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6.4a is here

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

  1. May 20, 2008 #61 of 330
    dcstager

    dcstager 1st Gen Tivo Owner

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    Skagit...
    Regarding gotomydvr -- the application runs and doesn't crash, however, I can not connect remotely anymore. Tivoweb will run locally but with gotomydvr not working, I can't use it remotely. Also, the caller-id program does not work either under 6.4a, yet it does not crash. Occasionally, under 6.2a caller id would have a long delay before displaying the number if the CPU was busy. But, I couldn't get anything to display at all with 6.4a. It's possible they have speeded up the program or are using higher CPU priority or something. It runs 5 C degrees hotter under 6.4a. The upgrade also took three hours off the recording capacity of the DVR.
     
  2. May 20, 2008 #62 of 330
    RandCfilm

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    I logged onto DirecTV today and the TV Listing for record, all my HR10-250 were listed to select. You might give it a try on the 6.4a unit just to see if it works for you. I tried it and of course it did not set a recording, hence 6.3f. I did get email that I requested recording to be scheduled.
     
  3. May 20, 2008 #63 of 330
    dcstager

    dcstager 1st Gen Tivo Owner

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    Skagit...
    I have been trying it every day since the upgrade. Is still says "You do not have a receiver that supports the digital video recording feature."
     
  4. May 20, 2008 #64 of 330
    snickerrrrs

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    I'm guessing a separate IT group does software releases and another does the Web site. Or they won't make changes to the site till the roll out is almost complete. Has anyone else here received 6.4a or just dcstager?
     
  5. May 20, 2008 #65 of 330
    RandCfilm

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    Here is the cut and paste from email I received. Not sure why it allowed me to try to schedule a recording.


    DVR Scheduler Confirmation

    Dear XXXX XXXXXX,
    We have received your record request from directv.com. Please see the details of your request below:

    Judge Maria Lopez on Channel 4 WTTV on 5/20/08 at 12:00 PM EDT
    (If you ordered a Pay Per View title, it will expire 24 hours after viewing begins.)

    DVR #: xxxx-xxxx-1734
    Location: TV Room
    Update Location >>

    We hope you enjoy this title and all future viewings. If you'd like to record more programs return to TV & Pay Per View >>

    When you're on the go, schedule your recordings anytime, anywhere by going to m.directv.com on your mobile phone.
     
  6. May 23, 2008 #66 of 330
    manhole

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    I sure hope they push this out to those of us with Samsung units. I am still stuck on 6.3e with 2 - 3 reboots per week.
     
  7. May 23, 2008 #67 of 330
    dtremain

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    Ditto.
     
  8. May 23, 2008 #68 of 330
    dcstager

    dcstager 1st Gen Tivo Owner

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    Skagit...
    Has anyone else got it running besides me? Is anyone working on a superpatch?
     
  9. May 23, 2008 #69 of 330
    Gunnyman

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    since MRV is GONE from software after 6.2a, I'm staying where I am.
     
  10. May 23, 2008 #70 of 330
    RandCfilm

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    Still nothing on my units. DC If you could get me the slice file for GZcore, GZhpk-Series2, and utils. I would like to compare to 6.3f to see what changed files have been made. Then I could insert the changed files and upgrade that way. They only thing is the GZcore file is 12M, GZhpk 2M, so you would have to use yousendit or some other free hosting service to place the files do I could get them. You can use TWP to get the slice files easily.
     
  11. May 23, 2008 #71 of 330
    SteelersFan

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    +1 :up: "Nothin' beats a Zippered 6.2a S2DTivo!" :D
     
  12. May 23, 2008 #72 of 330
    dcstager

    dcstager 1st Gen Tivo Owner

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    Skagit...
    I sacrificed my stable and optimized 6.2a setup just to see what 6.4a was all about and to share it with the Tivo Community. RandCFilm - I'm afraid I lack the skill to get you the slices you are asking for. But, I'm going to be patient here and wait for everyone else to get this software and hopefully a superpatch is possible. I do have a virgin re-imaged drive ready to pop back in and revert to 6.2a, but I'm going to leave 6.4a alone for a while and see what develops.

