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MFStools Boot CD - LBA48 Boot Disk for ALL TiVo Models

Discussion in 'TiVo Upgrade Center' started by tivoupgrade, Oct 4, 2004.

  1. quiddich

    quiddich Three TiVos so far!

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    I tried to use the copy of dd_rescue on PTVupgrade 4.01 to copy my crashed harddisk, but it was very slow (2mb/second), and I noticed it was old compared to the current version (and didn't have the same options as those I'd found in the forums).

    I wound up booting a RIP image, which had a dd_rescue which matched current hints -- it also copied at 28mb/second, which was much better!

    I don't know if the difference in speed is due to my specifying the right options or if DMA was involved, too (I hit "enter" to boot each of the images, not taking any options), but if you rebuild the PTVupgrade image, could you update dd_rescue?

    And THANKS for making the image available in the first place and for answering questions here -- I was able to salvage my HDTiVo and save all the programs, which made my family very happy! :)
     
  2. Sep 3, 2005 #202 of 572
    Callindril

    Callindril New Member

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    Howdy,

    Got a Phillips 704 recently, and wanted to upgrade it to use a 200g drive...

    It has 6.2 on the original disk, so I made a MFSBackup of it, restored it to the 200g disk, and put the 3.1.5 killhdinitrd kernel from the s2_kernel/3.1.5 directory from the PTVUpgrade CD (The one you buy for $5) in both the kernel partitions.

    Now my question: is this 3.1.5 killhdinitrd kernel an LBA kernel? Can I just boot again with the PTVUpgrade disk (which boots with an LBA kernel) and do a regular MFS Expand and safely take full advanatge of the 200g drive ?

    Thanks
    Cal
     
  3. Sep 6, 2005 #203 of 572
    tivoupgrade

    tivoupgrade Sponsor

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    You don't need to install a new kernel on your upgraded disk; the kernel that is part of the 6.2 release of the software is already LBA48-aware.
     
  4. Sep 8, 2005 #204 of 572
    Callindril

    Callindril New Member

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    That would be true, if all I wanted to do was upgrade the HD size...

    But I also want to put on Telnet, FTP, TIVOWebPlus, TYTools...and so on....

    So the question still remains...

    Is the 3.1.5 killhdinitrd kernel on the PTVUpgrade CD (The one you buy for $5) an LBA kernel?
     
  5. Sep 8, 2005 #205 of 572
    tivoupgrade

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    yes, the modified kernel on that CD contains LBA48 support
     
  6. Sep 9, 2005 #206 of 572
    ETD66SS

    ETD66SS New Member

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    Just bought 2 160GB drives to upgrade my HDR110.

    I've never upgraded a Tivo b4, and don't have much XP with Linux.

    Will the ptvlba48-4.01 ISO I downloaded from this site give me everything I'll need?

    I also bought a cachecard, do I wait to do that after I have the 2 new drives working?
     
  7. Christovich

    Christovich New Member

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    Has anyone experienced any issues with rerunning Guided Setup after upgrading to 2 drives? Mine is rebooting everytime it gets to the dial portion of a call, be it network or phone. (I have adjusted the phone settings for either case).

    I have a series 2 T140060.

    Thank you for your help.
     
  8. Mr. Funny Pants

    Mr. Funny Pants New Member

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    Sorry for the carry over from my other thread ("Probably...") but I thought these details made more sense in this thread.

    SAT-60, two 120GB drives. One was going bad, so I wanted to replace it with a 200GB drive and preserve my recordings. Used DD (which took almost 10 hours), then used Copykern and married the drives. The unit operates perfectly, but refuses to see the extra space, even up to 137GB; it's still reporting the original 214 hours of capacity that it had when it was two 120's. I've tried reversing the order of marrying and using Copykern, and just using Copykern, still no dice, but the unit continues to function fine and all 160+ hours of recordings were preserved.

    When I do the Copykern, here is the output:

    /cdrom/s1_kernels/kernel-3.1/vmlinux-3.1.px.gz: no such file or directory
    Writing 1065472 bytes to '/mnt/kernel.orig'
    tpip: unknown boot block signature: ox132027f0
    Kernel updated

    Any ideas?
     
  9. binki

    binki New Member

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    Joisey
    I am trying to upgrade my HDR112 and having trouble. Here's the situation: it was upgraded a few years ago with two 100GB drives. Lately I've had stutters and freezes and figured a drive must be failing. So I got two 120GB drives, cleared off the extraneous files from the limping TiVo, borrowed a PC (all my computers are Macs), made a boot floppy, and hooked everything up and ran the line of code from section 10C of the lovely instructions online. It all seemed to be running just fine but after about 4 hours of copying I got an error--my beloved spouse saw it and didn't write down the exact wording--but it seems it timed out due to errors on the hdd drive, the old B drive from the TiVo.

    Complications include: there is no hard drive or CD drive on this borrowed PC. I didn't do a backup because of this, and I'm not sure it would have worked anyway with this wonky "d" drive.

