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

  1. corky1

    corky1 New Member

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    I'm assuming SD means standard defination. If I put a HDMI/DVI cable from the cable box to the TV, and set that input on the tv, will the toshiba tx 20 remote still change channels on the cable box? I think it would?
     
  2. corky1

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    Will HD Content go thru Svideo cable? Just found out that my box does not have a DVI out.
     
  3. ashu

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    Yup. SD = Standard Def, HD = High Def.
    HD is ONLY carried across component, HDMI, DVI.

    TWO devices would change channels on the HD cable box
    1. your HD box remote, for when you watch HD directly on your TV via HDMI or component. This would ALSO change the output over the SVideo/Composite lines to be the same, without your TV 'knowing' about it, meaning you COULD mess up recordings in progress. I keep an eye on the red light, and turn off suggestions
    2. your TiVo, using the IR cable, would change channels whenever it needed to, to record a show on a certain channel. This (of course) would also change the output over HDMI/compoennt to be the same, and interrupt any live HD viewing session. I find it best to switch to watching a recorded TiVo show when this happens.
     
  4. corky1

    corky1 New Member

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    This is all so confusing, but with your help I think I'm getting to understand it!
    I'm off to purchase another set of composite cables to hook the set top cable box directly to the tv, as you explained above.......................
    I did notice last night while watching, what I thought was HD that the picture was bad and the blacks were irredicent.

    Thanks again
     
  5. ashu

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    While multiple composite (yellow) cables will do, you can pick up a theeesome of cables - 'Component' colored Red Green Blue to make it easier to remember connectivity, or colored Red Yellow White if you want to track the cable/color of outlet thing yourself. Yes, you can safle use a set of RYW cables you have lying around, and in all but the most demanding situations/lighting/distances/interference settings you won't notice a difference compared to a much more expensive set of cables. (Not trying to start a holy war on this issue here, folks!)

    Either way, if cables you use are mildly shielded, half-good and not subject to massive lengths or interference, they'll all work fine.

    Don't get ripped off by Worst Buy etc and buy overpriced Moncrap cables :)
     
  6. corky1

    corky1 New Member

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    Got the component cables, hooked them up, much better!
    Thanks so much for all your help!
     
  7. corky1

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    All hooked up, one last problem... the toshiba tx 20 will bring up the tv input screen when I press the "tv input" button, but .... I don't have any way of moving the bar, i.e changing the input and accepting???? I can do this with the tv's remote, but I'm trying to get it all to work on one remote. I would assume the top big arrow button would move it up and down, but it does not. I did try reprogramming the remote, and different codes, no luck. Any ideas, am I doing something wrong?
     
  8. ashu

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    The TiVo peanut remote may just be incapable of cycling through your HDTV's Inputs. Mine also shows me ONLY the name of the input, and cannot cycle. (Sceptre HDTV)

    I doubt you can 'teach' it, and you may have tor esort to either continued use of the TV remote for input switching, or get a smarter Macro based programmable (MX500 etc) or State-aware programmable (Logitech Harmony) remote to replace everything.
     
  9. corky1

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    I have a harmony H659, maybe this is the answer?
     
  10. reedie

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    My toshiba rs-tx20 w/tivo stopped working. I can't find the receipt for it, so I don't remember how long it's been exactly, but i think it's about 11 month old...

    Two days ago it just restarted and then showed a gray screen (frozen i guess) right after the "welcome! powering up..." screen. It doesn't respond to any response but it does make some noises.. nothing alarming. Is this something I could fix myself? If not, what do I do?
    I unplugged it and let it sit for about 24 hours, plugging it back in just leads to the same problem - welcome screen shortly followed by a gray screen. I just took the cover off, but don't know if i should try to plug the harddrive into my pc to see if it's still functioning or broken.
    I searched this thread but didn't find anything exactly like what I have, please help.
    Thanks.
     
