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Official Toshiba RS-TX Owners Club

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

  1. Feb 4, 2005 #141 of 2047
    TGtoys

    TGtoys New Member

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    Hi All,

    I'm new to the forum, and new to TiVo. I got my RS-TX20 a couple of weeks ago and love the TiVo functionality! I do have a couple of problems... Here's the biggest one at the moment:

    I have a wireless network at home and want to use the wireless connection for the TiVo. I bought the D-Link DWL-122 wireless USB adapter (it's on the TiVo compatibility list and the rest of my equipment is D-Link). When I plugged it into the TX20, a message came on about a firmware update needed, and I ok'd it to download the firmware. Since then, it doesn't recognize that the adapter is connected! The adapter has a power and "link" light - and both come on. I continue to see Wireless network setup menus, but when I try to set it up it says there is no adapter connected. I've tried resetting the TX20, unplugging it, checked the connections, plugged the adapter directly into the back of the TX20, all to no avail! I tried connecting the adapter to my computer, and it recognized the USB device, so at least some basic communication is working.

    I sent email to Toshiba customer service and they responded with an 800-number to call. I hope to get time to try that number tomorrow. If anyone has advice, I'd really appreciate it.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Feb 4, 2005 #142 of 2047
    Sirius_Tivo

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    For what it's worth, I installed my wireless adapter on my unit 3 weeks ago and did not have to do any software updates. My adapter is a SpeedStream, and not on the approved list, but it works fine. Maybe something in the download ? Good luck.

    H
     
  3. Feb 4, 2005 #143 of 2047
    kelder539

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    sedro...
    I just bought my Toshiba RS-TX60 from this seller off amazon.com for only $549.99 plus a $100 rebate!!!
    J&R Music and Computer World

    I cant wait until it gets here. I do not have a home phone, do not have VOIP. Just cellular and broadband. I have DishNetwork 501 PVR now with only 30 hrs on the pvr (always full). Am sold on the PVR, will be new to the TIVO concept. Am excited about it. I use regular cables (Monster Cables and the like are the biggest rip off of people that do not know electronic theory), although I will use the S-Video from my satellite to the Toshiba, then componant video to my Panasonic 34 inch flat screen HDTV monitor. Will run everything in 16x9 format, and will use digital optical from satellite to my Pioneer AV receiver which has 2 componant video in and 1 out, has 3 s-video in and 2 out (switchable), 4 optical digital in and 1 out. My TV has 2 componant video in's, and 4 other inputs that can be either s-video or rca. So my best options would be to go satellite out via S-video to satellite in on my a/v receiver, hook my tv up to the a/v receiver via the componant, run s-video out from a/v receiver to the Toshiba RS-TX60, and run componant from it to my tv. and then to figure out the digital sound, I would probably go direct optical from satellite to the a/v receiver and direct optical from the Toshiba to the a/v receiver, and probably rca from the satellite to the Toshiba. If anyone has any better suggestions, let me know.

    Next problem is when my unit arrives, will I be able to just hook it up to my network hub and go for it??? I ordered a Linksys USB100TX Network Adapter Ethernet to USB $17.98 with shipping included off Ebay.
    I currently have for my network a Linksys G wireless hub (with 4 wired connection spots, one of which I am planning on plugging into the USB100TX). So, what is my solution? Do I just plug it in and it will work???
    I have heard about a secret code that is supposed to make the unit just plug and play into a broadband network. How come all these companies dont just put ethernet into their products??? I have been suggesting to Dish Network and VOOM to put them in their product for those of us who have gone away from a landline phone.

    Well, enough rambling for now... (I got off graveyard shift 9 hours ago and I should have been in bed this whole time...)

    Kelly
     
  4. Feb 4, 2005 #144 of 2047
    TGtoys

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    Today, I called Toshiba, and a very nice person answered the phone immediately. That was the good part. He didn't have any info on a problem like mine, so helpfully offered to transfer me to TiVo support. TiVo also answered immediately. The rep verified that the DWL-122 I have has worked for them (he said they're using that one in-house right now). He suggested the D-Link is defective. I called D-Link support and waited for a live person for more than 10 minutes. He indicated that the "firmware" that was downloaded was being loaded into the TiVo unit, not into the adapter (I was under the impression that the adapter was being updated). He suggested doing a complete, ground-up restart of the TiVo. He came up with another suggestion which I tried, and this is where it really gets weird...

    D-Link suggested making sure I had tried both USB ports, in case one was bad. I switched the DWL-122 to the "other" port and, lo & behold, the MAC address & other info showed up on the screen (I happened to have it in the Phone & Network setup menu). It connected to my network! Then, just as I was about to celebrate, it vanished! Now, I can see that whenever I plug it in (to either USB port), it connects for about 30 seconds, then "loses it" - and the TiVo thinks the adapter is disconnected!

