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pyTivo - Transcoding server

Discussion in 'TiVo Home Media Features & TiVoToGo' started by armooo, Nov 25, 2006.

  1. Hercules67

    Hercules67 TiVo addict

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    Right now, all my drives are USB, and none are networked or in the PC. SO, I should NOT have that problem. But every time someone brings this up, I do a double take, because I am not sure if I should worry or not.

    :(

    This will matter later this year when my NAS is installed, I switch to Windows 7 or Mac OS and have the newest type of TiVo. But that won't happen at least until October.

    I got to fix what I got right now.
     
  2. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Active Member

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    All of your drives are USB? That means they are removable. Is it possible that the service is starting before the drives are fully attached, so that it builds an empty cache? Have you tried stopping and starting the service after everything is up?
     
  3. Hercules67

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    Well.... Interesting thought. Let me see what happens after the reinstall.

    I also installed a program USB Drive Letter Manager. Still no sure how it's going to help me.... :confused:
     
  4. moyekj

    moyekj Well-Known Member

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    So a good troubleshooting step is define a pyTivo video share that resides on your internal drive (C: volume) and see if that shows up in service mode. 1st test it out in non service mode to make sure it's working there, then try service mode. If that works then likely the issue is service mode not seeing the external drives.
     
  5. Hercules67

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    I have a "My Videos" share under C:\. I had actually won 3 digital movies in a contest a while back, and they are in AVI. They take forever to go from the Hard Drive to the TiVo, but that's why I have that share.

    I will troubleshoot with it. Thanks.
     
  6. Hercules67

    Hercules67 TiVo addict

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    Well, I reinstalled everything (I am now on Python 2.7.5), and the latest wmcbrine release.

    It did not work.

    I am pretty sure I followed all the steps correctly.

    I do have a suspicion like some of you have been saying though that it is a communications issue, but I am not sure how to troubleshoot it. Should I turn Windows Firewall OFF next? (The appropriate port UDP 5353 is open of course).

    I dunno.

    Thanks for the help.
     
  7. moyekj

    moyekj Well-Known Member

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    Did you try with a c: volume share?
     
  8. Hercules67

    Hercules67 TiVo addict

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    I did yes. I even stayed there (on the TiVo side) waiting, until it gave me the message saying it was empty,

    At this point, I don't know.
     
  9. moyekj

    moyekj Well-Known Member

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    So what's the status after you upgraded pyTivo? Everything is working running using console but not service mode? Post your pyTivo.conf here so we can review it.
     
  10. Hercules67

    Hercules67 TiVo addict

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    Correct, if I run it in Console Mode, it seems to run, except it hangs-up on a few files (granted, some of them, might not have been encoded properly, and that's a different issue -- let's put that aside for now).

    I have attached the Config File.
     

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  11. moyekj

    moyekj Well-Known Member

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    I would start with a very simple pyTivo.conf with only 1 video share under c: volume. So assuming that C:\Documents and Settings\Mike\My Documents\My Videos exists and contains some videos rename your existing pyTivo.conf and make a new very simple one to experiment with:
    Code:
    [Server]
    debug = true
    
    [My Videos]
    type = video
    path = C:\Documents and Settings\Mike\My Documents\My Videos
    force_alpha = true
    
    Obviously make sure you shut down pyTivo console and/or service, then put simple pyTivo.conf in place and then re-start.
     
  12. Hercules67

    Hercules67 TiVo addict

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    Got it.

    Trying it right now. Thanks. Will return with results.
     
  13. Hercules67

    Hercules67 TiVo addict

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    Well, it did not work. Don't know what to try next.
     
  14. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Active Member

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    Are you certain that the service is set to run under an Administrator account?
     
  15. Hercules67

    Hercules67 TiVo addict

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    Well, that's an excellent question.... Let's take it from the top, shall we:

    -- "Mike", my account is a full, Windows XP administrative rights account. I never operate under the PURE Administrator account as I was taught by my MCSE instructor.

    -- Now, when I go to: Computer Management, Services and Applications, Services, pytivo, I see the following:

    -- In the second tab of pyTivo properties (Local Computer) it says:
    Log on as:
    "As Local System Account" is selected .... (I assume that means my account of "Mike".)
    Underneath that there is a checkbox for: "Allow service to interact with desktop" which is NOT selected (should it be?)

    Does all of that make sense?

    Is any of it correct?

    Is any of it incorrect?
     
  16. moyekj

    moyekj Well-Known Member

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    No, that's not correct - that means you are using the generic system account. From service properties "Log On" tab you should select "This account" and supply the password for the account you normally use (that has Admin permissions).
     
  17. Hercules67

    Hercules67 TiVo addict

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    Got it. Let me try that then...
     
  18. Hercules67

    Hercules67 TiVo addict

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    Well, that did not seem to work... yet, I am reluctant to call it a failure, because there is one difference I am seeing from before:

    -- I still can't see ANY files on the TiVo, just top level shares,

    However,

    -- Unlike before, I can now connect to Localhost:9032 through the browser of choice (Chrome/Firefox/IE8) and navigate around. I could not do that before without first having run the pyTivo.py file and starting a console window. So, somehow, we have gotten closer to figuring this out.
     
  19. Hercules67

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    Could it have anything to do with TiVo Desktop Settings? Has something in the TiVo software changed possibly? Keep in mind I am only playing with S2 units here.

    Thanks again.
     
  20. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Active Member

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    Shares? Plural? Does this mean you are not using the minimal config file?

    Can you see the content of the shares there?

    TD settings shouldn't have anything to do with it.
     

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