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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. Xezoid

    Xezoid New Member

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    I just want to say thanks I replaced my HD-Tivo drives with two Seagate 400 GB I bought from Fry's ($169.00 each). I have now 100 hours of recording space. Just in time for Fall TV shows.

    :up:

    BTW I used the LBA48 Upgrade CD.
     
  2. binki

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    Joisey
    Data Lifeguard throws up its hands and says there are too many errors. Is there any chance SpinRite or any other floppy-based utility would be able to patch this thing up? I have all the time in the world; if I have to run a program a thousand times, fixing a bit or two each time, that's fine with me.

    So one of my drives seems to have copied successfully, and the other is dead unless there's some good utility out there that can reanimate it.

    Assuming the worst, what are my options now? Is there any way to try to save the drive's worth that successfully made it to the new drive? What can I do with the other new drive, which is presumably still blank right now? Do I need to format it or bless it or something?
     
  3. HomeUser

    HomeUser Active Member

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    First make sure that you have a very good EIDE 133 ribbon cable a lot of hard drive problems are caused by bad cables or using the old IDE cables (half the wires) with new HD's.

    I would give SpinRite a try, then of course I all ready purchased a copy for the computer that I use to do TiVo setup. SpinRite worked for me recovered all data on the @%$!! 200G Maxtor drive.
     
  4. binki

    binki New Member

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    Joisey
    Used Data Lifeguard, which didn't do much, but I guess it fixed things a little. We put the limping drives back into the TiVo to capture the valuable recordings to video. That worked, we erased all the recordings, and then back into the PC. We uttered the appropriate incantations to copy the drives onto the new ones. It kicked out a lot of errors but didn't give up like it had the last time; just complained a lot and finally got back to the octothorpe. Took the drives out, put them in the TiVo and now it's looping, GSOD to startup to "just a few minutes please" to GSOD.

    It's not currently plugged into a phone line, but will be soon.
    Think it'll resurrect itself?
     
  5. azitnay

    azitnay New Member

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    You could give it a shot, but if it's looping a ton very quickly, probably not. Did you give it enough swap to complete the GSOD?

    Drew
     
  6. Oct 3, 2005 #226 of 572
    Nightfall

    Nightfall New Member

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    I just wanted to write a note saying thanks for everyone's assistance here. I upgraded my HDVR2s a few years ago using 160GB upgrade drives from the 40GB that were in the machines. After both machines started having rebooting problems with the 6.2 upgrade, I got replacement Phillips 708s. I just upgraded those to 250gb hard drives.

    Your help is greatly appreciated. :)
     
  7. Oct 4, 2005 #227 of 572
    smacdon

    smacdon New Member

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    I upgraded my Series 1 HDR112 to a 250gig hard drive using Ver 4.0 of the PTVUgrade CD. All went well, except went I attempted to Copykern. I got the following error:

    tpip: unknown boot block signature: ox132027f0

    The Tivo works OK, but the Kernel has definitely not been replaced on the Tivo. Anyone know what this error might mean?
     
  8. Oct 6, 2005 #228 of 572
    BobCamp1

    BobCamp1 Active Member

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    Don't know what the error means, but if the kernel didn't copy over, your Tivo will die before the end of the month.

    If you can't get copykern to work, the Instantcake image has LBA48 support.
     
  9. Oct 6, 2005 #229 of 572
    smacdon

    smacdon New Member

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    Yep, I found that out. I started losing previously recorded programs. I managed to get the new kernel copied over by running the TPIP command directly, not through copykern. Don't know why it worked, but it did.
     
  10. Oct 9, 2005 #230 of 572
    brooksnicholai

    brooksnicholai New Member

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    I just upgraded my series 1 tivo using the ptvupgrade cd with LBA48 support.

    I have a 200gig WD hdd. The upgrade went smoothly except when I ran copykern the first time it couldn't find the kernel on the cd-rom as it wasn't mounted properly, so I mounted the cd-rom and reran copykern with success.

    During the upgrade mfs tools said my upgrade was 222 hours up from 21 hours. I replaced the 21 hour drive with the 200 gig drive as it was failing.

    However when I placed the new 200gig drive in the tivo and when to the info screen, it said I have 247 hours?? what gives. This seems high. I'm worried that it didn't work properly.

    Any ideas?
     
  11. Oct 9, 2005 #231 of 572
    Blurayfan

    Blurayfan Active Member

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    The recording time displayed by your TiVo appears accurate for a Series 1.
     
  12. Krookut

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    I'm in the process of changing out failed drives in a Series 1 SVR 2000 with a 250 GB drive, do I specify a 250 MB swap file? Thanks for any help.
     
  13. azitnay

    azitnay New Member

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    127MB (the max you can specify without tpip) is enough for a 250GB drive.

    Drew
     
  14. Krookut

    Krookut New Member

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    Thanks!
     
  15. simonalope

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    I used InstantCake to prepare a 300GB drive for use in my 240040A (single-drive configuration). Should I be okay in terms of swap size? I used the Instant Cake download designated for TCD240 units that have already upgraded to 7.1b, and after the upgrade my TiVo re-downloaded the 7.2 update. I haven't had any problems thus far, but I'm worried by the reports of upgraded TiVos not being able to recover from a crash post-7.2 if they have insufficient swap space.
     
  16. bmatson

    bmatson New Member

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    First of all, thanks to all the dedicated hackers that keep me and my Tivo happy.

    I just restored a backup (mfsrestore -s 300 ...) to a 300 Gb drive (previously a windows XP NTFS drive), booting from the PTV ver 4.01 CD. (BTW the 300 Mb swap is anticipating a possible 2nd 300 Gb drive in the future.)

    I then ran copykern (no arguments... I never saw any doc specifying arguments to this command), and assumed it would properly initialize the 300 Mb swap. But among the output was a suspicious line that said:

    "tpip: Unknown boot block signature: 0x0"
    "Kernel Updated"

    Does this indicate a failure in tpip? Did I not initialize swap properly? How can I tell? I don't really want to replace the drive in my SAT T-60 until I know for sure.

    Is it possible that it is complaining about where it stored the original kernel? I had my backup (FAT) drive mounted on /mnt/dos but copykern copied the original kernel (as backup) onto /mnt/kernel.original. (I'm not concerned about the success of this original kernel backup.) Just a thought.

    Can I safely repeat this command (copykern) to try again?

    I did a search and found this message referred to several times, but with no information as to whether it is a problem or not. Any ideas on how to tell, or instructions on how to redo this manually.

    In the meantime, I'll watch a few backlogged DVDs.

    Thanks.
     
  17. Krookut

    Krookut New Member

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    I also got this message after restoring to a 250GB drive and running copykern.

    Smacdon, could you tell me how to use tpip to transfer the kernel? I don't know what commands to use with tpip.

    Or at least how do I make the drive usable, even if only for 137 GB? Thanks for any help.
     
  18. Spotty53

    Spotty53 New Member

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    I've downloaded PTVupgrade 4.01 and burned it onto CD as ISO image.
    I went to test it out on 2 different computers and it won't boot.
    What am I doing wrong? :confused:
     
  19. dsmturbo

    dsmturbo New Member

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    Spotty53, what program did you use to burn the image file? Sounds like all you have on your CD is the actual .ISO file.
    I use Nero and Under Recorder menu ( I think it is) Choose Burn Image
     
  20. Spotty53

    Spotty53 New Member

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    I used Nero and burned as "ISO image" the file I downloaded from PTVupgrade, LBA48 CD v. 4.01 --- ptvlba48-4.01.iso
    What am I doing wrong?
     

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