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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. Apr 7, 2006 #301 of 572
    seanmcgpa

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    Hey guys... I need some advice from the experts, please.

    A couple years ago, I bought an HR10-250 HDTivo (with the original 250GB drive). I used the LBA48 CD to add another 250GB drive. Two years of joy. :)

    Now I'm getting symptoms of HD failure ... random reboots, I can hear one of the HDs make a soft "click" noise occasionally. Shows are recording a minute late into a program, etc.

    I purchased two 2 500GB PATA drives as replacements and need advice on how to proceed. I would love to copy my [2x250] -> [2x500] and then use the additional space, but is this possible since I've already added a drive once?

    Or do I need to make a backup of just the HR10-250 file system (without recordings) to move over to the new drives? I had made a backup of the original file system two years ago, but I cannot find the tivo.bak image anywhere.

    I have an old computer with a SCSI cd rom and 4 EIDE ports, so in theory I could make a backup of the original drives and save my recordings ....

    Any advice on how to proceed is greatly appreciated. I am getting a lot of aggro from the wife regarding Lost (rebooting in the middle, lost half the episode), and usabillity etc.

     
  2. Rhughes

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    When I look at the PTV page, I see PTVupgrade LBA48 CD v4.02 which is free, and PTVupgrade LBA48 CD v4.02 Enhancements which costs $5. Could someone tell me the difference between the free version and the $5 version? I don't mind spending the $5, but what will it do for me that the free version won't?
     
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  4. PatC

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    Hi, I downloaded the IC for my TCD540040 to upgrade the 40 hour to a 160GB WD hard drive. Using a Dell XPS T450 PIII machine with two IDE controllers I could not get the IC CD to boot from the Primary Slave position, No OS found.

    Anyway, after fooling around, I found the IC CD would boot from the Secondary IDE on either Master or Slave CD drives. So, I removed the Master CD drive on the Secondary IDE and installed the new HD as the Master on the Secondary IDE. I removed the Primary IDE cable from the MB and booted to the IC CD in the Slave CD drive on the Secondary IDE. The only installed were"

    IDE1 Drive 0 none PM (cable not connected)
    IDE1 Drive 1 none PS (cable not connected)

    IDE2 Drive 0 SM New 160Gb WD HD
    IDE2 Drive 1 SS HP CD Writer (Booted with IC CD)

    Instant Cake baked my cake and returned the following messages:

    Starting Restore
    1010 of 1010 MB 100% at 33% Compression
    Adding Pair /dev/hdc14-/dev/hdc15
    New Standalone Size: 174 Hours (134 more)

    Your Cake has been successfully baked. Please shutdown your computer remove the drive and install it in your TiVo. Don't forget to clear and delete.

    Does this look like a successful install?
    Does IC support booting from the IDE2 Slave position with a one drive upgrade conected to the IDE2 Master?
    Thanks, Pat
     
  5. tivoupgrade

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    I've edited the first post in this thread with the following information:

    [Note: As of 4/26/06 DirecTV, is releasing version 3.5 of the TiVo software; this kernel is NOT lba48-aware. CopyKern will NOT install a compatible version of the kernel for 3.5. Please stay tuned for more details as they become available.]

    So, bottom line is this -- for those of you with > 137GB drives in your Series1 DirecTiVo units, you most likely will experience problems when the 3.5 software is ultimately installed on your unit. (you may want to unplug your phone lines in the interim).

    The CopyKern utility on our utility disk does not install a kernel compatible with 3.5 (only its predecessors, 2.5.2 and 3.1.0). Hopefully, a new lba48-enabled kernel will become available soon; we'll update the free lba48 cd with any updated kernels, and a newer version of CopyKern, as well.

    Stay tuned...
     
  6. ccallana

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    So if I'm reading this correctly - I can use the PTVupgrade CD with LBA48 support to copy my 120GB drive (which is about to throw a bearing) onto a 200GB drive, and Tivo will see the whole drive?

    Box is a Philips 40GB originally, upgraded to 120 a few years ago.

    Thanks
     
  7. HomeUser

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    Yes, without saving recordings. No if you want to keep recordings.

    If you want to keep recordings you either need to offload the recordings or "image copy" the 120G to the new drive the TiVo will see only the 120G.
     