    I tried buying a Linksys unit from the local BB store, but they only had Version 4.0 and that doesn't work at all.

    to be continued.... until I run out of patience!
     
  5. Feb 5, 2005 #145 of 2047
    febtober

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    Hi,

    Thanks to those who helped me with my last issue.

    Now a big one. I have not been able to get my RS-TX20 to play nice with my Zenith HD SAT520 satellite receiver. I started reading forums and became disappointed when no one has seemed to be able to make it work.

    Has anyone had this issue? Has anyone overcome this issue? I spent less than $200 on this thing before rebate. I'd hate to have to return it. I'd also hate to have to get a new HD receiver. And, yes, I know the RS does not record in HD. In green, but not that green :)

    Thanks much!
    Feb
     
  6. Feb 6, 2005 #146 of 2047
    ivo

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    Hi everyone,

    I also have an RS-TX20 and have had it for about three months now. Everything has worked fine and I'm pretty happy with it, except one thing. I've had some major problems with the channel changing option. Basically, at first everything worked fine. Then I started noticing that when I tried to change channels with the tivo remote, the unit would not respond. That's ok if I'm home and can change the channel manually with the satellite's cable tv, but that's obviously not the way it's supposed to work. I have called Toshiba 3 times and they have told me:

    First time: Disconnect the power from the wall and the phone cable from the unit and turn off for 15 minutes. Turn back on and try again.

    I did that and it worked, but then it went back to not working again.

    Second time: Disconnect the power from the wall for 1 hour and when you turn back on, play around with the IR cable to see if the positioning was wrong. Try that, if it dosen't work, maybe the IR cable is faulty, call us back so we can send you one.

    I have played with that cable, moved it around, even tried the "tent" thing they recommend on the manual. Nada, zilch, nothing.

    I even did the inicial set up again... I don't know what else to do!!!!

    If anyone has any pointers, any miracles or suggestions any questions, (I fear I didn't explain correctly) please help meeeeee!

    -desperate in san juan puerto rico.

    ivo :D
     
  7. Feb 6, 2005 #147 of 2047
    lordrichter

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    Intermittent problems sound suspiciously like hardware to me.

    When it stops working, I suppose you could grab a camcorder (if you have one) and hope that the infra-red emission from the IR cables is visible in the viewfinder. Many camcorders treat the IR from remote controls as visible light, very handy when trying to debug IR problems. That would at least tell you if the IR cable is actually producing a signal when it is not working.
     
  8. Feb 6, 2005 #148 of 2047
    TGtoys

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    I bought a Linksys WUSB11, V3.0 yesterday and tried it - no luck, same symptoms. Today, I returned the Toshiba unit to the store and exchanged it for a different one, figuring that the USB must be defective. After going through all of the initial setup stuff, I plugged in the Linksys and... nope, same symptoms.

    The Linksys seems to take a little longer before the failure message appears, but it's the exact same behavior.

    In the "Phone & Network Setup" screen, the IP, MAC, SSID and signal strength appear for about 30-45 seconds after I plug in the USB network adapter. Then, the signal goes to "(None)", and after a few more seconds the rest of the information disappears. When I go into the Wireless Settings, it gives a message titled "No Wireless Adapter": "A wireless network adapter was not detected..."

    Restarting, unplugging, etc., don't have any effect.

    If anyone has seem something similar, please speak up! I'm getting pretty tired of this.
     
  9. Feb 6, 2005 #149 of 2047
    ivo

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    Thanks lordrichter, today I did a reboot from the top, then disconnected it from the phone jack and wall outlet for 5 minutes and it seems to be working (for now) and hopefully for good...

    *crossing fingers*

    Thanks for the camcorder suggestion, I will try that if it happens again. :up:
     
  10. Feb 7, 2005 #150 of 2047
    koji71

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    I love my ts-60, I have had it for about 6 months and have burned around 50 DVD's with it. Now I have a problem....I bought a spindle of 8X DVD's and I have gotten 3 burn failures using them. The ts-60 is only a 4X burner....I assumed that, just like CD's, they would only burn at the maximum speed of the machine. A super small warning label on the side of the spindle says something about a new 8X standard that might not work in certain drives etc......

    Has anyone else had this kind of a problem?
     
  11. Feb 7, 2005 #151 of 2047
    ivo

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    I was thinking about your situation and came up with this: what if you go to recording options and pick for the program to record 30 seconds or a minute later (which you can do), maybe that way you can record it onto the dvd. You would miss the "previously on Alias" bit, but would have the show itself... Maybe it's worth a try.

