Snow Crash. Like, for reals.

This is the best Tivo crash I've ever seen:

Every channel, and every recorded program, looked exactly like this: the same static bits. Audio (live and recorded) was fine, however, as were the menus. It went away after reboot.

See also: "bsod -only nvidia".

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14 Responses:

  1. korgmeister says:

    Snow crash! Except green! Aww yeah!

  2. thedimka says:

    Looks like dreams from "Until the end of the world"

    • miguelitosd says:

      You're dead on. I've seen the movie a few times and didn't make that connection myself. Really wish they'd release it on DVD.

      I actually got my Mac to do a very similar graphics glitch last night. I'm burning DVDs of the whole run of John Doe (Tivo recordings, copied to PC, tivodecode to convert to mpeg, ffmpeg to convert to dv, imovie to edit out commercials and feed into iDVD). I hit the "preview" button in iDVD one time and the whole screen glitched out. Had to change my background image to a different pic then back to clean most of the screen and there are still artifacts around windows being moved around. Haven't had to reset though and have done a full project to disk since then that worked fine.

  3. tfofurn says:

    There were transient database issues when I tried to read the comments a few minutes ago. Now I want to know what an LJ snow crash would look like.

    • arcsine says:

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  4. bitpuddle says:

    I have one of the older Sony TiVos -- this happens to me with some frequency. I try to reboot it once a week.

  5. strspn says:

    Ever since Redmond spewed forth WinXP SP2 with "Data Execution Prevention" (nonexecutable stack pages being available in MMU hardware since the late 1970s, but it only took a few dozen billion in damages from buffer overflow exploits to spend the extra page or two of code to implement them) the amount of laziness in the monoculture is skyrocketing and I'm seeing these sorts of non-graphics junk making its way in to windoze frame buffers more and more. Bleh.

  6. fantasygoat says:

    I reboot my Tivo about once every 4-5 months. It's not exactly toaster oven uptime but it beats Windows.

  7. wfaulk says:

    The menus are implemented using an 8-bit overlay rather than compositing into the video, which may explain why the menus were okay if the underlying 24-bit display freaked out. Maybe the MPEG decoder lost its mind. Incidentally, that's why the menus and whatnot are all 256-color rasterized.

  8. moyix says:

    I managed to get a snow crash on my little cube MP3 player:
    Snow Crash

    It was pretty awesome, but unfortunately semi-fatal--I had to re-format it afterwards.

  9. tenzintogden says:

    I thought Tivo ran on BeIA, it used to.

    At least then, you'd have Welcome to Kernel Debugging Land, and could play KDL hangman, or just type "continue" ;)