  8. May 1, 2006 #308 of 572
    ccallana

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    Thanks! Worked Great! - although it took a lot longer than I expected - started @ 11:30pm last nite - didn't finish the restore until 5:30pm today - 18 hours..... seems a bit long. either way, it worked - kept everything, have a newer drive - and a bigger one to boot.

    :)
     
  9. May 3, 2006 #309 of 572
    funtoupgrade

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    As you indicated, the canned copykern script looks for the new kernels in the wrong place so does not really update the kernel even though it seems to with error messages.

    After a couple of hours of fooling around I also came to the same conclusion but darn if I can find the kernels anywhere in any of the directories on the CD. I'm looking for the series 3 standalone.
     
  10. May 3, 2006 #310 of 572
    tivoupgrade

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    They are there...

    Make sure you've mounted the CDROM properly, they are not in the initrd (ergo, not in ramdisk) but on the CD itself in the s1_kernels folder...
     
  11. May 3, 2006 #311 of 572
    funtoupgrade

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    I just figured this out by myself before reading this post. Somehow I missed, or never read, or it was not there that I needed to enter the mountcd command before running copykern. As soon as I did this the copykern ran fine and updated the kernel.

    In my opinion, everytime copykern is mentioned there ought to be a footnote or parentheses reminding user to enter mountcd before running copykern. It really would have been helpful if that had been part of the script during the copykern process. In fact, what harm would there be in your copykern script mounting the CDrom automatically so user did not have to do this?

    Very happy to finally have figured this out but many hours wasted fooling with it.
     
  12. May 3, 2006 #312 of 572
    funtoupgrade

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    One more thing I am not sure about regarding copykern. Do you need to use it when you have two drives that total more than 137GB, or just if one or both drives are bigger than 137GB? I'm guessing no since the copykern script asks which drive is the TiVo drive and does not seem to provide option for two drives.
     
  13. May 4, 2006 #313 of 572
    azitnay

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    The total size of the two drives together doesn't matter... The problem you're dealing with here pertains to the size of a single drive. If it's bigger than 137GB, you need LBA48 to address the whole drive.

    I've never used copykern, but I'd imagine it only needs to know about the A drive, since that's where the kernel is.

    Drew
     
  14. May 4, 2006 #314 of 572
    funtoupgrade

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    Thanks, I think I'm finally all squared away on copykern.
     
  15. May 6, 2006 #315 of 572
    gr8reb8

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    Alas, I saw this message to late. Now my DSR6000 never gets past the powering on message.... :(
     
  16. May 7, 2006 #316 of 572
    Francesco

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    Yep. If you have access to a spare drive less than 137 GB, re-image to it to 3.1x and let it upgrade (or not) and at least get some use out of your DTiVo until a compatible LBA48-aware kernel is added to the upgrade CDs.
     
  17. May 8, 2006 #317 of 572
    tivoupgrade

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    An alternative would be to reimage after booting with a non-lba48 CD, then you will only be using 137GB of the drive, even if its a 160GB...
     
  18. May 8, 2006 #318 of 572
    mlamanuzzi

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    Hello everyone. I have a Series 2 model TCD540080. I bought a Maxtor QuickView 250GB drive to replace the one that came with my TiVo. I used the LBA48 BootCD to copy the TiVo's drive to the new drive using dd. The new drive works, but the recording time under system info still reads "up to 40 hours". Is there a way to make a Series 2 use a drive larger than 137GB? Shouldn't the TiVo at least recognize 137GB of the drive? I haven't been able to find a definite answer to this question, other than "it can be done". Please help.

    Thank you,

    Michael Lamanuzzi
     
  19. May 8, 2006 #319 of 572
    azitnay

    azitnay New Member

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    The TiVo software doesn't magically determine that it's been moved to a bigger drive. You need to use MFS Tools 2.0 to tell it. Follow these instructions (you can most likely substitute the LBA48 boot CD it tells you to create with the PTV CD you've already created):

    http://tivo.upgrade-instructions.com/index.php

    Drew
     
  20. May 8, 2006 #320 of 572
    ashu

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    Yeah.

    And if you DID use mfstools, it's possible you forgot a step.

    Specifically, you need to run the mfsadd command to expand your drive (or tell the TiVo OS to use the available extra space, and the partitions therein)
     

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