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Cable/Satellite Box Compatibility & Codes List

Discussion in 'TiVo Help Center' started by ccwf, Aug 24, 2003.

  1. Don Black

    Don Black New Member

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    So I need some help guys. I don't have a cable box.

    Instead, I use the tuner in my Sony VCR to change channels -- specifically, a Series 2 TiVo and a Sony SLV-N500 VCR. And I'm having problems getting my TiVo to control this Sony VCR.

    I tried all of the codes listed on the TiVo website and this forum for Sony cable boxes, but none seem to work. Of course, this isn't totally unexpected since I'm using a Sony VCR and not a Sony cable box.

    Can anyone possibly suggest an IR code that will work please? I've already tried "10050" and "10051".

    Thanks!
     
  2. JimSpence

    JimSpence Just hangin'

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    It won't do it.

    Why not use the built-in tuner in the TiVo for changing channels?
     
  3. TiVoJerry

    TiVoJerry 00-16 TiVo Employee

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    You definitely have to set up the S2 for cable without a box. The DVR will not be able to change the channels on the VCR. You can always output it to the line inputs on the VCR if you want to record from the DVR.

    Additionally, you could split the cable to the DVR & VCR to record two things at once, assuming the S2 is a single tuner. If it's the DT, well then you can record three things at once.
     
  4. Don Black

    Don Black New Member

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    Hmmm... Thanks guys. I'm going to need to think about this for a bit then. I might be back! =)
     
  5. Jul 3, 2007 #385 of 533
    blahedo

    blahedo New Member

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    On 1 June, Insight did some sort of upgrade to their system, and now channel changing has become extremely unreliable.

    My unit is a General Instrument-branded Motorola DCT 2000 with the serial port disabled, but up until a month ago the IR worked perfectly. Even when one of the IR blasters would come untaped and dangle it'd work fine, though that's not the case at the moment. Now, half the time or more, when I play a recording, I see on the display that one or two of the digits registered, but not all three, and the channel doesn't change.

    What's absolutely infuriating is that every time I go through the recommended setup, every single channel change works perfectly. Every one! Every time! I've been through this at least a dozen times in the last month. But five seconds later when I try to use the TiVo remote to change the channel, it'll skip a digit.

    The code the "recommended setup" sends me to is 00093-B (fast). I've tried A and C as well, but these don't help. Per the advice in the OP I've also tried 10006 A, B, and C, with no luck. When I try Channel Up during the Advanced setup, to check whether this code will work, it immediately fails well over half the time on most of these (nearly 100% failure on some). Including 00093-B, which apparently is 100% working when the auto-setup is running.

    Aagh, this is maddening. Does anyone have any ideas on what I should try next? As I said, I have a GI (Motorola DCT 2000) unit, from Insight Communications. It's hooked up via IR to my TiVo (series 2), which had worked perfectly for the previous two years. I'm in Galesburg, IL, if that matters.
     
  6. Jul 3, 2007 #386 of 533
    TiVoJerry

    TiVoJerry 00-16 TiVo Employee

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    While those are usually viable codes for the DCT series, I'd suggest going to a higher numbered (i.e. recently created) IR code. Follow the instructions in our online article (Advanced Troubleshooting for Channel Changing with IR Control) for instructions on how to manually input specific codes.

    I'd recommend trying 10042 or 10046, A or B, with the ENTER key set to YES.
     
  7. Aug 4, 2007 #387 of 533
    Fredzep

    Fredzep New Member

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    Just got a new H20 and been frustrated for a few days! This worked the 1st time for me too with DTV in the Tivo Channel Changing options. Did not need to go into the advanced Tivo setup! I have the L Shaped IR emittors almost on the right side of the dial. Excellent Thread!

    Fredzep
     
  8. dmg3

    dmg3 New Member

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    You mention vortex cable box. what about vortex satellite box? How do you put codes into tivo if the box mentioned is not listed?
     
  9. TiVoJerry

    TiVoJerry 00-16 TiVo Employee

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    If you have a Series1, you are forced to choose a manufacturer and then go through its list of codes at different speeds; one time with Enter = Yes, one time with Enter = no.

    For the Series2, you can either choose a manufacturer and the software will test the codes & Enter settings, choosing one based on your answers. If the automatic method does not work or apply (manufacturer not listed), you can then access the Advanced method that allows you manually enter codes. If you don't know a code that will work, you have the option to test every single IR code one at a time; one time with Enter = Yes, one time with Enter = no. It's a last-ditch effort at that point but better than the method for S1 since there are no duplicates.
     
  10. Mustang

    Mustang New Member

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    I have a Dish Network 322 box. How do I make sure the "receiver is set to remote address 1"? I don't understand what this means...
     
  11. Edmund

    Edmund Remote Czar TCF Club

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    The dish receivers know 16 remote addresses, so you can have more then one dish receiver in a given room. But the only address the tivo knows is #1. Check your dish manual on how to identify what address your receiver is actually set to, and to switch addresses if you need to.

