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Discussion in 'DVD TiVo Units (Archive)' started by TivoDaddy, Dec 21, 2004.

  1. Aug 12, 2005 #481 of 2047
    lordrichter

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    I have three TiVo units that are operational with a total combined operational time of 6 or 7 years. I have never put one in standby, even to see what happens. I have never had a hard drive failure in a TiVo.

    I also have several computer systems running 24 hours a day. Each has 2 hard drives, all spinning constantly (no green modes here). I always have at least three systems running and have for the last 10-15 years. I lost track of how many have died over those years, it is somewhere around 2. I have a shelf full of operational but obsolete drives.

    I had a defective batch of 16GB Western Digital drives die at work a few years ago when 16GB was hot stuff. Of 8 drives purchased, 4 failed in the first year. Of the remaining 4, 3 are still in use, one was never taken out of the box.

    Other than consuming 8 watts (2 watts idle) in a device that draws 40-50 watts, there is no harm in letting the hard drive run over night.

    You can purchase a replacement hard drive from different vendors. They come preinstalled with TiVo software for your model of TiVo and take about 30 minutes to install.
     
  2. Aug 14, 2005 #482 of 2047
    Petua

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    I bought an RS-TX20 a couple of weeks ago. For the most part, I like it, but I have a few questions. Please forgive me if these have already been answered. I've skimmed through this forum but I may have missed an answer somewhere.

    1) After setting the default recording mode to High Quality, I find that whenever I attempt to record a show which is currently airing, it defaults to Best Quality mode and I don't see any way to change it. Oddly, if I pick something from the Guide which hasn't started yet, it will use the quality that I've preset. Is there anyway to make it use my preset quality all the time?

    2) Another quality question. Let's say I've recorded a 90 minute program in Best Quality and I later wish to burn it to a DVD, which will only hold 1 hour of Best Quality video. Can I have it burn at a lower quality? (I could probably answer this myself if I take time to try it.)

    3) When viewing a long (3 hour) program tonight, I had to interrupt my viewing and come back to it later. Usually it will pick up where I left off, but in that case it started at the beginning for some reason. It took what seemed like a long time to fast forward (using the fastest speed) to the middle of the 3 hour show. Is there a quicker way to get there?

    4) Every time I try to connect via the phone line, I get as far as "downloading" and it seems to work for a good 10-20 minutes. However, every single time it fails due to the call allegedly being interrupted, even when all of the phones in our house are disconnected. I do seem to be getting updated program information, but what might I be missing out on by the call never completing?

    Thanks to anyone who can help answer my questions.
     
  3. Aug 14, 2005 #483 of 2047
    Runch Machine

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    As I believe it says in the manual, the 30 minute buffer is always recorded at Best Quality. There is no way to change this. Therefore, when you decide to record live TV, it will always be at Best QualityWhen you schedule a program from the program guide, it will record at the pre-set quality setting.

    I noticed that on some DVDs when you go back to watch them later, some will start where you left off and others start at the beginning. I don't know if this is related to the specific DVD or not.
     
  4. Aug 14, 2005 #484 of 2047
    lordrichter

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    No. TiVo cannot change the recording quality on the fly.

    You can use the skip button (looks like an arrow pointing to a bar) in to the right and below the pause button to jump to the next mark along the green play line.
     
  5. Aug 15, 2005 #485 of 2047
    jeff281

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    I have had my toshiba for about 6 months now and love it

    but....

    Can I buy an external hard drive and plug it into the USB for additional storage. I was thinking about a 200-300gb hard drive but do not want to buy it if I cannot use it.

    Thanks
     
  6. Aug 15, 2005 #486 of 2047
    azitnay

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    You cannot simply buy an external hard drive and use it, but it isn't too hard to upgrade the internal hard drive yourself. See the TiVo Upgrade Center for details.

    Drew
     
  7. Aug 15, 2005 #487 of 2047
    lordrichter

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    The way it looks, because of the DVD drive, you can only REPLACE the existing hard drive with another (larger) one. You cannot ADD a hard drive on the TX models like you can on some of the other ones.

    That means lost programs, seasons passes, and you have to redo guided setup after the upgrade, unless you do it yourself and copy everything over.
     
  8. Aug 15, 2005 #488 of 2047
    azitnay

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    I don't think the DVD drive itself is the reason; I'm pretty sure it's on a separate IDE channel from the hard drive. I believe the reason WeaKnees doesn't sell add kits for the RS-TX models is that there's no clear, easy way to mount two hard drives inside the case.

    That being said, it's not that hard to perform the replace operation yourself, thus allowing the option of keeping your recordings.

