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Cable/Satellite Box Compatibility & Codes List

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

  1. Dec 11, 2003 #61 of 533
    SergeKnight

    SergeKnight New Member

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    Heres the problem.. have went thru the ENTIRE ir code list for the motorola box, but i'm in kind of a pickle. In a 3 digit channel, the very first digit will be dropped with 100% certainty. But, if the enter key option is turned off, you can see the cable box getting the numbers entered, but the change will not go thru, it just bounces back to wherever it was before. This happens on every single GI/Motorola code And the 2-3 digit options had no effect.

    Also, whether i use one or both ir blasters has no effect either.

    This particular box is a GI Dct2000 with no serial port. I have a true motorola branded dct2000 with the serial port in another room, have yet to try it, maybe that will work?

    (Moot point: tivo didn't come with the serial cord :mad: )

    Any ideas you can come up with on this one? From what i hear, these particular boxes are just plain EVIL to set up.

    Thanks in advance, and pardon any newbiness :D
     
  2. Dec 12, 2003 #62 of 533
    ccwf

    ccwf 国際化 Member

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    Start by swapping your cable boxes to see if that helps.

    As for the serial cable, the TiVo is supposed to come with one. If yours didn't, I would complain. If all else fails, you can buy one from the TiVo store. Serial cables also come with some digital cameras, PDAs, calculators, and so forth that can be used, often in conjunction with a null modem adapter.
     
  3. Dec 14, 2003 #63 of 533
    ilemme

    ilemme New Member

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    Thank you for your incredible amount of work in compiling and maintaining this list. I have purchased a DirecTV system w/ the Philips DSX5500 receivers. I already have a standalone Philips 14 hour TIVO. I was dismayed to find that they may not be compatible.

    However, when I contacted TIVO support, they told me that these receivers would work if they were firmware version ML3 or greater. ML1 or ML2 would not work.

    Has anyone heard this... can anyone confirm this? This system isn't being installed until Dec. 26, so there is still time for me to return it (to Best Buy) and exchange for an RCA system, but I like the Philips receivers better.

    thanks.
     
  4. Dec 14, 2003 #64 of 533
    ccwf

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    This is the first I've heard about a possible compatible firmware revision for the DSX5500 receiver. I added your info to the DSX5500 entry. If anyone can verify whether or not this new information is true, please let me know.
     
  5. Dec 15, 2003 #65 of 533
    TiVoBill

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    I just wanted to let everybody know that our engineers put in some long hours to make us compatible with the newer versions of Philips' DSX5500 & 5540 models. IR codes 10064 & 10065 are now available but will only work properly if the Enter Key is set to "Yes".

    We believe that these codes are compatible with ML-3 hardware versions and above because they carry the newer firmware versions from the factory (to fix a problem Philips acknowledged). Older hardware versions of these models (ML-1 & 2) are very reliable IF they can get the newer firmware, but we do not currently know of any way for a customer to get the newer firmware remotely.
     
  6. Dec 16, 2003 #66 of 533
    Alcatraz

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    I have a friend with Motorola's DSR470. He had to reset the cable box's IR address to get it to work right.

    Press Menu, choose Options.
    Choose option 6 (Change System Settings)
    Choose option 3 (Installation Settings)
    Choose option 2 (Set Remote Control Address)
    Press & hold the "CBL" key on remote until light flashes
    Enter 3 zeroes and the light should flash rapidly
    Press Enter to confirm the new address
     
  7. Dec 17, 2003 #67 of 533
    moreygee

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    Greetings to all. I'm a total newbie when it comes to cable box hook-up so please forgive my seeming ignorance. I have an OLD HDR112 Tivo that I've been using for 3+ years without a cable converter. The other day, I picked up a Pioneer BDV1100 from Time-Warner to add digital cable to the household. I gather I can NOT use the serial control port from what I've gleaned from this thread (GREAT thread), and I see that the correct codes would be the Scientific Atlanta 00018-FAST set-up. I want to know if I can come out of the S-Video output on the Pioneer to go into the HDR112 or if I must use the RF in. Will the Tivo recognize signal coming in from the "S" input? Also, I guess I have to go through System Setup all over again to change from Cable, no box, to Cable, with box...?
    Thanks in advance for everyone's help and patience and best regards.
    Morey G.
     
