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2. Adding More Hours > 20. Opening the Box

Opening the Box

Pop the top off your TiVo unit.

Now it’s time to get down and dirty. Let’s pop that box open.

First things first: unplug the power cord from your TiVo and wait five minutes for it to discharge. Do not—I repeat, do not—plug the TiVo back in until you are all finished.

Warning

The TiVo, just like any desktop computer, has a pretty large power supply mounted inside its case. No matter how long you leave the TiVo unplugged, it can still hold a sizeable charge. Be careful to avoid it as best you can, trying not to brush a stray elbow against it, lest you find out just how far you can jump.

In addition to protecting yourself from your TiVo’s power supply, be very careful of static electricity, which can destroy your TiVo’s internal parts. A good idea before you begin is to touch a large grounded metal surface with your hands to dissipate any electricity your body has built up. It’s a very bad idea to open your TiVo up on a carpet.


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