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

  1. May 2, 2007 #1521 of 2047
    morgancva

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    Sorry, I'm illiterate on how to make quotes so I need to do it the old fashioned way. This is what I originally posted . . .

    "TX20 playback pause fits and what can I expect please?

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    Hello, I am new here. My TX20 is about 2 1/2 years old. I'm getting the "pause n' play fits" during playback during a recorded show and during live TV that hasn't caught up to real time. Also have had a couple of screens freeze after hitting stop.

    From what I gather here, this is likely the start of a dying HD although I did see a post that said they still got them after a replacement HD (didn't yet find further responses but I am curious).

    It's still under a Best Buy extended warranty. They tell me they have to ship it out to the manufacturer per agreements and it'll take a couple of weeks.

    I've read a couple of posts about a similar situation where the unit was still not happy after a couple of returns; I did not see an end result if they tried again. Any insight as to what I should expect?

    I have also gathered that our power outtage a couple of days ago may have been the culprit, and that a UPS might help condition the power. If I lose power while I'm not at home, will the UPS offer a "nicer" shutdown and startup or am I only buying an hour to shutdown the TIVO if I can get to it? Also, I'm seeing a lot of cost in most UPSs; any good advice as to what I should afford would be appreciated.

    Thanks very much."

    I didn't get any feedback and after a couple of days the unit got stuck in a "fix a serious problem, powering up, almost there, GSOD" loop. I tired to force a Clear & Delete based on what I read here but I couldn't get anything to change (many many tries). It was under an extended warranty I paid for, so I went ahead and took it back to Best Buy.

    Regarding my recent post, I'm sure that Best Buy would be happy for me to take the box back because if I open it up, it'd end the warranty and they'd be off the hook. But it wouldn't hurt to ask anyway I guess. Further, according to the TiVo site, TiVo will only do a lifetime transfer only if the unit is returned under a retailer warranty so if I want the lifetime on a new unit, I have to return the old one under the Best Buy warranty.

    Somebody here offered up Desktop as an alternative to a unit with a DVD recorder to rapidly copy a show (a feature I will miss). I'm not thrilled about having to use my PC to do what my TX did (not too convenient). And what I was trying to ask is when you use Desktop, how invasive is TiVo when installed on my PC (will TiVo call my PC in the middle of the night; does TiVo collect info from my PC like it does with my watching habits; paranoid stuff like that)?

    I'm in a stinky situation but this is all helping me figure the least-of-all-evils way out.

    Thanks for your thoughts, I appreciate it. CM
     
  2. May 2, 2007 #1522 of 2047
    azitnay

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    It sounds to me like replacing the hard drive would almost certainly fix your GSOD loop problem. No guarantees, of course.

    TiVo Desktop doesn't really do anything special that would involve contacting the mothership... It's really just there as a way to get stuff onto and off of the TiVo itself.

    Drew
     
  3. May 3, 2007 #1523 of 2047
    tivosohn

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    I just upgrade from a Toshiba SD-H400 to a TS-RX20. But I can't believe they actually dropped the damn "Power On/Off" button from the remote! This sucks, that means now everytime I want to put the unit to standby mode, I will have to go to the menu screen, then select the StandBy selection, then select it. I noticed they have the "TV Power" button. Is there a way for us to make that to become my "Tivo Power" button? :D
     
  4. May 3, 2007 #1524 of 2047
    windracer

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    No, but there is a discrete IR code for Standby, so if you have a programmable remote (like a Harmony) you can program a button to use that Standby code (you can't do that with the peanut remote though).

    There's also a Standby button on the front of the unit if you don't mind getting up. ;)
     
  5. May 4, 2007 #1525 of 2047
    EvilMidniteBombr

    EvilMidniteBombr what bomz at midnite

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    I understand what you mean about using the PC to do what you paid for on your TiVo, but if you replace the RS-TX with a non DVD TiVo then transferring to the PC is pretty much the fastest way to burn to DVD. Otherwise you could connect it to a standalone DVD recorder and record the entire program in real time which means you won't be able to watch anything on the TiVo while you are recording to DVD. With the TiVo Desktop and TiVo To Go, transferring (only over a wifi network, BTW) programs to a PC is done in the background. Thus, you can still use the TiVo for as you normally would.

    As for the TiVo and your computer whispering to each other about you behind your back... What you don't realize is that they already do that. You see that little TiVo guy on the front of the unit? Yeah. He's watching everything you do. He uses those little antennae on his head to communicate with the NSA, CIA, and FBI. Actually, one antennae communicates to them. The other scans your computer while simultaneously listening to your cell phone and cordless phone conversations. The best thing to do is take a little strip of duct tape and cover him up. This interferes with his little antennae and blinds him. That will give you a few minutes until the NSA, CIA, and FBI realize what's going on and scramble to come get you. ;)

    Actually, no, I don't think they communicate to each other until you start and use the program. You have to tell it when to transfer a program. And you decide whether or not the software is even running or not. Not to mention, you can use TiVo Desktop and TiVo To Go to stream music and photos from your computer to your TiVo. Plus, it's free.
     