    Drew
     
  9. Aug 15, 2005 #489 of 2047
    windracer

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    Not true ... as azitnay mentioned, you would just backup the existing drive from your TX20, then restore and expand the image onto a larger hard drive, thus preserving all of your recordings and settings.

    This does mean you need enough drive space to hold an image as large as your drive (120gb) and a file system that supports files that large.

    So it's slightly complicated, but doable.
     
  10. Aug 15, 2005 #490 of 2047
    azitnay

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    I don't think you need enough hard drive space to hold a 120GB image... You can just do a mfsbackup | mfsrestore, right?

    Drew
     
  11. Aug 16, 2005 #491 of 2047
    lordrichter

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    I have not opened my TX-20, but I have opened an original Series 2 box. I think that the DVD player in the TX models takes one of the two places inside the unit that they like to mount the hard drives. Hopefully the DVD player is not on the same IDE channel, but I'm not certain that it would matter if it was.
     
  12. Aug 16, 2005 #492 of 2047
    lordrichter

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    Thus the "do it yourself" part... :)

    Meaning, you can't just have Weaknees send you a replacement drive and install it, if you want to keep your pre-existing recordings and season passes.
     
  13. Aug 16, 2005 #493 of 2047
    Bimwad

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    RF pass-thru is active all the time. When I want to watch another program while TiVo is recording, all I do is switch my TV's input from external video to the TV's tuner, which is fed by the RF output. No need for a splitter.

    Since it's not like an old VCR which used Ch 3 or 4 for output in the days before video inputs were common on TVs, there's little reason for the RF pass-thru to do anything but what it does, all the time.
     
  14. Aug 16, 2005 #494 of 2047
    windracer

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    Yeah, that would be the smart way. :) Assuming you have the ability to hook up both drives at the same time. I have an external drive tray/bay that I use so I don't have to constantly be opening my PC to hook up the drives. The downside to that is having to do two step upgrades (backup drive 1 to file, restore file to drive 2) instead of using the pipe method.
     
  15. Aug 16, 2005 #495 of 2047
    ashu

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    FYI, a one-step (piped mfs commands) backup, with shows et al (60GB worth) from my Humax DRT800 drive to a new 300GB took just around 10 hours. And the command was precisely the same as the one for regular Series 2 units. Should be the same procedure for the Toshibas.
     
  16. Aug 16, 2005 #496 of 2047
    slyone

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    Hi windracer, I thought you could/or I have recorded a show while watching another? I cannot do that..? My wife was upset that I had setup to record some shows and when it starts(records) it inadvertantly changes to that channel, I had changed the channel w/another remote and recorded the new station! I just tried recording and then changing channel and Tivo says if I change channel-I lose recording?TIA I think I got, if I setup recording, I have to change channels using my other remote (non-Tivo).
     
  17. Aug 16, 2005 #497 of 2047
    windracer

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    Right, the TX20 (and most Series2 boxes) only have one tuner. So if the TiVo is recording a show, and you try to change the channel, it will first warn you that a recording is in progress. If you choose to go ahead and change the channel, the recording-in-progress will stop.

    If you want to watch another Live TV show, while the TiVo is recording, you either need to put the unit in Standby and have the RF pass-thru connected to another input on your TV, or use an RF-splitter to split your cable line before your DVR and connect one split to the TX20 and the other to your TV (this assumes you have analog cable without a cable box).

    Now, you can watch a previously recorded show from your Now Playing List while the TiVo is recording another show on Live TV.
     
  18. Aug 16, 2005 #498 of 2047
    slyone

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    I think I may have it. If I am recording a show, I must use my other remote (supplied by cable co.) to change the channel..?
     
  19. Aug 16, 2005 #499 of 2047
    azitnay

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    Is your TiVo set up to control your cable box? If so, you should -never- use its remote to change the channel while the Tivo is recording something, or the TiVo will continue merrily on, recording the new channel you switched the cable box to. In fact, hide that cable box remote in a drawer far, far away -- it's simply not worth the trouble.

    If you want to watch something else live while the TiVo is recording, you can either split off the cable and feed it directly into the TV, thus allowing you to watch only channels you receive straight over the wire (often channels under 100), or you can pay your cable company a few more bucks a month to rent another cable box, and have access to all your channels.

    Drew
     
  20. Aug 16, 2005 #500 of 2047
    Runch Machine

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    The TX20 has RF passthrough and NO output on channel 3/4. The RF passthrough is active regardless if the TX20 is on/outputting a picture, or off/standby. You have to connect the TX20 via componenet, composite or S-Video. There for there is no reason to split the signal from the cable. There is no need to put the TX20 into stand by. Just switch the input on your TV to use the TVs built in tuner.
     

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