    I'm also wondering if there is an application available or could be developed that would do the same thing as 6.2a's built-in multiple room viewing (MRV). That is just the handiest thing for migrating .avi files from the computer to watch on the Tivo. I'd sure like to keep 6.4a 's new features, especially when remote scheduling is available.

    The utilities for soft-padding and recovering deleted programs are already out there, so the only benefit to 6.4a is the nice DirecTV interface to do remote scheduling. Maybe it solves or mitigates the re-booting problems, but since I didn't have that problem before, I don't know.

    I must say I have to agree that 6.2a zippered is the gold standard for a Directivo. However, how much longer am I going to keep the thing? The fuzzy standard definition picture is hard to tolerate when HD is available. If only that darn Comcast Tivo software could be optimized and placed in wide release -- that's going to be the death of the standard definition Directivo. The Directivo is just so useful and optimal for just about everything. Why in the world didn't DirecTV stick with that as their software? Yes, I know money, profits, etc.

    It's crazy. The Tivo/DirecTV integrated unit is the best interface available bar none. Just make that unit with the new MPEG-4 HD / DirecTV and you've got the ideal piece of consumer electronics. Tivo really has built a better mousetrap here.

    Why don't they ever listen to the customer?
     
  13. May 23, 2008 #73 of 330
    tivoupgrade

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    I am watching this thread in anticipation of users' first experiences with 6.4, as well. I agree that 6.2a is the most stable, and offers the most [hidden] functionality, so far.

    If anyone is able to provide the unencrypted slices, I will put them on my server, as I've done with previous versions. They can then be downloaded manually or with the slicer -d option.

    dcstager... in my own home, I finally gave up on DIRECTV and went with the Series3. The additional features, speed, etc were absolutely worth it. I jumped from the HR10-250 and would not have been happy if I'd had to step into an HR20/HR21 in order to receive the newer MPEG-4 channels.

    It will be interesting to see how things play out in the next couple of years; I hope sooner or later DIRECTV sees the light and they and TiVo come to some sort of agreement to bring the Series3 architecture to their family of DVRs. I don't think it is likely, though. And I'd love to be wrong about that.

    Lou
     
  14. May 23, 2008 #74 of 330
    JimSpence

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    I'm patiently waiting for 6.4a to be loaded on my HR10-250. This unit does show up on the DirecTV's DVR scheduling page.
     
  15. May 23, 2008 #75 of 330
    dcstager

    dcstager 1st Gen Tivo Owner

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    Skagit...
    I did manually load 6.4a using slicer and it is working with no problems. It has the "Recently Deleted" folder in the Now Playing list, and Overlap Protection as a setting in the sub-menus. The remote scheduling feature is not working for me, and I'm certain DirecTV simply has the throw the switch and enable it on their web site for Tivo users. It is available for their hardware with the note that the feature is "coming soon" for Tivo DVRs. It seems that the software is there on my end, but not yet set up on the DirecTV end.

    If some version of Tivo Desktop was available -- even limited to uploading recordings to the Tivo, I'd be fine with that. I don't want to rip poor quality video from the Directivo. It's not worth preserving. I would like to be able to have the Amazon Unbox downloads, so maybe a cash influx to DirecTV from that source would be a carrot for them to add a little functionality.

    So much is available from so many sources nowadays, the Directivo's utility is getting limited. I can get a perfect picture off the air at no cost with a Series 3 and upload anything and everything onto it. Video on demand is going to be the future and any box that can't do it is a boat anchor or will be soon.

    Every studio is digitizing their entire library - I'll be pulling up episodes of "Captain Nice" someday or maybe all those great TV dramas by Rod Serling or Paddy Chayefsky from the 1950's. The ability to PUT STUFF ONTO the box is what needs developing.
     
  16. May 24, 2008 #76 of 330
    dthreet

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    Well I just tested DVR Scheduler using 6.4a and its working.
     
  17. May 24, 2008 #77 of 330
    CrashHD

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    Confirmified! Further tests forthcoming.
     
  18. May 24, 2008 #78 of 330
    CrashHD

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    Also confirmified!
     
