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

  1. Aug 10, 2006 #21 of 380
    MMG

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    Good news... I just got my 57H up and running again with a new hard drive from weaknees.com. :up:
     
  2. Aug 12, 2006 #22 of 380
    Fandango2002

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    Santa...
    I just bought a demo unit DVR-810H-S yesterday from a popular computer store chain - so far so good. Couldn't pass it up for the price. What DVD-RW media are people having the best luck with in their 810s? A few weeks ago, I found a great deal on some Office Depot brand RWs which work great for burning in my Toshiba RS-TX20 but my 810 rejects them. :confused: I bought a lot of these discs so I was pretty bummed! :( I have some Maxells that work but they are little pricey (I'm a cheapskate!) Anyone have any suggestions for good deals on RW media for the 810?
     
  3. Aug 12, 2006 #23 of 380
    bicker

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    Thanks for this. One of my boxes is 5xx. Could someone please point me to an explanation about why this box isn't as good as my older 2xx box? Should I be considering retiring my 5xx and just getting a new box (for free?) from TiVo as my "second" box? It's still just the same price per month -- I'd just have to make a 1 year commitment, correct? If the new boxes are unequivocally better, and free, and we would otherwise keep our 5xx for the next year anyway, isn't this a no-brainer???

    I couldn't find a way to check this on the TiVo website... no way to see how much it would cost and what commitment I'd have to make with regard to adding a new TiVo onto an existing TiVo account.
     
  4. Aug 12, 2006 #24 of 380
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    I've given up on DVD-RWs. They're so expensive, and DVD-Rs are so inexpensive, so I just burn, use, and discard. <shrug>
     
  5. Aug 12, 2006 #25 of 380
    robomeister

    robomeister DVD TiVo Expert

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    Regarding DVD-RWs: You have to be careful what you buy. The Pioneer only likes DVD-RWs that are 1x or 2x. I've tried ones that are marked 4x (DVD-RW ver 1.2), and the Pioneer gives me the broken disc icon. In the User's Guide, page 32, it says to use DVD-RWs that are compatible with DVD-RW ver 1.1 and ver 1.1/2x. You'll have to read the fine print on the package to make sure they are compatible.

    This probably has something to do with the firmware version of the DVD burner. The Pioneer TiVos use either a Pioneer DVR-A05 or DVR-A06 burner, fairly old by today's standards. It would be nice if a newer version of the firmware could be added to a future software update. But only after thorough testing, I don't want my burner to die from a bad software update.
     
  6. Aug 12, 2006 #26 of 380
    Fandango2002

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    Thanks for the info. Yes, new firmware to handle the newer discs would be nice!
     
  7. Aug 13, 2006 #27 of 380
    blang

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    Hey all, new to the forum here. I've had an 810H for quite awhile now, couldn't live without it (or so it would seem). Lately, though, it's not burning DVDs as well, I've got to look into replacing that drive (and the HDD if possible).
     
  8. Aug 15, 2006 #28 of 380
    kaceeb

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    Hi,
    I'm new to this forum. I know we have a Pioneer, but I don't know the specifics. I'm not the electronics genius in our home. My husband's at work and I have a technical problem. I've tried several different DVDs and each time I put one in it says that it can't be read and might be damaged. (I know it's not.) Does anyone have a suggestion?
     
  9. Aug 16, 2006 #29 of 380
    Fandango2002

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    Here's an update:

    Target has a sale right now on Memorex DVD-RW 2X. 10-pack w/jewel cases for $8.99. This is one of the best deals I've seen on name-brand RWs. These work great in my DVR-810H and RS-TX20 and play back great on my Sony 5-disc carousel. There are actually 2 package styles. The older one states 1X - 2X and the newer one states just 2X. Both work great. Sale is through Saturday.
     
  10. Aug 16, 2006 #30 of 380
    Fandango2002

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    I bought a bigger HDD for my DVR-810H (hasn't been delivered yet) and I'll be transferring the OS to the new drive myself. Was on the Weaknees site getting the instructions and noticed that 2 torx tools are needed. However, these instructions seem to be for the Humax and Toshiba DVD units specifically (there doesn't seem to be a dedicated Pioneer set of instructions). My question is: does the 810H require these 2 torx tools as well or is it all phillips heads in there? I don't want to open up my Pioneer unit yet and need to know if I should buy these tools on the way home from work. Thanks!
     
