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Series3 FAQ - Review - Photos

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

  1. Sep 12, 2006 #41 of 460
    Bai Shen

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    I have a WD SATA drive installed in my computer with the linked cable. AFAIK, it only uses the SATA power port to hold itself better onto the drive. And the drive is then run by a regular power connector. And I'm not positive, but it looked like it would connect to any SATA drive. I'll try an' post again when I get a chance to see the pics.
     
  2. Sep 12, 2006 #42 of 460
    davezatz

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    Perfect for us Slingboxers. :)
     
  3. Sep 12, 2006 #43 of 460
    Canoehead

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    Actually, from what I can tell, the WD proprietary SATA connection is only data, but it covers the normal SATA power connection on the HDD - so you instead get power from an old-style power connector (WD is one of the few to put this on their HDDs) - which is exactly what you see in Megazone's pics.

    This is of intense interest to me - since with only 30+/- hours of HD, I NEED MORE STORAGE. I'd prefer to be able to use TTG and store on my PC (should be legal for OTA HD, though when and if we'll ever see it). I'd be OK using the ESATA for now, though that seems unlikely for a while. Thus, it looks like a little dsik upgrade may be in order - you can get a 500gb WD Caviar for under $200, and I can't see any physical reason why it can't be done - don't know about the software. Then keep the orginal disk, buy an enclosure and use it when they enable ESATA.
     
  4. Sep 12, 2006 #44 of 460
    hiker

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    Does the S3 use the same 9 IR code sets as most other TiVos?
     
  5. Sep 12, 2006 #45 of 460
    Troy J B

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    yep, from the WD link "you must use the legacy power adapter because the SecureConnect cable utilizes the SATA power port to provide additional stability"

    Troy
     
  6. Sep 12, 2006 #46 of 460
    Agent86

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    This is the best pic Megazone has of it. (Thanks MZ!)

    Link to Pic

    The SATA port looks normal on the motherboard. The side of the power cable that connects to the power supply is soldered in. Both SATA cable and power cable run into this adapter seperately which hooks into the drive.

    Now, the SATA being normal means we can just swap that cable. But looking at the power portion its your standard 4 power wires, they are just run into the back of this connector.

    Dollars to donuts you can just use a standard SATA cable for data, clip the power wires from the connector, and stick a standard drive power connector on the ends of the 4 wires.

    The main question is has TiVo changed anything about MFS? Its one thing to be able to physically swap the drive, its another to bless it for use in a TiVo. The other question would be does the SATA port on the motherboard provide power like a normal SATA port? If so, then we could use any SATA drive.

    Anyone with an S3 want to plug a standard SATA drive into the motherboard with a standard SATA cable and see if it spins up? :).
     
  7. Sep 12, 2006 #47 of 460
    megazone

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    Yes.
     
  8. Sep 12, 2006 #48 of 460
    hiker

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    Thanks and thanks for posting the FAQ.
     
  9. Sep 12, 2006 #49 of 460
    Bai Shen

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    I can't see nyud mirrors. :(
     
  10. Sep 12, 2006 #50 of 460
    megazone

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    You can unravel the URL and go directly to my server. I don't want to post the direct URLs because when I did that at CES it crushed my server.
     
  11. Sep 12, 2006 #51 of 460
    Agent86

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    OK - working on the fly here. Even if the SATA port on the TiVo motherboard is devoid of power, we should still be in business with any SATA drive we want. It would go as follows.

    Step 1: Remove SATA cable end from motherboard
    Step 2: Clip 4 power wires from connector.
    Step 3: Remove hard drive
    Step 4: Take 4 power wires and put them in a standard power connector. (chop up a Y-Splitter)
    Step 5: Convert standard power connector to SATA power connector (link)
    Step 6: Attach standard SATA cable to TiVo motherboard
    Step 7: Insert drive

    Of course, if the Still leaves the questions about MFS though.
     
  12. Sep 12, 2006 #52 of 460
    ljg

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    Is their a way to list all the upcoming HD programming only for the next 14 days to choose which HD only programming to record?
     
  13. Sep 12, 2006 #53 of 460
    megazone

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    None that I found, but that's an interesting idea.

    Maybe a Keyword wishlist for HDTV would narrow it down.
     
  14. Sep 12, 2006 #54 of 460
    Gator1

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    What does Native mean? Hybrid? Fixed?
    " Hybrid modes convert all HD content to the resolution specified, and all SD content to 480p. Fixed modes convert all video to the resolution specified.
    "

    It looks like Hybrid and Fixed give the same results. In Hybrid mode if I indicate convert all HD content to 1080i and in Fixed mode I indicated to convert all video to 1080i, do I get the same results?? I am not sure I see the differences between the two.
     
  15. Sep 12, 2006 #55 of 460
    Bai Shen

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    Yeah, I forgot about that. I looked at the picture, an' from what I can tell, it should work fine for any SATA drive.
     
  16. Sep 12, 2006 #56 of 460
    megazone

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    In fixed ALL content is converted to one resolution.

    In hybrid HD content is converted to the selected resolution, and SD content is converted to 480p.
     
  17. Sep 12, 2006 #57 of 460
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  18. Sep 12, 2006 #58 of 460
    hiker

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    Are multi-stream cards available from Comcast? Most of Comcast's CSRs I've talked to don't even know what a CableCARD is. :rolleyes:
     
  19. Sep 12, 2006 #59 of 460
    cap

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    Megazone how was the transition to cable card after the unit was already running on normal cable?

    Was there a quick upgrade or did you have to rerun guided setup with the cable cards in?
     
  20. Sep 12, 2006 #60 of 460
    megazone

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    You do have to repeat Guided Setup, but it doesn't take that long since it is a partial repeat. 15-20 minutes I guess. Most of that is the data download and unpacking.

    It prompts you if you insert or remove a CC to re-run GS, and you can choose to do it now or later.
     

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