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Pioneer TiVo Owners Club

Discussion in 'DVD TiVo Units (Archive)' started by robomeister, Jun 29, 2006.

  1. Sep 6, 2007 #181 of 380
    Skuits

    Skuits New Member

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    Hello again, can I put the hard drive from the Pioneer into an external enclosure and using a USB port, copy it that way?

    Thanks,
    Mark
     
  2. Sep 6, 2007 #182 of 380
    robomeister

    robomeister DVD TiVo Expert

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    I think so. Check out the www.mfslive.org site for more explicit details.

    Good luck,
    robomeister
     
  3. Sep 6, 2007 #183 of 380
    robomeister

    robomeister DVD TiVo Expert

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    saberman,

    It sounds like your hard drive is failing. It is rather easy, if you like tinkering with computers, to replace the hard drive. If the drive is still functional, you can download a free CD ISO from www.mfslive.org and copy your existing drive (including recorded shows) to a new and larger drive. For the cost of the new drive.

    Or you could download instant cake from www.dvrupgrade.com for $20 and copy a fresh TiVo Operating System (OS) image to a new drive and revive your TiVo that way.

    The lifetime subscription stays with the unit, even after changing the hard drive.

    Or, a friendly TiVoCommunity member could help you replace your drive. PM me if you want to discuss terms. :D I could do it for significantly less than $350. I could buy 2 Pioneer TiVos from ebay for that price. :)

    robomeister
     
  4. Sep 6, 2007 #184 of 380
    pvarjak

    pvarjak New Member

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    I'm rather new to the Tivo/DVD thing, so please bear with me.

    I had a couple of questions regarding the Pioneer 810/57H units.

    1. Is there really a difference between the 810 and the 57H (other than the color and the HD size)? I know that there is talk that the Elite model has a heftier construction etc., but I was wondering if this was just marketing hype.

    2. This is a Pioneer/Toshiba question. I know that the Pioneer units only have S-video input from the cable source and I was wondering if this was also true of the Toshiba RS-TX20/60 units as well. The spec sheets at Toshiba suggest it is the same, but they are not fully detailed.

    Thanks
     
  5. Sep 7, 2007 #185 of 380
    robomeister

    robomeister DVD TiVo Expert

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    The Pioneer TiVos have 2 sets of inputs on the back, 1 with S-video and composite video with stereo audio, 1 with just composite video and stereo audio. They also have 3 sets of outputs, 1 component video and 2 with S-video and composite with stereo audio. There is also an optical audio output for Dolby surround and DTS from DVD playback.

    The Toshiba RS-TX20 has one set of inputs on the back, with S-video and on set on the front, under a flip down panel. They also have 2 sets of outputs, 1 component video and 1 S-video and composite with stereo audio. There is also an optical audio output for Dolby surround and DTS from DVD playback.

    The differences between the 810H and the 57H are hard to describe. The 57H is studier and heavier, has a 120GB drive and possibly better encoding/decoding circuitry. I own a couple of both and don't notice much difference between them.

    Hope that helps,
    robomeister
     
  6. Sep 7, 2007 #186 of 380
    pvarjak

    pvarjak New Member

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    Thanks Robo.

    I started reading the thread from the beginning but gave up too early. I see on the page before this that the question had already come up and been answered. Sorry for making you repeat it.
     
  7. Sep 9, 2007 #187 of 380
    cubfan65

    cubfan65 John

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    I am an 810H and a Toshiba RX-20 owner. Toshiba has been upgraded to the lifetime and using basic on the 810H. Love the units. Curious to know why they don't manufacturer these type of units anymore. This was a great concept which still has lots of validity, despite everything now going to HD. Seems that Pioneer, Toshiba, and Humax were the only manufacturers and surprised that others did not follow. Was it TiVo that put the squash on these cause of free basic service?
     
  8. bicker

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    Not likely, as they didn't necessarily need to continue offering the basic service in order to continue producing that type of DVR.
     
  9. generaltso

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    My guess is that the hardware manufacturers just weren't making money on those units. Pioneer actually had to settle a class action lawsuit after the release of the 810H & 57H due to poor picture quality (which was later fixed with a software update). Once TiVo2Go was released, I just don't think there was enough of a demand for the DVD units.

    That being said, I love my Pioneer and Humax boxes, but they're getting dated. The perfect box for me would be an S3 with a built in DVD drive. Even if it wasn't a burner, it would be nice to not have to change inputs on my TV to watch a DVD.
     
  10. Skuits

    Skuits New Member

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    Hello all, I recently upgraded my Pioneer 810H with the careful guidance from Robomeister :)

    I had to use the weeknees boot disc because I couldn't get the MFSlive.org boot disc to work.? I wondered if anyone else had any trouble with it? I finally got the copy to work and expand the capacity of the drive after trying several different command lines (mostly because I didn't know what I was doing). But I'd like to know why the MSFLive ISO boot disco wouldn't work for me. Could it be the computer I was using to run the disco???

    Thanks for the help,

    Mark
     
  11. drumboney

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    Hi all,

    I was watching a DVD in my 57H today and I accidentally zoomed the status bar and I believe the actual frame of the movie. How did I do this? I've consulted the manual to no avail and I read all the posts in this (awesome) community but I haven't found the answer. Thanks in advance!
     
  12. megazone

    megazone Hardcore TiVo Geek

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    Does your TV has a zoom ability? I've had the DVR-810H since it was released (same thing as the 57H internally) and I don't know of any 'zoom' modes.
     
  13. Arcady

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    Anyone know if the DVD drive from other non-TiVo Pioneer DVR units will work in a 810H or 57H?
     
  14. robomeister

    robomeister DVD TiVo Expert

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    Hmm, that might be something to try. I now have a couple Toshiba TX20s I can experiment with. I'll let you know what I find out.

    robomeister
     
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  16. Skuits

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    Hello all, with only having basic service can one use the Internet features on the 810H?

    Also, is it best to "sleep" the 810 when not in use? Will it sleep it self after a certain amount of time on non-use?

    Thanks,

    Mark
     
  17. megazone

    megazone Hardcore TiVo Geek

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    Yes, the 810H works with basic analog cable - but you need an Internet broadband connection for Internet features. That can be DSL, cable modem, whatever - but not dial-up.

    It doesn't really matter if you 'sleep' it, and it won't sleep on its own.
     
  18. GT1Boy

    GT1Boy got tivo?

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    I think that Skuits was asking if the 810H has the internet features like TiVoCast, Yahoo Weather/Traffic, Swivel Search, Online Scheduling, etc without purchasing TiVo Plus service. Nope you cannot use those features without TiVo Plus service.

    I just cancelled TiVo Plus on my old 810H (I had transferred lifetime from it to my Series3 last year and the one year of service is up) and have found that KidZone is still active on it, but I can't change any of the KidZone settings. I'll probably end up doing a full reset and guided setup on it again to clear everything since it's only now being used by my kids for their children's shows and as a DVD player.
     
  19. Skuits

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    Ya I was referring to the Internet options. I didn't think I could use those features but thought it was worth asking those "in the know."

    thanks,

    Mark
     
  20. ProudMonkey

    ProudMonkey New Member

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    Anybody have trouble getting Amazon to work with their Pioneer? I just got mine finally hooked back up to a network and was looking forward to using this feature and its not there. I have everything else...but no Amazon. I've updated a number of times b/c i thought it may show up, no dice. Any tips would be appreciated!
     

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