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Discussion in 'DVD TiVo Units (Archive)' started by TivoDaddy, Dec 21, 2004.
What is the difference between 1.15 and 1.08. Mine is at 1.08 as well.
WTH! I just spoke to Toshiba and Tivo and they have never heard of firmware 1.15. Anyone know what this about???
I have a new RX20, which I networked to my broadband yesterday (which was much easier than I anticipated. Now all I have to do is figure out how to get Tivo to play iTunes generated music (MP4/aac). I know about HYMN and am considering using it, but it's kind of scary for a relatively non-technical user.
Speaking of non-technical: I can't seem to discover anywhere the appropriate DVD speed for burning disks. I have some 8x disks. Would they be okay?
Thanks for a reply!
The Toshiba burns DVD-R discs at 4X but you can use 8X or 16X discs.
My dvd firmware ref. is at 1.15 also. I joined the band wagon when I got this thing for x-mas. Man, I have returned one already to BB, because the progressive out was faulty. I must say that there is a noticeable loss in signal.
Also, I have this thing connected s-vid from RCA sat. box, and component to a HD ready Sony 27in. I used Monster cables, HA HA , and I think the only aid in picture quality was when I set the TV output to progressive.
Please let there be a update that can change the compression.......
I'm really surprised that nobody in this thread has mentioned how slow the menus are on this Toshiba unit. I got it for Xmas so I replaced my 40-hr Series 2 with this one. Going from the Series 2 to this unit, the slow menus are driving me absolutely insane! Is there a remedy for this? I'm assuming it's a necessary evil at this point.
At first I think I noticed this, but for the most part I don't notice it now. Maybe I have grown used to it. My Toshiba replaced a stock 60hr Series 2.
I have a problem with my Toshiba....I put in a regular DVD today and as soon as the drive closed "live" TV frozen....the LCD display said the DVD was Loading...however after about 5 minutes I went to eject the DVD...and nothing happened...I then tried to power down the unit...but it wouldn't. I eventually had to pull the plug.
Now the problems begin... It won't boot. It does the standard start up but after sitting on the "only a few more minutes screen" for about 3 minutes, it starts the process over in an endless loop.
Please Help. I saw another thread by someone else with the exact same problem however, no replies.
It might be necessary to get the DVD out of the drive. Unfortunately, while there is a hole on the DVD drive that will manually eject the DVD, it is conveniently positioned where you cannot get to it.
That means that you might have to pry the door open to get it out. Ouch.
The DVD drive is behind the flip down cover, which easily opens. The manual open hole is on the lower left below the sliding DVD tray on the front of the drive inside the case (and behind the flip down door). It is blocked by part of the front cover of the unit. I have no idea if this can be removed, exposing the front of the unit and the DVD drive.
You might have to call Toshiba and see if they have a way to get the disc out.
Have to wait till Monday morning to call Toshiba.
Yet another question... has anyone that has Comcast Digital cable with a Motoral cable box been able to record a program and watch another? If so...how?
I had the same problem. I restarted the system and at the moment that it booted I press the eject button to get the DVD out.
Called Toshiba...sat on hold for 30 minutes.
Here is the reply.
Rep: "Did you leave it unplugged for 24 hours and the plug it in and try to eject the DVD?"
Me: "24 hours?!? Well no I would never have thought to leave it unplugged that long."
Rep: "You need to wait 24 hours"
Me: "Why that long?"
Rep: "To give it time to Reset"
Me: "You mean as opposed to the standard 10 seconds?"
Me: "O.k....I'll try that. So is this problem a result of something I have set up incorrectly or is this a known problem?"
Rep: "We've never heard of this problem?"
Me: "Well thats odd because the first place I went to see if anyone else has had this problem... I found 2 other people with the exact same problem".
Rep: "Well thats 3 people out of 1000s of units"
Me: "Thank You Goodbye"
I'm not very impressed with the response I got and some of the others I've seen here.
24 hours. To let the system reset. While the power is off.
I'd try the "press the button while it is booting" suggestion before trying the 24 hour cooling off period.
Usually when technical support starts suggesting things that sound a little strange, I say, "Yup, did that, any other suggestions?"
Arguing with them is like arguing with a rock. (It gets you nowhere and just upsets the rock)
Count me among the new Toshiba owners. I ordered the TX20 today and will be starting my test drive next week.
What gets me most about the 24K gold connector BS is that gold is a worse conductor than silver and copper. What's important is the quality of the connection, presumably copper to copper, and the quality of the insulation. If the connector tips are gold then you are reducing the connection quality and increasing the cost. I would think the best cables would be those with tight, insulated copper connector heads and well insulated bodies.
In general, yes.
Gold is good for contacts because it does not corrode or oxidize as significantly as other metals (copper, silver, and tin).
However, mixing metals can promote corrosion and reduce the electrical properties of the connection.
The electrical properties of the cable in relation to the two devices it connects are also important, and much harder to test while the cable is still in the store. Poorly matched cabling will cause signal degradation.
The shielding is also important because insulation only protects from electrical shorts. Electrical fields can reach right though insulation and mess with the signal in the cable, causing a 60 cycle interference from the power, interference from the electronics in the TV, etc.
And, naturally, no shielding is perfect, so the shortest cable that will reach the necessary distance is the one that should be used.
I'm new here and don't yet have a TiVo device. I'm interested in the Toshiba RS-TX boxes, but have a couple questions. Are these boxes "cable-ready"? We have Comcast analog cable and no cable boxes (our tv's and vcr's are all cable ready). We have a pretty basic setup - an old Sony dvd player connected to the s-video connector on the tv, and a vcr connected to the Comcast coax and to the tv with RCA connectors (it's an old Magnavox tv with composite, but no component inputs). My plan was to remove the dvd player and the vcr and replace them with the Toshiba, connecting it essentially like the vcr is, but using the s-video output instead of the composite. Will this work?
Also, if you record a long program to the disk and it's too big to fit on a single dvd disc, will the Toshiba split it into smaller pieces?
Yes, you can plug the Toshiba into your televisio.
If you record something you have the option of reducing the quality of the image and making it more easily fit on a DVD (you must do this prior to recording) or have a high-quality image and record on multiple DVDs. At high-quality, you can generally record two hours on one DVD. When you burn something over 2 hours at high quality, you burn the first one, then, when inserting the second one, the DVR asks you if you want to burn the rest. I have burned multiple disk recordings with success.
Thanks for the quick response, Steve! I've got my eye on the TX60 from "6ave.com" ($525.06), but I'm concerned about the number of people complaining about poor video quality and the hassles of dealing with returning (or not being able to return) it to them. We're obviously not videophiles, but would prefer not to take a step down in picture quality. I think I'll do a little more research and see what I can learn.
Hey Dana, welcome to the Tivo board! Most people split the cable from the wall and have one split go to the TiVo and the other to your TV. This way you can be recording one show while watching another. This doesn't happen often in our house because there are enough shows queued on the TiVo that it's a rarity that we watch "live TV".
The PQ that people have experienced seem to stem from some having high end TVs where compression artifacts are easily seen.
I'm new owner of an rs-tx20. My unit will arrive tomorrow. I've got directv, so any advice anyone might have about setting it up, I'm all ears. I was up on my roof today and learned that my satellite LNB has only one connection for coax. I want to be able to record & watch two different shows at the same time, but I'm not sure how to do what with my Phillips DSX 5500 satellite receiver.