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Series3 FAQ - Review - Photos

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by megazone, Sep 12, 2006.

  1. EricScott

    EricScott New Member

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    My display (Samsung DLP) won't accept 480i over HDMI. Can I still use Native or will SD channels get messed up? On my 8300 HD I pass it 480p, 720p and 1080i with pretty good results. Would love to be able to do the same thing w/ an S3.
     
  2. comicsacrifice

    comicsacrifice New Member

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    got mine. have to wait for cablecards. i went to the time warner office today to pick some up and the said they could not allow that. they HAD to send a technician to professionally install the cable cards. tuesday was the soonest they could schedule.

    am i wrong or don't you just plug the cards in? is there anything more to it than that? they are going to make me pay an installation fee and have a technician come all the way here to simply plug two cards into a slot? are you kidding me?

    i have 30 days to see if its worth the price. got it at frys. can't wait for a clear comprehensive upgrade guide.

    the drives that they sell at weaknees need to be plugged into a computer? how come? dont you just install them into the tivo? you mean they dont preload the drives with the hdtivo software?
     
  3. sharding

    sharding New Member

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    I just plugged them in, and then called Comcast to activate them. They apparently sent some signals, and then it was done. Extremely simple. However, it sounds like most places are requiring a tech visit, so you're not alone.
     
  4. keenanSR

    keenanSR Member TCF Club

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    A lot of trouble with CableCARDS can be avoided if the office, or the tech who is installing them, makes sure that the cards are "authorized" for the particular headend for the area in which they are to be installed.

    It would seem that sharding had cards that were ready to go as all that really needs to happen is plug them in and have the office "hit" the card, it make take a couple of times, but they should come right online.

    This is given that there are not issues with the equipment they are being installed in, and the S3 doesn't appear to suffer from any of those issues.
     
  5. alee

    alee New Member

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    Does the Series 3 TiVo have a screen saver (e.g. screen goes dark or goes to a moving logo after X min of being paused)?
     
  6. keenanSR

    keenanSR Member TCF Club

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    I haven't seen this mentioned yet and it's giving me a bad case of heartburn.

    How do I prevent the S3 remote from operating the HR10-250 at the same time? I read page 53 in the manual about the DVR switch, I don't fully understand it, I did try it and the remote address is now 1. Yet it still operates the HR10-250. I'm hoping there a simple fix other than covering the IR eye when using each unit.

    Plus, if one the TiVo's ends up with a different remote address, how do get the Harmony 880 to distinguish between the two?

    I was having all sorts of trouble today with the HR10-250 until I finally figured out what was going, now I need to figure out how to fix.

    If there is thread addressing this issue a link would be appreciated.

    TIA
     
  7. eddyj

    eddyj SeƱor Member TCF Club

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    If either TiVo is set to address 0, it will respond to all remote codes. If the remote is set to 0, it will control all TiVos, regardless of their remote codes. So you need BOTH set to non-zero codes. For the Harmony, there are a couple of threads that talk about setting it up with multiple TiVos with different remote codes. I do this, it is not a problem.

    edit: Could not find the old post, but basically, you program the harmony to have two different TiVos, and then tell the remote that it is not controlling the TiVo correctly. It will prompt you to "learn" 2 or 3 buttons from the TiVo remote. Do this (using the appropriately coded TiVo remote, of course) for each, and the Harmony will realize you are using the specific code for each TiVo, and reset all the codes for that device to be the specific codes (not the 0 codes). Then everything works fine.
     
  8. keenanSR

    keenanSR Member TCF Club

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    Great! Thanks, I'll be giving it a try later today. :)
     
  9. tgibbs

    tgibbs New Member

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    The routine to identify the remote language/code can be found on your Harmony home page under "More options" for each TiVo device. It is called "Confirm infrared commands."
     
  10. getgray

    getgray New Member

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    Great FAQ, thanks.

