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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. tivoupgrade

    tivoupgrade Sponsor

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    With the new site launch, we've moved some things around (and some things have broken).

    Here is the new location of the free lba48 CD; feel free to refer to it in your guides/posts.

    Please do not redistribute the ISO or link directly to the file, as its likely to create confusion - especially when we update the CD, or change its location.

    Enjoy!
     
  2. Dec 1, 2006 #402 of 572
    sleepeeg3

    sleepeeg3 New Member

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    How do you access these then? I am unable to use copykern, because it does not have support past drive "hdg" and when I run the command:
    Code:
    tpip -s -o /mnt /kernel.orig -k /cdrom/s1_kernels/kernel-3.0/vmlinux-3.0.px /dev/hdj
    "vmlinux-3.0.px" can not be found. Changing to the s1_kernels directory and running "ls" or "dir" shows no subdirectories. I think there was just the kernel.orig file listed.

    Assumed this was because the drive is not mounted, but mountcd and oodles of other commands will not mount the CD. I see an "@CDROM" directory so maybe it is mounted...

    What do I need to do?

    Edit: I found the vmlinux-3.0.px package is compressed, by looking at the CD in Windows. Does copykern uncompress is onto the source TiVo disk or can Linux store the output in RAM?

    Tried to use a floppy drive and I get an "error writing kernel.orig ...Success!" (surprise!)
     
  3. Dec 1, 2006 #403 of 572
    tivoupgrade

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    What is the device label for your CD-ROM?

    If its /dev/hdg, for example, then try

    mount /dev/hdg /cdrom

    And you should then be able to see the files...
     
  4. Dec 1, 2006 #404 of 572
    sleepeeg3

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    It was hdi, but I believe I tried that. Oh well, I will probably never delve into a Linux command prompt again.

    I happened to be installing a new motherboard, without the problem of the first 8 channels being used and the cdrom/drive device ids changed to hda / hdb respectively. Ran copykern and it worked fine. :) Thanks tivoupgrade man!

    The rest of you - buy instantcake.
     
  5. Dec 1, 2006 #405 of 572
    bob2112

    bob2112 New Member

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    Hello, I was wondering if you could help me out. I've been working on this for 10hrs or more and have not gotten anywhere with the msfbackup command.
    I have a Tivo 2 Series 40GB HD Life Time
    I use the boot disk with the mfstools 2.0 on it and come to the #
    My hard drive setup is....
    Prim Master: hda1 (80GB C drive Fat32)
    Prim Slave : hdb1 (120GB Replacement Tivo HD Fat32)
    Sec. Master: hdc1 (40GB Tivo HD)
    Sec. Slave :hdd(cd-rom)

    All disk show correct size. i.e. all are unlocked and master and slave pins are setup correctly on HDs and ribbins setup correctly too. i.e. Prim/Sec Master on end of ribbin etc. BIOS setup to auto detect HDs.
    Also, for some reason I cannot mount hda1 or c: drive. It's FAT32x and so are the other ones which I can mount.

    I start with...
    mkdir /dev/hdb1 /mnt/target
    mkdir /dev/hdc1 /mnt/source
    # mount /dev/hdb1 /mnt/target
    # mount /dev/hdc1 /mnt/source
    #mfsbackup_-f_9999_-6so_/mnt/target/tivo2.bak_/dev/hdc1

    I then get an error input/output error
    Underscore"_" means a space between. It's sometimes hard to tell if there is or is not so this makes it easyer for me and others.

    Could you please give me the commands step by step so I can make an image of my Tivo2 so I may restore it on to a larger hard drive. I hope I'm just missing something really easy.

    Thanks for your help in advance.
    Sincerely,
    bob2112
     
  6. Dec 2, 2006 #406 of 572
    MungoJerrie

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    Deleted some unnecessaries; what you were really missing is you backup (and restore for that matter) an entire device (/dev/hdc) as opposed to a partition. Have you read the Hinsdale howto (google it); lot of good info there...
     
  7. fozzir

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    I have a Series 1 standalone. I tried to re-initalize the singe drive after I removed the second one. I even redid copykern. Any ideas? Another option I have is put in a smaller second drive (80g from 250g) but not sure what commands to use. I built this using instantcake (which I don't have anymore because all 3 of my backups are jacked up).
    Thanks,
    Scott

    PS, the original second drive went into another Tivo. (I have 3)
     
  8. mj1856

    mj1856 New Member

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    Hi. Sorry if this has already been answered, but I can't find it.

    I have a HR10-250 that I upgraded using the lba48 cd and mfsadd with the +x and +r 4 options. The upgrade was successfull and reported 655 hours now available.

    However, when I put them back in the tivo, the system info screen only shows 477 SD hours. This is a new 300gb drive added to the existing 250gb.

    What happened to the rest of the space? I saw some stuff about kernel swapping, but I thought that was on series 1's only? Shouldn't the 10-250 see the whole 655 hours?