    Good luck! Hope it works. :D
     
  12. Feb 8, 2005 #152 of 2047
    lordrichter

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    I use Memorex 8x DVD-R discs in my TX-20 with no problems.
     
  13. Feb 8, 2005 #153 of 2047
    koji71

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    thanks for the help, I just tried memorex 8X disks also....no luck.

    I have firmware 1.15 installed, I believe that is the latest update. I don't really know what to do next, I am getting really tired of spending money on disks I can't use. I guess a call to toshiba is in order.

    Again thanks for the reply

    Gil
     
  14. Feb 9, 2005 #154 of 2047
    lordrichter

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    Let us know what they say...
     
  15. Feb 10, 2005 #155 of 2047
    JBot

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    Well here I am. Thought I would join up having just purchased my RX-TS20 on Sunday and got it home 1 hour before the big game. I live in the Boston area so am a big Pats fan. Thought I'd have just enough time to set it up - boy was I ever naively optimistic. But actually I was almost there until I had to download the programming. That finished 15 minutes before kickoff and I thought I was good to go, that was until I got the message saying it will now take 4 - 8 hours to process the information, ugh. Why does that take so long? Anyway I figured out how to get it to record in the meantime but it was on Channel 2 (PBS) so I had to keep changing the channel every hour when that program was finished. The end result wasn't that bad though as I got the entire game broken up in segments. This has proved somewhat helpful as I will explain later.

    Only a few minor hitches so far with the setup and I've been able to figure them out. I only found this forum the next day but I've gotten a bunch of questions answered so thank you all.

    A few things I found out. One, I use the serial port to connect to my Comcast box and that works great for changing channels. Also when recording to DVD it will show how much % of the DVD the program will take up. Really cool! If you select more footage then will fit on 1 DVD it will tell you that you will need more discs. It will also break up the content into parts (eg Part1, Part2) and you can record which ever part you want first. My only complaint is that after recording one part it doesn't prompt you for another disk. You have to go back to the menu and the steps to record and then select Part 2 to record (assuming you recording Part 1 first). Not a big deal but a little more work.

    Also I saw someone complain about not being able to eject the DVD from the remote. Well there is an option on the menu that can be selected for both eject and close. Both worked for me.

    So far I'm liking this although I didn't like the fact that the $100 rebate only applies if you get the $12.99/mon TiVo plus. I already spend over $100/mon on my Comcast bill and my roomate kicks in another $50. Then $600 for the TX20 and now more fees - oiy! Well I guess that's life in the 21 century. Makes me kind of nastagic for the old days when I paid 0 dollars for TV reception...well not really.

    Next project will be to setup a WiFi to avoid having that 50' phone cord running across the room and down the hall.

    Great to know this forum exists.
    ttyl
    JBot

    p.s. - funny thing about the spell check, it didn't know what DVD was ;)
     
  16. Feb 11, 2005 #156 of 2047
    lordrichter

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    Welcome to the TiVolution!

    The reason that it takes time to process the information is that it has just downloaded the list of upcoming programs and it needs to create indexes.

    Wow. $150/mo Comcast bill. I thought my $80/mo to Charter was bad! Whew!
     
  17. Feb 11, 2005 #157 of 2047
    koji71

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    i just go an email reply that says, "some customers report success with 8X disk, but, the recomened speed is 2X and 4X" What crap!! Do they expect us to buy only 4X disks, until the supply runs out? Then what? If they don't come up with a solution soon, I am gonna sell this thing on ebay. I hate to do that because I paid for the life time subscription and I really like the unit.


    more to come (i hope)
     
  18. Feb 11, 2005 #158 of 2047
    lordrichter

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    According to the highly trained professional sales people at Best Buy, the "8x" DVD is equivalent to saying "1x-8x"...

    Take it for what it is worth... :)
     
  19. Feb 13, 2005 #159 of 2047
    JBot

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    I should clarify that by saying $110 is my TV portion and the rest is for Internet. It's still a lot of money though.

    But I must say I'm starting to like this TiVo thang. I was a bit apprehensive at first but now tonight I have 3 movies setup to record overnight at 2, 5 and 8am. I've been paying good money for all these movie channels for years and rarely took the time to setup my VCR to record them or watch because I would either miss all or part of them. And setting up the VCR was a hassle. But with TiVo (as you all know) you just find the show and hit record (I think select will also do it). It's so simple! I'm lovin' it. :D

    ttyl
    JBot
     
  20. Feb 15, 2005 #160 of 2047
    djdawson

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    Well, after doing some research, talking to my brother who has a TX20, and stewing over the prospects for a while, I bit the bullet and ordered a TX60 from BuyDig yesterday for $499 (plus $35 for 2-3 day shipping). It's on its way, so I'm almost "in the club". I can hardly wait...
     

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