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Lost some local channels

Discussion in 'DirecTV TiVo Powered PVRs & Receivers' started by wishbone4401, Apr 4, 2012.

  1. sk33t3r

    sk33t3r New Member

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    Its nto going to upgrade with the highlighted test in bootpage root=/dev/hda4 dsscon=true console=2,115200 upgradesoftware=false
     
  2. bingle

    bingle New Member

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    Yeah, was afraid of that.

    So since I think I have the slices i need is it as simple as:

    bootpage -P "root=/dev/hda4 dsscon=true console=2,115200"

    followed by a restart from the menus?

    Should I be concerned that I can't get a test call to succeed? Is that a show stopper?

    Thanks for the quick reply!
     
  3. bingle

    bingle New Member

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    Update: With some more research I was able to force a test call and connect to the DVR service. I had to remove the routes that had been added via /etc/rc.d/rc.sysinit.author that were effectively stopping routing to 204.176.49.2. Based on /var/log/tclient it did a bunch of work including downloading a bunch of that showcase junk that I see on my 6.4a box in the other room.

    So, now it is just a matter of getting it to do the upgrade.

    Hmm... Now that I've had some success, I'm getting a bit worried. This unit does have a bigger disk than it originally had. From what I can remember from years ago this particular image was constructed via the L48ADD download from PVTUpgrade and zipper. The slices I downloaded via wget from dvrupgrade.com aren't going to mess up my killhdinitrd kernel are they? I don't want to end up with the unit not seeing all of the disk!
     
  4. Pete_C

    Pete_C New Member

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    Thank-you guys for the very informative forum posts.

    I am back to a stable and modded 6.4a Direct Tivo box.

    Very high on the WAF.

    I had forgotten most of what I had done to the box so many years ago.
     
  5. sbourgeo

    sbourgeo Hepcat Daddio

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    I don't remember what version of the TiVo software LBA48 support first appeared with, but any series 2 box should be fine with a larger disk if you're upgrading to the latest software release (any series 1 box will need an LBA48 kernel though). If you do upgrade your software via the slices, you will lose any hacks you have with your current setup and will need to put them back into place.
     
  6. derelict

    derelict New Member

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    Hi zorro,

    Thanks for the post... I will consider this. Adds an extra step which I am not crazy about (looks like I need to extract any program I want to view on another tivo to a computer first in order to use movieloader). MRV is a bit more convenient.

    But I may need to go this way as I found a little snag in my plans on using the 390-400 channels. Turns out NBCw is both channel 4 and channel 393 in the socal market. Channel 4 still shows up in my channel list, but is blank. But when I set shows using tivowebplus to record, they are defaulting to channel 4 and not recording due to lack of signal. I tried un-checking channel 4 from the channel list in setup, but it still shows up in the channel lineup. Anyone know how I can remove channel 4? I think that would solve my problem short term.
     
  7. zorro255

    zorro255 New Member

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    NO

    Movieloader allows for TiVo to TiVo and Computer to TiVo, and TiVo to export (your watching Tivo1 and want to send a show from Tivo2 to Tivo3 you can) all need to have MFS_FTP installed and running. It's just that Movieloader needs to be running on a computer much like Tivoserver. I only backed up my shows to the computer because I was using instant cake and not the slicer to perform the upgrade. And the cake deletes all files on the hard drive.
    I then sent all my shows back to the TiVo.

    Movieloader has its own thread on how it works and how to run it on the other site.

    Don’t forget you will lose MRV with the 6.4a upgrade but you get all your locals back.

    The other downside with Movieloader you should wait for the entire show to transfer before watching it.

    The upside ML allows for the deletion of shows from any TiVo. This has come in handy for me. Also with the 6.4a upgrade you get one button delete no more confirming you wish to delete the show from the now play list. Select the show and hit “Clear” and it’s deleted or should I say “Recently Deleted”.
     
  8. litzdog911

    litzdog911 TechKnow Guide

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    I don't expect any joy for the Series 1 DirecTivos.
     