  11. Aug 16, 2006 #31 of 380
    Fandango2002

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    What kind of DVDs are you trying to load? Non-recordable movies? Blank recordable DVDs? Recordable DVDs that have been burned and have content?
     
  12. Aug 17, 2006 #32 of 380
    Lsollee

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    All you need is a phillips .
     
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    retired_guy

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    I've got a 57H which I bought a few months after they initially came out. I upgraded it to 500GB with no problems. I've burned hundred of DVDs with maybe one or two failing, if that. But I don't burn RW material since cheap blanks are only around $.19. Its a great box--my favorite of all of my units and the one I'm certain to keep around after buying a Series 3.
     
  15. Aug 19, 2006 #35 of 380
    AlexA6404

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    I am new to this forum. I am considering getting a Tivo and I could use some expert advice. The options I am considering is to get a box from Tivo with their service or to get a high end box such as DVR-57H so that I can also replce my DVD player, CD player, and VCR with it. A few questions:
    - Can I (wireless) network the 57H to access my photos and WMA files from my computer?
    - Do I need plus service to network the unit or can I do that with the basic service the unit comes with?
    - Is there a way to play WMA files on the 57H? I think there is software that converts WMA files to MP3 on the fly for the Tivo units, but, does that work with the 57H also?
    - I assume that you can pause, rewind, etc. live TV with the basic service. 3 days vs 2 weeks programming may not be a big deal. What else would I need the tivo plus service for?
     
  16. Aug 19, 2006 #36 of 380
    GT1Boy

    GT1Boy got tivo?

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    AlexA6404, have you seen a 57H in stock somewhere? I have only seen refurbished units around. Pioneer and Toshiba discontinued their TiVos that featured TiVo Basic some time ago. The Humax TiVo DVD Recorders (DRT400 and refurb DRT800) are still readily available but do not come with TiVo Basic like the Pioneer and Toshiba units.

    - Can I (wireless) network the 57H to access my photos and WMA files from my computer?
    Yes, it is considered a Series 2 TiVo. You will just need to get a compatible USB Ethernet adapter.

    - Do I need plus service to network the unit or can I do that with the basic service the unit comes with?
    If you mean using the Home Media Features, yes, you need Plus for this.

    - Is there a way to play WMA files on the 57H? I think there is software that converts WMA files to MP3 on the fly for the Tivo units, but, does that work with the 57H also?
    Yes, check out this thread: http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?threadid=124778

    - I assume that you can pause, rewind, etc. live TV with the basic service. 3 days vs 2 weeks programming may not be a big deal. What else would I need the tivo plus service for?
    Home Media Features, Season Passes, Searches by Actor, Director, etc, & Wish Lists, basically everything that makes a TiVo a TiVo. :D
     
  17. Aug 21, 2006 #37 of 380
    AlexA6404

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    I was actually thinking of picking up a DVR-57H on ebay. Again, thinking that this is the highest end (thus the best audio and video quality) Tivo machine out there.
    Which USB wireless adaptor would you recommend with the 57H?
     
  18. Aug 22, 2006 #38 of 380
    robomeister

    robomeister DVD TiVo Expert

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    Check out the "official" list here. I've personally used the D-Link DWL-122 and the LinkSys WUSB12 adapters with no problems, other than slow MRV transfers. I hear the TiVo wireless adapter is faster with MRV transfers, but haven't used it myself. I mostly use wired connections (LinkSys USB200M).
     
  19. Aug 22, 2006 #39 of 380
    bicker

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    Definitely a lot faster with MRV transfers. I'm watching something which is being transfered, wireless to router to wireless, and it is keeping pace pretty well with the live transfer.
     
  20. Aug 22, 2006 #40 of 380
    GT1Boy

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    You might actually want to look at the Humax DRT800 or the Toshiba RX-TS20 or RS-TX60 if you want a firewire input and DVDR drive with newer firmware and support for + and - media as well as well as all of the features of the Pioneers.
     

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