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Hacking your Series 2 DTivo just got a WHOLE lot easier...

Discussion in 'TiVo Underground' started by Gunnyman, Oct 16, 2005.

  1. Dec 17, 2005 #1921 of 11850
    n4zmz

    n4zmz TiVoholic

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    It probably has to do with the fact that Sleeper created a CD which made upgrading a 3.1.1 DTiVo easy (almost too easy). It used methods which were current at the time, but have since been updated to better methods. The CD did cause problems and people never learned what was going on behind the scenes.

    They just don't want a repeat.

    Having hacked a number of tivos using just about all of the methods out there, having a reasonable script does help. Remembering all of the commands and getting them done in the right order is a pain. (It doesn't help that I've got a wide variety of tivos which each has it's own unique issues.)

    I do prefer a full CD to point people at when they ask me. But, building a CD with the zipper script is not difficult and it encourages the person to get a backup CD for their unit which saves time and keeps the image begging down. Now I'd also prefer instructions for something other than Windows (not that I need them, I'm just very partial to my Linux boxen).
     
  2. Dec 17, 2005 #1922 of 11850
    gerryger

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    I definetly plan on using the instant cake image on the new hd............so then somewhere through the installaton process it will deal with my existing drive besides the new drive...........is one of the backup/restore options 'not to keep any info on the original drive' after the back up has been completed. Also am I right to assume that the 2 drives will be married?

    If you think I am too concerned about leaving the data on the existing drive...let me know..........i thought i read that the best way do use the zipper script is with 2 clean drives.
     
  3. Dec 17, 2005 #1923 of 11850
    rbautch

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    Actually the best way to do it is to use ONE large drive, IMO. If you must use two drives, you have to marry them first before running the Zipper. Then run the Zipper on the master drive.
     
  4. Dec 17, 2005 #1924 of 11850
    rbautch

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    I'm not sure why this would happen, since I use a wildcard in the check (superpatch*).
    Fixed this typo, thanks.
     
  5. Dec 17, 2005 #1925 of 11850
    rbautch

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    I think you might be using the wrong boot disk (with MFS tools on it). The one linked on the Zipper site has support for drives over 127Gig. The Zipper itself will not enable the extra capacity on your drive. Check out the "upgrade" forum, as many others have gone down this road.
     
  6. Dec 17, 2005 #1926 of 11850
    ruexp67

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    About three weeks ago I used the Zipper to hack both of my HDVR2s and everything worked great.

    Today, I went to login through TWP on one of my Tivos and the /var/hacks folder was missing.

    I was able to re-install TWP, but I am not sure what other things I might be missing as a result. I am also concerned with making sure this doesn't happen again.

    I tried searching, but all searches returned to this thread, and I couldn't find any reference to this particular problem. (Doesn't mean it's not here, I just can't seem to find it. :) )

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
  7. Dec 17, 2005 #1927 of 11850
    ruexp67

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    I re-ran rbautch's script which should replace everything that would have been missing.

    I am still confused as to why the symlinks didn't come back. :confused:
     
  8. Dec 17, 2005 #1928 of 11850
    hollepe

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    Hi, what is the path for the 'ls' command? My current path is

    /bin:/sbin:/tvbin. When I execute 'ls' I get:

    bash: ls: command not found
    I hope I did not delete it.
    Thanks!
     
  9. Dec 17, 2005 #1929 of 11850
    Gunnyman

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    /busybox or /tivo-bin
     
  10. Dec 17, 2005 #1930 of 11850
    bleair

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    I just finished installing on my HR10-250 (hehe now 320). The instructions worked great. A few things that I learned as I went along:

    1) The serial console is enabled. This was lucky for me, as I didn't have a supported usb adapter. With a null modem serial cable I could login and
    then run the tweak script. (settings are 115200, 8 n 1 and no flow control)

    2) To get a serail login however, I had to connect the satellite signal. At first I saw syslog output on my serial connection, but I couldn't login. It wasn't until I connected my sat. signal (duh) that the bootup progressed and then I was able to login. That was a happy aha moment.

    3) The linksys USB200m ver 2 adapter can be used. Once I was able to login, run tweak.sh, and install the "USB 2.0 drivers" the tivo had what it needed. After a reboot, my tivo was on my network.
    This is great, as it seems that linksys has now cornered (or is that corned?) the market in all the chain stores for cheap network gear.

