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Discussion in 'DirecTV TiVo Powered PVRs & Receivers' started by whitmerm, Aug 11, 2010.
I tried to provide the word you need to replace the astericks with in order to see the other thread, but it blocked that as well.
It's easy to find though..just go into Weaknees forums, open any thread, and change the last four digits in the URL to "4225".
Regardless, it's just another thread of people having the same issue.
Add me to the list of victims. Going on 9 days now. I'll keep you all posted if I see any changes.
TDJ,DianD, What was the phone setup just prior to the autonomous calls that went through. I am assuming that you tried some of the suggestions in this thread, and wonder if something other that default settings were there. Was your area code set? Any clue to help the rest of us?
Thanks to all!
Still no local access numbers.
Customer Service (after a couple of minutes of "let me check just one more thing") asked me for my Service Number (found under System Information) to forward to TiVo. She said that in 3-4 days my receiver should have another toll-free dial in number to use for setup and ongoing calls.
First time they've offered to contact TiVo for me, or asked for any info from the receiver.
Does this sound like another ploy to keep me away from them for another few days?
I just activated 2 machines that I got of ebay and have the same problem with no local dial-in numbers.
However, I used InstantCake to create clean hard drives, and it didn't require a "clean-and-delete-all". Both machines are actually working fine now that the new access cards have been enabled by DirecTV.
For some reason they're able to connect for their daily call even though the phone number is blank and the phone setup for my local area code can't find any numbers.
Don't know what's going on, but I guess that I got lucky.
Why are the weaknees forums banned here? Aren't they a sponsor?
I contacted Exec. Cust Care this morning. I can't post URLs, but you can find the form at the directv website. At the bottom of the home page go to Our Company, then use the link on the left side for Executive Team.
David called me this afternoon, and agreed with the CSR about sending my Service Number to TiVo.
I also asked him to check this forum to see what everyone's been reporting.
What steps did you follow to get this to work?
Well I also have the same success story as TDJ my Tivo units both have not completed a successfull service connection call which now I can record programs on the units.
Has anyone tried getting the list of local numbers from the tivo website, picking a local number and putting the entire number in as the prefix...I did that when my box wouldn't make the initial call and it worked...not sure if it will help or not.
How long did you have this problem before you realized it was working? Last night DTV told me they were going to send my service number to Tivo who would then send an 800 number to my box...at some point in the next 3-4 days. I miss my Tivo When my old drive crashed I never dreamed I'd have so much trouble. I'd buy a Directivo in a heartbeat if they'd come out with it already!
I found a script called setupcomplete.tcl on another dvr forum (Google it, i cant post the link). I ran it and it worked. After I rebooted it went right to now playing and all the tivo functions worked. It bypasses the setup call entirely.
Telzey what is Instant cake and how do I go about using it to fix my Philips Series 2 DVR. It has been 11 days now and this is really getting old.
It is the software from DVRUpgrade that you can use to create a clean new drive for your Tivo using pretty much any existing PATA drive that you have.
Please note that there are free methods of doing the same thing, but you'll have to do a lot more hunting around.
Unfortunately, he doubled the price at some point in the last couple of years, and it now costs $40 for InstantCake and another $20 for PTVnet.
I purchased both of these because I have 5 DirectTivos and it was worth the cost to me to get the easy InstantCake setup.
If you're only trying to fix a single machine, you might not find it worth the cost for you, and I'd suggest that you ask for help in the Tivo Underground section of this forum.
All-in-all, unless you enjoy mucking around in the innards of computers, you might find it easier to keep holding on for a bit longer for an official fix.
Juxivo, how do you do that? I assume you have to have an internet connection. I'm not sure how I'd get software on this box and then run it...
Got this message back earlier when I asked for an update.
I've tried. No success with that idea.
I have tried using a local number as the prefix as well with no luck either. I'm still waiting for it to start working hopefully. I am guessing that I could be waiting up to a month for it to start working. I just have this feeling that the activation is happening when the TiVo somehow calls DirecTV to report PPV purchases.
I also sent a PM to TivoJerry on these forums (although not sure if he's still around) as he seemed to be able to get things going again when a similar problem happened a few years back.
For those who now having working units... What was your final phone setup that it was on when it started working?
I entered ' 1 - area code - local number from the website '. It took a couple of days after that. I never order PPV so that can't be why mine started working.
Does anyone know how to get it to run "fakecall" or "setupcomplete" with the drive in the PC? I downloaded the latest MFSLive CD and have it booted into that and am at a command prompt. Any ideas on how to get passed this bloody setup call?