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Humax DRT800 Owner's Club

Discussion in 'DVD TiVo Units (Archive)' started by deputydog95, Nov 23, 2004.

  1. CuriousMark

    CuriousMark Forum Denizen

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    True, but if you use the component inputs and set the HD cable box properly it will record the widescreen anamorphically and if you use best quality for all recordings you get essentially DVD quality SD, which isn't bad, for SD. True it is not and never will be HD, but depending on the TV set and viewing distance it can be good enough for casual use. If someone wants to tide themselves over using one of these until the day they truly go HD, it is certainly up to the task.

    The DVD burner TiVo DVRs at best record in 720x480 which is DVD compliant and one reason that stretching to 16x9 from a Humax will look better than doing the same from a non-DVD series 2 TiVo which records 640x480.
     
  2. Hank

    Hank AC•FTW TCF Club

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    Your ideas are intriguing to me and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter.
     
  3. Mensaguy8

    Mensaguy8 New Member

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    After five years of 5x weekly use, (my wife loves her Humax-800) the dvd burner in this unit is failing. I've seen many posts about dvd drive replacement, but have not seen a recent post regarding any current technology replacements.

    I've removed the failing drive and given it a thorough cleaning. Even if that works for a while, I can see that I'm going to have to replace the drive pretty soon.

    Is there a list of DVD drive models that are known to work well as replacements?

    TIA
     
  4. mmorgan26

    mmorgan26 New Member

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    Does anyone have any suggestions on how to make copies of DVDs that have been burned on a Humax DVR-800? (The program is no longer on the TiVo, of course.) I tried using Roxio but the quality of the copy was notably weaker, and it left several inches of space at the top and bottom of the screen. Any suggestions welcome, thanks!!
     
  5. robomeister

    robomeister DVD TiVo Expert

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    Mensaguy8,

    The DVD writer in the Humax Tivo is either a Pioneer DVR-108 or a Pioneer DVR-109. I've successfully replaced the drive with a similar models, up to the DVR-112. I've seen some reports of using the DVR-115. These might be hard to find nowadays, as they have the IDE or Parallel ATA interface. I found some on ebay. The trick is getting one that isn't worn out. You also need the model with a tray, the trayless models may not work in the TiVo.

    Good luck,
    robomeister
     
  6. Mensaguy8

    Mensaguy8 New Member

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    I have found a source for the Pioneer DVR-111DBK 16x DL-DVD R/W +/-. It is an IDE interface drive. Any idea why this drive wouldn't work in the Humax? Would I have to change the firmware?

    Note that this drive is refurbished w/90-day warranty. Price is about $35

    TIA
     
  7. slaponte

    slaponte The Iron Monkey

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    After many years of great service, mine is having a couple issues :

    - rubber legs under it have perished (turned to dust). Anybody know where to find?

    - It has started doing sporadic reboots.

    I am going to open it up, clean it up, etc. Make sure fans are working ok. This was upgraded with a 320Gb hard disk so maybe it has come to its time (to redo disk)... Or at least a full reset.

    The DVRW still works fine. :) Has lifetime, so not letting it go until it totally goes. :p
     
  8. ThreeSoFar

    ThreeSoFar FourNow...WaitFive

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    Do you still have a backup or the original HD from which to burn a new one? These will take up to 1TB and maybe 2TB.
     
  9. JCB1

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    Funny how they stopped making these because of the DVD burners but now the new TIVO's will port programs to your ipdad or iphone...

    My Humax is still holding on as well... I am on the original HD but I am starting to get some "glitches" in my recording which I suspect is the drive wearing out after all this time. I guess I should check the early parts of the forum and see how to replace it.

    I have replaced my DVD burner once and it has just recently died - so I am trying to find a new burner that will work -

    But other than that this has been a real work horse that just keeps going and going...
     
  10. rayman2

    rayman2 New Member

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    HUMAX Owner about to replace drive.
     
  11. Hank

    Hank AC•FTW TCF Club

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    Funny timing for the thread bump.


    My 89 year old uncle gave me his LaserDisc player and a stack of LDa. He wants me to convert a couple of them to DVDs. I'm planning on using my shelved and dusty old Humax for this.

    Has anyone here done something like this before with the Humax? Any tips or suggestions
     
  12. Judithe

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    I have a HUMAX DRT800 80 from back in the day with lifetime service guarantee not transferable to a new unit. (It seems like an oxymoron to say lifetime service but in reality it is not)

    It has been in a box for a couple of years and now I have a new Samsung Smart TV and having a very hard time getting it to work.

    It was working fine when I moved and packed it up.

    It does not take a TIVO card rented from Comcast. The model is too old.
    Comcast can't seem to figure it out and they don't recognize the old system.

    Anyone else have this problem and have you found a way to fix it?
     
  13. Hank

    Hank AC•FTW TCF Club

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    You probably need to use it with a cable box and IR blaster so the Tivo can change the channels on the cable box.. but a bigger issue is that that HUMAX tivo is only SD, so it won't be able to record or do anything with any HD channel Comcast offers.

    Do you have the need to record/make DVDs from TV programs? And only SD (low-def) programs that Comcast is still providing?

    It's probably better just to take your lumps for the "lifetime" box, sell it on ebay for $100 and buy a new Tivo Roamio which will work with the CableCards and current TV technology.

    Sorry to say, but the HUMAX is really past it's usable lifetime in terms of technology, even if it is working correctly.
     
  14. Judithe

    Judithe New Member

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    Sorry to say I don't have the funds nor have HD or need it. The Samsung TV was a gift.
    I would like to be able to hook it up. I have Comcast Cable and a modem, Motorola cable box and ir blaster provided by TIVO, Now what?
     
  15. CuriousMark

    CuriousMark Forum Denizen

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    You can hook it up and use it. If the cable box offers s-video connection use it. Use the to connect to the TV. You will have to zoom wide screen shows.
     
  16. sfdf0623

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    Hello Forum. I am brand new to the site and this is my first post. I hope it's done properly i.e. in the right place, etc.
    I have an opportunity to purchase a Humax Drt800 with lifetime service. Any help, recommendations, tips, etc. would be Very much appreciated. :)
    One issue I've seen is IR communication with the Scientific America Explorer 3250 set top box, which I am using.
    Again Please send any input.. THANKS VERY MUCH!!!!!
     
  17. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    Don't pay a lot for it.

    If you have to pay shipping on it as well then it's overpriced.

    {And be sure to get the original Humax branded remote with it.

    It looks just like a regular TiVo "peanut" remote except it's silver, has HUMAX written on the bottom, and has some extra buttons or relabeled ones for working the DVD part.}



    It's fine for what it is, but it's a single tuner Series 2 that can only do analog cable without being fed by an outside box of some sort.
     
  18. MacBrian

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    The DRT800 is VERY handy for converting old VHS tapes to DVD, if you have working VHS deck to feed into the DRT800. I've kept mine for just that very reason! Just be careful, if you tell friends and family about it, you'll be flooded with requests to convert boxes and boxes and boxes of old home video tapes to DVDs. At least, that's what happened to me. :)
     
  19. Hank

    Hank AC•FTW TCF Club

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    But you need a subscription to make that work. I inherited a video disc player from my Uncle and he wanted me to convert them to DVDs. I tried 17 different ways to make it work, and it just would not work without a sub. So I subbed for 2 months, converted the VDs to DVD and then unsubbed.

    You think you should be able to use it as a dumb transfer unit, but it won't work that way.
     
  20. MacBrian

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    Hank, sfdf0623's question was referring to a DRT800 with a lifetime sub.
     

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