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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. Spotty53

    Spotty53 New Member

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    Found my problem.... I didn't realize that the WinXP machine that I downloaded to had blocked the file. I unblocked it then re-burned the CD and it works fine!
    Still learning all the nuances of XP .. :D
    Thanks for your help, dsmturbo!
     
  2. bmatson

    bmatson New Member

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    I wrote (a few posts ago) that...

    I have now figured out that the swap indeed did not initialize. (Login to Tivo with bash, "cat /var/log/kernel | grep swap" and I got the swap error messages detailed in the thread regarding MFS 2.0 swap problems). BTW, I'm not posting there (yet) because I started this post here, regarding a copykern issue.

    I believe I just need to initialize the swap space I reserved with "mfsrestore -s 300 ...". Is there a way to do this without removing the drive again? I do have a bash prompt. I'm not sure if tpip is on the Tivo (amazingly, I don't have "ls" on the Tivo to look for it), or if I can execute it from the Tivo.

    Is there any other way? If I have to remove the drive, what is the precise tpip command, and how can I check if I actually reserved 300 Mb for swap? Thanks.
     
  3. Krookut

    Krookut New Member

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    NM my recent posts, I purchased Instant Cake for the restore, now have a 250 GB Maxtor QuickView drive in my SVR-2000, going to use "best" quality for all recordings from now on :)
     
  4. dsmturbo

    dsmturbo New Member

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    Glad you got it working..and you are right..WinXP can be pretty strange at times
     
  5. brentboren

    brentboren New Member

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    I followed the treads posted above in the last few days trying to get past the same problem (tpip: Unknown boot block signature: 0x0...). Smacdon indicated the source of the error was somehow related to copykern. After digging into this for a bit, it seems that copykern makes some assumptions about where (and if) the cdrom ends up being mounted during the boot process. I downloaded 2 different versions of the PTV upgrade tools and they both made different - but incorrect - assumptions about where to find the kernel files that were to be used as replacement sources.

    If you search through the cd to find the correct replacement kernel, note its name and path, and enter the same string generated by copykern with the corrected kernel name and path, tpip should work as advertised. I verified this on the 2 different PTV boot CDs I have been using and was able to make them both work.

    My 2 cents. I hope this helps others save some of the debug time I have spent.
    Brent
     
  6. LarryH

    LarryH New Member

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    Well, most of the day is gone with no success. I have a Series 2 DTV TiVo that had been upgraded to a 160G drive by Weaknees. The drive was flaky so I wanted to upgrade it myself. (Bad idea?)

    I bought a 200G Maxtor and connected it as Primary Master. The Weaknees 160 is connected as Secondary Master.

    First time through I tried the msftools and realized it wouldn't see past the 137 limit. So I downloaded Weaknees ISO. Thing kept hanging on Verifying DMI pool.

    So next, I dl'd the PTVupgrade ISO. Booted like a champ and found my disks and identified the size for each. But each and every time I enter commands, I keep getting:

    Restore failed: Backup target not large enough for entire backup by itself.

    I've tried the Weaknees string:

    mfsbackup -Tao - /dev/hdc | mfsrestore -s 127 -r 4 -xzpi - /dev/hda

    I've tried the strings I found on Tyger's site with the same result.

    I'm really lost now. I'd love some help. Thanks.

    Larry
     
  7. mattack

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    What exactly does the 'byteswap' option mean on these CDs? I mean, I understand what byte swapping *is*, of course.

    I don't know when you'll use it with tivos and when you won't. Is it a S1 vs S2 issue?

    I tried booting the 4.01 CD on a 'developer transition system' (Apple Intel machine), and it hangs while booting.. Possibly because one of the things mentioned (twice) is:
    keyboard: Timeout - AT keyboard not present?

    of course it's not present, since the machine has a USB keyboard.

    I'm now wondering if I can install Linux on the existing (non-tivo of course) hard drive, and run the tools from the CD..
     
  8. azitnay

    azitnay New Member

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    Yes, S1 will want byteswapped, S2 not.

    You should be able to run the mfstool binary from virtually any Linux system.

    Drew
     
  9. sammyplo

    sammyplo New Member

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    when u mention that extra files need to be added to the boot disk to add networking to a series 2 does that mean if a basic install is done then i will not be able to connect my tivo to my computer
     
  10. azitnay

    azitnay New Member

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    Not sure what you're talking about... Series2's have networking by default, you just need a USB adapter.

    Drew
     
  11. Dec 1, 2005 #251 of 572
    BobCamp1

    BobCamp1 Active Member

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    But DirecTivo series 2 units don't, unless their hacked.
     
  12. Dec 4, 2005 #252 of 572
    khyberman

    khyberman New Member

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    I just purchased a toshiba rs-tx60 ans want to upgrate to version 7.0 from 5.4 which is currently on the system.


    Please advice how I can do this, do I need to do this over a phone line?

    thanks,
     
  13. Dec 4, 2005 #253 of 572
    azitnay

    azitnay New Member

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    As long as you can connect to the TiVo service, you can get the upgrade (doesn't matter if it's via phone or ethernet).

    Put your TiVo on the 7.2.1 priority list to get 7.2.1 faster:

    http://research.tivo.com/72.1priority/

    Drew
     
  14. Dec 5, 2005 #254 of 572
    windhorny

    windhorny New Member

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    I bought a Phillips series 1 not knowing anything about tivos. I bought it because I didnt want t subscribed tivo, just a digital vcr. Is it a pain in the ass to make a new drive using XP? It is a refurbished model that comes with no drive, so i have nothing to copy over. Please help. i am about to just buy one from Weekknees but even they arent sure if I can use it without a subscription. Input?

    thanks
     
  15. Dec 6, 2005 #255 of 572
    azitnay

    azitnay New Member

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    You won't use Windows XP itself in your upgrade process, you'll use a boot CD. Check out http://tivo.upgrade-instructions.com/index.php for instructions.

    Since you say you don't even have a drive, you'll need to find an image somewhere.

    Drew
     
  16. Dec 9, 2005 #256 of 572
    gloco101

    gloco101 New Member

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    if u dont want to backup and restore, what are the commands to copy the original drive to the new one. all the guides say is what to type to backup, restore then add...
     
  17. HomeUser

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    DANGEROUS no checking for a valid TiVo drive and will destroy (over-write) any data on hdY "cp /dev/hdX /dev/hdY"

    A little safer and expands to fill the new drive.
    mfsbackup -Tsao - /dev/hdX | mfsrestore -s 127 -r 4 -xzpi - /dev/hdZ

    Try following azitnay link http://tivo.upgrade-instructions.com/index.php to the WeaKnees "Interactive TiVo Upgrade Instructions".
     
  18. gloco101

    gloco101 New Member

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    if i only have the tivo drive and the new hd (i had to take out my usual hd) what is it backing up a nd restoring to. dont i just want to move files from the tivo drive to the new drive?
     
  19. HomeUser

    HomeUser Active Member

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    If you have it booting the MFSTools CD from the USB drive.

    Backup to a FAT32 partition on the New drive then transfer the backup to your main HD for archival.

    Just mfsbackup and pipe "|" the output "-o -" to the input "-i -" of mfsrestore to the new hard drive then keep the original drive as your backup.
     
  20. sammyplo

    sammyplo New Member

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    the weakness guide says to use mfsbackup -f 9999 -so - /dev/hdx | mfsrestore -s 127 -r 4 -xzpi - /dev/hdz will this work if i dont use the weakness cd and am just using msftools?
     

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