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Lost some local channels

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

  1. markis

    markis Member

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    My second machine just finished "Delete Programming and To Do List" and also got all the locals back, so we're finally back up and running here. I'll have to re-enter all the Season Passes tomorrow, once the guide data is up to date.

    I don't think anyone using a version other than 6.4a has gotten their channels back.
     
  2. dewdogger

    dewdogger New Member

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    Are 6.4a slices not available for my Philips DSR7000/17? I upgraded my RCA DVR80 using the wget -O /var/packages/getslice command specifying getslice-6.4a-01-2-301[/url] command and have also used 101 and 3010 for my service ID's and I'm either getting nothing or an HTTP 500 server error. Is there no 6.4a slice available for this box or am I not using the right service ID? Thanks.

    If anyone is still having problems getting their locals back in Chicago, I found out yesterday that when you restart and delete your program information and To Do List, you'll get your channels back. It worked on my RCA back but I can't get the slices for my Phillips DSR7000. Thanks for any help you can provide.
     
  3. dewdogger

    dewdogger New Member

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    Correction on my last post. For my RCA DVR80, I used service ID 321 and that worked fine. Service ID 301/101/3010 all do not work when I try to do a getslice to dvrupgrade.com which makes me wonder if 6.4a upgrades for this box are not available anywhere.
     
  4. markis

    markis Member

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    I had a problem like that, which I think had to do with not having internet access on that machine (it only had LAN access). I didn't fix it, but I think you can look into adding entries to resolv.conf like this:

    Code:
    echo "nameserver 8.8.8.8" > /etc/resolv.conf
    chmod 755 /etc/resolv.conf
    I didn't do that. Instead, I just put the getslice links in my browser, then used FTP to transfer the slices from my PC. For example, for service ID 101, paste these links into your browser then save:

    Code:
    http://www.dvrupgrade.com/software/update_tool/getslice-6.4a-01-2-101
    http://www.dvrupgrade.com/software/update_tool/6.4a-01-2-101.slices.tgz
    Then FTP those files to /var/packages. (And rename: mv getslice-6.4a-01-2-101 getslice)
     
  5. markis

    markis Member

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    Well, my DVR80 froze and I had to pull the plug to restart earlier today after running the Delete then downloading guide data overnight. My HR10 spontaneously restarted itself tonight about 10 minutes into recording two OTA HD shows.

    I hope these aren't signs that 6.4a is less stable than the older 6.3e I was running. After all this, I still may need to look into new boxes if 6.4a means frequent lockups and reboots during recordings.
     
  6. kenr

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    Florham...
    I'm an old school hacker that hacked my TiVos using a kernel that had killhdinitrd run on it thus I'm not familiar with some of the more modern hacking techniques. I downloaded this script referred to here and took a look at it but wasn't sure it's compatible with my hacking technique because it references the slicer and I never used the slicer.

    Does the script assume a certain method of hacking?

    Additionally using my TivoWeb I see this in MFS. I assume if I just wanted to eliminate my hacks I could run installSw.tcl and update to a non-hacked system. I'm not sure how unhacked software deals with unecrypted media files though. Anyone know.

    Directory listing of /SwSystem
    Name Type Id Date Time Size
    6.2a-01-2-151 tyDb 2176230 02/17/07 03:26 700
    6.2a-01-2-301 tyDb 2176231 03/16/07 18:11 724
    6.2a-01-2-351 tyDb 2176233 02/17/07 03:26 700
    6.2a-01-2-381 tyDb 2176234 02/17/07 03:26 700
    6.2a-01-2-3F1 tyDb 2176235 02/17/07 03:26 700
    6.3f-01-2-121 tyDb 3395073 12/08/07 03:11 780
    6.3f-01-2-521 tyDb 3603583 01/29/08 03:03 780
    6.4a-01-2-101 tyDb 4095120 05/21/08 02:39 780
    ACTIVE tyDb 2176231 03/16/07 18:11 724

    Doesn't the table above show what things should like AFTER that script was run. Perhaps I don't need it at all and the only questions is whether slicer can update a TiVo that was previously hacked without slicer.

     
  7. solfun

    solfun New Member

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    FYI - anyone trying to just remove the todo & guide on a 6.2a hoping 2,5,7, come back...it does not. I am guessing you will need 6.4 unless we hear from DTV that they will fix what they broke and allow us to keep 6.2 and locals.

    Ugh.
     
