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Pioneer TiVo Owners Club

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

  1. Oct 1, 2009 #341 of 380
    countryman777

    countryman777 New Member

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    I have a disk in my player that says invalid disk. I am unable to eject this disk from my machine. Is there anything I can do to remove this disk?
     
  2. Oct 1, 2009 #342 of 380
  3. eddie95

    eddie95 New Member

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    hey ! i love my pioneer:) have had it since 2003. only problems have been a new power supply and hard drive . i have the lifetime service. but now i am having a burning problem . i posted under the tivo's with dvr, but no one answered, and then i found the PIONEER CLUB:D .... maybey someone here can help. thanks eddie
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    hi
    i have a pioneer tivo 810 h and am having dvd burning problems.
    i have always used sony dvd -rw discs. now i cant get anything to record on them. it says its copying the show, but when its done and i try to play it comes up invalid disc/unsupported.
    i can record onto a -r disc , and it plays back fine. this is very weird .... i think .
    i did replace the hard drive about 3 years ago, and the power supply. but i dont understand why i can burn a -R disc , but cant burn a - RW disc. i can play back an old recorded - RW disc and it plays back fine .... just cant get it to burn a -RW DISC. could the dvd burner be bad, and if so , why can i still burn a -R disc? i took one of the discs i burned or thought and then it wouldnt play back ... to a friends house and tried it ... no good . he looked at the back of the brand new disc and said you could see a line where it looked like it had tried to burn. i dont get it . but on a -R disc you can see it had been burned all the way.

    thanks for any help

    eddie
     
  4. masselle

    masselle The Colonel

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    robomeister,
    My first post so bear with me. I have a Humax TiVo with a dead dvd burner. I'm having trouble finding any of the Pioneer writers (up through DVR-116) quoted as valid replacements. Have you tried the DVR-118? I'm assuming it would work but it would be nice to verify before I make the purchase. Thanks in advance.
    The Colonel
     
  5. robomeister

    robomeister DVD TiVo Expert

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    masselle,

    The Humax TiVos will pretty much accept any Pioneer DVD writer. I have had some success finding drives on eBay. I think I've seen reports that the DVR-212 will work.

    FYI, the Toshiba TiVos and the Humax TiVos are pretty much identical internally, so any info you find on the Toshibas will also apply to the Humax.

    Good luck,
    robomeister
     
  6. cftrunt

    cftrunt New Member

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    Has anyone been able to upgrade a 810H-S to 1TB drive using a SATA/IDE adapter?
     
  7. masselle

    masselle The Colonel

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    robomeister,
    Thanks for your reply to my original post. I did purchase a Pioneer DVR-118 but was unsuccessul getting it installed. It seems very startight forward (power supply, 40 pin IDE cable, jumper set to Master), pretty much identical to the DVR-108 that I pulled. However, while the Humax TiVo will allow me to open the tray from the menu, it doesn't recognize anything else even after closing the tray manually. I need to do some more troubleshooting & will report back but was wondering if you have any ideas in the meantime. Could the IDE cable be bad? The TiVo also restarted (as if the power was lost) a few times during the process. Should I troubleshoot a potential power supply issue? Thanks.
     
  8. masselle

    masselle The Colonel

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    Some more info....if I power up the TiVo with a DVD already in the burner, the disc is recognized and functions 100% correctly through the TiVo menu (play, pause, rewind, etc). However, as soon as I open the tray (again through the menu), it loses the grip completely. Basically, the TiVo doesn't recognize that the tray has been opened and won't interact with the burner at all after that. I'm starting to wonder if a software upgrade is in order (I have never upgrade the s/w since buying the unit oiver 3 years ago).
     
  9. wml1950

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    You may want to unplug machine. Then do a restart from the main menu. This is pressing the thumbs down three times on the remote and then press enter on the remote. It seems that it is a software problem. Good luck if you have not already fixed the problem.
     
  10. Alexis997

    Alexis997 New Member

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    Hi,

    I have a few other TiVos that I bought new (meaning they were fresh & clean :)) and just got a DVR-810H-S from someone not using it. I was going to give it to my parents.. I was told it works fine, but is "stuck" in the downloading information mode. When I plugged it in, it started making this weird alarm-type noise, until I plugged a phone cord in. Then the noise went away, but nothing is happening. The screen says "Welcome. Powering Up..", and I can hear the fan going, but that's it.