  11. cojonesdetoro

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    Sounds like a dead drive. Could be the drive is corrupt or just plain dead. You can try to get an image and re-image the drive. If you're not inclined to do technical stuff you can try to send it in for repairs. There are a few services that will repair it and also sell you a new drive.

    Before that, check cables and make sure that everything looks plugged in okay.
     
  12. reedie

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    the cables seem fine, if the hdd is the problem, what are the odds that i will be able to get an image of it? Do I just connect it to my pc for that? What services do you mean? Toshiba offered it for $70+shipping, are others cheaper?
    I'll try to take out the hdd right now and hook it up to my pc then, that's what i should try first, right?
     
  13. cojonesdetoro

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    Be careful connecting to a PC. Windows has a nasty habit of writing stuff to drives it sees when it boots. If the drive is okay then Windows will trash the boot sector. There's a ulitity to fix this. You can try using some of the boot CDs mentioned in the drive upgrade posts to see if you can examine the drive.

    There are places where you can get drive images. Some are legal and some are not.

    If Tivo says they'll fix it for $70 then maybe that's your best route. That sounds like a very fair price to me. They are probably not making any money off the repair. Maybe they subsidize the cost in anticipation of not losing a subscriber.

    If you are intent on fixing it yourself them maybe ptvupgrade.com is a good choice. I believe they can provide you with a CD that has a legal image of the Tivo drive. They can also provide support. Another option is to buy an upgrade drive from them . Of course, you have to determine if the drive is the probelm.
     
  14. bluibri

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    I keep getting the Green Screen of Death on my Tivo RS-TX20 Toshiba DVR. It gets to the GSOD and then reboots about a minute later and goes back to GSOD. Its been doing this for 24 hours, what do I need to do here?

    Thanks for all the help you can provide..
     
  15. reedie

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    Thanks for the warning, I'm glad I waited for you reply. Also, just to clarify, $70 is what toshiba quoted me (i still have the warranty on parts and I'd only be paying for labor and shipping) and with shipping it should be about $100, but I am slightly worried that they will either not fix the problem or charge me more than they orginally quoted. By the way, kind of irrelevant, but my firewire input also stopped working, I wish they would have sent me a new unit so that all my problems would be fixed... hmm i wonder what will happen to my homevideos on the tivo, probably trashed. Good thing I backed up.
     
  16. cojonesdetoro

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    I'm pretty sure the firewire issue is due to a recent Tivo software upgrade. Mine stopped working as well and I have read messages from others about the same. It seemed to coincide with an upgrade at the time.
     
  17. Jul 1, 2006 #1157 of 2051
    windracer

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    Try unplugging it and leaving it off for (literally) a few hours ... sometimes once everything has a chance to cool down things work themselves out.

    Note to reedie: the gray "Powering Up" screen and the GSOD (green screen of death) are two separate things. The GSOD means the software is basically running a chkdsk on the drive. Being stuck at the gray screen means your disk is not even booting.

    I don't think I've tried my Firewire input since getting the latest update. I'll have to check this out.
     
  18. Jul 2, 2006 #1158 of 2051
    reedie

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    Thanks for the correction. Here's the update on my info, it's not much though. I hooked it up to the pc and booted it with and without the mfs tool boot cd. without the cd the drive shows up as just unallocated space, i don't know if this is normal, but it looks like the drive isn't totally dead. using the mfs tools 2.0 floppy, it just says unknown partition table, i guess that could be normal too. Is there any way to transfer some files from the hdd or try to do so, without things getting really complicated??
    Could getting one of those instantcake dealies from pvrupdate still be the answer?
     
  19. Jul 2, 2006 #1159 of 2051
    corky1

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    Any thing I can do to improve recording? The quality is good but the video is really really dark, blacks are almost irredicent!
     
  20. Jul 2, 2006 #1160 of 2051
    windracer

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    Did you boot into Windows with your TiVo drive attached? If so, it won't boot in your TiVo anymore, which is probably why mfstools doesn't recognize it anymore. You'll need to restore a backup image (or get the Instant Cake CD) to get the drive working again.
     

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