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

  1. Jun 9, 2007 #141 of 380
    bicker

    bicker bUU

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    Yes. I found that when that happened to me it was because of interference (probably from a neighbor's home or the highway nearby). What I did was get a television stand that is similar to this one:

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    (Mine looks nicer. :))

    The cable box goes inside the cabinet. I make sure that there is nothing else inside the cabinet, since otherwise the cable box is more likely to overheat and get damaged. The TiVo goes on the shelf under the television, with the IR cable fished out the back of the shelf and then in to the cabinet below through a hole in the back. That way, the only signals the cable box receives are the ones from the IR blaster -- interference is cut way down.

    I hope that helps!
     
  2. mr.bill

    mr.bill New Member

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    I just purchased a used pioneer dvr-810h. The unit has an upgraded hard drive in it(250gigs).

    It appeared to be working fine when I bought it The previous owner was a tivo subscriber and upgraded to the series 3 and closed the account.

    When I got home, I connected the unit and changed the zip code and did the call in procedure. Well, for some reason the tv guide section does not want to populate. It says the channel list is not setup.

    So I go to channel list and highlight all the channels and tell it I am done. when I go back to tv guide it still says its not setup.

    The channel guide was working when I got it home. So something happened when I did the zip code change. The info for each channel is correct. If I go to a channel, it will tell me all the info of the channel I am watching, so I am pretty sure its getting data.

    I thought that since the unit was connected to tivo service and its current account status is "8:closed" I thought that might be what the problem is. But I called tivo and they said it should still work. The account status on my rs-tx20 is "17:tivo basic FT possible" The tivo rep says that there is a "19:tivo basic ...." (for those that did the free trail"

    Am I missing something? Never owned the 810h before. I have tried to restart the unit and I have tried to change the local cable provider (comcast). I assume the tvguide page should work immediate. I think when I first setup my rs-tx20 it showed the grid, but the info for each chanel was not available.
     
  3. rcobourn

    rcobourn Registered Snoozer

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    Well, that status 8 is, as far as I understand, about equivalent to making the unit a doorstop. It should be 19 for Tivo Basic. The account status on your rs-ts20 is not relevant. It sort of seems to me from your post that you think the 17 status on your rs-ts20 should provide for similar status on your 810... it does not. I would exect the 810 to be able to do nothing beyond the 30 minute live buffer.

    Just to be sure, if you didn't already, do a "Clear and Delete Everything" on the unit, then redo guided setup. Until you activate the unit under your account, I wouldn't expect much more than what you are getting, although you should be eligible to get the Tivo Basic on there; you'll need to get the unit's account status changed to 19 or better yet 17 for that.
     
  4. mr.bill

    mr.bill New Member

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    I was trying everything else before I went and tried the "clear and delete everything" option. So I tried it this evening. After about an hour it finished the install and the tv guide populated properly. The status of the tivo is "8: account closed" so that was not the problem.

    Everything appears to be fine. The unit does like my office depot 4x -rw discs. So I will have to buy some better quality ones for this unit.

     
  5. rcobourn

    rcobourn Registered Snoozer

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    Excellent news. Do you seem to be getting the services of Tivo Basic even with an account status of 8? Are you seeing 3 days of guide data or what?
     
  6. mr.bill

    mr.bill New Member

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    Yes. After the 1st round of phone calls, it populated the 1st day of data. It then continued to make phone calls and filled in the full 3 days. Account status is still 8.


    I was going to look this up. under system information it has a section about VCM connection. It says its trying to make the update(looks like its trying about every 8 hours), but it says the last successful attempt was dec 31.
     
  7. rcobourn

    rcobourn Registered Snoozer

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    The VCM connection is related to online scheduling... it's how it picks up a program scheduled online. Since this feature is not available with your current account status, it's probably rejected the request. Nothing to worry about.
     
  8. jwtonline

    jwtonline New Member

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    I'm wanting to replace a failed DVD drive in one 810 with a working DVD drive from another 810. Can anyone offer an help on the easiest way to get the DVD drives out of the units? I've got the DVD drive unscrewed from the unit, the 810 faceplate unscrewed, but there are a couple cables attached to the circuit board in the 810 faceplate. I'm thinking I need to take the faceplate off the DVD drive tray, but not seeing an easy way to do that.
     
  9. robomeister

    robomeister DVD TiVo Expert

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    Regarding replacing/moving the DVD burners:

    I've done this a bunch of times, so I'll share my experiences.

    You need to eject the tray so you can remove the front bezel off of the end of the tray. The bezel is the silver (on a 810H-S) or black (on a 57H) piece on the end of the tray with 'HDD/DVD RECORDING SYSTEM' printed on it. The bezel on the Pioneers is to make it look cool and not like a computer drive. Once the bezel is removed, you won't have to disassemble the front plate of the player to get the DVD burner out. All you have to do is remove the four screws and the power and data cables, then slide it out of the unit.

    You can remove the bezel after ejecting the DVD tray. It's easy if the TiVo is powered. Just push the eject button. If the TiVo is off, you can manually eject the tray with a straightened paper clip. There is a hole below the light bar, about 1 and 1/2 inches from the left side of the light bar. Push the paper clip into the hole, and the tray will eject.

