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Lost some local channels

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

  1. Apr 19, 2012 #61 of 627
    GusMan

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    Let me ask this... if people are upgrading to new receivers, are they making any special offers? Any extra fees to consider? Concerned that having to upgrade will result in a good jump in my overall costs.

    What can I say, Im spoiled by MRV.
     
  2. Apr 19, 2012 #62 of 627
    stevel

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    No special offers in general, though some have reported getting discounts. There's a new $5/mo TiVo fee for the THR22. No MRV in the THR22 either. With HR24 and the like, you can do MRV streaming between boxes (I think there's a $3/mo fee to add that feature oer account. I don't have it.)
     
  3. Apr 19, 2012 #63 of 627
    tward_biteme1

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    My two hacked ones lost channels today.... This is just sad.
     
  4. Apr 19, 2012 #64 of 627
    Pete_C

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    I called regarding any deals. Only deal that DTV mentioned relating to TIVO was an upgrade for $100 plus $21 installation fee, leasing instead of owning the reciever and a $15 extra charge/month for HD.

    That said; wife really cares less about HD versus the content and I already have Comcast and don't even watch TV.
     
  5. Apr 19, 2012 #65 of 627
    markis

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    Ok, thank you. I've had it on most of the day, so I'll keep it running overnight and check back again tomorrow, before I make any more changes. I also have one more unit that I haven't even touched yet which also has lost locals.
     
  6. Apr 19, 2012 #66 of 627
    Whipl50

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    It's been so long since I messed with any of this. I don't care if I lose all of my zippered options, this is the last zippered unit in my house so no big deal. I've hooked a phone line back up to the unit, but it is failing to call in. I've placed my area code in and it says that the service is not answering the call.

    I don't want to mess with hacking this any further.
     
  7. Apr 19, 2012 #67 of 627
    litzdog911

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    Not a bad deal. That's half the regular $199 THR22 price. Probably includes a new Slimline dish install, too.
     
  8. Apr 19, 2012 #68 of 627
    litzdog911

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    The v6.4a software is not currently in the satellite stream. DirecTV is working with Tivo to get it activated again to help folks with this problem. Stay tuned.
     
  9. Apr 19, 2012 #69 of 627
    Captain 80s

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    I don't think it will negotiate the call with your hacks in place. I think you'll have to image a drive with stock firmware. Or maybe it's the "upgradesoftware=false", don't know for sure how to disable that (or if that's what prevents it). I just imaged a drive with my instantcake 6.2a on one of my units and am waiting. If they start providing 6.4a in the stream again, I'll start swapping them out one by one after transferring anything I want off of them. I can stream my files extracted with tysuiteJ to my WDTV media player. Then re-zipper them. Well... least it's a great opportunity to run SpinRite on all of my drives.
     
  10. Apr 19, 2012 #70 of 627
    Whipl50

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    I'm calling DirecTV tomorrow, see what they'll offer to fix this. I really don't want to go for another 2 years, but if they give me a free HD dvr upgrade I may.
     
  11. Apr 20, 2012 #71 of 627
    litzdog911

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    Let us know what you find out.
     
  12. Apr 20, 2012 #72 of 627
    Pete_C

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    During my call with CS/Sales over at DTV they said if I wanted to keep the monthly price identical with no new incurring costs was to switch over to their DTV DVR box. I said no.

    I did download the slices but still haven't installed them. I do have the original TIVO drive somewhere and I could probably install that drive and do the download via the telephone line and be done with it.

    It really doesn't matter to me and is making me rethink about keeping Direct TV anyways.
     
  13. Apr 20, 2012 #73 of 627
    Pete_C

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    So I purchased slicer and updated. Painless. While updating I choose to restore my mods.

    My Tivowebplus is still there but can't utilize the rest of my hacks. I can telnet though. I don't even remember what I had on the box.

    Looking through the directories I see some stuff and don't see other stuff.

    Any suggestions relating to running a do all script such that I can get all my mods back?

    A bit of this and that modding the original script I was able to install the mods back. During the update removed TivoWebPlus. I reinstalled the newest one and changed profile such that it would load on boot.

    Just noticed that my rc dot sysinit dot author is still the old one with tivoman (which is gone now) stuff in it.

    Only issue now is that wife is complaining that the LCD keeps going back to the 4:3 display for whatever reason. It wasn't doing this before.
     
  14. Apr 20, 2012 #74 of 627
    Zuggel

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    I have the same issue with 2 non-hacked D-Tivo units in different houses (Detroit metro area). Local channels are black with the guide download error at start up. When my mom call DTV she was told it was a wiring issue in the house and that there would be a $50 fee for the technician to come out. I don't know what is better, that they don't know what is going on or that they are charging to fix something that isn't even broke.
     
  15. Apr 20, 2012 #75 of 627
    markis

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    I think I've now managed to manually patch and reinstall most of my old hacks from scratch after the unexpected 6.4a installSw.itcl reboot wiped them out.

    I'm still not seeing any missing locals yet. I was working on it last night, so I'm not sure if it got the nightly update data. I'll give it another night to see if the channels come back before I try to put 6.4a on my other box.
     
  16. Apr 20, 2012 #76 of 627
    Pete_C

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    I updated manually early this morning and I have all of my locals back this afternoon. I am near Chicago.

    I have all of mods back and now wondering what's the easiest way to image the drive to a backup drive?

    Before today I would just create a second "virgin" DTivo drive with my mods.
     
  17. Apr 20, 2012 #77 of 627
    wishbone4401

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    It seems that most of the people that contribute solutions on these blogs are knowledgeable hackers that have the time, patience, persistence, high tolerance to frustration and the inclination to run slicers, zippers and other software on their TIVO drives to solve this problem. I don’t - so I solved it by getting a new hard drive for one of my HR10-250’s from DVRupgrade for $140. I figured I would have saved about $20 by doing it myself by buying a blank hard drive, SATA/IDE adapter and instantcake software and it wasn’t worth it. The new drive came with 6.4a software already installed and with the included instructions, it was easy to replace the old hard drive and it solved my local channel problem.
     
  18. Apr 20, 2012 #78 of 627
    wishbone4401

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    I sent a letter to Directv corporate headquarters complaining about the longevity of this issue and the fact that the tech support and customer service representatives have not been told about this problem nor have they been given a consistent answer about our options. I received a call this afternoon from a corporate representative and this is what I was told:

    Directv engineering was unaware that the updates to the old TIVO software were not being made available for download.

    As has been mentioned elsewhere they are working to get the updates re-started.

    They said they would call me next week to let me know the status about when and how updates will be available.​
     
  19. Apr 20, 2012 #79 of 627
    markis

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    Good to know, thanks. I'm not sure why mine aren't back yet.

    You could try dd or use the backup options in MFSLive or WinMFS.
     
  20. Apr 20, 2012 #80 of 627
    GusMan

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    I wouldn't say that we are all versed in hacking. But I will say that the resources found on this site have been very valuable and provided by some very intelligent and generous people.

    In my opinion, hacking the Tivo to give it more functionality has extended its useful life for sure.

    The bad part is that the "fix" kills off one of the best features of a hacked Tivo- MRV. Well, thats my opinion since it was the sole reason why I hacked it in the first place.
     

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