Registered: Aug 2001
Location: Birmingham, UK
Thanks for that - I'll try that later if need be.
What I've done this afternoon is to update my bios and connect the drive again. Hopefully it'll've undone whatever it did in the first place. It seems to not be spinning down straight away when connected to the PC like it used to, so that's a good sign.
To try and give it a prod, I also ran the maxtor udma util and set the drive to 33. While I was at it I ran amset and set the drive back to "fast" (was "quiet") - seeing as it's totally drowned out by the 40gig quantum these days I decided there wasn't much point having it set quiet!
Also, having the generic acoustic management util that Gary found to hand, I checked the values - amset /fast sets a value of 254, and /quiet sets it to 192. (Still no joy getting the Quantum to budge from its reported setting of "off".)
Finally I set the quantum drive to udma 33 mode as well, using the quantum util to do that. For completeness' sake
Putting my ear to the quantum, the noise is definitely coming from inside it rather than vibrations on the mounting cradle etc. It's not head noise. When it spins down after a power off, instead of gently descending in pitch and volume it stops abruptly half-way, as if someone's slammed the brakes on. Hmm.
My TiVo is now back together and busy accessing the disc rebuilding its suggestions, so I won't know if the spindown has been turned off until later. However the startup movie didn't have the pitch wobble at the end - first time I've ever seen it like that!
160GB UK 2.5.5 TiVo with 32MB ram running TiVoweb via 512MB cachecard with 170 SPs and some custom channel logos. Other hacks: serial PPP in the UK, TiVoWeb, fix the flickering selection bar, kill the red dot in software and merge recordings.
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