    I put them back in the pc and checked with mfsinfo, and it still shows 655.

    What am I missing??

    Thanks!
     
  9. spike2k5

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    Hours reported using mfstools is an estimate for Standalone TiVo. Actual hours for dtv tivo you reported sounds right.
     
  10. Mar 7, 2007 #410 of 572
    davidk

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    If I am using copykern to replace the my non-LBA48 kernel (that came with my 3.5b software last night) with the 3.10+ kernel on this CD, do I need to expand my swap again by using the -s option?

    Thanks,
    David
     
  11. ISWIZ

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    I made an ISO from the V4.04 as reccomended. Never found copykern, instead it redid my drive, wiping out Tivo 3.5, now back t 3.1 again and lost what programs I had. At the # prompt I tyed in copykern but it would not take the command.

    1. Where did I screw it up?
    2. I am going to let it load 3.5 again but know I will have the same issue.. any help out there?
     
  12. rob.williams

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    I'm having a problem with the LBA48 kernel replacement. Maybe someone can help.

    1) This morning, I watched a program, and when I deleted it, the GXCEB0T rebooted. When it completed rebooting, I checked the software revision, and I had 3.5b installed.
    2) When I went to the "Now Playing" list, the TiVo rebooted again, so I went online and found that the new software update probably replaced my kernel with a non-LBA48 version.
    3) I downloaded the V4.04 ISO and burnt a CD. I used "copykern" to replace my kernel with 3.1
    4) I installed the drives back into the TiVo, and after rebooting, I could see my recordings (I played a recent one), but I could not download satellite data (my account was listed as CLOSED in the information screen). I re-ran guided setup, and was able to get info from the satellite, and my account was back in good standing. I could watch live TV, but when I went to the "Now Playing" screen, the TiVo rebooted again. The software was still listed as 3.5b
    5) I tried to reinstall the LBA48 kernel. I noticed that the CDROM did not mount, so the new kernel was not being found. I had not updated the kernel as I thought.
    6) I mounted the CD drive, and installed the new kernel properly.
    7) I reinstalled the drive in the TiVo, and now I'm stuck at the "Welcome. Powering up..." screen.

    I double checked the drive jumpers, and they are correct. I have a 40GB main drive, and an 160GB second drive installed. I used the InstantCake CD two months ago to build this system.

    Am I hosed?

    **Update - as I was typing this, the TiVo booted. I still have 3.5b listed, and when I go into the Now Playing list, the TiVo reboots still. Any suggestions?
     
  13. michaelrj9

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    I posted this in the undergroung playground but was giving a like to here so I reposted it here. Sorry

    I have a series 1 Directv tivo model GXCEBOTD that I upgraded the hard drive to a single 400gb drive using the PTVupgrade TiVo Upgrade CD a bout 6 months ago or so and everything was working great.

    I updated the software that Directv came out with for for the Day light savings time update.
    The software before the DST update was 3.5.01-1-031
    After the update it is now 3.5B.01-1-031 THE ONLY DIFFERENCE IS THE "B"
    Now almost all my programs are gone. when I select it they say: Error play a recording. The recorder was not able to record this program because there was no video signal on the channel. You may have been trying to record on a channel that you don't receive.

    What would be the best way to try to save the programs and get it back working again If any.

    Thanks for all your help everyone.

    Michael
     
  14. davidk

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    Michaelrj9, my DSR6000 had the same error after the 3.5b update. From what I understand, until you replace the non-LBA48 kernel, the longer you use your tivo after the upgrade, the more programs you will lose. Once I replaced my kernel with the LBA48 kernel from the v4.04 cd (I used the 3.10+ kernel), all but two of my programs were viewable again.
     
  15. michaelrj9

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    Thanks

    So just use the copykern then it should work?

    Edit:

    I Just tried copykern with the same results.
     
  16. davidk

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    A couple of questions:

    How long did you continue to leave the tivo plugged in after the upgrade? That could have a direct effect on how many programs can be saved.

    When you used copykern, are you sure that copykern actually copied over 3.10+? Some users have reported that the cdrom was not mounted and therefore copykern could not find the new kernel.
     
  17. spiffy

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    It's not just copykern, is it? According to PTVupgrade's first post, "Also note that you will need to use killinitrd to zap the new initrd." Is that a necessary step as well?
     
  18. michaelrj9

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    I seen that too but if you go to the website that has killinitrd it says for series 2 tivo's and I have a series 1.
     
  19. davidk

    davidk New Member

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    Yes, I believe you need to use killinitrd. In addition to using the 3.10+ kernel, I also had to reinstall my cachecard drivers so I zapped the new initrd while running nic_config from the Silicondust driver boot cd.

    From the top of this page http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?t=297372:
     
  20. spiffy

    spiffy New Member

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    Um, which web site are you referring to?
     

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