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TiVo Series 2 + DirecTV

Discussion in 'TiVo Help Center' started by Totalled, Jul 20, 2012.

  1. Totalled

    Totalled TiVo Noob

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    Recently I dug up my TiVo Series 2 (not the Dual Tuner model, its the one that's silver with a somewhat cream-colored front) with a Lifetime subscription.
    I had been using Comcast before I switched. It was working fine, I could change the channel using the TiVo etc.

    Since I dug it up I have switched to the DirecTV using the DirecTV HD box.

    (To see what I'm talking about, enter "43946.gif" into google and should see the receiver)

    I did a re-setup so that I could tell it the correct information. There's one minor problem. The Directv HD reciever doesn't have an IR port or a Serial port for me to hook up the additional IR sensors. I also don't happen to own either pair of the sensors anymore.

    Is there anyway to make my TiVo change the channel? I currently have the TiVo plugged into the S-Video port of my TV and the input from my cable box is through composite.

    EDIT: Any reason why my Wireless TiVo adapter could cook an egg? Its getting really hot.
     
  2. stevel

    stevel Dumb Blond TCF Club

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    Which model DirecTV receiver do you have? All of them have an IR sensor, to my knowledge. You can buy IR emitters from many places, including smarthome.com.
     
  3. Totalled

    Totalled TiVo Noob

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    I own the H24-100.

    Maybe I should say this, I am unsure how to set up the Peanut remote to work with the cable box.
     
  4. stevel

    stevel Dumb Blond TCF Club

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    You use the peanut to control the TiVo. The TiVo, in turn, controls the DirecTV box. This box does have an IR sensor. I suggest a stick-on IR emitter plugged into the IR OUT port on the TiVo and stuck over the IR sensor on the H24. This one will work. Once it is connected, go through Guided Setup to tell the TiVo you have a DirecTV receiver and configure the channel changing.

    I assume that by "cable box" you really mean the DirecTV satellite receiver.
     
  5. Totalled

    Totalled TiVo Noob

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    Okay, I will be buying the IR Emitter from Amazon.

    Where would I be putting the emitter on the satellite box? Will it be stuck on the front? Will I still be able to use the DirecTV remote?

    EDIT: Any chance I could rename the TiVo? At the moment it has my Aunt's name on it because she was living with me. I would like it to say my name so that I don't get confused when the only TiVo is named "Betsy's TiVo" in TiVoToGo.

    EDIT2: Why does it keep connecting to my wireless network all the time? It's already updated the channel listings 3 times today and it keeps interrupting my TV watching.

    EDIT3: I keep getting Error S03.
     
  6. stevel

    stevel Dumb Blond TCF Club

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    The emitter will go on the front - I don't know exactly where. One tip is to shine a flashlight at various places in the front panel - look for a hole to be visible behind the smoked plastic. You COULD use the DirecTV remote but shouldn't, as the TiVo will get confused.

    As for renaming the TiVo - I've never had a model that supported TiVoToGo so I don't know where that is done. Perhaps someone else will.
     
  7. Totalled

    Totalled TiVo Noob

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    Due to my S03 problem I have decided to do the PAUSE+5,7 method. I found it from reading the TiVo Forums.

    I will have to use the DirecTV remote because there are people in the house who will freak out with a new interface.



    If the PAUSE,5,7 doesn't work what are my other options to fix my DVR's problem?
     
  8. stevel

    stevel Dumb Blond TCF Club

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    I don't know what error 503 is. The kickstart 57 will probably not help you, whatever it is. You may have a failing disk.

    As for using the DirecTV remote - sorry, you will need to hide it. If you let someone change the channel on the H24 independently, the TiVo will not know what channel it is on and you may fail to record shows.
     
  9. Totalled

    Totalled TiVo Noob

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    I'm pretty sure that my hard disk is failing. It keeps stopping at the same part every time.

    Just from looking on the outside of the system is there anyway to tell if it has an IDE or PATA drive?
     
  10. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Active Member

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    John's...
    You change a TiVo's name at tivo.com Log into your tivo.com account and go to "My account" and select "DVR preferences".

    How does it interrupt your TV watching?
     
  11. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Active Member

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    John's...
    It's built for a IDE/PATA drive, but you should be able to use a SATA drive and an adapter as the replacement.

    Did you ever run the kickstart 57? You could also try kickstart 54 and see if it reports any errors.
     
  12. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Active Member

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    John's...
    According to this thread, a kickstart 57 might indeed help.
     
  13. Totalled

    Totalled TiVo Noob

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    I tried, it didn't work. Ill try kickstart 54 next.

    It interrupts my TV watching just because it pops up in front of my show and in turn slows everything down.

    EDIT:

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    EDIT2:

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    We can rule out the hard drive failure because every test Ive ran on it says that its fine.
     
  14. Totalled

    Totalled TiVo Noob

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    Am I screwed? Do I really have to replace the hard drive?

    Is there anyway I can get this hard drive working without taking it apart?
     
  15. Totalled

    Totalled TiVo Noob

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    Somehow I fixed it... [​IMG]
     
  16. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    Sounds like the model TiVo you have is the TCD540xxx, where the xxx depends on the size of hard drive/number of hours.

    Here's a picture

    http://www.tivopedia.com/model-tivo-tcd540040.php

    It's also known as the nightlight TiVo.

    The wireless adapters get warm, even out in free air, sitting on something metal like a disconnected computer cd drive.

    What's yours been sitting on and how much air circulation is around it?

    Is it sitting in direct sunlight?

    When you say you don't own either pair of the sensors anymore, do you mean the IR cable and serial cable that came with the TiVo when it was new?

    Both of which had plugs at one end that looked like headphones should be at the other end?
     

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