  8. markis

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    I haven't used the slicer script, just the slices for a manual upgrade, so I'm not sure how it handles various different hacking methods. Someone else mentioned that they ran slicer and lost all their old hacks except the kernel and telnet access.

    On my first manual upgrade, I made a mistake and was running an unhacked 6.4a for a short time. I was able to play my old recordings without a problem.

    If your receiver ID matches the 101 prefix, it looks like you may have the 6.4a slice loaded already.
     
  9. kenr

    kenr New Member

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    Florham...
    It looks like I have 6.4a slices on all 4 TiVos. I guess slicer may be overkill since I'm familiar with all the manual ways of hacking.
    Does this sound like a good plan.
    • Run a modified swInstall.itcl that doesn't reboot to install the new SW?
    • dd the older 6.2a kernel that had killhdinitrd run on it over to the soon to be active new boot partition?
    • Copy over my hacks and rc.d changes to the about to be new root partition
    • reboot

    My backup plan is:
    • Call Verizon
    • Get FIOS
     
  10. markis

    markis Member

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    That's the basic idea. You can see my old notes at this link and also search for and read the "6.3a upgrade via bash" thread on another site. You also have to search elsewhere for the 6.4a patch locations for tivoapp.

    http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?p=5664951#post5664951

    I'm also looking into Plan B options now, since 6.4a rebooted in the middle of recording tonight. This equipment is really outdated and it would be nice to get more HD stations. I may have to drop DirecTV though, since the last installer wouldn't put a new dish on the roof.
     
  11. wetchemistry

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    Someone earlier posted that movie loader could be used to transfer programs back and forth instead of MRV. I went to the undergoround section and to save my life I can't find it. When I do a search I get linked to pages where movie loader is in people's signatures. Can someone point me in the right direction? Thanks in advance.
     
  12. Captain 80s

    Captain 80s New Member

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    Google "movie loader tivo" . First link over to DDB.
     
  13. kenr

    kenr New Member

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    Florham...
    My upgrade of my hacked TiVo failed
    I was able to run installSw.itcl just fine use the slices I already had in the MFS from years ago.
    I then tried to reapply my hacks by copying stuff between the root partitions.

    What I was unsure of was how to deal with the kernel. My new root partition was 7, do I copied over my old 6.2a kernel with dd if=/dev/hda3 of=/dev/hda6 bs=1024k

    IS THE 6.2A KERNEL COMPATIBLE WITH 6.4A?

    I rebooted, got a message that the upgrade would take an hour, then the kernel paniced and since then it's in a reboot loop. (I have a serial console so I can see all this).

    Fortunately I did this with a backup of the real disk so I can try over again.

    Can anyone find a fault with my procedure?
     
  14. wetchemistry

    wetchemistry New Member

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    Thank you, I was under the impression it was on THIS website, not DDB.
     
  15. markis

    markis Member

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    Yes, the old kernel works. I'm not sure what happened, but you can try to make sure you have the USB backport drivers and also look at your iptables and dhclient files. Also read through the 6.4a threads on DDB ("6.4a has arrived") to see problems others have run into and possible solutions.
     
  16. wishbone4401

    wishbone4401 New Member

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    I Received a call from the Directv corporate representative late this afternoon. He said Directv engineering has not responded with any information about when and how the software updates to fix this problem are going to be implemented. He said he would call me back next week to update the status.
     
  17. falstaffpac

    falstaffpac New Member

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    That was my fault. I thought MovieLoader was discussed in Underground. After your post, it occurred to me the information may be on another site.

    I apologize. The google search recommended above should get you to the right place.
     
  18. kenr

    kenr New Member

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    Florham...
    I'm in the NYC market and lost channels:
    2 (CBS)
    4 (NBC)
    5 (FOX)
    7 (ABC)
    13 (PBS)

    I just noticed that these channels are active with the same programming as the lost channels:
    390 (CBS-E)
    392 (NBC-E)
    396 (ABC-E)
    398 (FOX-E)

    Therefore the only channel I've actually lost is PBS. I don't recall if these 39x channels were active before, but for us in the NYC market, it sure alleviates most of the problem.
     
  19. stevel

    stevel Dumb Blond TCF Club

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    You probably can get those because those are NYC stations in the 390s.
     
  20. dwellar

    dwellar New Member

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    KENR

    Definitely need to replace the 6.4a USB drivers with Jamie's . If you unplug the Ethernet / USB connector, the drivers won't try to load. If that's why it is rebooting, unplugging will get you past that. It did for me, and then I uploaded Jamie's drivers over the serial port.
     

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