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Lost some local channels

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

  1. lawnmowerdeth

    lawnmowerdeth Drunk

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    Yeah, stock 6.2 image on an HDVR2. I have Vonage and have never been able to get it to make a successful phone call.
    Had a 6.4 backup image a few years ago but lost it in a hard drive crash, can't bring myself to spend $40 on an Instantcake for a near 10 year old receiver, I remember when they only charged $20. That, and I don't want to lose the recordings.
     
  2. yknott

    yknott New Member

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    Here is my info:

    Tivo model number - Phillips DSR7000/17 - SERIES 2
    Tivo current software version 6.2a-01-2-301
    Tivo Service Number - 301-0000-C08D-0DD8
    My Tivo has a 1 TB hard drive
    TV brand & model number? Samsung – PN50C450B1DXZA
    My Tivo is connected to my TV via – COAX

    I have tried every tip and trick I can find with no luck. Please Help

    Thanks
     
  3. litzdog911

    litzdog911 TechKnow Guide

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    Got it. Same info you provided via the DirecTV Forum, right?
     
  4. Ken Crane

    Ken Crane New Member

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    Right. Many thanks for your help.
     
  5. 55tbird

    55tbird New Member

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    I don't have any solutions for you since it sounds like you haven't done much of any hacking before and the cost of something like Instantcake is too prohibitive.

    Although you still should be able to get away with the 6.4a upgrade by pulling your drive and running a "PTVnet" cd (probably about the same $), it would give you telnet coupled with the "slicer 1.9" ($20 for a total of $60) you should be able to maintain your existing recordings and then have access to TivoWebPlus just for starters. It would be very easy if you've ever built a desktop computer you should have no problems. There are people here that can provide some guidance to make it relatively easy but for the cost.

    If you're concerned about the age of your hard drive you could use MSLive to copy the orginal to a larger one thus extending the life of your Tivo. In fact most Tivos die earlier deaths than necessary because their power supplies effects the tuners and there is a company that will repair whatever your problem is.

    If I'm wrong about your abilities then it's just a matter of cost. And my apology.
     
  6. lawnmowerdeth

    lawnmowerdeth Drunk

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    Oh, it's not skill, it's cost and initiative. It's a 'stock' image, yes, but it's on a 750GB drive. :)
    The saddest part is, my unit was running 6.4a just fine 2 years ago before the hard drive crashed, all I had was the 6.2 backup image.
    This HDVR2 has been through a lot over the years, probably it's 4th hard drive, 2nd power supply (that I got from a non-DirecTV TiVo that most of the forums said was too underpowered for an HDVR2 - has worked great for 3 years now)
     
  7. vuu73

    vuu73 New Member

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    I recently started following this forum. Us like so many have been without local channels on one of our two Tivo Direct Tv units. One has 6.4 and gets all channels. The other has 6.3e and gets NO local channels. I have tried contantly for 5-6 days now to force upgrade the software on the problem unit. The problem unit has a 213 hour hard drive in it and is almost full. Can this be causing our problem (my wife wants to save her Oprahs) Any more suggestions? Here follows our information:

    Tivo Model number - SAMSUNG SIR-S4080R - SERIES 2
    Tivo current software version 6.3e – 01—2-381
    Tivo Service Number - 381-0000-EO5C-C023
    My Tivo does NOT have any "modifications" to its original software
    TV brand & model number? Visio V0370M
    My Tivo is connected to my TV via – RCA AV cable
     
  8. litzdog911

    litzdog911 TechKnow Guide

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    I've submitted your information to my DirecTV contacts.
     
  9. guins

    guins Networked DTiVo User

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    Like others I have lost 3 local channels (4, 11, and 53).

    I have a zippered (no slices) Hughes TiVo that I just want to have it phone home and get the 6.4 update. I don't care if I lose all the hacks; I just don't want to lose any of my recordings, season passes, etc. etc.

    How can I reverse the zipper hack that prevents the TiVo from making the daily call so I can get the software update?
     
  10. Bill99

    Bill99 New Member

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    Two stock DVR's
    One R10 running 6.1a
    One DVR80 running 6.3e.

    Did the following:
    1. Connected to DVR service successfully.
    (At this point on the DVR80 only:
    I did a power reboot then "accidently" connected to DVR service a second time. It ran quickly and I assumed it didn't download anything).
    2. Did power reboot.
    3. Ran "clear thumb ratings & suggestions"
    4. Ran "clear program information & to do list"
    5. Did restart.

    R10 now has 6.4a and has all local channels.

    DVR80 still running 6.3e (even after power reboot after restart). It now has 4 local channels which weren't there before, but not ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX or PBS.

    When I connected to DVR service a second time on the DVR80 perhaps it wiped out what the 1st download did?

    I don't have a phone line to keep it permantely attached to. Any thoughts on anything to do next for the DVR80?
     
  11. Ken Crane

    Ken Crane New Member

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    My SAMSUNG SIR-S4080R was automatically updated to 6.4a by a software download at 2:00am this morning Sunday June 17th. All network & local PBS channels are back & working with the exception of NBC – ch 4 in my local Los Angeles market.

    litzdog911 – Many, many thanks for your help which is very much appreciated. I am sure I would never have received the 6.4a update without your help – thanks again.

