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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. Oct 28, 2004 #61 of 572
    tivoupgrade

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    Could be that you didn't really get a good backup (if there was a failing drive underneath that software, its very possible). It could also be a problem with the new drive, as well. It doesn't have anything to do with the LBA48 CD, though. MFStools is still MFStools.
     
  2. Oct 28, 2004 #62 of 572
    Mars Rocket

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    I seem to have solved the problem by repeating Guided Setup and selecting "Satellite + Antenna" in place of "Satellite". This has no real effect on the system since the channels are essentially the same, but it did enable it to download the fully process the guide data - probably because it replaced the existing data rather than simply trying to update it.

    I still need to go through one day's update, but so far it's doing better than before.

    I'll switch it back to "Satellite" alone at some point.
     
  3. Oct 29, 2004 #63 of 572
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    forgive me if it has been asked already, is this support compatible with the Philips DSR704? what would be required to incoporate it with a dual drive upgrade of the Philips? is it also compatible with a netwrok of the Philips? thank you
     
  4. Oct 29, 2004 #64 of 572
    Robert S

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    the TiVo kernel for Series1 systems and many Series2 units are limited to accessing only 137GB of each individual drive.

    and

    Units with a native LBA48 kernel are:

    TiVo TCD540 (ALL MODELS)
    Series2 HUMAX (ALL MODELS)
    Pioneer DVD combo (ALL MODELS)
    Hughes HR10-250 (HDTV)
    Toshiba DVD combo (ALL MODELS)


    So, not only is this a question that has been asked, the answer was already in that vast quantity of text you quoted.

    You will not find details of how to use large drives or networking with Series 2 DTiVoes on this site.
     
  5. Oct 29, 2004 #65 of 572
    Snowman

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    Robert, yes I just read what you said. However, I got the aforementioned cd from ptvupgrade.com because my understanding was that it contains lba48 kernels that have already been patched with killhdinitrd.

    My question concerns just that. I have software v3.1.1c. I WANT to apply the lba48 patched kernel. Unfortunately, I have ZERO clue how to do that.

    copykern does NOT work on anything but series1 units it would appear.

    I'm not sure which partition I need to mount to apply the kernel or what command to use to apply the new kernel.

    Anyone want to help on that?

    As for not finding details of how to use networking with Series 2 DTivos, unless it's against the rules, I'll help anyone I can.
     
  6. Oct 29, 2004 #66 of 572
    bnm81002

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    so can you help me out then with my S2Dtivo Philips DSR704? thanks
     
  7. Oct 30, 2004 #67 of 572
    tivoupgrade

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    Guys,

    I'd suggest you take another look at the first post in this thread so you can truly understand what its intent is and what the LBA48 CD is designed to do for you.

    This thread is not intended to be a catch-all for support questions related to MFStools, killhdinitrd, or any of the additional utilities that are on the LBA48 CD, or may appear in the future. There are plenty of threads, guides, how-to's etc in existence in a variety of places both here, and on other forums which discuss the nuances of the multitude of simple and complex upgrades available for the variety of TiVo systems out there.

    Please take some time to do some searching, as its likely you'll find the how-to information you are looking for in the appropriate places, and you can post your upgrade-specific questions there.

    As for the CD we've released in this thread - its designed to be compatible and usable with the upgrade guides/how-to's that are already in existence. If there is something specific about this CD, as far as the types of utilities you'd like us to incorporate, or remove, or problems using this CD with a particular guide, please do post that here.

    In fact, you can post anything you pretty much want to here, but please don't expect to get answers to questions that might be better posted somewhere else.

    With that said, remember - video extraction is verboten here, so don't bring it up.

    And with that said, networking your TiVo is a good thing to do, so if you are interested in doing that, you can start your reading here and hopefully you'll find your way to the how-to information for which you may be looking.

    Cheers,
    Lou
     
  8. Oct 30, 2004 #68 of 572
    Snowman

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    With all due respect Lou, I read the entire thread through before I posted. Since the cd includes the lba48 kernels, and I need the killhdinetrd patch for what I want to do anyway, I saw this as a perfect opportunity to kill two birds with one stone. That is still my path and fortunately, received the answers through another source. However, I have no problem with being slapped on the hand and being told to go search, but I find "had you searched, you should have found something like <link>" to throw me a bone. Not 43 different threads, but one showing at least some of the info I was seeking. Often with being TOO new to this, not knowing WHAT to search for makes it more difficult.