    Once the tray is ejected, gently pry off the bezel by applying forward and upwards pressure to one side of the bezel, then the other side, to work the bezel of without breaking the tray. If you look at the underside of the bezel, it is attached to the tray by clipping onto the end of the tray. The way I remove the bezel is to grasp the end of the tray with my thumbs over black part of the tray and the bezel and my pointing fingers under the tray (black part) and middle fingers (and other fingers) under the bezel. Then using upward pressure from my middle fingers and downward pressure on the tray with my thumbs so I don't break it, I kind of work one side up, then the other, until the clips let go and I can slide the bezel up.

    Good luck,

    robomeister
     
  10. jasemoy

    jasemoy New Member

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    I'm new to this Tivo thing. I just bought a pioneer dvr 810 on ebay. I don't have a phone line and no wireless routers...so i'm trying to plug it into my motorola cable modem via a usb cable. For some reason, though, it doesn't seem to be connecting. What could be the problem?
     
  11. generaltso

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    That's not going to work. The USB port only works with an Ethernet or WiFi adapter. Get yourself a supported USB Ethernet adapter and then connect that to your cable modem via an Ethernet cable.
     
  12. Jul 3, 2007 #152 of 380
    jasemoy

    jasemoy New Member

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    I just bought a pioneer 810h on ebay. It was working fine until I connected to tivo and it downloaded the latest software. I was using it that evening and everything still seemed fine....even scheduled a recording for that evening. But, the next day, I turned the tv on only to find that the tivo was at the powering up screen. It gets to the "almost there" screen and then eventually back to the powering up screen. It just keeps doing this loop and won't completely power up. I know a lot of people would say this is a bad hard drive issue, but why would it be working fine and then suddenly die after a software update.
     
  13. Jul 3, 2007 #153 of 380
    rcobourn

    rcobourn Registered Snoozer

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    It probalby downloaded a software update when you hooked it up, and for some reason (probably bad hard drive) the update failed, and you are stuck in a loop. You need a new drive and a Pioneer 810 image.
     
  14. Jul 9, 2007 #154 of 380
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    Hi,
    We have a Pioneer Tivo unit that we love. Our problem is that someone set the parental controls and does not remember what they entered. We've talked with Tivo support but won't do anything until we sign up for the service. Can anyone help?
    Thanks,
    Kat57
     
  15. rcobourn

    rcobourn Registered Snoozer

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    Are you able to perform a Clear-And-Delete-Everything with the parental controls on?
     
  16. Travis810

    Travis810 New Member

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    Hi all,

    I'm new to the forum-- I have a pioneer 810H and I love the unit but my burner fails and tells me that the falure was due to an internal error. Anyone know how I can replace the burner?? :confused:
     
  17. Rich.Wolfson

    Rich.Wolfson New Member

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    Before you replace the burner are you aware that it will only burn DVD-R disks (Not DVD+R) and not Dual Layer disks either? Look carefully at the disks you have before you go further. I assume it will play disks?

    Rich
     
  18. evilipoo

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    So we have finally 'caught up' with most of last season's recorded programming and are ready to send out the 810 to Pioneer for a new burner.

    Has anyone done this? What are your experiences? Has anyone found a way to replace the burner yourself?

    I really, really hate to be without for however long it takes to get this fixed...

    Thanks...

    :(
     
  19. robomeister

    robomeister DVD TiVo Expert

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    evilipoo,

    A few questions first.
    1. Have you upgraded the TiVo? bigger hard drive? If so, do you still have the original drive? If so, put the original back into the TiVo before sending it to Pioneer to fix. Usually, they just send you a replacement and transfer your service to the new one.
    2. What were the symptoms of your failed burner? Couldn't read discs? Couldn't write discs? What type of discs did you try? -Rs or -RWs? Did you try different brands of discs. Did you reboot after a failed burn?
    3. Have you talked to Pioneer about a fix? It will probably cost you about $200 to get it fixed.

    Unfortunately, the DVD writer in the Pioneers has something special in it and is not user replaceable with a standard DVD writer. Check out my posts earlier in this thread. I've tried many different drives with no success. (Success meaning the drive will both read discs [not a problem] and write discs [never seems to work].)

    I have not tried the Pioneer DVR-111 or DVR-112 drives in the Pioneer Tivos. I've heard of some success with these, but in the Humax DVD TiVos and Toshiba DVD TiVos, not the Pioneer TiVos. There is no guarantee that one of these newer DVD writers will work in the Pioneer TiVo.

    What I've done is gotten a couple "spare" Pioneer TiVos so I can cannibalize them for parts, if and when one of my online TiVos fails. You may be able to get one from Ebay. Just another idea.

    Hope this helps,
    robomeister
     
  20. Travis810

    Travis810 New Member

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    Rich, my unit will play disks fine and somtimes it will start a burn and fail just less then half way thru and tell me that it is due to an internal error. I though it may be an overheating issue and it's not.. I am going to try and find DVD-R or -RW that are firmware 1x or 2x and see if that helps. IT seems to me that if the DVD drive were about to die I would not be able to play movies which is not the case. and to answer your question I did know that the unit will only burn DVD-R or RWs

    Thanks for your help and I will keep you posted
     

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