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Pioneer TiVo Owners Club

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

  1. Semco

    Semco New Member

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    Love my 810. Faster processing than my series 2 box, faster transfering too. Hoping to upgrade the HD soon here...
     
  2. amazing210

    amazing210 New Member

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    so my unit was stuck on "powering up" and i figured it was the hard drive...so i bought a seagate 160gig....PATA/100 model number......it is a correct hard drive for this unit i believe.....i put it in and it still says powering up?????? i just want this thing to work again.....i was sure this would fix the problem.......and i really dont want to dump a ton of money into it.....any feedback would be wonderful......
     
  3. bicker

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    Often, in the past, when someone's 810 was stuck on "Powering Up", the problem is that there is a bad DVD in the DVD drive. You would need to use a paper clip to eject the disk and then reboot. (I don't think you can just drop a new hard drive into a TiVo -- it needs to be initialized with the TiVo software.)
     
  4. amazing210

    amazing210 New Member

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    thanks for your feedback, there is no dvd in there.......and where would i get the software.......i just want it to work again
     
  5. bicker

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  6. Dec 4, 2007 #226 of 380
    jimmy3526

    jimmy3526 New Member

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    I bought a Pioneer DVR-810h-s back in late 2003 and loved it. Within the past year, I stopped using it as I switched over to DirectTV DVR (for different reasons).

    Yesterday, I decided to try to sell my 810 on eBay so I deleted and cleared everything. That's when my problems started. Now the unit just continues to power up, then tells me there is a "serious problem."

    I've read this forum for suggestions as much as I can.

    I've checked for a dvd and there is none inside. I've run the following kickstarts 57, 58, 56, 52 and even 0. No change. Until now, I've never had any problems.

    Since I no longer use it, I'm not willing to buy a new harddrive which appears to be the only remaining solution.

    Should I kick it to the curb? or does someone want it for parts?

    Thanks for all your help.
     
  7. Dec 4, 2007 #227 of 380
    toddc

    toddc New Member

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    Given the number of DVD failures, it is probably worth it for parts.

    try selling it on Ebay for parts.

    Hope this does not happen to mine as it still has lifetime on it.
     
  8. Dec 4, 2007 #228 of 380
    evilipoo

    evilipoo Trust no 1

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    If the burner was still functional as far as you knew, I am interested in it for parts. PM me if you would like to discuss further.
     
  9. StreetWired

    StreetWired New Member

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    My question is, if I buy a like unit, the Pioneer dvr-810H and take a working dvd unit from it, can I safely put it into my unit and have it play & record properly? After all, shouldn't the firmware be the same on every DVR-810H sold?
     
  10. robomeister

    robomeister DVD TiVo Expert

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    Streetwired,

    Yes, all DVD burners from Pioneer DVR-810H-S will work in any other Pioneer TiVo. I've done this several times myself. The fun part is getting the drive out of the TiVo without damaging anything. Most of the Pioneer TiVos have a Pioneer DVR-A05 equivalent with special firmware. I have a couple that have a Pioneer DVR-A06 equivalent, but most have the A05 drive in them. But all have special firmware installed in them. The only known way to fix a malfunctioning burner in a Pioneer TiVo is to replace the burner with one from another Pioneer TiVo.

    If you can find a way to read out the firmware from a DVD burner from a Pioneer TiVo, then flash it into a regular Pioneer DVR-A05 equivalent, you'd be a hero on this forum.

    Hope that helps,
    robomeister
     
  11. Aragorn

    Aragorn New Member

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    I have a Pioneer 810H that is in excellent shape, is there a way to use this with DirecTV for SD channels? If not if anyone is interested I would be selling it soon. So far it has been rock solid as a player/recorder etc...
     
  12. robomeister

    robomeister DVD TiVo Expert

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    Aragorn,

    You should have no problems using your Pioneer with DirecTV. You just need a DirecTV SD receiver. Then re-run Guided Setup so it will control the DirecTV receiver. Easy.

    robomeister
     
  13. Jan 4, 2008 #233 of 380
    sbobsbob

    sbobsbob New Member

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    Has anyone figured out a way to record to the dvd on the Pioneer dvr/dvd a downloaded program from another Tivo ?
     
  14. Jan 8, 2008 #234 of 380
    Audiodynamics

    Audiodynamics New Member

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    Since switching to the S3 HD, I haven't used my Pioneer Elite DVR-57H in over a year. I never really used the DVD player or burner anyway and originally purchased it for the superior build quality and superior picture quality over component video. The S3's picture quality certainly outshines the DVR-57H, although the Elite's build quality is unrivaled in the TiVo world.

    So what do you guys recommend I do with the DVR-57H? Since the original cost was (I think $1,800.00?), is the current value so low it's worth keeping or is it worth selling?

    How much are the DVR-57H's selling for and where is the best place to advertise?

    Of course, I have the original carton and packaging, manuals, accessories and remote. Condition is rated 9/10 for use.

    Thanks in advance for any suggestions!
     
  15. Jan 8, 2008 #235 of 380
    generaltso

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    Does it have lifetime service?
     
  16. Jan 8, 2008 #236 of 380
    evilipoo

    evilipoo Trust no 1

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    Would have basic at least.
     
  17. Jan 8, 2008 #237 of 380
    generaltso

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    It looks like a used 57H without lifetime plus could get between $350 and $400 on ebay. More if it has lifetime or an upgraded drive.
     
  18. Jan 9, 2008 #238 of 380
    Audiodynamics

    Audiodynamics New Member

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    No Lifetime. I transferred the Lifetime Service to the S3.
     
  19. Jan 9, 2008 #239 of 380
    Audiodynamics

    Audiodynamics New Member

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    I appreciate the replies!

    I hate eBay, but $400.00 would motivate me to let it go.

    It may not have an upgraded hardrive or lifetime service, but I can count on 2 hands how many times I've used the DVD drive to either watch or burn a DVD. Hopefully it will appeal to someone who wants a reliable unit to start out with who has the intentions of installing a larger hard drive?

    I'll keep an eye on those fleabay auctions and perhaps try my luck posting it.

    Thanks again!
     
  20. Jan 9, 2008 #240 of 380
    Willie T.

    Willie T. New Member

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    Does anyone know where I can obtain the DVR-57H manuals? Can't find anything online.
     

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