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Series 1 not downloading data

Discussion in 'TiVo Help Center' started by shototsu, Nov 11, 2008.

  1. Racer_C

    Racer_C New Member

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    Thank you, I see that. Compared to being stuck at Guided Setup, that's no big deal. I've owned this Tivo for eight years without any problems until this. I'm sad.
     
  2. mec1991

    mec1991 Cranky old coot

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    Back home...
    I know just how you feel. My Sony S1 has been one of the most reliable CE products I have ever owned. The only work ever done on it was a HDD upgrade to a much larger drive and that of course was purely optional. IMHO it has a better picture than my 540 series 2 but that's subjective I guess.
     
  3. dbranco

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    I'm sad, too. For the same reasons you both say. At least now TiVo is acknowledging the problem (see TiVoJerry's post above) and I'm feeling more hopeful that a fix will come our way in the near future.
     
  4. brendag4

    brendag4 New Member

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    I have a Philips PTV300 and a standard phone line.

    I have been having the intermittent connection problems as other people have been describing. I would have to force the calls until one got through. I did not run out of guide data.

    We just got a cable box so I had to rerun Guided Setup. Now I cannot get through the Setup. I have tried many many times. I would think even if it was only getting part of the data each time, it would have gotten it all by now.

    I usually get through the Setup or test calls. On downloading the Program data I get the "Downloading Failed Call Interrupted" message most of the time. Sometimes I get the Service Unavailable message.

    One of the tips Tivo gives is to try during non peak hours. I have done this too and it has not allowed me to complete the setup.

    In case it matters, the cable box is a DTA that Comcast is giving out to WA residents.

    The Tivo has also started having problems where it won't boot up. When I plug it in, nothing happens. This did not happen until I started trying to do the Guided Setup.

    Until I saw this thread I thought maybe the modem was going bad.. but now it looks like many others also have this problem.

    Again note.. I am on a standard phone line so this is not because of using VOIP.

    BrendaG4
     
  5. brendag4

    brendag4 New Member

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    If someone can tell me out to get out of Guided Setup then I could try to use some of the ideas that have been posted such as deleting the logs. I assume the reason I can't telnet in now is because I can't get out of Guided Setup.

    If someone wants me to run tests, I am willing to do so. I have hacked Tivos before.

    As mentioned previously, I have a S1 on dialup. I did not mention before that it is lifetime.

    BrendaG4
     
  6. dcstager

    dcstager 1st Gen Tivo Owner

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    Skagit...
    Why don't you try the trick where you look up your local dial in number on Tivo.com and then put the whole thing into the dialing prefix spot, i.e,. 1-415-555-1212. That forces it to dial the local known to be good number. Your phone will disregard the other digits it dials in this process. Might get you through guided setup at least.
     
  7. brendag4

    brendag4 New Member

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    Thanks for the reminder. I had tried a number someone else posted, but it did not work. They also had other numbers in front of it.

    After your suggestion, I tried my own number with the 1 and area code. I also tried it without. I still got the Download Failed Call interrupted message.

    Calling many times also has not worked (I was not using the prefix then.)

    Is it possible to delete the logs if I put the drive in a PC? Where are they in the file system?

    BrendaG4
     
  8. dcstager

    dcstager 1st Gen Tivo Owner

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    Skagit...
    Go to Tivo.com and look up the dial in numbers for your area. Don't use the one you used to use, use a different one and try more than one.
     
  9. brendag4

    brendag4 New Member

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    I tried all the phone numbers listed on my Tivo multiple times. (Well not in the dialing prefix... but just dialing them regular.)

    Is this good enough or do I still need to find what Tivo lists for my area?

    I even tried the option that is for people from Sales and Marketing.. and got a Temporary authorization for an 800 number on the Tivo.. but this got Service Unavailable.

    BrendaG4
     
  10. samro

    samro New Member

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    Hey BrendaG4! Months ago when I ran out of program data because of the same connection errors you describe, I made the mistake of going into guided setup rather than continuing to try making daily calls. It was purgatory! After weeks of constant forced calls, one finally went through. I still don't know why. Unfortunately, I find myself once again without program data and forcing daily calls to no avail. I wish I could be more helpful and hopeful but it's been nothing but problems for three months with my S1.
     
  11. pianoman

    pianoman :-|

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    I can verify that, after numerous failed calls, deleting all log files in /var/log resulted in a successful data download. I am using a Turbonet card.

    I would like to help with sniffing network traffic during the call, but my current network setup makes that difficult. If I can find a hub lying around somewhere, I'll take a look with Wireshark.
     
  12. brendag4

    brendag4 New Member

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    Hi Samro!

    Thanks for the glimmer of hope that if I keep trying maybe I can get out of Guided Setup.

    Have you seen the tip about deleting the logs? I would try that but I guess you can't telnet in when you are stuck in Guided Setup. It won't connect when I try.

    Before being stuck in Guided Setup, I also had problems getting the daily updates but in all but 1 case I was able to get through in a reasonable amount of tries. I was thinking the modem was going bad. If I had not seen the posts online I would have been trying to hook up an external modem.

    I bet most people with Series 1s on dialup now think "Oh well I guess its a bad modem" and give up. Maybe there are more problems out there than Tivo is aware of because people are blaming their aging modem or aging Tivo.

