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

  1. mgulko

    mgulko New Member

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    I don't think it is the hard drive.

    So I thought I'd be a little clever.

    My Toshiba RS-TX60 was getting hung up at the Welcome Screen. After a while, I realized it was rebooting almost every hour. Yikes! :eek:

    Came to these forums and saw I was not alone. :) But it is not true - misery does not love company. Yeah, I have that new software that seems to be the concern.

    I read all sorts of posts on this all over the place, in all the forums. I forced the system to connect to the TiVo service and it did download the information apparently okay at the beginning.

    I continued to search as to why the unit kept rebooting. Thought I had all sorts of answers and solutions. But none of them seemed to work. The system was still rebooting and on occasion getting hung up at the Welcome Screen, or Almost There.

    I told the system to connect via the phone line instead of the USB network adapter. I was doing that because now it was coming back with an S03 error when it was trying to load the data. After 3 reboots in-between, it did complete the connection and the loading. I think.

    Then, reading another post about how to try and get into the diagnostics as the system was booting up, I figured I'd do a manual restart. I also thought to myself ... "Mark, maybe there is a problem with your To Do list, etc. Why not get rid of it and try and have a cleaner startup process?"

    So as I was choosing to restart, I also chose the "Clear program information & To Do List." Pressed Thumbs Down 3 times and then enter.

    That was 10 hours ago. The message on the screen is that the system is still trying to clear the program information and the To Do list and it will take about an hour. In Vulcan time maybe.

    I read in one of the posts that you can try and do a scan of the hard drive if you can catch the system as it is booting up. I know that it probably refers to a pure Series 2 machine and that mine is a Toshiba DVD unit. But it is running Series 2 software.

    In any event, I was not able to get the system to stop the startup process by pressing the Pause key on the remote. (Could it be that the remote has a different address than factory configured because I have so many remotes that it did not read the Pause? Or could it be that the directions on how to do it came out in 2004 long before this latest software update?)

    And since I have been able to watch programs in between the reboots, and it has started recording programs in between the reboots, neither function being allowed to complete because the reboot took charge, I don't think it is the hard drive.

    Any help or guidance is most appreciated - truly appreciated.

    Mark

     
  2. ihatebestbuy

    ihatebestbuy New Member

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    I have a RX-TX20 which i bought from best buy in Dec. 2004 (with the extended warranty).
    Anyway, 2 weeks ago, it started acting up. It would play for a couple of seconds, then freeze a few seconds, over and over again.
    I took it to best buy, just got it back and they said it cant be fixed. The said its not made anymore and it cant be replaced. They offered me a plain ole tivo box in exchange. I told them to call the police because i was going to make a scene :)
    Since i got it back, it plays a lot better, but the remote is still sluggish in responding and I cant connect to the tivo service, after "preparing to connect" it reboots.
    Anyone have any advice? Does Toshiba still make this unit (or a comparable one) so I can go to BB and raise the living dead demanding a new one?
    This thing is a linux box with a DVD burner, i refuse to believe it cant be fixed.
    Please help.
     
  3. cojonesdetoro

    cojonesdetoro New Member

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    Give 'em hell. They push those damned warrantees because they make a fortune in profits from them. In general, it's a bad idea to get those warrantees. They rarely pay for themselves and fulfilment can sometimes be more headaches than it's worth.

    There are still Humax recorders with DVD writers. I think BB doesn't want to fulfill the warranty because THEY do not sell a Tivo DVD writer but they ARE still made. If anything try to get a DVD recorder without TIvo before getting a plain Tivo.

    If you decide to get the Tivo repaired, it does sound like a hard drive problem. There are companies that will sell you a newly imaged hard drive that will install in your unit. You won't have your recordings but you will have a working unit. If you're intent on keeping the Toshiba then try sending it to a Tivo repair shop so they can install a new drive and test it.

    BTW, there are some poeple who wilfully engage in fraud by deliberately damaging end-of-life hardware in order to file a warranty claim and get upgraded hardware. This sounds like a fun scam but can lead to jail time. It's not worth the risk.

    EDIT; This is not an accusation. I have just read some posts where people use that as an argument to justify a warranty.
     
  4. dageeza

    dageeza New Member

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    hi .
    Toshiba replaced my defective sdh400 to a sx -60. nice. one problem I cannot get the remote to work with my TV or audio receiver . The old remote worked great to control my polaroid TV and sony reiever. this thing is driving me crazy. i much prefere the old remote . anybody have any ideas to where i get get a remote that comes with the SDH400 or any solutions to programming the remote, the remote flashes as though it programmed but nothing happens?? any ideas are much appreciated.
     
