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List of "Unhackable Tivos"

Discussion in 'TiVo Underground' started by rbautch, Aug 15, 2005.

  1. rbautch

    rbautch User

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    I'm posting a list of Tivos that cannot be hacked without a prom modification. DTivos need to be hacked to use their USB ports, standalones do not. Prom modding is not easy, but perhaps you can find a pro to do it for you. Unless you solder for a living and have the specialized tools to do it (special tips, solder wick, stereoscope, DATA I/O device), don't attempt to undertake this risky procedure yourself.

    DirecTV Tivo R10
    Tivo TCD540040
    TiVo TCD540080
    TiVo TCD540140
    Humax T800
    Humax DRT400
    Humax DRT800
    Humax T2500
    Toshiba RS-TX20
    Toshiba RS-TX60
    TCD649080
    TCD649180
     
  2. Grentz

    Grentz Pocket PC Guru

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    good information :)

    Luckily mine is not on the list hehehe
     
  3. seinman

    seinman New Member

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    Say i'm on the list, and I *really* want TivoWebPlus. And while i'm at it, perhaps USB 2.0 drivers. Where are these places I can send it to have the modification done? I'm moving in like two weeks, so will be without TV for a while anyway, it's the perfect time to send the box away.
     
  4. azitnay

    azitnay New Member

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    Good list, looks complete... Except I think the Humax is a T2500, not a DRT2500, right?

    Drew
     
  5. rbautch

    rbautch User

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    On the "other forum", there is a sticky called "PROM Socketing" in the Series 2 support forum. There a 2 users listed who will do it for $50.
     
  6. rbautch

    rbautch User

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    Right, fixed. Thanks!
     
  7. davidlallen

    davidlallen New Member

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    Those users are no longer in the business. Please search the "other forum" for my thread entitled "Problems with Prom Mod".
     
  8. technomutt

    technomutt New Member

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    OK, so no hacks.. but is it still possible to make backups of the original disk, either for future replacement or capacity increasing?
     
  9. kramerboy

    kramerboy Jelly Man

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    Sure, you can do that.
     
  10. technomutt

    technomutt New Member

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    Thanks... I didn't realize "unhackable" was only talking about the USB port. After so many years of happily using Series 1 machines (all SVR-2000's) I find the latest Tivo specials on the Humax DVD recorders a little too irresistable. Just wanted to check 'em out here in the forum before I click on "add to cart"...
     
  11. Kevin L

    Kevin L Active Member

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    Excuse my ignorance, since I only have DirecTV DVRs (3 HR10-250s and a couple of HDVR2s). I just bought two TCD540140 TiVos for my mother who has cable. Am I to understand that I cannot use the USB ports? I'm not interested in hacking. I just want the daily call to go by broadband, and perhaps set up MRV.

    Thanks!
     
  12. azitnay

    azitnay New Member

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    You can certainly use the 540 units' USB ports for broadband and MRV.

    When the original post in this thread mentions not being able to enable the USB ports, it's really talking about the lone DirecTV model on the list (the R10). Perhaps that should be clarified.

    Drew
     
  13. Kevin L

    Kevin L Active Member

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    Thanks. The OP has me confused since it says:

    List of "Unhackable Tivos"

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    Since so many people ask about enabling their USB ports and hacking, I'm posting a list of Tivos that cannot be hacked without a prom modification. You can send your Tivo out to be modded for around $50. Unless you solder for a living and have the specialized tools to do it (special tips, solder wick, stereoscope, DATA I/O device), don't attempt to undertake this risky procedure.

    DirecTV Tivo R10
    Tivo TCD540040
    TiVo TCD540080
    TiVo TCD540140
    Humax T800
    Humax DRT400
    Humax DRT800
    Humax T2500
    Toshiba RS-TX20
    Toshiba RS-TX60
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    What can't be done with the TCD540140?
     
  14. azitnay

    azitnay New Member

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    Without a hardware (PROM) modification, 540 units can't be hacked to, say, add TiVoWebPlus, and other hacks of that nature.

    Pretty much the only "hack" you can do on a 540 without messing with the PROM is a hard disk upgrade.

    Drew
     
  15. rbautch

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    I fixed the OP.
     
  16. Kevin L

    Kevin L Active Member

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    Ahh, thanks guys. That answers my questions. My mom is 75, so she's not going to be doing any hacking. As long as I can use the USB ports, I'll be fine.
     
  17. fredfillis

    fredfillis Linuxly Challenged

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    Not until she does more reading. :D
     
  18. Kevin L

    Kevin L Active Member

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    Good one! :D
     
  19. Fofer

    Fofer XenForo Rocks! TCF Club

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    What's the status on hacking the HDTiVo? I've currently got a pair of HDVR2's hacked with 6.2 and all the goodies.

    Are all the same things possible on the HDTiVo?
     
  20. azitnay

    azitnay New Member

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    I'm not a DirecTV guy, but AFAIK the HR10-250 is just as hackable as the other DTV S2's that came before it. The only "unhackable" (without PROM mod) DirecTiVo is the R10.

    Drew
     

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