    BrendaG4
     
  13. dlee0708

    dlee0708 New Member

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    I have a laptop with wireshark and a hub that I can use to sniff the network to capture the data traffic to Tivo Inc. The only thing stopping me of getting it is 600 miles of concrete to get to my moms where the problem exists. It there anyone in the Dallas Area (like within a few hours) that has a S1 with a TurboNet card that is experiencing this Connection Interrupted or Service Unavailable problem that I can hook up my hub and laptop to so that we can send this data to Tivo Engineering.

    We need to get this to Tivo Engineering or otherwise they are going to think there really aren't that many people having this problem.
     
  14. brendag4

    brendag4 New Member

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    Maybe we can figure out who lives close to who, who is willing to work on this problem.

    I am in Tacoma Washington.

    I have a TurboNet and an S1 but right now I am stuck in Guided Setup so I cannot give Tivo the network info. And even if I was not stuck, I do not have broadband or Linux. I don't know how to do the tests.. not that I can't learn how.. but obviously speed is important here.

    I PM'ed TivoJerry and he said that they do not have any tests right now that a dialup user could do. (Also he stated that the fix would be made available to dialup users when it is discovered... it is just the network test was easier to focus on.)

    Does anyone know if the reason I cannot telnet in is because I am in Guided Setup? I would rather not have to pull the drive if I don't have to so that I can delete the log files.

    BrendaG4
     
  15. dlee0708

    dlee0708 New Member

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    I think cheap hubs are impossible to get now (the one I have is over 5 years old I am sure). A couple of years ago I we needed some Hubs/Switches at work so I got an Ethernet switch for our desktops and then got a Linksys Hub for the lab because on occasion I would need to be able to sniff the network.

    Later when I tried to sniff the network with the hub I wasn't getting anything except what was coming to the machine that had the sniffer on it. It turned out even though it was advertised as a hub and was marked hub, it was a switch. I guess it was cheaper to just make one set of chips/board and sell one as a switch and the other a little cheaper as a hub even though they were identical.

    Over this weekend I went looking for a hub at Fry's and they don't even sell them anymore, they are all switches (I ended up having to dig up everything in the house to find the old hub). It appears the only option now days is to find an old one or buy an expensive switch that has the management stuff to be able set certain ports to receive all data. Its interesting how sometimes everything getting so cheap could end up costing you more to get the low low-technology stuff (same deal for RS232 Serial Port modems I am sure a lot of you have found out).
     
  16. mec1991

    mec1991 Cranky old coot

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    Well, after letting my Sony "cool off" after the futile forced call marathon a few days ago, I checked to see if it had completed a call on its own.

    Nope.

    Then I forced 5 calls in a row before giving up. None of them made it past the dialing stage, just like the last time. I have not been able to get to connecting or downloading at all for several days now.

    Then I tried changing the phone number once again as I had back in December, but this time to a different area code. The call went through perfectly and got me a list of numbers to choose from.

    I made sure it is set up to dial correctly, with the 1 and the new area code.

    Guess what? None of the freaking numbers will complete during the test call. :(

    So WTH is different about a call to get a list of phone numbers and an actual call (or test call in this case)? Why is one type accepted and the other rejected?

    At least I know my modem is not dead.
     
  17. pianoman

    pianoman :-|

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    Yep. That's been my experience as well.

    I do have a possible source for one (pulled from service many years ago).
     
  18. dcstager

    dcstager 1st Gen Tivo Owner

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    Skagit...
    What you are not getting here is that the number it calls during guided setup is different than your local dial-up number. You need to bypass this by putting a local number with the 1 and the area code and the number in the prefix area. That will force the Tivo to dial the local number. It will dial the guided setup number after the prefix -- but your call won't go to the normal guided setup number which isn't working. When all else fails, the best thing to try here is to read and follow the instructions. I know it's difficult to overcome the tendency to do what you think is correct. However, after your multiple failures and a boat anchored unit, you might just try what is being suggested.
     
  19. tm501

    tm501 New Member

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    The same thing is happening to my philips. When I call Tivo and report all the error messages they said it had to be my phone line not allowing dowloads. I explained to her that there is no problem with the phone (I had called the phone co) and its the Tivo. She said she didn't know what to tell me. Well thanks for being so helpful! They don't support series 1 anymore yet I paid for LIFETIME service. I have to manually force a call through at least 8-10 times before it takes. There is no reason for it and Tivo doesn't want to hear it.

    So I keep changing the number, going through guided setup as a last resort, forcing calls through and basically acting as my own Tivo support. I am ready just to suck it up and use my tv's dvr.

    I wish Tivo would help us out . Either that or offer us upgrades at a very MINIMAL cost just for the box itself, not the service since we all paid for that already.
     
  20. imt

    imt New Member

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    At this point I would even accept a transfer of my lifetime svc to a new series 3 box of my choosing. At least then I wouldn't have to pay for svc again. Tivo had made this offer once before for a series 1 to series 2 and in light of the current situation, they should be doing it again.

    This is BS. I have had no data for weeks. I paid for lifetime svc and I should be receiving lifetime svc. There is a whole lotta people complaining over this issue and there pretty much is no repsponse on Tivo' behalf. As others have said I am sure there are alot of people who just thought that the hardware wen bad and said oh well. Actually I had thought the same thing. Before I chucked the thing in the trash I figured I would do a last min search. From what I have read & the time span this has gone on I would have to say that Tivo has breeched the offer/contract of lifetime svc. Can anyone say class action.
     

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