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6.4a is here

Discussion in 'DirecTV TiVo Powered PVRs & Receivers' started by dcstager, May 17, 2008.

  1. Jun 3, 2008 #201 of 330
    gshumaker

    gshumaker New Member

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    Not sure if it is related to 6.4a or not or possibly a bad hard drive but had my first freeze up last night on 1 of 3 tivo boxes with 6.4a.

    I was hoping this update might fix the issues with 6.3e/f lockups/freezes/reboots but maybe not.

    Anyone else have any similar issues since 6.4a has rolled out?
     
  2. Jun 3, 2008 #202 of 330
    rbtravis

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    How old is your Hard drive,that may be the problem. :)
     
  3. Jun 3, 2008 #203 of 330
    T1V0

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    No MRV for 6.4a. There are other solutions (MovieLoader) for use between directivo's using sw 6.3 or higher, but this wouldn't work between a directv unit and an S3 since the native video formats between the two are significantly different. Movieloader just transfers the raw files and does no transcoding at all.
     
  4. Jun 4, 2008 #204 of 330
    schampio

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    I have a couple of previously 6.3e hdvr2's that were running stock beyond 2x300gb drive installations more or less flawlessly for a while and holding 400-500 shows I'd like to watch. One of them upgraded to 6.4a okay and the second was stuck on a blue screen for a couple of hours when my darling daughter pulled the plug to get it going again. It came back in a reboot loop dropping into standby after "almost there" and immediately rebooting again. The 2xHR10-250's upgraded to 6.4a without incident. I pulled the drives and verified no dead sectors with seagate's disk tools and ran mfslive1.3 to dump so logs and check partitions. Looks like 6.3e is still on hda7 and 6.4a was put onto hdea4. I was hopeful there wasn't a database reformat between the two levels and decided to try backing up to 6.3e would rerun the upgrade again hopefully cleaner this time. I tried poking it with bootpage and it gave me a bootpage -p hde result of root=/dev/hda4. I haven't used this before so I entered ...
    bootpage -P 'root=/dev/hda7' /dev/hde
    ... confirmed it echoded root=/dev/hda7 and popped it back into the hdvr2. Now I'm stuck in "Powering up" forever so obviously I hosed this command. The -P's parameter string gets single quoted, right (though I didn't think it should have mattered). I'm just worried I've got some invisible garbage characters hidden in there. Beyond that, how does it figure where to go for the alternate kernel1/2 and bootstrap1 or 2? Does the Prom bios read up the root=/dev/hdaX value and decrement X by 1 for kernel and by 2 for bootstrap?
    Alternatively I've another hdvr2 #2 that's running an identical partition scheme and I'm wondering if I get yet another identical disk A, copy hdvr2's #2 image over to it and then copy in the mfs app/media partion pairs for 10/11, 12/13 and 14/15 from hdvr2 #1's disk A over the new disks empty ones with dd's if it would see them or is there someplace buried in the root or var partitions I need to tweek to get them acknowledged?
    My kids will kill me if I loose the 400+ shows. I'm adding some log extract enclosures if it helps. Looks like tivoapp gets a halt 11 from an illegal read as soon as it launches.
     

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  5. Jun 4, 2008 #205 of 330
    whitepelican

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    I don't think that's correct. It's regular double quotes, like so:

    Code:
    /bootpage -P "root=/dev/hda7" -C /dev/hde
    I believe you might need that -C argument depending on what version of bootpage you are using as well.
     
  6. Jun 4, 2008 #206 of 330
    RandCfilm

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    If you modified your tivoapp before upgrading to confirm everything was running OK, then start there. Reinstall original tivoapp and see if it starts up OK. If not I would replace the original vmlinux and let the system rebuild itself, there is a way to do this when the unit boots but I'm too tired to search for that now.

    whitepelican is correct
     
  7. Jun 4, 2008 #207 of 330
    jpk

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    Hmmm, one of my boxes has 6.4, the other 6.3something.
     
  8. Jun 4, 2008 #208 of 330
    Rainy Dave

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    Same here; R10 has 6.4a, DVR40 has 6.3f. Go figure.
     
  9. Jun 4, 2008 #209 of 330
    Rhughes

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    It will get there eventually. Our last TiVo got its 6.4a last night. Along with 220 deleted programs! Now I can find that program our daughter wanted us to record.
     
  10. Jun 5, 2008 #210 of 330
    Rainy Dave

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    I'm in no real rush.

    I need to upgrade that machine anyway. The hard drive is periodically clicking and causing stuttering, so I am going to put in a new drive before it fails. I'm thinking of dropping in a 500gb. :D
     
  11. Jun 5, 2008 #211 of 330
    mike4tivo

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    Got 6.4 on one of my three DTV Tivos. Don't see anything on the websites for Tivo or Directv talking about this finally taking place. Only way I found the update on the one Tivo was after figuring out what our home phone line was "busy" for so long.

