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Pioneer TiVo Owners Club

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

  1. Oct 21, 2006 #61 of 380
    GT1Boy

    GT1Boy got tivo?

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    Did you recently change how it is connected to your TV? It sounds like the Macrovision copy protection is kicking in during playback of commercial DVDs. Make sure that the TiVo' video output is connected directly to the TV and not through any other devices and that should resolve the problem.
     
  2. Oct 21, 2006 #62 of 380
    runkefer

    runkefer Early Adopter 7/99

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    Hmmm.... No, I haven't changed the hookup since 2004. However, I can't hook the DVR directly to the TV because it's an ancient TV (ca 1992) and it has only one input, coax, so I'm running the DVR through a VCR and then via coax into the TV (I think--I'll have to pull everything out of the cabinet and rummage around in the tangle of cables.) I'm wondering if it has to do with how new the DVDs are and whether they use the copy protection scheme. I'll have to check whether there is any alternate way to make the hookup work so that I can use the VCR and the TiVo with that TV.

    Thanks for the help.
     
  3. Oct 25, 2006 #63 of 380
    jon_n_san_diego

    jon_n_san_diego New Member

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    My 810H is not even 2 years old and already the picture/signal is breaking up several times per 1/2 hour and it's getting worse. - I go to all the user manuals and info packaged with the unit and I find this goldenrod colored 1/2 page from Pioneer titled: "About the internal hard disk drive, HDD." ...which basically says that: the HD is delicate and if used improperly then it will fail in a few years. and if the playback freezes or there is noticeable block noise, (mozaic), then you're SOL. - It's just "funny" that Pioneer would put in a defect-excuse, blaming the consumer before they've even plugged the damn thing in.

    Now this unit has been in the same built-in cabinet the whole time with no movement and no problems until now. It sure sounds like Pioneer sold a unit with known product defects and I wouldn't put it past Costco to buy their close-outs knowing there was a problem...but the price was cheap.

    Anyone else have similar problems with their 810H? This just really pisses me off that now I'll have to put in a new HD to maintain my Lifetime Tivo account, in just 22 month's time!
     
  4. Oct 25, 2006 #64 of 380
    bicker

    bicker bUU

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    I'd put a greater likelihood that Costco mishandled the stock before you made your purchase. Either that or you got an outlier. Not all products last the same amount of time. That's not a "known product defect" -- it's reality.

    My 810H is about three years old, and the only problem we've ever had was the kazoo problem (which seems to have gone away now, since we got rid of the cable box -- must have been something wrong with the audio input jacks).
     
  5. Nov 1, 2006 #65 of 380
    Hpirx

    Hpirx Slip Kid

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    Had my 810H for about 3 years now. One HD change after a year and a half. Very easy courtesy of Weaknees. Still TiVos and burns great.
    Bought it when the price was still premium and have never regretted it.
    I always thought the ability to offload programs was fantastic and it surprises me that interest seems to have petered out in terms of new product.
    Will try to keep it for as along as possible and I will mourn it's eventual passing.
     
  6. Nov 2, 2006 #66 of 380
    dirtypacman

    dirtypacman Coming and going

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    My favorite unit also is the 810.

    The toshiba model is pretty good also.
     
  7. Nov 2, 2006 #67 of 380
    generaltso

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    I've still got an 810, but it stopped working about 6 months ago. I really do like the 810 better than the Humax, but since I already have a Humax I can't justify spending $200 to have Pioneer fix the 810.

    No, the problem is not the hard drive or the power supply. Unless anyone knows where I can get a cheap 810 system board, I think my 810 is going to continue taking up space in a box in the basement :(
     
  8. Nov 2, 2006 #68 of 380
    kwadguy

    kwadguy New Member

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    I have the 810h model as well, and think it's the spiffiest Tivo out there. (Well, maybe not as spiffy as the Tivo 3, which I haven't used...)

    Two questions:

    Using high quality DVD-R blanks (Taiyo Yuden 8x, Fuji branded, made in Japan), my unit takes ~1 hour to burn two 1 hour programs (@ high quality, i.e. filling the disc). That's 2x for blanks that burn at 8x on everything else...Is this typical?

    Also, has anyone successfully replaced the burner unit in one of these? Mine works fine, but I'm thinking into the future...

    Kwad
     
  9. Nov 3, 2006 #69 of 380
    dirtypacman

    dirtypacman Coming and going

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    Im not positive but the Pioneer may max out at 4x speed.
     
  10. Nov 3, 2006 #70 of 380
    GT1Boy

    GT1Boy got tivo?

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    Yep, max speed is 4x for DVD-R and 2x for DVD-RW.
     
  11. Nov 5, 2006 #71 of 380
    bicker

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    How would eBay help get your 810H working? :confused:
     
  12. Nov 5, 2006 #72 of 380
    generaltso

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    KLM, if you do end up trying to offload your 810, PM me. I'm looking for parts to try to fix mine.
     
  13. Nov 5, 2006 #73 of 380
    jole60

    jole60 New Member

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    VCR+ Plus programming on my 810H unit no longer functions. When I enter a pluscode, the following message displays:

    "The PlusCode that you entered (XXXXX) refers to Guide number XX, which does not currently correspond to any channel. If you entered a PlusCode correctly, then go to VCR Plus+ Channels to enter the appropriate channel for Guide Number and then try again".

    A review of my VCR Plus Channels confirms that all entries are correct. The same message appears when I delete and then re-enter channels.

    I recently installed the 8.1 upgrade and don't know if this problem is is software or hardware-related. Has anyone else experienced the same problem with this model?

    Any advice will be greatly appreciated.
     
  14. Nov 6, 2006 #74 of 380
    jole60

    jole60 New Member

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    klm, forum rules don't let me post the web address because I have less than five posts here; but if you Google "VCRPLus", you'll find what you want at the top of search results.
     
  15. Nov 7, 2006 #75 of 380
    xhayes55

    xhayes55 New Member

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    If anyone knows where to get a Main Board for the DVR 810H plese let me know. I checked with Pioneer and the lady told me that I could get the board for $551. I told her that she was out of her mind. The unit is great but bot gold.
     
  16. Nov 7, 2006 #76 of 380
    generaltso

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    Pioneer has a flat repair fee of $200 for a broken 810 regardless of what's wrong with it.
     
  17. Nov 7, 2006 #77 of 380
    xhayes55

    xhayes55 New Member

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    That is not what they told me, But I will check on that. Thanks.
     
  18. Nov 7, 2006 #78 of 380
    Stainless Steele

    Stainless Steele Wake-Maker!

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  19. Nov 8, 2006 #79 of 380
    xhayes55

    xhayes55 New Member

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    I checked and they do. Now I have to decide is it worth it.
     
  20. Nov 8, 2006 #80 of 380
    generaltso

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    Yeah, that was the same situation I was in when my Pioneer first stopped working. I just haven't been able to justify the $200 repair fee since I have so many other TiVos, including a Humax DVD box. But I sure do miss my Pioneer.
     

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