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Programs on TiVo Desktop appear and disappear on TiVo

Discussion in 'TiVo Home Media Features & TiVoToGo' started by d-dub, Oct 13, 2012.

  1. d-dub

    d-dub Jami's Gameboy

    Mar 8, 2005
    Montgomery, IL
    Forgive me if this has come up before, but a search has come up empty.

    I have a TiVo Premier and TiVo Desktop Plus 2.8.3. I recently replaced the hard drive in the TiVo, so I transferred all the recorded programs to the Desktop, and now I'm trying to copy them back.

    If I transfer single programs, everything works.

    However, when I try to transfer programs in folders, all eps show up initially, but after adding the first episode to the transfer list and returning to the folder, TiVo now reports that the folder is empty. Hopping back another level to the Desktop list shows that that too is empty. If I do some other things and come back later, the program list is again visible, but the same thing happens if I transfer a program from a folder.

    Is this just a bug in Desktop, or is there something I can do to work around this?
  2. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay

    Apr 6, 2000
    SF Bay Area
    You can only transfer 1 show at a time. Any other transfers should be on the Todo list and gets transferred when the previous is done.
  3. d-dub

    d-dub Jami's Gameboy

    Mar 8, 2005
    Montgomery, IL
    I know how program transfers work. The problem is, after I start the transfer of one program, when I go back to the folder listing ont the TiVo Desktop folder, all the programs have disappeared and TiVo reports that the folder is empty.
  4. steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

    May 1, 2006
    Dallas, TX
    In Tivo Desktop you can try switching the discovery protocol.
    If you are using Bonjour, try switching to TiVo Beacon (or vice versa).


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  5. d-dub

    d-dub Jami's Gameboy

    Mar 8, 2005
    Montgomery, IL
    Done this already. Even though the TiVo Desktop docs say to only use Bonjour and never Beacon, if I set this to Bonjour, Desktop only sees my 7 year old Humax TiVo, but not my 3 year old S2 or my Premier. Setting it to Beacon allows it to see all three.

    The other problem I discovered yesterday is that when I transfer programs from Desktop to my Premier (they were all copied from the Premier to Desktop before I replaced the hard drive), all episodes of a program show how as simply "program name", without the episode title, and they don't get put into a folder (even though browsing to them to initiate the transfer shows them in folders with each program presented using the episode name).

    For example, I transferred 6 30 Rock eps back to the premier, and there were 6 entries titled "30 Rock" in the Now Playing list, with no folder. Ep titles show up if you click on one.

    I tried turning folders off and back on on the Premiere, but that had no effect.
  6. wmcbrine

    wmcbrine Ziphead

    Aug 2, 2003
    You can see this sort of thing in the main NPL sometimes -- usually it's after you delete a show in a folder, when the TiVo will incorrectly report that the folder is empty. So I'd tend to place the bug on the TiVo side rather than in TD. But, you could always try pyTivo and see if it helps. (I don't believe I've observed this behavior while using pyTivo, but in the same situation, I will sometimes be sent back to the wrong place in the file hierarchy.)

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