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Official Toshiba RS-TX Owners Club

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

  1. Sep 6, 2008 #1761 of 2047
    Chester_Lampwick

    Chester_Lampwick Active Member

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    Well, it's indicating a failing drive. You may get some more use out of it, but you'll need to pull the drive and reformat it. You're likely going to lose all your recordings, at this stage. It doesn't sound like the TiVo OS can repair itself.

    You can get several more years and probably 500hrs capacity if you spend $75 on a new IDE hard drive and $20 on an Instant Cake CD from DVRUpgrade. Or for a little more money you can get pre-formatted drives from DVRUpgrade or 9thtee. Then all you need is a T-10 and T-15 Torx screwdriver.
     
  2. Sep 9, 2008 #1762 of 2047
    sledhed

    sledhed New Member

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    It does, thanks! Got it to work, got a GSOD last night, and is running normally today by all indications.

    Why would you put your TX20 in a closet? I know they can be annoyingly slow... and are not hi-def... but we still use ours all the time (along with a couple Series 2 units that were basically free after rebate with 1 year service included). Seems a shame.
     
  3. Sep 9, 2008 #1763 of 2047
    azitnay

    azitnay New Member

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    Jeremy's been bitten by the S3/THD bug, of course! :)

    My RS-TX20's still connected as our living room DVD player, but if/when we go Blu-ray I imagine it'll meet the same fate as his.

    Drew
     
  4. Sep 9, 2008 #1764 of 2047
    windracer

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    Yeah, as Drew said ... I've got the S3 and an upconverting DVD player/recorder in the main home theater setup and then a THD in my office. I transferred the Lifetime off of my TX20 to my S3 when I originally purchased it, and after the year of "free" Lifetime post-transfer, I cancelled the service and let it revert to TiVo Basic.

    I've considered cancelling the sub on my old S2 and moving it over the the TX20, but the TX20 is just so slow it gets annoying sometimes. I've been considering gifting it to my parents before the digital transition. :)
     
  5. kjames184

    kjames184 New Member

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    Hi all, been reading posts here for a while but this is first post. I have an rstx-20 that was acting funny (wasnt getting updated program info i forced the connection then got infothen when searching prog. info. screen would freeze). so i did a clear prog.& to do list then it got stuck in a loop saying almost there with red HDD light flashing. it did this for 24+ hrs even after an unplug restart! then i followed the kickstart guide got it to take a 57 code,got the green screen&followed inst. now it's stuck going from there to power up,welcome,almost there,back to green screen. I tried to kickstart again it's taking the 54 code(orange lights go out) but still in greenscreen endless loop tried unplugging again&same loop!!! any ideas? is the hard drive dead? by the way what is GSOD in the kickstart directions??? THANKS FOR ANY IDEAS
     
  6. sledhed

    sledhed New Member

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    GSOD - green screen of "death" I assume, it is actually a forced file system check like a scandisk in Windows. When I kickstarted, I got the GSOD, then after who knows how many hours (ran it at night) it completed, finished booting cleanly and was doing its regular recordings. Sounds like you might have a drive dying. But I am no expert.
     
  7. Kracko

    Kracko New Member

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    I had this problem and finally just bought a new hard disk from DVRUpgrade. It's working fine now. I highly recommend this since drives are so cheap.
     
  8. frankw

    frankw New Member

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    Hi everyone, My Toshiba RS-TX60 was on basic service for about a year before I decided to restore the service to premium. The problem is, that since restoring the premium service, it keeps freezing up every time I try to watch television. The software version is 8.3 and should be 9.3 --- I have spoken to customer support and I have been waiting over a week for Tivo to schedule me for the upgrade. Does anyone know whether this is a hardware or software issue?
    Frankw
     
  9. robomeister

    robomeister DVD TiVo Expert

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    Sounds like a hard drive problem. When you go into the System Information screen, does it say "Pending Restart" anywhere? or when you go to the Phone & Networks page under Settings?

    The TiVo should have automatically updated to 9.3 by now. The main reason I've seen where a TiVo won't update is as follows. The TiVo downloads the new update to a secondary boot partition on the hard drive and "pending restart" appears on the menus. Then at 2:00AM, if you don't restart the TiVo manually, the TiVo will try to do a restart and attempt to update the software. It does this by switching active boot partitions. But, if it fails, it will revert to the original boot partition. Usually it fails if the secondary boot partition has a problem with it, a bad sector or something that prevents a successful software upgrade.

