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Discussion in 'DVD TiVo Units (Archive)' started by TivoDaddy, Dec 21, 2004.
Jump on it. It's a steal.
BTW, I have an RS-TX20 with a 300GB disk and it seems to work fine. it's a little slower than the original 120GB but not all that bad.
What's the largest drive anyone has put in this unit? I'm considering going up to 500GB.
You must not have an HR10-250. Now that is the slowest TiVo I use. The RS-TX20 is next, though.
Count me in with the lucky ones, I have not had to send it in for repair. Though a friend of mine has the same unit and she had to ship hers to Toshiba.
... and I have no idea what the part number is. Can anyone out there fill me in on the model number of this remote control so I can order a new one. thanks!
As long as you don't mind the fact that it says Humax and not Toshiba (they're identical otherwise), you can buy this one:
Thanks Drew. If all else fails I'll go ahead and purchase the Humax remote. But I'd at least like to try and get a Toshiba remote first. I've found a place that claims to have some in stock out here in Los Angeles but I just wanted to be certian the model number's matched before I make the purchase.
The slowest I have seen was my stock HDR312 Series 1 after I put 2 120GB drives in it and filled it with recordings. However, upgrading main memory to 32MB and putiing in the cache card made it very responsive. My TX20 is bearable with a 300GB drive but not as fast as the enhanced HDR312. Of course, the 312 also uses an OS with less features and presumably, less lines of code.
There're a bunch of numbers on the circuit board of mine:
Hope one of those helps.
The model number I got from pacparts.com is AH801151
Can anyone confirm?
An informal poll:
Is your TX-20/60 slower after the 7.3.x update?
Mine is pathetically slow during live channel changes, using the Guide (which was never fast to begin with), slower to bring up the NP screen...and on and on. The net effect is that the lag between a command and response is almost unacceptable.
And it's even worse if you use it in Basic mode, because none of the new features are of any benefit, yet the negative effects like the poor response, and non-sensical changes like going from "Pick Programs to Record" to "Find Programs" in the main menu are foisted upon what was a well-functioning machine before. I think it would be almost better if TiVo omitted Basic machines from any future updates altogether, if subsequent software updates are going to be like 7.3.
I've noticed that my machine has been a little slower lately. Response to commands from the remote is delayed. Menus seem to take longer. Channel changes seem to be a tad bit slower but it isn't that bad.
One thing concerns me. I noticed last night while watching recorded programs that occassionally the program would pause or freeze. It's not the same thing as pausing with the remote where you see the progress bar at the bottom of the screen. It freezes the video (and audio) for different amounts of time. Sometimes it can be a spilt second other times it is for two or three seconds. It hasn't gotten bad enough that the program is unwatchable. But it does worry me a bit.
Anyone else had this problem? Combine the freezing with the slower response and I wondered if the hard drive might not need defragging. Is that necessary or even possible?
Mine started todo the same thing after it upgraded this week to 7.3.1
FYI... if anyone else is in need of a new Toshiba remote for their Tivo I ordered one yesterday and got it today from www.pacparts.com for 25 bucks. I've seen them on ebay for 40! The part number is: AH801151. You can also order it over the phone.
I've had my RSTX60 for almost a year now, and have had mostly good luck burning DVDs using DVD-R 4x disks from Verbatim, Maxell, and Memorex.
But as these 4x disks have mostly disappeared from stores I'm forced to consider other options, and I'm looking for other users' experiences.
-Is there any good source for 4x DVD-R disks?
-Are 8x disks (or 16x disks) usable (a minimum of "coasters")?
-Will 8x disks (or 16x disks) damage the DVD burner?
-Are DVD-RW 4x disks eventually going to be my only option?
I recently bought a 50 pack of 16x Maxell DVD-R. I have burned a dozen or two of them and so far <crosses fingers & knocks on wood> I have had zero errors. Granted, I haven't gone back and watched each one, but they appear to read just fine.
Of course, as we all know, now that I wrote the above I will not have another successful burn... Ever...
Edit to add: My unit is a RS-TX20. I don't know the difference between the two or not but I just thought I would add that.
Shockingly, the Costco 100-pack BoGoF TDK deals have worked well for me. Didn't buy any the last time (last week) they were on sale, but bought one set of each of (the inkjet printable) +R and -R. The TDK -Rs are cheap CMC 16Xers and neither my Humax DRT800 nor my Toshiba RS-TX20 have complained. There are reports that the current batch of TDK -Rs are Made in India (yes, one of the largest sources of blanks in the world!) and are way better than the past use-once-throw-away-soon products that specific factory was 'well-known' for!
In the past, Fuji 8x MIJapan -Rs (Taiyo Yuden's in disguise) have worked perfectly as well ... I've since run out.
To be safe, you could always stock up on 4X or 8X Taiyo Yuden's from, say, supermediastor.com (sic?) etc. The NEC drives in TiVo bruners have never reported to have balked at TY's!
If anyone is interested in using a JP1 compatible remote on the RS-TX20 then search my posts and look at the threads. I was helped by one user on this board who was a "remote guru" (I forgot his actual handle but you can find it). He gave me all the information I needed. I now have a One For All remote that performans all the functions available for my RS-TX20. It also manages 6 other devices of my home theater setup.
I am a latecomer to TIVO. I just bought an RS-TX20 on ebay and the seller claimed it was in excellent condition. But I have couple of issues and will be grateful to you all for any help. I have read every post of this thread before I posted this.
The Basic TIVO functionality(scheduling, recording) works great but dvd recorder failed to record any even though it plays movies just fine. In the very first try, it went to 27% and then stayed like that for an hour. Finally I got tired of it and cancelled saving. I visually checked the disk and it actually burned that 27%. In the next try, it wont move from 0% at all. I turned it off overnight and tried but no success. Now it does not move from 0% complete at all. I have used different make DVD-R disks(4x and 16x). I also cleaned the drive with air blast and cleaning disk.
The second problem is that it does not record from camcoder or VCR. I tried S-video and composite video from both front and rear of it and the device can't locate the signal from the camcoder. if i connect the same camcoder to my A/V receiver, it just shows everything fine.
My software version : 7.3.1-oth-01-2-565 abnd DVD firmware - DVD-RW DVR-109RZ 1.25
I opened the cabinet and every cable is tight plus it's very clean.
Sounds like a bad DVD drive.
Try connecting the camcorder to both front and back inputs and see if it works.
I would try to get the Ebay seller to take the unit back.