    This thread might help:

    http://www.remotecentral.com/cgi-bin/mboard/rc-master/thread.cgi?6331
     
  12. mprh

    mprh Farscape is # 1

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    Is the esata output activated on the Motorola hi def dvr?
    Thanks,
    Marie
     
  13. viccini

    viccini New Member

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    I just upgraded my cable box to Motorola DCH 3200.

    I am trying to use the IR cables from my Tivo Series 2 box to make the Tivo change the channels.

    It seems like they are working in that the channel on the cable box are changing (when I go through the channel changing setup on my Tivo), but on my TV screen the channels are not changing. This might be a result of how my cables are plugged into the Tivo, TV, and cable box.

    So, one of my inputs has cable only on it (pressing the tivo button does NOT bring up the main menu), while the other input has cable, but when I press the Tivo button, the Tivo menu appears.

    I've read other posts that mention codes and am not really sure what this is referring to. Also, there does not seem to be anything specific on this community site regarding Motorola DCH 3200 boxes and channel changing.

    Please help!
    Thanks,
    Ilya
     
  14. viccini

    viccini New Member

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    I just upgraded my cable box to Motorola DCH 3200.

    I am trying to use the IR cables from my Tivo Series 2 box to make the Tivo change the channels.

    It seems like they are working in that the channel on the cable box are changing (when I go through the channel changing setup on my Tivo), but on my TV screen the channels are not changing. This might be a result of how my cables are plugged into the Tivo, TV, and cable box.

    So, one of my inputs has cable only on it (pressing the tivo button does NOT bring up the main menu), while the other input has cable, but when I press the Tivo button, the Tivo menu appears.

    I've read other posts that mention codes and am not really sure what this is referring to. Also, there does not seem to be anything specific on this community site regarding Motorola DCH 3200 boxes and channel changing.

    Please help!
    Thanks,
    Ilya
     
  15. mike fleming

    mike fleming New Member

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    My Tivo frequently picks up the wrong channel . I have had it 6 years and it is getting worse. My box is a Thomson PVR10UK linked to a Sky box.
    I contacted Tivo and they said to tuck one of the IR thingies behind the box and make sure the other one is positioned correctly in front . It still gets the channel wrong 25% of the time ; missed the rugby world cup semi final last night as a result . I have changed batteries on the remote and it works fine with all other functions . Do the IR things wear out ; if so where do I get new ones . OR is it all about correct positioning on the front of the Sky box . Is there anything else I can do?
    Am getting desperate and am under domestic pressure to abandon and get Sky+
     
  16. mike fleming

    mike fleming New Member

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    I recently posted a question about unreliable channel changing on my Thomson Tivo using IR things . I cannot find it or whether I have had any replies .
    Can anyone help me . ?
     
  17. TiVoJerry

    TiVoJerry 00-16 TiVo Employee

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    IR emitters either work or they don't. It is likely that you are experiencing interference that could be attributed to dust buildup on the set top box bezel or the emitters have shifted out of position. Basic troubleshooting should take care of the issue, regardless of the fact that this is a UK box.

    Confirm emitter position (centered on set top box sensor, sticking out as far as possible). This is the most vital part, especially if you haven't changed any code settings.
    You may wish to create a "tent" of some sort to block out stray interference (halogen bulbs, sunlight, IR signals from your remote or any other IR source in the room, etc) by wrapping around the emitters so they are the only items that can shine on the sensor. You can use a thick magazine or even just isolate the set top box by rotating it or putting it behind a closed cabinet door.

    For more details, you should read our online article titled "How Do I Verify My IR Cable Connections?"
     
  18. network23

    network23 New Member

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    I'm not sure how this works. My Series 2 TiVo is not able to change channels on my DirecTV box via IR. DirecTV just installed the box yesterday. Before that, I had a DirecTV HD box the TiVo had no problems working with.

    Here's what I know.
    1. DirecTV uses these "dice stickers" to identify which remotes go to which boxes.
    2. The HD Box was a "1".
    3. TiVo was working fine with HD box changing channels
    4. Because of two other DirecTV boxes in the house, the new box was set to "3".
    5. I've gone through the Guided Setup four times now. TiVo has never even suggested that it would change the channel. Absolutely nothing happens on the box.
    6. The DirecTV remote works fine on the box.

    TiVo tells me there is only one code for DirecTV boxes. How can that be? I would have to think there would be different codes since the boxes have to differentiate between different remotes.

    Please help.
     
  19. TiVoJerry

    TiVoJerry 00-16 TiVo Employee

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    Which make/model are you using? We have only one main IR code captured for new DTV set top boxes and haven't done a capture for multiple remote addresses on a single model.
     
  20. network23

    network23 New Member

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    It's a D11-100.

    I went into the settings and found the remote was set to AV1-AV2, or something like that (even though the remote was switched to DTV to control it). When I switched it back to DirecTV, the DirecTV remote stopped working, but the TiVo did.

    So, it is obviously something to do with the settings used to separate signals from boxes in the same room. The question is, how to do I fix this so it will work?
     

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