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

  1. Bimwad

    Bimwad New Member

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    Refresh my memory -- in which context does this option appear?

    I've noticed that the "Change Recording Options" no longer appears when manually selecting a program to be recorded while viewing the Guide. Selecting that command used to jump directly to the manual recording setup screens, which since 7.3 is reached through the somewhat ill-named "Find Programs" main menu item -- since Basic users can't "find" programs.

    With regard to the ethics or legality of removing formerly free-features, the fine print in the user agreement allows TiVo to basically do what they please. You win some (like the Recently Deleted Folder), you lose some.
     
  2. CynthiaJ

    CynthiaJ New Member

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    I am a new user to this forum and have attempted to research this problem, but don't find anything that matches it. Forgive me if I have over looked it.

    I have a 2-year old Toshiba RS_TX20 that I use with the main purpose of recording movies and then burning them to DVD in order to watch them at a vacation home that has no TV service.

    About a year after I purchased the Toshiba I started to have problems with failed burns. I started doing the unplug/replug and cleaning the laser disk dance. Also trying different types of DVD brands. This all sort of worked at first, but now I am down to doing it everytime I want to burn and then it still doesn't always work. Now my problem is that the programs seem to download fine, but it is the burn that is the problem. When I try to replay the burned DVD I get freezes. I have talked to the people at Toshiba who have been marginally helpful. Now they want me to send in the Toshiba for servicing for about $180 minimum. Should I do this? Is there something else that I can do? Can I transfer the downloaded DVD's to my Mac computer and burn from there? I'm not much of a techy, but can do stuff if the procedure is explicit.

    One additional note is that we use Comcast Cable service and have noticed recently that even while watching TV we sometimes get poor reception and brief blackouts. Yet when I download movies and try to test them first, they seem fine. Don't know if this is a pertinent issue or not, but thought I'd mention it.

    Thanks to all in advance for your help.
     
  3. tivoupgrade

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    We have seen this problem with several of the units that have DVD burners and in most cases, it has turned out to be a defective hard drive (not a bad DVD burner, as previously thought). Obviously, there is no way to know this definitively unless further testing is done (eg running diagnostics on the drive in your unit).
     
  4. CynthiaJ

    CynthiaJ New Member

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    Can I run the diagnostics myself or is this something I need to pay the Toshiba people to do?

    Can I record the programs onto the Toshiba unit and then somehow transfer it to my computer and then burn it with that? I have a DVD burner with my Mac. If so, how?
    Thanks!


     
  5. azitnay

    azitnay New Member

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    Yes, you can run diagnostics on the hard drive yourself by opening up the unit (voiding any warranty you may still have), taking out the hard drive, hooking it up to a PC, and either using the diagnostics program provided by the hard drive manufacturer and usually available on their website, or any number of third-party hard drive diagnostic programs (such as SpinRite).

    You can also transfer recordings to a computer and then burn form there. Typically, though, this process requires a PC, not a Mac. You can easily transfer the recordings to a Mac using something like Galleon:

    http://galleon.tv/

    However, the recordings are encrypted, and the only official software solution for burning them is only available for PC's. There is at least one method of decrypting on a Mac, but discussion of it isn't really acceptable on these particular forums.

    Drew
     
  6. ashu

    ashu User title defunct

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    Remember NOT to have a Windows XP or Win2000 disk connected to the PC at the same time (when you connect the TiVo hard drive to it)! Those stupid OSen will overwrite your MBR. In regular-speak, they will fubar the TiVo hard drive, if at all it IS working.
     
  7. tivoupgrade

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    Cynthia -

    We can take a look at it for you for $75; but repairing it could cost more depending on what the problem is; if you are technically inclined (or know someone who knows a bit about computers), downloading the Maxtor diagnostics is a very easy thing to do and a few tests on the drive might be conclusive enough to help you determine the best course of action.

    As for the elephant in the room, sorry, I don't see it. There are plenty of people here who would like to help you out, however.
     
  8. windracer

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    Oh, because there aren't other user-run forums for other electronic devices like PCs, gaming rigs, iPods, etc. etc.? We're just enthusiasts trying to help each other out. :rolleyes:
     
  9. ashu

    ashu User title defunct

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    Hard (and DVD) drives die. Even those in your beloved Vaio etc. Get over it.
     
  10. ashu

    ashu User title defunct

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    How many MS phone tech-help folks acknowledge Windows' myriad of issues and flaws? They have no desire to get fired.

    People still use them, make the most of them and help each other out. It's the same (but immensely better) with TiVo.

    Comparing it to solid-state or electronic hardware is unreasonable and shortsighted. If your HT receiver ran an OS, software ont op of it, and depended upon, for its own reliability, 3rd party internal (HDD) and external storage (DVD burner) devices, it would be as bad, if not worse beause of the heat generated by the amps :p

    Please get over yourself.

    Addon - here's my take on it.

    Does it SUCK that TiVos die, sometimes, and, you could even say, eventually? Yeah!
    Is it TiVo's FAULT? Heck, no!

    Acceptable trade-off for ME, and many others, and if it isn't to you, please blame and sue the manufacturers of the unreliable components therein, or buy the $10000+ Blaupunkt and Bang Olafsen (or Panasonic, Sharp) etc custom ultra-high-endDVRs with high-end components and immense reliability, as well as pay-per-use inhome service. :rolleyes:
     
  11. ashu

    ashu User title defunct

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    Perhaps because the product ain't faulty, and you bought it knowing it had limited-liftime components, which did die, and after the warranty ran out?
     
  12. CynthiaJ

    CynthiaJ New Member

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    Thanks to all for your help. I will ponder the options and my pocket book. I really want this to work.
     
  13. tivoupgrade

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    Well that pretty much ends this part of the discussion. Now at least we can move on!
     
  14. barbeedoll

    barbeedoll New Member

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    Great thread! Has anyone written an IR code for the Slingbox to allow a Toshiba RS-TX60 to connect. I get a picture, but my power, channel changer, etc., are disabled. Slingbox support desk says they haven't written one, but I might find one online.

    Any leads?

    Barbeedoll
     
  15. ashu

    ashu User title defunct

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    The Toshiba RS-TX units use the same set of 10 (actually 9, as 0 is the universal code) remote cnotrol codes as any otehr S2 TiVo. How does the SlingBox work for folks who use it with other S2 TiVos that work on a different remote code? Same setup should allow the Toshiba boxen to functiona perfectly (plus you'll have to teach the SlingBox the DVD side of things, of course)
     
  16. ashu

    ashu User title defunct

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    It's a case of "How many times has he called? How angry has he sounded? Might he spread bad rumors and misinformation? Oh, Alright - let's just give him a freebie in the interest of less headaches and customer satisfaction, and eat the loss on this one". Seriously.

    Congratulations.
     
  17. tivoupgrade

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    Gee, good to see that you are still not slamming anyone.

    Ashu, I agree with you; Sometimes the squeaky wheel gets the grease. (re: our other conversation, let's hope the high road pays off; some things I just don't want to be, even for a few hundred dollars).
     
  18. lwaddict

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    "75$ to take a look at it"...

    Touched a nerve did I? LOL.
     
  19. windracer

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    So why did you delete/edit all your posts? :confused:
     
  20. ashu

    ashu User title defunct

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    It's unlikely the poster deleted them ... it may have been a higher power (although I certainly had nought to do with it)! And the wonder of email updates (to some interesting threads) means I have a copy of his oh-so-mature personal attack in my inbox :)
     

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