    4) It appears that using instacake necessitates running /busybox/51killer.tcl.

    Woo Who, I can now use my linksys adapter and control my tivo from the
    web interface. Great job on the instructions and scripts guys.

    Thanks to rbautch and Gunnyman, you rock.
     
  11. Dec 17, 2005 #1931 of 11850
    jedware

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    Why am I getting a "mount: you must specify the filesystem type" when trying to mount the ToolsCD with "mount /dev/hdc /cdrom"?
     
  12. Dec 17, 2005 #1932 of 11850
    Gunnyman

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    is your cdrom secondary master?
     
  13. Dec 17, 2005 #1933 of 11850
    jedware

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    yes.


    I finally isolated the problem but someone else will need to tell me why. After a couple hours of troubleshooting I isolated it to a BIOS setting and not one I would of thought would be the culprit.

    If you own a DELL XPS Txxx and have "Power Management" Disabled then you will get this behavior and unable to mount the ToolsCD.

    I have the latest Bios version and I am able to reproduce the behavior at will by changing this setting only. Any explanations?
     
  14. Dec 18, 2005 #1934 of 11850
    rbautch

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    The following file should be present: /var/vardelete_flag. When var gets wiped, the following lines in your author file should run the script that builds the symlinks:
    Code:
    if [ ! -e /var/vardelete_flag ]; then
    sh /enhancements/var-symlinks.sh
    fi
    You can test this out by deleting the flag and the symlinks, and then rebooting.
     
  15. Dec 18, 2005 #1935 of 11850
    JDAWG11

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    I had an easy time running the ZIPPER and installed my drive back in to my h10-250. Booted up just fine and I am getting lights on my linksys usb200m. But I am having trouble with telenet. Please help. I am getting an error message "Could not open the connection to the host, on port 23. The system could not find the file specified." Any suggestions?
     
  16. Dec 18, 2005 #1936 of 11850
    PrimeRisk

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    I'm having a bit of a networking problem. I just wanted to see if anyone else had seen something similar.

    A week ago I took one of my DSR7000s and upgraded it's original 40G drive to a 250G. Keeping a system backup on DVD, I decided to play with The_Zipper with the original 40G. Everything went smoothly except my Farallon PN796 USB NIC wouldn't play ball on the boot, so I popped in an ADMTek ADM8511 adapter and we were in business. After running the tweaks on the TiVo I was able to reboot and use the Farallon adapter with no problem.

    Everything went so well I decided I wanted to pull my 250G drive and run The_Zipper on it. Unfortunately I can't seem to get either of the network adapters to come up. On the 250G drive. I've booted multiple times and tried both adapters, but no joy. I've repulled the drive and reapplied the script to make sure I didn't dink up the IP address, but still no go.

    If I return the 40G Zippered drive to the TiVo, either adapter works.

    Any ideas?
     
  17. Dec 18, 2005 #1937 of 11850
    ruexp67

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    Cool. I verified the exisitance of the flag file, and the code in the author file. I hadn't tried rebooting the tivo when I noticed the /var folder had been emptied. Next time, I can run the repair script manually or reboot. Thanks.
     
  18. Dec 18, 2005 #1938 of 11850
    JrFaust

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    To clarify.
    I looked at the script and skipped running zipper.sh.
    Instead I copied and or extracted all the files I needed to the directories the script said to. Then I ran tweak.sh that ran fine.

    But aren’t the hard ware on a 6.2 system the 2.0 platform and the hard ware on the 6.1 system the 2.5 platform? I know that from my experience I haven’t gotten the kernel for a 6.2 system to work in a 6.1 system. But I haven’t been in the game all that long so maybe I’m doing something wrong.
     
  19. Dec 18, 2005 #1939 of 11850
    Gunnyman

    Gunnyman Just a boring dude

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    the prom mod is essentially a killhdinitrd done in hardware, no modification of the system kernel is necessary with a prom modded tivo.
     
  20. Dec 18, 2005 #1940 of 11850
    rbautch

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    Maybe you're not using the correct IP address. Can you ping the tivo from your PC?
     

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