  8. Dec 17, 2003 #68 of 533
    ccwf

    ccwf 国際化 Member

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    Yes, TiVo has an S-Video input port and can be told to accept S-Video input. With most cable/satellite boxes, S-Video input produces the best results.

    As you surmised, it is necessary to repeat guided setup to switch to a cable box configuration when previously using TiVo w/o one.
     
  9. Dec 22, 2003 #69 of 533
    stevel

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    The Sony DHG-M55CB cable box works fine with IR, code 10050-Medium, no Enter. It may also work with a direct connection between the IR Out jack on the TiVo and the "IR Receiver" jack on the cable box, if it's like Sony CTRL-S inputs. This would mean a cable with a 1/8" mono phone plug on each end - Radio Shack sells these. I did not have an opportunity to try this.
     
  10. Dec 28, 2003 #70 of 533
    MNBVCXZ

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    Has anyone ever tried to use a cable box called Regulator and if so, what code works for it?
     
  11. Jan 5, 2004 #71 of 533
    Gene S

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    Every time I read this thread I get more and more worried.
    I got my sister and her family a Tivo that should be arriving tomorrow.
    After reading this thread I asked what cable box they had, she said its a GI and from the pictures from the link off of this thread it looks like a DCT2000.
    Does every single person have problem with these boxes or is it just some "lucky" few?
    They live in a different state than me so I can't set it up for them, and they aren't the kind of people who will go through all the hassles of all the different steps it takes to correct controlling their box.. (serial, different IR codes, Y/N enter button, and forget about building a fort!)

    Please tell me this is just a case of "You only hear about the complaints, because if it works, no one posts."

    Gene
     
  12. Jan 6, 2004 #72 of 533
    bicker

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    For a variety of reasons, I had four or five of these boxes in my house over the course of a week, and was able to see just how much the specific box itself has to do with these issues. Maybe its age or wear and tear, but different DCT2000s from the same cable company have different channel changing performance characteristics.
     
  13. Jan 6, 2004 #73 of 533
    bicker

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    For a variety of reasons, I had four or five of these boxes in my house over the course of a week, and was able to see just how much the specific box itself has to do with these issues. Maybe its age or wear and tear, but different DCT2000s from the same cable company have different channel changing performance characteristics.
     
  14. Jan 10, 2004 #74 of 533
    CrashMeister

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    Old System: Original Tivo and Dish (Phillips) 2700 receiver.

    We must of recently gotten a software upgrade on the 2700. Currently 795. When trying to set IR codes, 10011 does not feature in the list. I have 00075, 10038, 10043, 10064 and 10065. It was set to 10038-Meduim (I think). Now it's dropping digits.

    Ideas ?

    Thanks,
    Craig.
     
  15. Jan 10, 2004 #75 of 533
    ccwf

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    Yes, this info is already in the EchoStar Model 2700 entry.
    Even under EchoStar?
     
  16. Jan 15, 2004 #76 of 533
    CrashMeister

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    Just checked. It's a Philips box, model 2700 receiving Dishnet satellite. Tivo is set to Philips, and 10043; Fast; No Enter Reqd. It works well except for 4 digit numbers. I just changed the Tivo received channels to switch from the 8300 series to the local numbers (2, 5, etc.). This should improve the reliability.

    Thanks,
    Craig.
     
  17. Jan 17, 2004 #77 of 533
    dshay

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    --- error in human making post...
     
  18. Jan 24, 2004 #78 of 533
    wscannell

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    Philips DSX5353 - I use code 10038 Medium. It is difficult to tell where the IR receiveris on this box. I use both IR emitters placed at either end of the "Digital Multi-Satellite Receiver" label on the box. This works most of the time. It does have occasional misses of one number.
     
  19. Jan 24, 2004 #79 of 533
    spoilage

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    thank you very much forthe direction ! I have a Scientific Atlanta 8610 and now understand that the strength of the IR signal could be a fact or in the reliability of changing the channels correctly ! Before your rply, I had not thought aboutthat as possibly being a problem. I am also going to try other codes in setup to see if one works better than another. I hppe I can find a solution since I hate missing all these shows that I ask TiVo to get for me.

    I have TiVo only about three months (System 2 ...4.0 software)

    Thanks again !
     
  20. Feb 4, 2004 #80 of 533
    jgreg5

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    After 100's of trys I finally got

    clearview 10019 med

    to work great!!!
     

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