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Official Toshiba RS-TX Owners Club

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

  1. Feb 9, 2009 #1861 of 2047
    susandennis

    susandennis Member

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    I have an old TX-20 on one TV that also has 2 Series 2 DT's. The TX-20 was so slow to do anything that I really only used it for playing DVD's. Finally, it got so slow that I had to reboot every time I wanted to watch a DVD so I finally got a new hard drive for it from WeaKnees. It took 10 minutes to install and now the thing is as zippy as either one of my Series 2 DT's! It's got a whole new life. $109. total. I shudda done it months ago.
     
  2. trvltv

    trvltv New Member

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    I hope someone can answer a question for me. I would like to have a recorder that I can move from state to state. In the past I have just used a VCR. In the last few days because of the digital conversion I began thinking there must be a better way. I have found a toshiba rstx60 at a dealers but I know nothing about them. If I hook it up to a cable (no converter box) will it record for me? In other words can I select a program tomorrow and walk away and it will record a program for me. I see no tuner within the unit so I am at a loss. I would use the unit from Penna to South Carolina. Would appreciate any input. thank you in advance
    trvltv
    p.s. I am the newest member just joined today and I hope this works.
     
  3. azitnay

    azitnay New Member

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    Yes, the RS-TX60 has an internal cable tuner, and can thus record cable without a box.

    In order to get the unit to display the correct guide data, you'd have to rerun Guided Setup each time you move it.

    Drew
     
  4. trvltv

    trvltv New Member

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    thank you for the response. Is the program which you referred to that sets up the channels a disk included with the unit or is it software within the machine that I can run each time I set it up? thank you again.
     
  5. EvilMidniteBombr

    EvilMidniteBombr what bomz at midnite

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    It's software built into the TiVo interface. It should have an instruction booklet included with it that will show you how to get started.
     
  6. wrongway228

    wrongway228 New Member

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    I'm try'n to hook up my Tivo thru my internet access to get updates...do i just get a USB to phone cord hookup and plug it into my phone jack...i have no land line phone...just high speed internet thru outhern bell.
     
  7. 1010101

    1010101 New Member

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    quick question; i'm about to buy a tx20 and i was wondering if i can watch tv through component out, or is it just the dvd player that uses it? the composite jacks on my receiver are all taken but i have a free component space left, so obviously i'd like to use that.
     
  8. windracer

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    All signals that come out of the TX-20 can use component, be it TV or DVD. So the answer is yes, you can watch live/recorded TV over component.
     
  9. robomeister

    robomeister DVD TiVo Expert

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    Wrongway228,

    You need a USB to Ethernet adapter in order to download updates via your internet connection. The adapter can either be wireless or wired.

    Wired will be faster and more reliable, but you'll have to run a ethernet cable to the TiVo from your router.

    Wireless can be a little difficult to setup, because you can only use WEP or WPA encryption. WPA will only work on the TiVo branded wireless adapter.

    Hope that helps
    robomeister
     
  10. 1010101

    1010101 New Member

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    thank you very much!
     
  11. newfie4ever

    newfie4ever New Member

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    Not necessary true. I have a DWL-G820 dlink hooked to my TX20 and it works perfect. I have WEP enabled also. Maybe for the newer Tivos but it worked great on my old one.


    Sorry misread your comment your said WPA not WEP
     
  12. Mar 3, 2009 #1872 of 2047
    scottt

    scottt Macintosh Guru

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    Would ebay be the best place to sell an RS-TX20, or is there another site that is better suited to these units?

    Thanks!

    Scott
     
  13. Mar 3, 2009 #1873 of 2047
    johnnycashish

    johnnycashish New Member

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    Hard Drive Replacement Questions:

    Hello, All! I have the RS-TX20 and I want to upgrade the hard drive to something much bigger. I've added hard drives to my computer and I think I can do it but I've got a few questions. I apologize in advance if this has all been covered before -- I plucked through many of the 63 pages of comments and questions and didn't find "exactly" what I was looking for...

    1) What kind(s) of hard drives are OK for our machines? Can I go to Newegg (I like them) and buy a hard drive or am I better off going to a "TiVo friendly" dealer for a specific type of drive/software?

