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Installation Help Please

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by Hot4Bo, Feb 3, 2014.

  1. Hot4Bo

    Hot4Bo Finally an Avatar! TCF Club

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    OK, I need some help installing my new Roamio. I bought the 4 tuner model. Here's what I did:

    1. I moved the cable from the wall from the DTA installed by Comcast to the back of the Roamio.

    2. Since I have never used HDMI, I don't have a cable. I do have an ethernet cable so I plugged that into the Roamio and also into the TV.

    3. I plugged in the power on the Roamio.

    4. I made sure the TV is on Channel 3.

    I expected guided setup to start but I've got nothing but static on the TV. What am I doing wrong? Does it have to be HDMI?
     
  2. StevesWeb

    StevesWeb Grumpy Old Geek

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    You need to use an HDMI cable to connect TiVo to your TV.
     
  3. Hot4Bo

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    OK, thanks. The setup sheet seems to indicate you can use other ways. I'll go buy an HDMI cable.
     
  4. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay

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    HDMI is what's needed, not an ethernet cable (unless you have a HDMI-to-ethernet adapter and vice versa to change back to HDMI) to hook to the TV. Also you do not tune to channel 3, you need to change the input to HDMI to view that. HDMI carries the video and audio in a single cable. HDMI is digital.

    You can use composite (yellow) and audio (white/red) cables (with a special breakout cable from Tivo), but these are only analog and you would lose quality when you hook to a HDTV.
     
  5. Hot4Bo

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    LOL This Roamio is replacing an S2 on my HDTV. I'm not worried about the quality. I don't see where to plug in the composite cables so I guess I need the breakout cable you're talking about because I don't know what that is.
     
  6. shrike4242

    shrike4242 Member

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    The Roamio doesn't have a standard yellow video/red + white audio connector on the back.

    It has a special connector that looks like a 3.5mm headphone jack that you plug a breakout cable to to get the regular connectors. Right over here:

    https://www.tivo.com/shop/detail/av-cable


    More info (and other options) in this thread:

    http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?t=508551
     
  7. Hot4Bo

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    Thanks. I'm just going to buy and HDMI cable today. I just wish it made it clearer on the box. The last time I bought a TiVo was in 2007 and it didn't use HDMI.
     
  8. marklyn

    marklyn New Member

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    OK, so your Tivo has a HDMI out and you need to be certain your TV has a HDMI port. If it's newer (2-3 years old) it probably does. Then you'd need to use your TV's remote to switch the input to HDMI input (you won't be using channel 3/4 when you switch HDMI input).

    I may have misunderstood your comment about ethernet cable plugged in from the Tivo to the TV, hopefully that's not what you meant. You'd plug one end of your ethernet cable into the Tivo and the other end connects to your network via a Router or switch. You will need some type of network connection (wired ethernet or wireless ethernet) for Tivo to set up. Aside from the HDMI and ethernet connection you're basically ready to roll.
     
  9. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay

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    The last Tivo which didn't have HDMI was a Series 2 because they weren't digital and now needed a digital converter box for Antenna or cable.
     

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