  6. May 4, 2007 #1526 of 2047
    morgancva

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    Thanks for the info. Which antenae do I need to cover up? :p

    Am I correct that a Series 3 does not have the capability to link to a PC?

    Thanks, CM
     
  7. May 4, 2007 #1527 of 2047
    azitnay

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    Yep, no transferring at all for the Series3 yet... Hopefully some day.

    Drew
     
  8. May 4, 2007 #1528 of 2047
    tivosohn

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    There's a discrete IR code for that feature? Can you please me the link to it? I do have a programmable remote which I can use my PC to program it.

    Regarding the power button on the front. It's kinda sucks to crawl out of the blanket at night to put it in standby mode. :D
     
  9. May 4, 2007 #1529 of 2047
    windracer

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    I know the code is in Harmony's database if you have one of their remotes. Otherwise I think you need a remote with the Standby button so your existing remote can "learn" the code.

    If your remote supports macros, another option would be to create a macro that puts the TiVo in Standby by using the menu option.
     
  10. May 4, 2007 #1530 of 2047
    EvilMidniteBombr

    EvilMidniteBombr what bomz at midnite

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    Dude, you HAVE to cover both of them. If you don't, you'll just make him angry. You won't like him when he's angry.
     
  11. May 5, 2007 #1531 of 2047
    lafos

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    There is much less need for standby on the RS-TX20, as the RF coax out is always a passthrough of the cable input, no Tivo or DVD output there at all. I have to put my SD-H400 in standby to bypass it when recording a show so I can watch live TV. I was pleasantly surprised when I got the RS-TX20 and didn't need standby any more.

    I use a Harmony 659 with the RS-TX20. hen I set up the remote, it knew that standby code from the Harmony database.
     
  12. May 5, 2007 #1532 of 2047
    jazzdvr

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    My RS-TX20 won't connect to tivo. It dials, gets the tone, but doesn't connect. I have tried restarting, and unplugging and waiting with no results. Any suggestions?
     
  13. May 6, 2007 #1533 of 2047
    azitnay

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    DerCormeister

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    I've had my RS-TX60 for 2 years. About a week ago, it started getting the jitters. That is to say, sometimes the whole screen sort of jitters vertically. It isn't specific to recorded video--it does it when viewing TiVo menus as well.

    This appears to be a digital anomaly--not something that would ordinarily be caused by a bad connection in the analog cables between my boxes. Resetting the box has no effect.

    Anyone have any idea what might be happening here?

    I have a 4-year extended warranty from Mack (mackcam.com).
     
  15. May 8, 2007 #1535 of 2047
    EvilMidniteBombr

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    Have you tried a different input source when you notice the jitter? Just to rule out that it's not an issue with your TV?
     
  16. May 8, 2007 #1536 of 2047
    windracer

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    All of this recent talk of enabling eSATA on the S3s revealed a list of kickstart codes (the new 62 one being the one used to enable eSATA). But in this post it mentions a "Tray open code 111 - will open tray."

    I wonder if this is a kickstart code you could use to force open the tray on the DVD units during boot? It might have helped zogger with his problem instead of having to physically crack open the case. I might have to try this and see.
     
  17. DerCormeister

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    Good idea, EvilMidniteBombr. I didn't suspect the TV because this is unlike anything I've seen a TV do before, but I suppose I do need to rule out the TV before sending in the TiVo for repair.
     
  18. EvilMidniteBombr

    EvilMidniteBombr what bomz at midnite

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    Just thought I'd ask before you went to all the trouble and headache of dealing with (any) customer support.

    My RS-TX20 tends to stutter sometimes. If the image on the screen is fairly static, it's not very noticeable. But watching sports, a crawl at the bottom of the screen (like breaking news, etc.) or anything with a lot of motion, the stutter is really annoying. Mine just seems like a it skips frames or pauses/unpauses extremely fast. Usually it goes away after a while. Sometimes if I put it in standby mode for a few minutes it seems to make it better. That being said, I don't think it's the same as your problem. But you never know, it could be different symptoms of the same problem.
     
  19. tivosohn

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    Darn, now this passthrough feature is giving me a problem. My setup is I have the RF coax to send the signal of the Tivo/cable to my other TVs. Now with this passthrough feature, I can't watch Tivo recording from my other TVs. Is there anyway to set it to have the the Tivo to watch recorded shows through the RF coax?
     
  20. lafos

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    I didn't notice any way to do that in the manual. The only thing I could think of would be to attach an RF converter to the composite output of the Toshiba. Of course, if you do this, then you have to use the Tivo out. You could add an A/B switch to the RF, but we're really getting kludgey here.
     

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