    Is there anything I can do? Are there tools I can put on a floppy to fix the old drive enough to copy it to the new one, or can I just maybe bless it or something and sacrifice the recordings that were on the old B drive? Or can I at least try again but only copy the B drive, to try to save a few hours of the process?

    Should I just run it again? Any chance it'd be able to jump over those bad sectors if I just kept trying?

    Any words of wisdom are greatly appreciated. Live TV is so lame....
     
  10. azitnay

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    Are you trying to copy all recordings, etc.? If so, since that's not working, try copying only the OS and settings instead.

    If you can't even get a valid image off the old drives that way, it's time to look for an image for your unit. Try PM'ing StanSimmons, or purchase InstantCake from http://www.ptvupgrade.com/.

    Drew
     
  11. binki

    binki New Member

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    Joisey
    I was trying to copy the recordings, yes. I'd really like to keep them if there is any way at all to do so. It seems the B drive is the bad one; am I correct in thinking the OS would be on the A drive?

    if it stops halfway through like it did, waiting for the B drive, would that mean the A drive copied okay, with OS and all?

    Is there any way to fix the old B drive enough to make this copy go through? Even if it means losing some recordings, is there any way to get it to block out the bad sectors?

    Is there any chance of this working or am I holding onto false hope here?

    I'm just hoping there are options other than blanking it all out and starting over. My original tiny drive is still in the closet so if worse came to worst I could reinstall that or something...but ugh, that's sure not what I'd rather do.
     
  12. cwilkins

    cwilkins New Member

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    You shouldn't be guessing if you have a bad drive or which one is bad. Figure out who made the drive(s), go off to the manufacturer's site, download their diagnostic util and use it. Better yet, use Spinrite instead, in mode 2. If there's any chance of recovery, Spinrite will recover the data, and it works with TiVo drives.

    I've always been suspect of the drive manufacturer's utils, but recently had Western Digital's "Data Lifegaurd Diagnotistics" claim there were no problems with a TiVo drive that had confirmed unrecoverable sectors. Spinrite could not completely repair the drive, but it fixed it well enough so that my TiVo would boot, after which the TiVo itself did a GSOD fsfix and cleaned up any remaining problems.

    -cw-
     
  13. kitschcamp

    kitschcamp Tweaked and poked

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    Don't use Spinrite if you're in a rush - even with a small 40GB drive it can take a very long time to check.
     
  14. binki

    binki New Member

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    Joisey
    Would those diagnostics work even though the drives had been formatted for TiVo and used that way for years?

    The old drives are Western Digital Caviar drives, for what that's worth.
     
  15. azitnay

    azitnay New Member

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    Manufacturer diagnostics typically have an option that simply checks the physical condition of the disk, and not the individual partitions, files, etc. on the disk. That's what you want to start with.

    Drew
     
  16. HomeUser

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    SpinRite is an excellent choice I use it to test every new hard drive I install. I just recently recovered a 120G TiVo drive using it. Just note any full hard drive diagnostic will run all night even longer if it finds errors.

    Check it out at Gibson Research Corporations SpinRite
     
  17. binki

    binki New Member

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    Joisey
    I just looked at the SpinRite page. Is there any way to do this that doesn't cost 90 bucks?
    I don't own a PC, I borrowed one for this TiVo job, and will probably never use it again!

    - -

    on edit:

    I'm at the Western Digital site now, but I'm baffled by the options.
    Can someone explain to me, as if talking to a child, what I need, exactly? The computer has nothing at all in it, no CD drive, no hard drive, so I'm not sure what OS the diagnostic needs to be for. I believe I have to be able to make a boot floppy, but which one?
     
  18. azitnay

    azitnay New Member

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    Support -> Downloads -> Data Lifeguard Diagnostics for DOS (Floppy) is the one I usually use. It allows you to download an .exe that creates a boot floppy for you.

    If you're not running Windows, or don't have a floppy drive, you can probably use Data Lifeguard Diagnostics for DOS (CD) instead and burn the .iso to a CD-R.

    Drew
     
  19. ashu

    ashu User title defunct

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    binki, for starters also consider downloading the Ultimate Boot CD.

    It has some ultra-powerful (and scary!) tools, but has all the latest disk manufacturers' diagnostics too (remember to scroll on the disk diagnostics' page after booting from this CD).

    Rule of thumb - if you're not sure what a tool is about to do and it DOES pop up a "You can't revert and this may make permanent changes" message box, cancel ouy. The basic tools should give you a good idea what's going on with the disk.
     
  20. binki

    binki New Member

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    Joisey
    There's no CD drive in that machine, nor any kind of Ethernet/internet ability (no hard drive, no OS, nuttin'!) but I'll give that Data Lifeguard a shot. I'll ask a PC-enabled friend to make me a floppy.

    Thanks... hope I won't be back here with further woe...
     

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