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

  1. Jan 21, 2005 #121 of 2047
    STL-TOM

    STL-TOM New Member

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    Hi...I'm new here too...I bought the RS-TX20 a couple of weeks ago and have been playing with it. While I like the TIVO functions (I'm using the 45 day trial) I'm considering buying the Pioneer 810 and giving that a try too.

    A few things I don't like about the Toshiba - Record quality on anything lower than high is AWFUL. I have an older (10 year old) Panasonic 27" TV and the picture is HORRIBLE. Since this is my first TIVO, I'm not sure if that's just the way it is when you record on basic but I was hoping the picture would be better.

    The second thing I don't like is when I tried to capture video from my camcorder (using composite - camcorder doesn't have firewire). I was expecting a little degradation when I captured the video but it looks bad too...I'm telling the TIVO to record at the BEST setting so I'm not sure what to think.

    Perhaps I got a lemon Toshiba - but I really do like TIVO and the way the unit burns shows on DVD's (using titles, etc).


    Tom
     
  2. Jan 21, 2005 #122 of 2047
    regularguy

    regularguy New Member

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    No need to buy a splitter (on the RS-TX20, anyway). The Toshiba has a pass-through coax outlet that gets a regular cable signal into your tv... essentially a built-in splitter.

    When hooking up the the Toshiba, we have S-Video carry the TiVo output and a separate coax carries the pass-through analog cable. Works fine for us.
     
  3. Jan 21, 2005 #123 of 2047
    SamT

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    I'm trying to find a relatively inexpensive, yet good, surge protector for my RS-TX20. Any help would be appreciated!:confused:
     
  4. Jan 21, 2005 #124 of 2047
    STL-TOM

    STL-TOM New Member

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    SamT,

    Probably any basic surge protector would be OK for the unit.

    I have mine plugged into a UPS (battery backup). We hardly ever had power outages but if one were to occur during a recording of a show, the battery backup unit would keep the unit recording. You can pick up a UPS for around $40-60 (and more) depending on how much battery backup time you want.

    What do you define as inexpensive?


    Tom
     
  5. Jan 21, 2005 #125 of 2047
    SamT

    SamT New Member

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    Tom,

    I would define inexpensive as less than $100. I would really only like to spend around $50. I currently have my RSTX20 plugged into a $10 Belkin surge protector I got at Wal-Mart several years ago and wondered if that would be sufficient enough. Thanks for your input.

    Sam:up:
     
  6. Jan 23, 2005 #126 of 2047
    cjblack

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    I've encountered a problem with the Toshiba unit where I am able to burn two 1hr High Quality shows to a DVD, but I am unable to burn a 59min and a 1hr1min show to a DVD. The odd show lengths are because of ABC's wacky new tactic of giving strange runtimes to their primetime shows, presumable just to f*** up DVR users!

    When I tried to burn the last 2 weeks of Alias to a DVD (one episode being :59, and 1 episode being 1:01) at High Quality, at first everything went fine. Actually, everything was fine until the disc was 99% completed. Then a message came up apologizing and saying the DVR miscalculated and ran out of space. The disc was ruined and it is unwatchable.

    Is this a bug/glitch? Has anyone else encountered this issue? Tivo, if you're reading this, can you please consider allowing users to at least chop off the first/last few minutes of a show to fit it on a DVD? I'm not asking for full editing functionality, but at least let us crop a minute off the beginning or end.

    Damn you, ABC, and your wacked out runtimes! :mad:

    p.s. I used a Memorex DVD, not sure if that matters.
     
  7. Jan 25, 2005 #127 of 2047
    mxylplik2

    mxylplik2 New Member

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    I looked through this thread but couldn't find it - other than hard drive size, is there any difference between the 20 and the 60?

    Does the 20 burn at 2x speed and the 60 burn at 4x?

    I believe both have a firewire port in the front panel.
     
  8. Jan 26, 2005 #128 of 2047
    STL-TOM

    STL-TOM New Member

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    My 20 burns at 4x...when I first tried burning, it was 1x but after a day or two (probably after the latest update), it started burning at 4x. I think the only difference is hard drive size.
     
  9. Jan 27, 2005 #129 of 2047
    docendo

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    I have an RS-TX20. Just really got it up and running. Playing with the Basic Tivo for now, will prob upgrade. My first unit, want to archive and get my Dv home movies and older home videos onto dvd, had been doing it on the computer. I want to go wireless but first need to get everything up and running.
    I had to rewire my entire system since I bought a new receiver (Sony 897) and Harmony remote (659). Any body know about Bose speakers? I have a set of 5.1 and I wanted to eliminate their base module since I have a separate Subwoofer. I called Bose and they said I really need it for proper sound without distortion. I might try without it.
    Anyway it took me a week or so to get everything hooked back up with new cabinetry etc, and I am still playing with the remote, speaker setup, Tivo etc. So it's a work in progress, but I am thankful for all the help available here! GuesS I'm here to stay for awhile!
     
  10. Jan 27, 2005 #130 of 2047
    febtober

    febtober New Member

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    Hi all,

    Just got an RS-TX20 open box at Worst Buy. No Remote or manual, but it was so cheap, I think they had it priced wrong. Remote is no problem, I have a Harmony 688, but I cannot find a link to the manual anywhere. Can one of you fine people point me in the right direction?

