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TiVo Mini setup - Pain in the ass

Discussion in 'TiVo Mini' started by jmpage2, Mar 12, 2013.

  1. todd_j_derr

    todd_j_derr Member

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    Mini wasteland!

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  2. Arcady

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    Get three more and you can build a cube of Minis.
     
  3. todd_j_derr

    todd_j_derr Member

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    with the angles on the edges it appears you could also assemble them into a hexagon.

    BTW, i made the RMA'd mini dial in and I did not get the "Tivo Service Required" message, which I found kind of odd. Although if I try to activate it on tivo.com I don't get the "this device has already been activated" message. If not for the first thing I'd probably have done that $150 click already but that gives me pause.

    I also got another message from support saying the engineers are looking into it, but they're busy and all so it will probably be 5-7 days. urge to click rising...
     
  4. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    This is still going on!? It must really be a PITA.
     
  5. jmpage2

    jmpage2 New Member

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    Yes, in this case the thread title is quite apropos.
     
  6. lessd

    lessd Active Member

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    Please don't think this is a dumb question, but do you have activated cable cards in your TP-4 units, I found out the hard way that that was necessary for the Mini to mate to any TP four tuner TiVo.
     
  7. todd_j_derr

    todd_j_derr Member

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    No question is a dumb question at this point in the saga... but yes, they both have active CCs and have been operational since Oct & Dec 2011.
     
  8. todd_j_derr

    todd_j_derr Member

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    After a trip to Best Buy my Mini collection has grown to 4. Unfortunately the newest one has fared no better than its brethren.

    I was 95% sure that was going to work too. :(
     
  9. Arcady

    Arcady Stargate Fan

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    Just two more, then you can complete the cube and the Borg will start to assimilate your home...
     
  10. todd_j_derr

    todd_j_derr Member

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    ok, here's one last stab in the dark that my exchange with lessd about activated cable cards indirectly led me to - maybe someone can help me with this.

    When I run setup on the Mini, when it gets to the "TiVo DVR Connection" screen it says:

    Choose which TiVo DVR you want this TiVo box to connect to for recording shows and watching live TV or XFINITY On Demand.

    It's that last part that got me thinking. Is that text hardcoded or does it change based on whether you're a Comcast subscriber or not? Is anyone who is not a Comcast subscriber able to tell me?

    I am not a Comcast subscriber, but I was when I bought my first XL4 (as well as when I bought my first Series 1 in 2000 - I still have the same account), and I subsequently changed to FIOS. I did have an exchange with at least one CSR about Comcast/XFINITY, I'm not sure if he thought I was a Comcast subscriber or if there was just something in his script. I do remember specifically making a point of the fact I was no longer a Comcast subscriber and asking if that could create a problem, he said no and I didn't pursue it further. But, I wonder if there's some "Comcast" bit set on my account and the Mini sees the XL4s do not have an active Comcast cable card and refuses to pair. Doesn't sound like the most likely scenario to me, but I'm otherwise out of ideas.

    [Edit: this may also be complicated by the fact that I have an "extra" XL4 on my account that I gave to my mom... and she is a Comcast subscriber. I keep forgetting to get her to create an account so I can transfer it to her. And, FWIW I've also mentioned the "extra" XL4 not in my house to most of the CSRs I've spoken with.]
     
  11. jmpage2

    jmpage2 New Member

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    Unfortunately I am a Comcast customer so I can't verify for you. You might be on to something though... if there's a flag or bit in the XL4 that thinks it has activated with a Comcast CableCard.

    Unfortunately the only way to "prove" the thing out would be to reset ALL settings on the XL4 and then re-pair your cable card on it. That should wipe out all trace of Comcast because AFAIK there is nothing on your account itself that would ever inform the Minis about comcast.
     
  12. todd_j_derr

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    I have some evidence it's not state on the device because my second XL4 was never on Comcast (I just double checked the dates)... The only reason I thought it might be significant and possibly tracked on their servers was because of the On Demand support, but it's just pure speculation.

    My XL4 does not have any "On Demand" functionality (from reading the docs I surmise I would see this under "My Shows" and/or "Find TV..."?), so that's some evidence against it.

    In any case, I emailed my mom and asked her to create an account sohopefully I can at least remove that variable (probably should have done it earlier but multiple CSRs were adamant there was absolutely no issue with it). I may also create a new account for myself and transfer a couple devices over there just for fun. Or I could stop spending all this time on it and just give up and wait... but what fun would that be?
     
  13. lessd

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    When you changed to your new cable co did you do a new setup, I guess the other thing you could try is move all the shows off one of the Q4 TiVo and do a full C&D all, re-pair the cable cards, do the same for the Mini and that should work, another option is to create a new TiVo account for yourself and have TiVo move all your active TiVos into that new account, your MAC will change, that can be a problem if you moved stuff to your computer. One of those options should work for your problem.
     
  14. Loach

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    I am not a Comcast subscriber and I don't remember Xfinity ever being mentioned when I set up my 2 Minis. But honestly I'm not sure I would have paid that much attention.
     
  15. jmpage2

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    Les, you responded and quoted my post, but I was in fact responding to Todd.
     
  16. HarperVision

    HarperVision TiVo's Italian Cuz!

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    I'm on Oceanic TWC and never saw anything mentioning XFinity On Demand when I setup my 2 minis.
     
  17. jmckenna7

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    I had the all the same issues as Todd until I bought a Tivo Mini from Best Buy and activated it myself. The Mini I was having issues with was bought from Tivo's website and was returned as an RMA after making multiple calls to Tivo's technical support. However, Todd did not have the same luck as me when purchasing a new Mini from Best Buy.

    I would just like to point out some additional information from my setup in case it helps. I also had my XL4 on Comcast and switched to FiOS recently. The day after I finally got my cablecard working on FiOS I attempted to activate my first Mini. I only have one XL4 and two Mini's on my account now. The two Mini's were activated smoothly in under 20 minutes after having a horrible time with my first Mini that was returned.
     
  18. todd_j_derr

    todd_j_derr Member

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    I got an email from Tivo asking me to call and when I did the tech said there was no update to report and he wasn't sure why they asked me to call... ;(

    Since I was on the phone anyways I did mention the Comcast angle to him and he didn't think it would be an issue, but HarperVision's report is certainly curious... although like Loach said it's probably easy to miss - the average user probably sees that screen for half a second if at all (not sure if it would even need to appear if you had one TP4 and it was working properly).

    At this point I don't think there's much I can do but sit back and wait - or at least I've lost the desire to try anything else for now, including messing around with new accounts, especially since there's a chance I could end up hosing my XL4s in the process.

    I've rebooted the Minis a couple more times just to make sure, but no luck.

    Thanks to everyone who has tried to help... how I long for the days when I could at least get a shell on my tivo and poke around a bit.
     
  19. HarperVision

    HarperVision TiVo's Italian Cuz!

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    Yes to be clear I could've easily missed it as I wasn't looking for it and my setup was smooth as butter sliding across a hot griddle ready for a flapjack!!! Wow, I just made myself hungry :D
     
  20. Apr 8, 2013 #200 of 291
    todd_j_derr

    todd_j_derr Member

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    I haven't updated this thread since I haven't heard a word from TiVo since Thursday 3/28. I've booted the mini a few times but no change. My mom's TiVo is no longer on my account so that wasn't the issue either. My 30 day trial period is ending so I'm probably going to send them all back before I end up with $1000 worth of paperweights. Not sure what I'll do after that...
     

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