    On the one that got the upgrade, I have the "recently deleted" and "overlap protection" now showing. However, anytime I go onto Directv's website to try and schedule a recording from the web, it says that I don't have a DVR and they offer to sell me one. I think I saw a few posts from others saying that got the web scheduling to work???

    Are there others that got the first two features to work but not the remote scheduling ?

    Are there others out there that can do remote scheduling but that came some time after the rest of the 6.4 features were available ?

    Is there anything else that I need to do to enable the remote scheduling?
     
  12. Jun 5, 2008 #212 of 330
    schampio

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    Ah. Missed the final parameter on the parameters help screen. I'd assumed it was working as subsequent calls to bootpage -p were showing the new value. Tried it but no joy. I've blown the bootstrap or kernel I guess so I'm going to try dd'ing them off another identical hdvr2, probably along with the root partition.

    It was an unmodified tivoapp (stock 6.4a and 6.3e except for expanded 2x300g drives) so there's no .bak copy to recover from but at this point I can't boot anyway.

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    Still would appreciate some comments on the question regarding recovering saved shows by dd'ing over just partitions 10/11-14/15 onto a newly installed (say zippered) disk set. Is there somewhere in the root/var partitions that needs diddled to recognize the MFS partitions out there or is it all hidden in the first MFS part set at 10.

    And any clarification on how the bios knows where to get the alternating bootstrap and kernel partitions when I'm only passing in the bootpage 'root=/dev/hdX' parameter?

    Finally, has anyone heard of an LBA48 aware solution for decrypting existing show to send them off to a tivoserver. So tired of loosing shows when DTV decides to blast me away with an upgrade.
     
  13. Jun 5, 2008 #213 of 330
    T1V0

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    All video data is contained in MFS. You probably could dd it over to a new disk and get away with it. As long as the partition sizes were the same on each box it should work, otherwise I think you'd probably need to much around with the partition table a bit. Since your shows are encrypted however, they will not be playable in any tivo other than the original.
    The -b argument to bootpage will show your current kernel partition and -B can be used to change it. I wouldn't recommend trying to change it on an unhacked box unless you really know what you're doing, since the initrd is different for differing software versions. If you boot 6.4a with a virgin 6.3f kernel, every file that differs between the 2 versions will be nuked upon booting up.
    There's been a way for a few years now. Search for S2_unscramble on DDB. It's fairly involved, but not terribly difficult.
     
  14. Jun 6, 2008 #214 of 330
    DevilDogs

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    Woke up Tuesday morning to find that my HDVR2 had rebooted. I checked for the new version and found 6.4a. "Sweet!" I thought. However, my excitement is waning. Wednesday morning, I woke up to a lockup. Thursday night, in the middle of watching a program, it locks up yet again. Did the QA team responsible for the DirecTV DVR test this version of the Tivo software? :mad:
     
  15. Jun 6, 2008 #215 of 330
    EricStratton

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    Earlier this week I came home from a business trip to find that 6.4a had been installed on my Philips Series2 (DSR7000) DirecTiVo. I've noticed is that the picture is now too big for my screen. All tickers (like those at the bottom of ESPN, the Today Show, etc) are now almost totally off the bottom of my screen.

    I already verified that the TiVo's Video -> TV Aspect Ratio is set correctly.

    Am I SOL b/c my TV is an older CRT that doesn't have the ability to manipulate the size or location of the picture?
     
  16. Jun 6, 2008 #216 of 330
    durst

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    I had the same thing with my two HDVR2's did the same thing. Would reboot several times after having 6.4a for a few days. It has been fine now for the last day or so. Keeping my fingers crossed.
     
  17. Jun 6, 2008 #217 of 330
    adgreb

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    Has anyone gotten the update with an RCA DTivo yet?
    I think I might be stuck on 6.2. I had to replace the hard drive that died in February (which had 6.3e) with a new drive from weaknees in April. It came shipped with 6.2. It never upgraded to 6.3f. Now that 6.4a is out, I'm starting to wonder if it will ever upgrade. I wouldn't mind so much if it wasn't for the fact that 6.2 doesn't have the DST fix in it. Been doing daily calls, but it doesn't seem to download anything.
    I also notice that the Service Data Download occurs every night, but the times for last attempt, completed are always the same, like the call in took less than a minute.
    Anyone know of anything I can try?
     
  18. Jun 6, 2008 #218 of 330
    rbtravis

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    Yes on 1 of 6 RCA's, and it is a nice update. :D
     
  19. Jun 6, 2008 #219 of 330
    adgreb

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    When did you get the update?
    Did you have problems with updating after installing larger drives?
     
  20. Jun 6, 2008 #220 of 330
    Cudahy

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    Got the update Yesterday. While I may never use the deleted programs I can now delete a program with just one button push(use to take 2). I figure this will save me about 30 button pushes a week.
     

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