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Set top box is over 6 years old.
Screen says HDD needs reformatting. Do I want to reformat YES/NO
I pressed YES.
Then screen says reformatting failed.
Your reply is unbelievable. I told you the set top box was more than 6 years old and therefore well out of warranty. Also TVonics is in receiver- ship which is why I sought Just Answer help.
So far your answer is quite unhelpful unless there is a way to correct the failed memory locations you mention.
Hi John, I'm sorry I didn't see that part about the age, sometimes info like that doesn't appear on screen to me for some reason. In this case your set top box definitely has a bad IC its a battery backed EPROM and the battery is located inside the IC and can not be replaced. Also the programmed information on the setup is corrupt due to that event. I wish I had better news for you really.But the cost of the repair would be expensive with labor and shipping included. You can get a box with more features now for less than the original cost and the repair would be almost half the cost of a new box anyway. If you have surface mount soldering tools and experience with that type of soldering you could replace the IC. But otherwise the tools needed for this are very expensive to purchase. and quite a bit of skill with that kind of soldering is also needed as well as programming tool and the program. TVonics doesn't sell that to the general public ;-( The only other thing you can do is send the box to them for repair but as I said its not cheap and even I would replace the box at this point in time. Sometimes its just that way and a new box would be the best way to go. If there is anything else I can help you with please let me know I'm here to be helpful in one way or the other. Please do not leave a poor rating as I have given you the correct and best information regarding this box. also it wont cost you anything more to rate kindly for my time with you.
So basically throw it away and get another.
What does IC mean?