    Another question related to HD signal. Does this unit pass HD signal thru to my TV in native format or do I need to run a seperate HD signal to the TV? Manual would probably answer that, too.

    Also, if anyone has a spare remote they would like to sell, just in case......

    Thanks much!
     
  11. Jan 29, 2005 #131 of 2047
    rmortis_10

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    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.

    ***************************************************************
    I had the same proble, this forum saved me mucho time and frustration. Called Tivo, they said to Call Toshiba. Toshiba = closed. Tried the hold the eject button trick and it WORKED. The DVD came out, and it booted up just fine (after sitting in a loop for several hours before DVD eject button trick).

    I just held down the open / close button from the second I plugged it in, until the tray popped open (finally) ~ 2 to 3 minutes from plug in.

    Thanks to ALL!!!
     
  12. Jan 30, 2005 #132 of 2047
    Welshdog

    Welshdog Tivo this, punk!

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    Tivo old timers and those of you who have Harmony Remotes may have discovered the List function. This function can be assigned to any button. When selected this function takes you immediately to the Now Playing Menu. Very convenient! Most of you won't see this on your regular Tivo remote. Our Sony SVR2000 has it and I guess that is how we learned of it. On modern Tivo boxes it is not on the remote, but if you have a harmony you can still program it.

    Except it doesn't work on my TX RS60! The Harmony lets me set it up, but when you push the button . . . . nothing. Any of you other Harmony heads seen this issue? :confused:

    We have two other Tivos (yes I said two, for a total of three) and both of them work with the List function. The aforementioned Sony SVR2000 and the other a Tivo Series 2.

    I now realize that you can of course hit Tivo button twice and get to Now Playing so I guess this isn't such a big deal. I am curious though as to why the list function doesn't work on the Toshiba.

    Anyway, so far we are totally digging the Toshiba.
     
  13. Feb 1, 2005 #133 of 2047
    jluros

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    Hi all...I've been a happy RS-TX60 owner since Jan. 6th. I got it from 6ave.com... However, comcast was by this week to swap out my box for one with firewire. I noticed when we were swapping the comcast box out that when I touched the comcast box and the coaxial cable at the same time that I felt a little tingle like I was being shocked or electrocuted. I mentioned this to the comcast rep, and he just shrugged. Anyways, to make a long story short, I came home this evening and my toshiba tivo appears dead. No clock, no power, no fan. I tried unplugging all of the cables going into the dvr, tried plugging the power into another outlet. Nothing. Any suggestions? Must it go back to Toshiba for repairs?

    Thanks in advance,
    Jason
    PS I've called Comcast and they will be coming out to investigate the hot cable issue.
     
  14. Feb 2, 2005 #134 of 2047
    lordrichter

    lordrichter Registered User

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    You are still under warranty for your TX-60. I would not hesitate to use it. Quickly.
     
  15. Feb 2, 2005 #135 of 2047
    joeDC

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    You need to run a direct signal to your tv from your cable box. It works for me. I bypass the unit when I view HD. If you are lucky your cable box has two audio outputs. Otherwise you'll need splitters unless you have an integrated A/V system, etc.
     
  16. Feb 2, 2005 #136 of 2047
    Macros

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    I am a forum newbie, so please excuse any novice mistakes that will surely follow.

    I have just purchased my first tx20, and will use it with a Comcast cable box, and a Sony HD LCD wide screen.

    Is there anyting I need to be wary of? I purchased practically every monster cable on the market , so I think I am set.
     
  17. Feb 2, 2005 #137 of 2047
    lordrichter

    lordrichter Registered User

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    You should be fine. Here is a link that might help with wiring up the TiVo to the cable box and TV.

    TiVo Wiring Guide

    Here is the TiVo Support page for wiring...

    TiVo Support

    Cable Box compatibility codes list topic

    Cable/Satellite Box Compatibility List

    All this information is available here in the forum.
     
  18. Feb 2, 2005 #138 of 2047
    jluros

    jluros New Member

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    San...
    I just wanted to comment on my experience with Toshiba customer support. After I called their 800 number, and punched 1 for consumer products, the strangest thing happened. Someone answered the phone. No stupid hold music. No "your call is very important to us". A human. They were very helpful, and I should have my Tivo back (or one like it) in about 2-3 weeks. I'll keep you guys posted. Too bad no companies do warranty cross-shipping.

    Jason
     
  19. Feb 3, 2005 #139 of 2047
    Macros

    Macros New Member

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    Wow, thanks for the links. it looks fairly straight forward now.
     
  20. Feb 4, 2005 #140 of 2047
    Minya Fan

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    I read someone's post saying he couldn't burn a DVD of a 59 minute show or a 1 hr 1 min show. Is this true? Has anyone else experienced this?

    Also, the Toshiba unit has an external input that makes it act like a "regular" table-top DVD burner, right? I'm looking to archive a bunch of laser discs onto DVDs. (Laser discs -- remember those things?) Anyone else using this model for such a function?

    Thanks for any help!
     

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