PREMIERE / PREMIERE XL:

1. You will need to restart the box and wait for the green light to come on.

2. When you see the yellow/amber light begin to flash, hold the PAUSE button on the remote. You will have approximately 10 seconds to do this.

IMPORTANT: Do not ontinuously hold down the pause button.

3. You will release the PAUSE button and you will have approximately 10 seconds to press the kickstart code (see below) on the remote control.

4. If you are successful, the blue and amber lights will blink in alternating patterns to indicate the code has been accepted. Do not stop the TiVo rebooting, this is normal, and if you were successful it will bring you to the black and white kickstart screen.

TIVO ROAMIO/ROAMIO PLUS/ROAMIO PRO:

1. If your Roamio remote control is in RF mode, you will need to put it in IR mode before running the kickstart procedure. Press TiVo + C to enter IR mode.

2. As the TiVo DVR restarts, the green LED light on the front bezel of the box will be lit.

3. When you see the yellow/amber light begin to flash, press and hold the Pause button on the remote for two seconds, then release it.

4. Within 10 seconds, press the kickstart code (see below) on the remote control.

5. If you are successful, the green and amber lights will blink in alternating patterns to indicate the code has been accepted.

 

TiVo Kickstart Codes

0

Emergency dial-in (tone)

Forces the TiVo to attempt a dial-in to TiVo servers via phone.

While this is proceeding, you should see this screen:

Don't Panic Kickstart

1 Emergency dial-in (pulse) Same as above, with pulse dialing for older systems.
9 Emergency dial-in (tone, with a "9" prefix) Same as "0" with a "9" prefix for PBX systems.
51 Software Upgrade

This would force the installation of an available OS upgrade. In our experience, it's rarely effective since any viable OS upgrade should install on its own at reboot time.

You'll see this screen while the install is proceeding:

TiVo Service Update

52 Emergency Software Reinstall

This attempts to reinstall the last version of the TiVo OS on the unit.

You'll see this screen while the install is proceeding:

TiVo Service Update

53 BER Testing This tests the Bit Error Rate. We don't have too much info on this routine.
54 Hard Drive Test

This code allows a SMART test of the hard drive(s). Most recent hard drives support this series of tests. Other tests are also available. See our full TiVo kickstart code 54 page for info.

55 Tuner and AFT Test Again, not a lot of info on this one. We think AFT stands for "automatic frequency tuning."
56 Software Install The TiVo attempts to connect to the TiVo servers to download and install the most recent version of the TiVo OS for that model. The unit should be connected to the phone line or ethernet.
57 Media File System (MFS) check

Causes a GSOD (green screen of death) to appear while it checks and attempts to repair any file system problems.

58 Media File System (MFS) cleanup Same behavior as 57, presumably with rudimentary defragmentation.
62 Initialize eSATA drive No longer useful, this code was the backdoor to adding eSATA drives to stock Series3 TiVos. This can now be done by just plugging in the drive and rebooting.
 




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