    Thanks for the CD and for offering the pre-patched kernels. I just had thought there would have been instructions in the f1-f3 routine giving something to show how to copy the kernel on s2 boxes since s1 was included.

    The point here isn't to argue with you, but rather to hopefully explain where I'm coming from and why I asked the question.

    Yes, the networking discussion does need to be taken elsewhere agreed.
     
  9. Oct 30, 2004 #69 of 572
    tivoupgrade

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    We are going to be adding all sorts of utilities to the CD and its important to try to keep this thread as on-topic as possible.

    The point is that ALL tool-specific questions should be asked in another thread (if one doesn't exist, you can always start one).

    Meanwhile, feel free to post any links you've discovered that may help others to use the tools more effectively.

    As for the information associated with kernel replacement on a Series2 vs using our CopyKern utility on a Series1; the technical issues are significantly different, so its not a simple request.

    Thx
     
  10. Oct 31, 2004 #70 of 572
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    Ive looked but one thing Im still unclear on,

    If I use this cd and mfstools on a 540-140 to take the 120gig and expand it to 120 and 200 total 320 is there an issue with the swap size limit ? Im using the command in hinsdale to increase the swap file size from the one on the 120 but i understand there is a 274 gig limit using this or am I wrong? do i somehow have to also copy a new kernel to the drive or not?
     
  11. Nov 1, 2004 #71 of 572
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    do any of these ISO images contain the software for upgrading network drivers to support the usb ports(USB to LAN or USB to wireless usb adapter.
     
  12. Nov 3, 2004 #72 of 572
    tivoupgrade

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    No, currently the files required to do so are not included on this CD; they will be at some point, but right now there are a lot of different tools in use, and not a lot of good how-to information out there. Right now, there doesn't seem to be any sense in including a bunch of additional tools which people don't know how to use.
     
  13. Nov 11, 2004 #73 of 572
    bnm81002

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    may I ask once again can I use the LBA48 CD from PTV Upgrade for my Philips DSR704 along with MFS Tools and anything else needed for installing the LBA48 Kernel for support in my Philips unit? if not then is there anything I can do to enable the Philips to use LBA48 support?
     
  14. Nov 12, 2004 #74 of 572
    tivoupgrade

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    The PTVupgrade LBA48 CD does not offer any LBA48 support or tools for the Philips DSR704. The specific model numbers supported are listed in the very first post of this thread.
     
  15. Nov 27, 2004 #75 of 572
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    I went the dd method copying over an original, full 40GB TIVO drive to a new 160GB drive. It took roughly 7 hours. Somewhere between 6.5 and 7.5 anyway...

    Someone ought to add some progress reporting to dd... :)

    Anyone have benchmarks from the MFS route?
     
  16. Nov 27, 2004 #76 of 572
    tivoupgrade

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    MFS is significantly faster, but its performance is going to vary because it will be more CPU dependent, and related to the levels of compression you use when using it at well.

    Not a lot of benefit to doing major benchmarking here unless you really have nothing more to do -- its definitely faster, though.
     
  17. Nov 28, 2004 #77 of 572
    wudilye

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    I have 2 Tivos and recently did some upgrade work on both, so I used dd on one (~ 14 hrs for a 120Gb drive) and mfs on the other (~ 4 hrs for a 120Gb drive). No further benchmarking required, it's a no brainer...
     
  18. Nov 28, 2004 #78 of 572
    wudilye

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    So, those of us with non-native LBA48 Series2s (like my Hughes SD-DVR40) have 2 options? Wait for 5.x and pray it has LBA48, or beg for a Series2 version of copykern? I know it's not a simple request, so I'm on my knees begging :D
     
  19. Nov 28, 2004 #79 of 572
    Robert S

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    a Series2 version of copykern

    CopyKern is not the problem. What you need is a kernel with LBA-48 support and a way of persuading the TiVo to boot an unsigned kernel.

    Both of those things exist.
     
  20. Nov 28, 2004 #80 of 572
    tivoupgrade

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    Right now, we have no free utility for enabling the LBA48 kernel on this model, however we are including an LBA48 kernel (along with the mods associated with allowing it to boot) with our newest replacement drive kits (PTVnet). Eventually, we'll have some end-user utilities available (not sure yet whether they will be free) for doing what you want.
     

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