  19. May 24, 2008 #79 of 330
    CrashHD

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    This patch also tests successfully. Hopefully I will have them all tested before the end of the day.
     
  20. May 24, 2008 #80 of 330
    CrashHD

    CrashHD I am the me.

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    Go to post 194, this thread, for a better way to superpatch your 6.4a

    I certainly don't have a higher pay grade, but I can say so much as "It works for me!" Excellent work finding those!

    All crudeness aside, it's simple and it works. Only the work of engineers or politicians could wreck something like that:eek:


    I have tested all of these, except for the OSD message patch. They all work on my HR10 w/6.4a. I have packaged all of these up in one script. It mounts / rw, copies the running tivoapp to tivoapp.tmp, patches tivoapp.tmp, backs up tivoapp as /tvbin/tivoapp.6.4a.original, swaps the patched tivoapp.tmp in as tivoapp, and remounts / ro. Thus far, it has only been tested on my unit. It should be considered beta quality stuff until a few more users report back with success, so don't use it yet unless you know how to fix it if it breaks.
    Go to post 194, this thread, for a better way to superpatch your 6.4a
    Code:
    #!/bin/sh
    
    echo "Mounting / rw"
    mount -o remount,rw /
    
    echo "Patching 6.4a Tivoapp"
    echo "Copying /tvbin/tivoapp /tvbin/tivoapp.tmp"
    cp /tvbin/tivoapp /tvbin/tivoapp.tmp
    echo "Done copying, now patching tivoapp.tmp"
    
    # Disable Encraption:
    echo -ne "\x3C\x02\x00\x00" | dd conv=notrunc of=/tvbin/tivoapp.tmp bs=1 seek=1598904
    # Enable 30sec skip:
    echo -ne "\x10\x40\x00\x2b" | dd conv=notrunc of=/tvbin/tivoapp.tmp bs=1 seek=6883312
    # Backdoors:
    echo -ne "\x24\x10\x00\x01" | dd conv=notrunc of=/tvbin/tivoapp.tmp bs=1 seek=2806144
    # HMO/HME:
    echo -ne "\x34\x11\x00\x00" | dd conv=notrunc of=/tvbin/tivoapp.tmp bs=1 seek=906328
    echo -ne "\x24\x10\x00\x01" | dd conv=notrunc of=/tvbin/tivoapp.tmp bs=1 seek=1119964 
    echo -ne "\x10\x00\x00\x14" | dd conv=notrunc of=/tvbin/tivoapp.tmp bs=1 seek=5874104 
    # Remove "*Tivo Plus features (trial ends today)"
    echo -ne "\x24\x02\x00\x00" | dd conv=notrunc of=/tvbin/tivoapp.tmp bs=1 seek=920520
    
    # Enable on-screen clock (SPS9S toggle)
    #echo -ne "\x10\x40\x00\x1e" | dd conv=notrunc of=/tvbin/tivoapp.tmp bs=1 seek=178560
    
    # Disable OSD messages (insert your access card, etc)
    #echo -ne "\x24\x02\x00\x00" | dd conv=notrunc of=/tvbin/tivoapp.tmp bs=1 seek=6895320
    
    
    echo "Moving the running /tvbin/tivoapp to /tvbin/tivoapp.orig.bak"
    mv /tvbin/tivoapp /tvbin/tivoapp.6.4a.original
    echo "Done that, moving /tvbin/tivoapp.tmp /tvbin/tivoapp"
    mv /tvbin/tivoapp.tmp /tvbin/tivoapp
    echo "Mounting / ro"
    mount -o remount,ro /
    echo "Done.  In the event of problems, your original tivoapp is at /tvbin/tivoapp.6.4a.original"
    
    exit
    
    I could not attach it as an .sh file. Put the .txt file on your box and rename it, or (my preferred method), copy the contents of the code box above, and cat it into a file through your telnet window. This method has the added bonus of fixing dos line endings in the event windows has fracked with your text file. Perhaps in a few days I will make this into a proper superpatch. For now, it gets the job done, and I must go back to intoxicificating myself this holiday weekend. [​IMG]
    Go to post 194, this thread, for a better way to superpatch your 6.4a
     

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