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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

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    We don't offer a separate utility and kernel for support of LBA48 kernels on these units - we can't give everything away, you know? ;-)
     
  2. tivoupgrade

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    Anyone having restore issues with the LBA48 CD resulting in a disk that won't boot in your TiVo, try one of the following:

    Alternative 1: At boot time, use the "noswap" option

    Alternative 2: When using mfsrestore, use the "-b" flag to turn off byte-swapping.

    That should solve your problem. This was not an issue with the previous version of the boot cd (3.01) because we changed the default boot scenario from "noswap" to "swap" for devices hdb, hdc and hdd.

    Should we switch it back?

    If there is anyone available to help us build a new lba48 kernel that will work with the following option:

    ide=nodma

    Please contact me directly as I believe that will solve the problem and allow partitions to be mounted as "swap" at the same time.
     
  3. ashu

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    Ahh - is there a consistent pattern to the systems/upgrade scenarios this would affect?

    In particular - (for a Humax DRT800 upgrade this weekend) I'm planning to use your LBA48 CD on a Seagate 300GB, connected as /dev/hdb, with my Humax DRT800's 80GB as /dev/hda. Should I anticipate any problems? Should I connect them any differently?

    I plan to do a backup-all (including shows) ... I'm VERY patient ;)

    Thanks!
     
  4. tivoupgrade

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    No idea. Only your feedback will help us determine whether there is any consistent pattern; we don't have enough info to generalize about any problems, however my previous post was targeted towards those with that specific problem.
     
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    DonnelleyPCDude

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    After reading through most of the posts, I myself am a little confused; is the copykern for only the new drive over 160. A year ago I upgraded from the factory 20 gig to a 100 gig, but now that drive occasionally stutters, so I upgraded to 160 ( since it could be failing), but still only see the same 114 hrs. I tried the copykern and it appeared to go flawlessly, yet the same 114 hr limit applies. Do I need to apply the copykern to the 100 gig drive PRIOR to copying to the 160. I know I made a mistake somewhere, ideas anyone?

    Is there a better thread for me to be in?

    PS The occasional stuttering is now gone, so I think the drive was going bad.

    Donnelley
     
  7. Jan 1, 2005 #107 of 572
    tivoupgrade

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    CopyKern replaces the kernel with an lba48-enabled one, and also initializes your swap space (this is useful for folks who have created one greater than 127MB for which MFStools does not have the ability to properly initialize). CopyKern is simply a script which essentially invokes tpip to do the work. Replacing the kernel will do nothing more than give you a kernel capable of handling the larger address space on your larger drive, but if you didn't do your upgrade properly (ie expand to fill the space of your 160GB drive), its not going to do you much good. You probably need to take a few steps back, and review your upgrade steps to ensure you expanded/utilized the drive properly and then go and use CopyKern to replace the kernel.
     
  8. Jan 2, 2005 #108 of 572
    kennet6565

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    I have put larger drives (80gb & 160gb) in my Hughes DVR40's and used Intsant Cake. Everyhting works perfectly. I would appreciate it if someone would give the string to expand the drives, using the PTVupgrades Universal Upgrade CD Ver. 10. Thanks
     
  9. Jan 2, 2005 #109 of 572
    DonnelleyPCDude

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    After some thought, I am thinking that since the main focus of this upgrade was to solve the stuttering issue, and also to get a much quieter drive (WD100gig with AMSET wasn't that quiet), it may be prudent to NOT open the drive the whole way. The idea was to use copykern to upgrade to the lba48-enabled one, but if another software release comes out, won't it replace my current kernel with a non lba48-enabled one, since I have a Series One. I don't want to kill the drive I have, even though I still have the original 20 gig (with the oldest sw version I am sure) and the failing-but-still-usable 100 gig. These other drives have not been upgraded with the new lba48-enabled kernel, so I want to keep them unaltered in case I need to use them for recovery.

    Has anyone ever had a lba48-enabled kernel be replaced with a software upgrade from TIVO. Am I being too paranoid? Will it simply not happen the way I think it might?