    You can force an upgrade with one of the kickstart codes. Unfortunately, issuing the kickstart code on the Toshiba is a bit tricky. You'll have to do some searching on kickstart and Toshiba for help on this.

    Good luck,
    robomeister
     
  10. windracer

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    Luckily, I posted how to do this just a few posts above. ;)
     
  11. frankw

    frankw New Member

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    Thanks Windracer - the kickstart instructions worked perfectly (you have to type in the code when you get the two yellows - which only lasts 1-2 seconds), but it refuses to do code 54 - so, no screen after "just a few minutes more".
    Code 57 gave me the reboot and then the GSOD.
    I also tried a software update (51) and it just froze afterwards.

    So Robomeister is probably right and I will have to order a new HDD - I saw a good price for the the Seagate SV35.2 750 GB IDE HDD. I'm thinking of using WinMFS to install so I don't need to open up my PC. It seems pretty straightforward with two IDE to USB chords - let me know if anyone has any tips.

     
  12. EvilMidniteBombr

    EvilMidniteBombr what bomz at midnite

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    I'm not an expert by any stretch, but I am not sure that an IDE drive will work in the RS-TX. I could be very wrong, but you might want to verify before you buy.
     
  13. windracer

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    The TX20 definitely uses IDE drives, as do all the S2 boxes. Only the newer S3 boxes use SATA.
     
  14. mrfixit454

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    Let us know how the WinMFS works out if you use it. BTW.. with all my boot problems and not loading program data (I think second boot partiiton was bad) I bought a higher capacity imaged drive from Weaknees and been running for about 6 months now no problems. My S2 Directvio has a 320 gig drive but its having problems after about a year. I just read about the WinMFS and Zipper and might want to try to copy my drive to another one.

    I hear the WinMFS is pretty slick.

    Fixit
     
  15. EvilMidniteBombr

    EvilMidniteBombr what bomz at midnite

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    Told ya I didn't know what I was talking about. Sorry for the misinformation. Nothing to see here. Carry on.
     
  16. harrisgtz

    harrisgtz New Member

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    If I connect the cable line directly into the Toshiba and then output to my TV, will the Toshiba act as a tuner and change the channels that I select for manual recording (without going through a cable box) ? (In other words will it act like a VCR for recording).

    If not can I use a VCR to change the channels?
     
  17. tunabeard

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    I've been trying to burn programs to DVD and everytime just before the burn is finalized I keep getting a "Disc Failed" message, and then a message that says "program wasn't completed because of an internal error." All the programs that burned prior to the previous failures all play back fine.

    I was thinking that it was a disc issue...I am burning to Verbatim DVD-R 8X and then tried burning to an Apple DVD-R and got the same problem. I've reset and restarted and it's still happening. Could it be as simple as a disc problem?
     
  18. sledhed

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    Try saving a different program than the one that is failing... maybe one that has burned successfully before. When I have that problem it seems to be a specific program causing the problem. Usually Hogan's Heroes. *L* Also to save yourself some coasters, start trying it to DVD-RW discs. Since they can be re-used...

    I was having this happen, and many others in this thread too, seems to be unpredictable. When I transferred the offending program to my PC and ran VideoReDo on it, it had synch error(s)... other rograms did not...
     
  19. mrfixit454

    mrfixit454 New Member

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    This has happened to me too.. for some reason the show will just not transer to DVD for whatever reason. Re-recording the show.. if possible has solved the problem. It get tricky when you are trying to save 4 shows to one disc and you don't know which one is causing the problem.
     
  20. mrfixit454

    mrfixit454 New Member

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    It's my understanding that the Thoshiba tuner will change channels from your cable company as long as you set it up correctly w/ the guided detup. I use Satellite and when I tell it what provider and what SAT box I have, the Toshiba changes the channel on my SAT box. I beleive if you pass a coax signal to the Ant-in port, you can tune to channel 3 (or4) and pass a vcr or maybe even digital tuner in to it. I guess you could also use the front panel RCA jacks but when you do that, it does not allow use of any other feature (the tuner or DVD). I am not sure if the Tivo subscription is required though. It is for season passes and for some inputs to the Toshiba.

    I have passed the singal from my livingroom Tivo (via coax) to the Antenna it and told the Toshiba to use it's tuner and transefer shows from a directv tivo to the Thoshiba. Granted the title is wrong on the info but the program ends up fine on the Toshiba.

    THis unit is pretty versitile and I love it's many features.
     

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