    On Saturday morning, June 16th on checking my system information I found the message ‘pending restart’. Since I would be watching the 2012 Euro Soccer Championship & US Open Golf for most of the day I didn’t want to force a restart. I also didn’t want to force a restart today, Sunday, June 17th for the same reasons.

    On Saturday evening I thought I would try & force a call to shift the next scheduled call and avoid any possibility of an automatic restart over the weekend that would interrupt my viewing but received an onscreen message saying ‘this feature was not available until after a software service download @ 2:00am’. I did nothing further & this morning, Sunday June 17th my system had automatically updated to 6.4a & all the missing network & local channels were back & working with the exception of NBC – my local Los Angeles Ch 4 that is still a blank screen although it is in the guide. Because I receive & can view the NBC west coast network feed on Ch 393 I will not either be clearing my to do list & program guide and/or restart/reset my system as my current to do & season pass lists are all there & have recorded & are currently recording properly. I had removed all the season passes & to do list programming that required any of the missing channels prior to the software upgrade. I added them back today after the update.

    If I have any further problems as a result of the 6.4 update I will for back with an update.

    I wish everyone good luck in receiving the 6.4a update soon & again would like to thank litzdog911 for his help
     
  12. mr.bill

    mr.bill New Member

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    sony t60 stopped getting local channels like 2 months ago. Probably because its modem died like 3 years ago and it has not updated software.

    So I dug out an old hr10-250 my friend gave me. I started to add it on to the account, but 1/2 way through the software update it died. It acts like its turning on, get to almost there and then it gets to a green screen that says something like a serious error error occurred. call direct tv. The tech thinks the HDD is corrupted. I think there maybe more wrong with it, as I could never get it to see channel 100..

    So I dug out an old phillips dsr708. It was able to see channel 100. Direct tv was able to turn it on but its missing local channels(I get channel 4, 14, espn, hbo, plus a bunch more). But it had not updated in like 2500 days. So its updating now (going on 2.5+ hours on the phone). Will see if it gets locals after the update..


    So the questions:
    hr 10-250: Toss it or try to mess with it? Trade in?
    sony t60: toss it?

    Probably going to look for a replacement receiver from direct tv. What is a good replacement? (My direct tv account has lifetime free tivo)

    Direct tv says they can give me a hd tivo and premium install for $199. They also want to give a SD receiver (Non tivo) for free. Is that a good deal? Any better deals out there? I would prefer to have 2 tivo units (1 hd 1 not). Thanks for any help!
     
  13. stevel

    stevel Dumb Blond TCF Club

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    The HD TiVo (THR22) is normally $199 with free install. Do you want a second DVR or will just a receiver do? That you have lifetime is good - you get to avoid the $5 TiVo fee as well as the $8 DVR fee. The THR22 is a fine choice for a newer box, but you may want to look at the differences between it and the HR24 (current non-TiVo equivalent), as the HR24 has newer hardware and has features such as MRV lacking in the THR22.
     
  14. vuu73

    vuu73 New Member

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    Software update received (6.4a) but still no local channels. I've done the forced phone/satellite, no luck!
     
  15. litzdog911

    litzdog911 TechKnow Guide

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    Did you try this ....
    1. "clear thumb ratings & suggestions"
    2. "clear program information & to do list"
    3. Restart.
     
  16. mr.bill

    mr.bill New Member

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    The phillips was able to update and local channels are back. I got the t60 to dial but it still has not updated. The problem was that the local numbers were bad and I needed to find a new numbers. I am going to try to restart/reinstall the t60 to see if it will update too.

    Thanks for the reply! I will look into those receivers. Viewing in other rooms would be nice. This is for my dad so simple is better. He has only used tivo for the past 12+ years, so I would assume non tivo version will function a little differently. He was not happy switching from the sony remote to the peanut..

    Personally I would want a receiver that could record 4 programs, but he is fine with 2. I plan on upgrading his tv to HD. So the 2nd dvr is not critical, but since phillips is working, I think it will be used as the 2nd receiver.
     
  17. yknott

    yknott New Member

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    I'm about to give up. I've done everything I can think of it just doesn't looking like my Phillips DSR708 will ever update. I've cleared and deleted everything twice with no luck. Cleared thumb ratings & suggestions, clear program information & to do list then restarted 3 times and still nothing. I would have done the instantcake on my drive weeks ago but don't have the set up on my computer to do it. Anyone have any ideas how I might get my 708 to update I'm out of ideas at this point. Thanks
     
  18. 55tbird

    55tbird New Member

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    You're a little vague about "if" you even have telnet access currently or not. I realize you mention instantcake but providing you possible solutions for so many possible scenarios isn't practical.

    Not sure what you're referring to about the setup on your computer. The software would be things like LeechFTP and I like TeraTermPro for starter and they are (were free last I checked). Sounds like you might be aware of how to install instantcake and ptvnet. If not, I don't have any options for you but maybe somebody else has an option for you.

    It also sounds like you're thinking that by running the different "clear and deletes" you mentioned that it will force an update (to 6.4a)... it won't, not in my experience. There have been discussions about downloading a 6.4a slice then by using "slicer" it will install and update you to 6.4a.

    I've tried to give you some basic answers but a little more info would help out ....... possibly. GL
     
  19. yknott

    yknott New Member

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    I gave up and sent my hard drive to Hinsdales to get it upgraded to 6.4a. Cost me $75.00
     

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