    Thanks in advance,

    Donnelley
     
  10. Jan 2, 2005 #110 of 572
    tivoupgrade

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    The LBA48 thread in the underground is probably a better place for this question.

    Short answer: If you have a Series1 SA unit, you are being paranoid - that product was EOL'ed like two years ago - ie no software updates coming. If you have a Series1 DirecTV unit, your unit is likely to semi-survive a software upgrade; just rerun copykern again after it downloads a new software update. Chances are you are being a bit more cautious than you need to be, but its good to have your eyes open enough to know what you are doing.
     
  11. Jan 2, 2005 #111 of 572
    cr33p

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    Hi im a newbie but have been trying very hard to do this without asking for help and read up on as much info that I thought would be sufficient, last nite I decided to take the plunge and upgrade my tcd540040 machine. I have 2 160 gig hitachi drives. I used the boot cd from ptvugrades web site. And yes it was for lba48. i copied the image to my windows drive then loaded it to my new A drive booted the tivo and it worked no problems. then i plugged in all the drives the way the directions said and did the long option to copy all my originall data to the new a drive and at the same time restore it and expand both the a drive and the b drive. now it finished with no errors. i boot it up and it says welcome powering up and then the screen switches to the tv that is incoming and then back and forth with it all distorted. Any ideas please help

    thanks
     
  12. Jan 2, 2005 #112 of 572
    tivoupgrade

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    You've probably reconnected your TiVo incorrectly or possibly have a bad cable. Please note that this thread is not for "general upgrade support" if you have a problem that is directly related to our CD, please post it here, of course, if your questions aren't specifically answered in the upgrade guides referenced in the first post of this thread. Thx.
     
  13. Jan 2, 2005 #113 of 572
    cr33p

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    I have a 40/80 cable . is this not the correct one to use? I know the cable works because its working in the windows pc to do the upgrade.
     
  14. Jan 3, 2005 #114 of 572
    bsnelson

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    Perhaps I'm missing something incredibly obvious, but on a Series 1 combo box (DirecTiVo, whatever you wish to call it), you have to flash the PROM to use a non-standard kernel. I don't see any evidence on this thread that the ISO provides a means to do this.

    How is this situation handled with this ISO?

    Brad
     
  15. Jan 3, 2005 #115 of 572
    tivoupgrade

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    It doesn't (yet) - it was actually in the process of dealing with this that I ran into the swap/noswap/dma issues. The best way to flash is either by using this cd here for now. You can use the instructions provided here, as well.
     
  16. Jan 3, 2005 #116 of 572
    scottjf8

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    I tried using that, and after the standard reboot (which is where I believe it flashes the PROM) I get "cannot boot kernel"... have you had others with this issue? I have a S1 DTivo with a 200GB drive (and have done the 'copykern' part, then rebooted with the flash bootdisk and did the ./tivoflash/install)
     
  17. Jan 3, 2005 #117 of 572
    tivoupgrade

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    I would try reinstalling the kernel again, and reflashing, just in case the flash didn't take place. Oh, and make sure you are installing the right kernel.
     
  18. Jan 3, 2005 #118 of 572
    scottjf8

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    That's what I did.... I did copykern off the Large Disc bootdisc, then rebooted and did the flash... then I put the drive back in the tivo and turned it on.. it started booting, then rebooted, then said cannot boot kernel.

    At the reboot point, should I take the drive back out of the tivo and do the copykern again?
     
  19. Jan 3, 2005 #119 of 572
    scottjf8

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    ok I tried it again and noticed an error this time.. when I run copykern, and put all the parameters in, I get

    Does it sound like something happened to the drive? I swear I didn't boot to Windows with it attached, but it sounds like that's what happened... I do have a full backup from before I put the new drive in, so I can restore it if needed...

    Does that sound like the problem?
     
  20. maximian

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    Will, the PTVupgrade CD w/ LBA48 support upgrade my SD-DVR80 DirecTivo to 250 Gig version? I wish to replace the existing drive, save all programs, + season passes, etc, and swap in a 250 Gig drive. Will I see all 250 Gig of capacity? Just wanted to be clear.

    I am running version 3.1.1e
     

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