    I use universal remotes (e.g. Pronto). Anyone know the Tivo protocol and device ID so I can create some universal remove files? Of better yet, anyone have the files for a S3 yet? (not learned)

    Thanks,
    Scott
     
  11. c3

    c3 TiVoholic

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    Comparing the S2 and S3 remotes, the only difference I could see is that the "PIP/Window" button is replaced by the "Aspect" button. Has anyone tried the S2 remote with the S3? Perhaps those two are actually the same, just different labeling on the remote.
     
  12. hiker

    hiker S.o.N.Y.D.a.C.

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    I'm not sure if this will help you but I asked question about the IR codes here and they are the same as most other TiVos.
     
  13. keenanSR

    keenanSR Member TCF Club

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    I must be doing something wrong.

    I have the DirecTV HR10-250 with Remote Add-2
    The S3 is with Remote Add-1

    The S3 seems to work properly in that it turns "on and off" when it's supposed to.

    The HR10-250 also turns on when the S3 does and responds the the commands directed at the S3.

    Also, when using the HR10-250, and then switch to using the S3, the HR10-250 does not shutdown and continues to respond the commands directed at the S3.

    When confirming the commands at the Harmony site I'm a bit confused as to what button is the Power Toggle, and I suspect that it where my problem.

    What button do you press to turn the HR10-150 "off" or put it into Standby?

    I think I'm close to what I need, but the power toggle thing has me a bit confused.
     
  14. nexus99

    nexus99 New Member

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    A couple of pages abck people were asking about seeting up befoer they ahve cable cards... I got my S3 a couple of days ago and couldn't wait for my CableCard install. I plugged it all up and and through the guided install. I told it "no cards" and it quickly set up for my 99 basic (non-digital) channels. It pulled a day or so's worth of channel info on the first "call" - I have this on my DSL connection - so I was off to the races immediately. Over night it looks like it pulled a full set of program data.

    I am upgrading from a S1 so I am still ooohing and ahhhing over the whole Tivo Desktop and built in internet radio. This is the first time I have quickly bought a new-to-market product... I hope I don't kick myself later.

    I will report back on Thursday when my Cable Cards are in (Comcast) and I can fire up the HD.

    Is there any concensus yet on which display is better from the Tivo- 720P or 1080i?
     
  15. keenanSR

    keenanSR Member TCF Club

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    Different question.

    On the front panel on the unit there are 4 little LED windows, 2 on each side of the display window. What are those for? Currently mine has the upper left lit up red.
     
  16. DCIFRTHS

    DCIFRTHS I dumped SDV / cable

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    Red is usually recording. From the pics I have seen there are two red LEDs on the left that seem to indicate that a show is recording.
     
  17. sharding

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    Right, the two red lights on the left indicate a program recording (one for each tuner). If it's a scheduled recording, it shows the program name. If it's a suggestion, it doesn't (just the red light comes on). The orange light on the bottom right indicates that it's receiving a signal from the remote. I'm not sure what the fourth light is for. I've only seen it on when I first powered the machine up.
     
  18. keenanSR

    keenanSR Member TCF Club

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    Thanks for the info on the lights.

    Anyone got any clues about my post about controlling an HD-TiVo and the S3 with the Harmony 880?
     
  19. DCIFRTHS

    DCIFRTHS I dumped SDV / cable

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    What color is it? The fourth LED that is...

    Also, are these actually LEDs, or are they part of the OLED display?
     
  20. phox_mulder

    phox_mulder I get paid 2watch TV

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    Using the original remotes, set one to 1 and the other to 2, or 2-3, 3-4, just don't go higher than 5, the 880 has a problem with addresses higher than 5.
    This procedure is in the manual of each TiVo.

    Then I forget exactly how to set the 880 to those remote codes.
    I know I found it via search on the 880 web page,
    search for "multiple TiVo's" or "TiVo Addresses" or something like that,
    and you have to point each original at the back of the 880 while connected, and it has you push 3 buttons on the original, then move onto the other.
    I have it running 3 TiVo's in the same room right now, and it works perfect.


    phox
     

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