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Want to fix TiVo Desktop codec issues?

Discussion in 'TiVo Home Media Features & TiVoToGo' started by ggieseke, May 30, 2008.

  1. degobahjunk

    degobahjunk New Member

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  2. ggieseke

    ggieseke Active Member

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    AC3Filter is a must. Both K-Lite and CCCP have worked in the past, but it's nice to know that they're still valid for Windows 8.x. Thanks for the update.
     
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    michaeltipton22

    michaeltipton22 New Member

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    I found this quite by accident. I downloaded your program, but it gives the "failed to find in the registry entry". I was hoping this would work. If you are still around perhaps you would have a newer version that would work correctly? Thanks, Mike Charlotte NC
     
  4. Aug 4, 2014 #204 of 221
    ggieseke

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    When are you getting an error and what's the exact message? What operating system and version of TiVo Desktop are you running?

    I haven't looked at the code in many years, but if there's a bug I can probably fix it. The only error message I can think of involving finding something in the registry is "TiVo Desktop registry entries not found", which means that Desktop isn't installed or was installed under a different user account.
     
  5. jamieresearch

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    Hi everyone,

    I found this thread and it seems to be what I'm looking for, though I don't seem to see the answer. I am running Windows 8.1 and using the free version of Desktop. I know Tivo says it won't support the free version on W8.1, but I also know others have been able to use it. I am able to transfer shows from my Tivo Premiere XL4 to my laptop, but when I try to play any of them, I get only audio -- no visual. I've Googled this extensively and everyone keeps pointing me to a CNet download (the message board isn't letting me post the link but it's "Media Player Codec Pack" on the CNet download site). It's highly rated both by CNet and users, but when I tried to download it, my antivirus flagged it as a trojan. I have a brand-new computer, so of course I'm leery of downloading something that will harm it.

    My question is, where should I go to download something safe that will fix the codec errors I'm having? I've read some horrible things about K-Lite (or whatever it's called), so I'm a little leery of it. I'm not overly techy as far as going into the registry or whatever and changing settings -- I'd be afraid to do that.

    Can someone recommend something that's safe and that will fix this issue? I'd really appreciate it...

    Thanx,
    Jamie
     
  6. CuriousMark

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    Safest is the paid version that has only the codecs you need without extra stuff that could mess something else up. Otherwise go with what you see here. Good luck.
     
  7. jamieresearch

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    Paid version of what, Tivo desktop?

     
  8. CuriousMark

    CuriousMark Forum Denizen

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    Yes. What you are paying for is the codec which TiVo can't legally avoid paying for. Older versions of windows used to have the playback codec built in or included with DVD playback software. But Microsoft stopped that.
    The paid version also includes the transcode codecs that will let you convert the files for playback on other devices like phones and pads.

    You can get all this with the codec packs. Though you may get even more codecs than you need . If some of those conflict, you will have to sort it out on your own. That isn't really likely, but if you want minimal risk, you should be aware of the possibility.
     
  9. jamieresearch

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    Good to know, thank you. I actually found a workaround. I downloaded another video player, called GOM Player, that allows it to play. The weird thing is, once I downloaded it, I was able to play .tivo extensions in WMP. Somehow, it's taking the codecs from that and using them. I know that sounds implausible, but when I click on any of the transferred TV shows from my Tivo, they now play in WMP. To test it, I uninstalled the GOM software. Whattaya know, I could no longer play the shows fully in WMP - just sound, once again. I reinstalled GOM and tried WMP and guess what? It worked again. I've never heard of one program taking codecs from another to work, but somehow it's happening here. Gotta love modern technology...
     
  10. nooneuknow

    nooneuknow TiVo User Since 2007

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    You mean you didn't find that CCCP is cyrillic for USSR, formerly known as the Soviet Union? ;)

    If you ever find yourself in a situation where something with CCCP on it is headed your direction, I suggest running away first, and researching it later. :cool:
     
  11. unitron

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    The price of Desktop Plus is down to only $16 now.
     
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    kemajor

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    Should be down to 16 cents. No updates or enhancements in years. - KEM
     
  13. Teddydogno1

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    I know this is an OLD and inactive thread, but I'm having trouble and can't seem to get past it. I have Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit and have tried TiVo Desktop 2.6.2 and 2.8 (not Plus). When trying to Play shows that I have transferred to my computer, WMP gives an error that it encountered a problem and won't play the file. The "Web Help" says it is something about the sound.

    When this first started happening, I downloaded the TDCM tool and after much playing, figured out how it was supposed to work. When I used the tool initially, it would show the video of the shows, but no audio. I downloaded and installed the AC3filter pack and that fixed the playback in TDCM, but NOT WMP.

    As of right now, I can play shows fine using TDCM, but still nothing with WMP. I shouldn't have to pay for Plus to get their codecs the evidence is there that I DO have codecs that support playback. I also have PowerDVD9 and can watch DVDs, BluRays and any old MP4s that I might want. Just not the stupid TiVo files. Any help? Thanks.

    Rob
     
  14. lpwcomp

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    This has nothing to do with missing codecs and buying TD+ would do no good. .tivo files are simply encrypted MPEG-2 files.

    For some reason, WMP is either not finding or not utilizing the Direct Show filter included in TD. I suggest you try re-installing TD and re-entering your MAK.
     
  15. MLHUD

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    Since the past weekend I have not been able to transfer from my Roamio Plus to PC. It will begin counting up recording files, the give one of several error messages: There was an error while attempting to retrieve data from selected DVR.

    Sometimes: can not find DVR





















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  16. aloysius

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    I have download TIVO Desktop 2.8.2. My computer is a new Lenovo PC H50 series. When I download i'm just getting the audio and no video. What might the problem be? Thanks for your help.
     
  17. ggieseke

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    What version of Windows are you running? You are probably missing a video codec for MPEG-2.
     
  18. JoeKustra

    JoeKustra Cable only

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    Where did you find 2.8.2? I've been using 2.8.3 for four years. With XP, Win 7 and Win 8.1 and everything plays fine.
     
  19. lpwcomp

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    John's...
    The more likely cause is that it is an h.264 recording and thus has to be downloaded as transport stream rather than program stream. When using TD, you have to enable fast transfers to get TS downloads.
     
  20. unitron

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    2.8.3 is just 2.8.2 with something added to let it work with the "new" DirecTiVo they finally released a couple or 3 years ago.
     

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