  5. Rover4x4

    Rover4x4 New Member

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    I've been using my Toshiba TX20 for over 1 year with no problems. Is there a link to or can someone describe their experience copying VHS tapes to DVD using the TX20? I could not find tech notes on Toshiba's site. Is anyone using the TX20's with a pc as well? Thanks!
     
  6. cojonesdetoro

    cojonesdetoro New Member

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    Whoah, big score! An Sdh400 goes for less than $200 used on Ebay. An Sx-60 can go $400-500.

    The SDH400 remote will not work with your sx-60. I believe the sx-60 uses the Standard Tivo peanut remote. it uses different IR codes.

    Your best bet is to get a universal remote. I have a URC8910 that I was able to get working with my Phillips SA1 (device code 1 ), My sx-20 (device code 2) and half a dozen other appliances. OFA does a good job supporting devices but I needed a little extra help. Read my posts and responses by others. There's a guy on this board named "remoteguru" who knows more about remotes than anyone I have corresponded with. He gave me the information I needed to get all the functions working on the sx-20. The URC8910 can be had for <$20. If you decice to get really technical and have teh ability back up your remote to a PC you can get a JP1 cable for $15.

    Another option is one of those high end logitech remotes but I don't know much about them. I think they run $75-$150.
     
  7. Fandango2002

    Fandango2002 New Member

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    Santa...
    This EXACT same thing has happened to me at the SAME store. My RX-TX20 started rebooting in an infinite loop one morning. It would never even get to the main menu. Tried all troubshooting methods found on this site without sucess. So, since I have the PSP extended warranty, I brought it to BB 3 weeks ago. They never called me. So I make my third call to them over the last week today and they say it can't be fixed. They say "come down to the store - we'll give you a new one". Knowing that Toshiba doesn't make this unit anymore, I say: "Do you have the same model in stock?" After being forwarded around the store for awhile, I get somebody that actually sounds intelligent and courteous. He says they don't have any and to call tomorrow and ask for another guy from "home theater" that wasn't in today. "He should be able to find an equivalent replacement." So I go onto the BB website and they don't even carry the HUMAX anymore. They basically don't have a replacement for my unit.

    What should I do? Should I demand a DVD burner *and* a standalone TiVo unit? Or, should I just get my unit back and try to fix it myself? (I'm a PC tech for a living so I know my way around hard drives, images, etc.) Maybe get my money back and buy a HUMAX? I really loved that Toshiba unit when it worked. Any advice is apreciated. Sorry for the long read.
     
  8. Runch Machine

    Runch Machine New Member

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    Check the underground section of this web site for information to optain a drive image. You can then install a new drive into your machine.
     
  9. Fandango2002

    Fandango2002 New Member

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    Santa...
    Thanks for the advice. I figured I could find some good info in the underground section if I needed it. However, I just read a few posts about people just contacting Toshiba directly and getting replacements. My unit is not even a year old yet - does anyone think Toshiba will just give me another refurbished one? I'll open it up and replace the drive if I have to but I'd rather just get another one if I can.
     
  10. cojonesdetoro

    cojonesdetoro New Member

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    Definitely call Toahiba but adding a drive is not hard once you have an image. I upgraded m sx-20 to 300GB and it took about 20 minutes of my time and several hours to copy recordings unattended. Pretty cool considering that 300GB drives can be had for $100.
     
  11. Jun 1, 2006 #1091 of 2051
    cyndums

    cyndums New Member

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    howdy,
    i have a toshiba rs-tx20 and have been a burning fool for about a year now. i've tried to burn a dvd of a movie that i tivo'd but continue to get an "internal error" message every time...and i've tried over and over and over - you get the gist. anyway, i tried to burn other recordings and the same problem happens. i was using a cheap dvd-r (dynex 16x 120min 4.7gb) and didn't have problems up until this week. i tried a different brand (memorex 16x 120 min 4.7gb) and had the same problem. then i unplugged the unit for the heck of it, plugged it back in and was able to burn on the memorex. then i tried one of the cheapo's (dynex) again and got the "internal error" message. when i tried the memorex, i still received the error message. i'm wondering if the problem is just intermittent at this point or are my cheapos ruining my precious tivo machine. what should i do? i'm wondering if the problem really is internal and should i take it to get looked at? any help is greatly appreciated!
     