    Any ideas or suggestions?

    Thanks!

    Alexis

    ETA: Sorry, just made it to p.11 and saw that this might be a dead hard drive..? There's no LCD display, either - could it just be a power issue, or most likely the drive? Is it worth $99 to get the new drive & $19 for the software? I could buy a refurb. S2 from tivo.com for $79... Thanks again!
     
  11. robomeister

    robomeister DVD TiVo Expert

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    Alexis997,

    That definitely sounds like a hard drive issue. It is a good sign if the fan is going and you get a "welcome, powering up..." screen. If you replace the hard drive with a good drive with a good software image, you should be back up and running. In my opinion, the Pioneer Tivos are the best Series 2 TiVos, but I'm a little biased. :) If you can find them, you can get a 750GB IDE drive to work in the Pioneers. I have one myself.

    FYI, on cold boots (plugging in the power cord), the LCD display doesn't come on until after the TiVo starts booting from the hard drive. Which isn't happening in your case.

    Good luck,
    robomeister

    P.S. If you need a clean software image for your Pioneer, I can send one to you that will work with WinMFS (from www.mfslive.org). Just PM me.
     
  12. retired_guy

    retired_guy New Member

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    The drive failed in my 810-H and I have the original 120GB drive from my 57H which I had upgraded a long time ago. An "expert" at Weaknees told me then I could use the 57H drive in my 810H but I'd never gotten around to doing it. With the 57H drive now installed in the 810H, the system no longer hangs in powering up and gets to the main screen. However, it says I have "Error 51" and can't record or see anything recorded on the drive. I suspect I may have run into a security issue in that recordings on one TiVo can't be moved to another by moving the drive and that my only way to use the drive will be go get a copy of "InstantCake" and restore it to the drive. However, I'm now trying a "clear and delete everything" and a Guided Setup to see whether that'll work but doubt it. Anybody have any ideas about anything else I can try short of instantcake? Any info on what Error 51 is would be appreciated since if I really have a hardware problem I don't want to go through the Instantcake routine. The error message states that 810H Error 51 is a "hardware error".
     
  13. generaltso

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    Why do you doubt that will work? That's exactly what you need to do since the image on the drive is from a TiVo with a different TSN. The Clear and Delete Everything will fix that.
     
  14. retired_guy

    retired_guy New Member

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    I guess I'm just pessimistic since the message indicated a "hardware error". I am feeling more postive now that the clear and delete finished and guided setup has started. The drive replacement is messy in that the 810H was being used by my daughter in another city, whereas I'm testing it now at my home. And she has a non-Tivo wireless adapter using her security key and my wireless system has its own. So I've ended up using dial-up in the Guided Setup; slow but it works. The TiVo version on the disk is probably four years old--dates back to when the 57H was first shipped, so I'm a bit spooky about wireless support for that very old release.
     
  15. generaltso

    generaltso Member

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    Well, it is a hardware error since the software isn't seeing the right hardware TSN. But the Clear and Delete will re-associate the TSN, so all will be happy.
     
  16. retired_guy

    retired_guy New Member

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    It's working fine now and all are happy.
     
  17. Ardyar

    Ardyar New Member

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    I just purchased a 810h and was planning to use it with my Comcast digital connection.Will I need a converter box to use it.?Thanks.
     
  18. MichaelK

    MichaelK New Member

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  19. Ardyar

    Ardyar New Member

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    Thanks
     
  20. Mar 7, 2011 #360 of 380
    coitdeck

    coitdeck New Member

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    I have two Pioneer 810...love them. A year ago I replaced the hard drive on one. Got a new hard drive off of ebay. It said that it would work for a tivo 810
    and it did.

    Now, I've just ordered a new hard drive for the other one. This time I ordered it directly from a company that carries the same Maxtor hard drive.

    BUT! I'm now wondering if the drive needs to be formatted or something...when I install it.

    Help!

    Thanks

    Bob
     

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