  9. bingle

    bingle New Member

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    I went ahead and updated via slices to 6.4a by running swInstall.itcl. The local channels that had completely disappeared came back immediately, but the local CBS affiliate on channel 2, which was still "there" but with no video or audio is still showing no video or audio. It's been 8+ hours since i upgraded.

    That channel having no video/audio was the initial symptom that i had encountered. It wasn't until I did a restart that the other local channels had completely disappeared from the channels received list. That channel works fine in the other room, so i know it isn't he affiliate's feed.

    Any idea why this local is acting this way? Any hope that it will start working again?
     
  10. zorro255

    zorro255 New Member

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    Write down or print out your Season passes you will lose them. Then confirm you are running 6.4a and do a "Clear program information & To Do List" should work.
     
  11. zorro255

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  12. bingle

    bingle New Member

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    Yep. It took about 3 hours to run the clear, but it worked. I have all my locals back now!

    Thanks to everyone for their help!
     
  13. zorro255

    zorro255 New Member

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    Was watching Chicago 7 this morning and lost local Again. I then checked another TiVo running 6.4a lost locals like when running 6.2a. Did a reboot on one TiVo, locals came back. Checked the other TiVo without the reboot, locals are back. Anyone know why?
     
  14. Jun 1, 2012 #374 of 627
    stlklk

    stlklk New Member

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    I have a Series 2 Phillips DirecTV Tivo and have been reading all of these posts on other people who have missing local channels. I have been missing mine for about 3 weeks now. Has anyone had success with normal dial in to 3.4 and getting local channels back? I am not a techie and would have no clue on how to do any of the splice or other stuff people have been doing.
     
  15. Jun 1, 2012 #375 of 627
    fooz

    fooz New Member

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    It does appear that a few people have had success. But over on the DirecTV forums they have thrown this over the fence and placed it in Tivo's lap.
     
  16. Jun 1, 2012 #376 of 627
    litzdog911

    litzdog911 TechKnow Guide

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    I've seen one report with the Tivo updated itself to v6.4. I think there's still a problem that hasn't yet been resolved. I'll keep poking at my DirecTV contacts and post what I learn here. But it's quite clear that the problem must be resolved by Tivo's engineers, not DirecTV's. That's probably a big part of why this is taking so long to resolve.
     
  17. Jun 1, 2012 #377 of 627
    nmiller855

    nmiller855 New Member

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    I believe there is some confusion about the software editions. For example, my Series1 Sony SAT-T60 has 3.5c but needs 3.5d to regain the missing locals.
    It appears that some Series2 units may have 6.2 but need 6.4 to regain the missing locals. I have a Hughes Series2 SD-DVR40 that upgraded to the 6.4a without problem so I haven't lost my locals on that unit YET.
    My solution was to move all my Season Passes for programs to my Series2 unit at least for now.
    There may or may not be an upgrade for Series1 units but I haven't heard of a successful one that hasn't involved hacking or switching hard drives.
     
  18. Jun 1, 2012 #378 of 627
    spiffy

    spiffy New Member

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    I am totally not knowledgeable on this subject; but it seems like if neither Tivo nor DirecTV can figure out the solution yet, isn't the fastest work around to just enable the East/West Coast feeds for the customers? I have Series 1; and I still have the Network feeds listed in my programming guide. Until somebody figures out a solution that doesn't involve hacking and/or opening the box, why won't D* unlock the feeds in the interim so we can have the major networks back? Please correct me if I am completely way off base.
     
  19. Jun 1, 2012 #379 of 627
    litzdog911

    litzdog911 TechKnow Guide

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    That's not gonna happen. The local stations won't let DirecTV simply activate the DNS networks. My sources tell me that Tivo may be have a fix within a week. Keeping fingers crossed.
     
  20. Jun 1, 2012 #380 of 627
    spiffy

    spiffy New Member

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    Just got off the phone with DirecTV again, and was also told that because local channels are available in my area they couldn't enable remote viewing. :mad:

    I'm guessing the fix is for Series 2 only?
     

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