    2) My drive didn't crash; will I need a "virgin image"?

    3) I have a lifetime subscription. I'm sure I'm cool but is there any risk to "wiping out" my subscription by making the swap?

    4) What else do I need to know? Are there any step-by-step instructions for our machines that I can download somewhere (if I don't go with a drive specifically marketed to TiVo people)?

    I really appreciate all of your assistance, folks!!

    JC
     
  14. Mar 3, 2009 #1874 of 2047
    azitnay

    azitnay New Member

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    You can use any EIDE drive (not SATA unless you want to use an adapter as well).

    No, you can copy the software from your old drive.

    No, the lifetime sub will be fine as it's tied to the unit's TSN which is baked into the unit's other hardware, not the drive, or the software, or anything like that.

    You can try these instructions:

    http://tivo.upgrade-instructions.com/index.php

    Drew
     
  15. Mar 3, 2009 #1875 of 2047
    johnnycashish

    johnnycashish New Member

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    Drew, thanks for the VERY QUICK reply! I read through the upgrade instructions you suggested and the hard drive installation is simple enough but the "bootable disk" language is a bit confusing to me. Although I hate spending the "extra money," perhaps the plug-and-play drives at WeaKnees are what I should go with.

    I'm not concerned about saving my old shows or anything like that but I have no idea whether or not I have a "fat partition" and I'm not sure I have any more open slots to connect the TiVo hard drive to my PC. And don't get me started on my lack of Linux command knowledge... Before I resign myself to buying a drive with the TiVo software preloaded, can you offer me any other suggestions? Thanks again!!

    JC
     
  16. Mar 3, 2009 #1876 of 2047
    azitnay

    azitnay New Member

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    I'm not sure what you're referring to in regards to "bootable disk"... Are you talking about the boot CD that you need to burn from the ISO available as a link within the instructions? You simply need to burn it to a CD, so that you can boot into Linux (embedded on the boot CD) to perform the upgrade.

    You most likely don't have a FAT partition, but that shouldn't matter unless you want to make a backup (and as long as you keep the original TiVo hard drive, that can function almost as well as a backup).

    Open IDE ports shouldn't be an issue as you can disconnect any additional IDE devices (aside from the CD drive you need to use to boot up with), such as hard drives, during the upgrade process. You essentially need three IDE ports... One for the CD drive, one for the old hard drive, and one for the new hard drive. Almost every computer that has IDE ports has four, so three isn't an issue.

    However, a sticking point I hadn't considered until now (as I haven't upgraded a TiVo's hard drive in many years) is that almost all computers have switched to SATA. Given that they don't have IDE ports, it's impossible to upgrade an RS-TX20 on them without IDE-to-SATA converters. So, if you don't have a computer with IDE ports readily available, it might be worth spending a few extra bucks on a preloaded drive.

    Lack of Linux command knowledge isn't too huge a concern, as all the steps are laid out pretty well in the instructions.

    Drew
     
  17. Mar 3, 2009 #1877 of 2047
    robomeister

    robomeister DVD TiVo Expert

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    For the most up to date upgrade tools, check out www.mfslive.org. This site has many guides to help you upgrade your hard drive. You can even use a Windows XP with SP3 machine with the WinMFS program. I've used this site many times to upgrade my TiVos.

    robomeister
     
  18. Mar 4, 2009 #1878 of 2047
    mrfixit454

    mrfixit454 New Member

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    And also I thought I saw where you could use the USB w/ adapters to backup/restore the drive.. it was just more costly?
     
  19. Mar 5, 2009 #1879 of 2047
    robomeister

    robomeister DVD TiVo Expert

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    You can use the USB to PATA/SATA connectors to backup and restore TiVo drives using both WinMFS and the MFSLive Boot CD v1.3 or later. I've done this numerous times. There is the added cost of the connector, and you only use them during the backup or restore procedure. Also, they are slower than directly connecting the hard drive to the PATA chain in your computer, so you'll spend some extra time waiting for it to finish.

    Hope that helps,
    robomeister
     
  20. Mar 5, 2009 #1880 of 2047
    johnnycashish

    johnnycashish New Member

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    Thanks, Drew and everyone else, for the drive explanations!! I've learned a lot from you guys over the years.
     

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