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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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    One last thing I am going to try is to split my cable and bypass the digital HD Set top box and feed the rstx20 with cable from the wall. Perhaps its the set top box inbetween causing the lousy picture quality. I currently have the tivo fed from the box via svideo, and the tivo to the tv via component. I plan on trying wall to tivo, tivo to tv.

    I'll let you know!
     
  2. corky1

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    I have been thinking about this, and I don't think it will work, if I put a splitter and feed the tivo directly, what will change channels?
     
  3. azitnay

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    If you want to switch from using a cable box to not using a cable box, you'll need to rerun Guided Setup.

    Drew
     
  4. corky1

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    And how will channel changing work? Do you feel running without a cable box will improve picture quality?
     
  5. azitnay

    azitnay New Member

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    The TiVo will use its internal tuner to change channels instead of sending channel changes to the cable box via IR or serial.

    As long as you're willing to live without the ability to record premium and digital channels, it's a much better setup overall, since you're taking the somewhat klunky IR or serial connection out of the picture... But I don't see why it would improve picture quality.

    Drew
     
  6. corky1

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    So will I need to use multiple remotes? Or will the toshiba remote "talk" directly to my cable box? any quick way to see if it would improve picture quality without re running setup?
     
  7. azitnay

    azitnay New Member

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    If you go with this setup, you won't be using the cable box at all, so there will be no need for anything to "talk" to it.

    Unless you mean during those times when you want to watch something only available on the cable box... In that case, yes, you'd have to use your cable box's remote.

    I believe you can change your video source without running Guided Setup by going to TiVo Central -> Messages & Settings -> Settings -> Video -> Video Hookup... That should allow you to at least see how it looks through the RF connector, though you'll still have to rerun GS if you want to take the cable box out of the equation for real.

    Drew
     
  8. corky1

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    I wonder if it's all worthit, since I watch 99% HD, I just wish this darn thing made decent off the air recordings that I could watch! Someone told me it has to do with the fact that the digital signal from the cable box has to be compressed in order for the toshiba to record it? Whatever the case, the darkness is unwatchable!
     
  9. Aug 1, 2006 #1209 of 2047
    kvmwildcat

    kvmwildcat New Member

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    My RS-TX20 started to "lose" my Tivo settings, recordings, Season Passes, etc. Tried rebooting, unplugging, waiting two days and holding my breath, etc., and as a last resort ran the "clear settings and delete everything" option.

    Unit then sat on the "clearing and deleting everything, may take up to an hour" screen for 48 hours. Unplugged, rebooted, etc., and after it cycles through the welcome screen, goes right back to the "clearing and deleting" routine.

    My call to Toshiba resulted in them telling me to ship it to them and have "repair" done for $139. According to them, I should have called as soon as I noticed the data was being deleted or lost (a gasp from the service tech when I told her I ran the clear and delete everything option...).

    Does the problem sound like a corrupt drive, and if so, would a WeeKnees replacement drive kit solve this problem? I would rather replace myself with a nice new HDD and get it back to working order sooner than ground shipping all the way across the country to Toshiba will allow.

    Anybody with the same problem? Any info would be great. -- Thanks!
     
  10. Aug 2, 2006 #1210 of 2047
    timckelley

    timckelley TCFer

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    My boss's daughter has a Toshiba with DVD burner, and she's had to send it in for warranty repair 5 times! She just got it back again, and is about to test it to see if it finally works. She's frustrated because her TiVo spends so much time in the shop, that she misses her shows.
     
  11. Aug 2, 2006 #1211 of 2047
    Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    I have one of these as well and I don't really like it. It's by far the slowest TiVo I have ever used, and has needed to be sent in for repair twice in the year or so I've had it. At this point I've pretty much relinquished it to being a DVD player and a backup which is only used when absolutely needed.

    Dan
     
  12. Aug 2, 2006 #1212 of 2047
    corky1

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    I wish I had read all this before spending my hard earned cash on this piece of junk, as far as I am concerned the crushed blacks make it unusable as a tivo, it's an expensive dvd player!
     
  13. Aug 2, 2006 #1213 of 2047
    windracer

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    I've had my TX20 for over a year now ... not a single problem with it. The picture looks fine on my 42" plasma (taking into account my crappy analog basic cable) using component out. I love having trickplay while watching DVDs. But yes, it is the slowest of my three TiVos.

    I guess I've been lucky with my box.
     
  14. Aug 3, 2006 #1214 of 2047
    corky1

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    Digital cable seems to be the problem
     
  15. Aug 3, 2006 #1215 of 2047
    EvilMidniteBombr

    EvilMidniteBombr what bomz at midnite

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    Just curious. For all of you that have had problems with your TiVo units and have had to send them off for repairs. Were you able to get credit from TiVo for your downtime or did you have to pay for the service anyway?

    FYI... I still haven't had any significant problems with my RS-TX. Aside from being too dark (adjusted TV settings for that) and having to reboot it once after it locked up. Other than that, I love it.
     
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    corky1

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    Share with us all how you were able to adjust your tv settings to compensate for the dark picture! Using my Samsung DLP, and componant cables, I don't think you can adjust much.
     
  17. Aug 3, 2006 #1217 of 2047
    windracer

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    I used Avia to adjust the settings on my 42" Panny plasma.
     
  18. Aug 3, 2006 #1218 of 2047
    EvilMidniteBombr

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    It was nothing special. I just messed with the brightness and contrast settings until the picture was satisfactory. My TV is a RCA 32" tube that's almost 10 years old. So I don't have the picture quality that today's TV's have.
     
  19. Aug 3, 2006 #1219 of 2047
    Newspix100

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    I came across a floor model tx-20 tonight at a local store that I can grab for $100. No cables, no remote but I already use a Harmony so that shouldn't be a problem. I don't really need another TIVO ( I have two), but thought it might be nice to have an integrated burner. What do you guys think?

    DT
     
  20. Aug 3, 2006 #1220 of 2047
    windracer

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    The TX-20s have TiVo Basic, so you could use it as a VCR replacement without paying a monthly fee for TiVo Plus. You'd get three days of Guide data, basic manual recordings, and a DVD player. Not a bad deal ... I'd probably snag it.
     

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