  12. Jun 2, 2006 #1092 of 2051
    ihatebestbuy

    ihatebestbuy New Member

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    I called Toshiba, and they said that it could certainly be fixed. Its 140 dollars. The guy i spoke to was very helpful, saying that i should talk to best buy and have them pay for it. So at least that is one avenue to go. I am also filing against best buy in small claims court, the notion that is cant be fixed was just absurd.

    Anyway, is it the general consensus that its the hard drive?
    I am willing to go at it myself (Im not the best with hardware, but I do have a comp sci degree, so I am not clueless)
    What else could it be? I mean this is basically a linux box with a modem and dvd burner. I guess it could be something on the mother board.
    Any opinions?
     
  13. Jun 3, 2006 #1093 of 2051
    crosley123

    crosley123 New Member

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    Based on some recommendations here after my Toshiba DVD/TiVo stopped working, I did the "Pause 57" boot. Seemed to work fine - got the green screen of defrag or whatever it is doing.

    Problem is it only stays on the green screen for less than one minute and then it tries to reboot. Then back to green screen. Then reboot. Never stops. Let it run for 10 hours overnight and it is still doing it. Finally unplugged it.

    Any suggestions? I know there are other codes out there to reinstall, etc. but I do not want to lose my programs or make the issue worse.

    Heeeeeeeeeeeelp! :)
     
  14. Jun 6, 2006 #1094 of 2051
    benj_m

    benj_m New Member

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    Recently purchased a RS-TX 20, but it didn't come with a manual and Toshiba doesn't seem to have one online and can't seem to find one in their distributer's [Fox Industries] warehouse. I needs some help here friends. I can't figure this box out on my own. Does anyone have any advise on how to get a manual online. I've certinally tried every avenue that I can think of. Hell, I'd pay somebody if they'd go to Kinko's and run off some copies! I'm stuck with this machine and no idea how to run it.
    Thanks for any help,
    ~Benj
     
  15. Jun 6, 2006 #1095 of 2051
    azitnay

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  16. Jun 7, 2006 #1096 of 2051
    sledhed

    sledhed New Member

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    I would call them and see - perhaps they will give you a new unit, maybe a tx60! Should be free in any case since it is under warranty, but I would be a bit leery about someone else's refurb vs. the machine you have and KNOW how it was treated since new... tempting to just replace the HDD yourself, if indeed that is your problem... kind of a gamble though...
     
  17. Jun 7, 2006 #1097 of 2051
    sledhed

    sledhed New Member

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    I am considering upgrading the storage capacity in my TiVo, what is the largest hard drive anyone has successfully put in a Toshiba RS-TX20? And what brand did you use?
     
  18. Jun 7, 2006 #1098 of 2051
    ekgb

    ekgb New Member

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    Sorry if this has been addressed before - but this thread is over a 1000 posts now.

    My TX60 can't get past the power-up / almost there screens. I've searched and read about the "pause" button to get into a diagnostics mode. But I can't seem to get into that mode. Any instructions that I've read talk about the green light - but I guess that's for the Tivo brand machines since these Toshibas don't have that. So anyway, is there a well know way to get into the service menu or diagnostics mode on these Toshiba machines?

    Ed
     
  19. Jun 7, 2006 #1099 of 2051
    PatC

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    Sorry to hear of so many people have problems with the TX20-60's. I would call Toshiba as they replaced my out of warranty SD-H400 with a refurb TX60.

    I like it so far, but have been have problems with the IR blasters and my Comcast Motorola DCT-2000 STB not changing channels. This setup worked great with my SD-H400, but with the TX60 it seems to miss changing to all the upper premium channels, e.g. HBO 301, 302, etc. I ran the suggested setup and checked to IR blasters and also manually set the codes. The suggested setup was using the recommended codes for this Comcast box, with 000 and no enter for digital STB. Any suggestions? What works with your TX20-60 and the Comcast DCT-2000 STB. Any help appreciated, Pat
     
  20. Jun 7, 2006 #1100 of 2051
    PatC

    PatC New Member

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    Toshiba also replaced my defective SD-H400 with a TX-60. :) I agree the old SD-H400 remote was better than the TiVo Peanut remote. Anyway, the new TX-60 Peanut remote worked fine controlling both my Toshiba TV (Power On) and Sony reciever (Power On and Volume) after programming it. Have you tried all the codes? I thought the remote would work my Toshiba TV out of the box, like the SD-H400 did, but I was wrong and had to program it too. It only lets you control the volume on the reciever or the TV, not both. I preferred using the TV Power On and Volume instead. Sorry that's all I got.
     

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