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Problems with Direct Show Dump

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 20:47
I have used DSD for quite some time to convert tivo files to mpeg 2. Since I got the roamio, the converted files will play ok on my computer, but I can't open them in my video editing software, or transfer them back to my Roamio.
Anyone else having this issue, or have an idea of what might be causing this, or how to fix it?

TiVo lays off 5 hardware engineers

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 20:31
Anyone see this ? Hope this isn't s sign of the end of Tivo hardware.


Tivo HD - squeaking noise w/ pixelation -already replaced HD - sound file linked

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 20:04
My Tivo HD has started making a squeaking noise. More recently I'm experiencing enough pixelation to make most shows unwatchable. I have TWC - its worked fine for years.

I decided its likely the hard drive causing the issue so I purchased a new drive and used winmfs to create a new 1TB drive (I had upgraded to a 1TB around 5 years ago) and installed that. The noise and pixelation is exactly the same.

I read that the noise could be from the fan, so I've tried stopping the fan with a toothpick. It's not the fan.

I recorded the sound.


Before I throw in the towel on this I want to check with the experts.

Transfer TiVo service question

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 20:02
I ordered a Roamio tonight on their special offer ending January 31, as seen this week on our TiVo Central home screen ads. I currently have two Series 2 boxes from 2005, one on Lifetime service, and the other on the consequent multi-service discount of $6.95/month. The TiVo rep had to go ask a supervisor, and came back and said that I would be able to transfer my monthly $6.95 to my new Roamio under the auspices of an "override." She said that the $6.95/month price would definitely hold forever — even after inactivating my two Series 2 boxes and selling them. Wow, that sounds almost too good to be true.

My question is, am I in for a rude surprise when my Roamio arrives and I make the call to transfer my old TiVo service?

Can a Mini coexist with another TiVo in the room?

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 19:37
I have a 4 tuner Premiere in the Living room. Also have a 2-tuner Premiere and Series 3 (OLED) in bedroom (both lifetime). The two bedroom TiVos operate independently with one Series 3 GLO remote that has a 1/2 switch.

I am thinking of getting a TiVo Mini & replacing the 2-tuner Premiere with this Mini. Can I still use the 1/2 remote to control both the Mini and the Series 3 (OLED) like before? Basically, go into its setting and change the remote address like I did before.

I am also well aware that the mini won't be able to obtain anything from the Series 3 that would be literally sitting underneath it as its strictly a streaming device, but I like having its clock in the bedroom. The Series 3 is connected to another HDMI port on my TV so I can watch stuff from it if needed. Either that or I plan to use it for basically more storage for recording items and then offload them to either the 4 or 2-tuner Premieres in other rooms if needed.

Just wondering about the mini's ability to operate independently with a TiVo remote & a 1/2 peanut remote

pyTiVo speed problem

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 19:14
I always assumed the slowness of pyTiVo was due to my using wifi, and also because, as one of the posters here has said, I'm using an S2 TiVo, but I have new information that suggests something else is wrong.

My wife has two S2's and one premiere that she transfers stuff from, and one S2 is markedly slower than the other other. Further, I just today ran an ethernet wire from that room along the floor to my router, so that I could try doing a transfer through a wired connection. There's good and bad news.

The good news is that my daily problem went away. By "daily problem", what I mean is that about once per day, our transfers freeze, and I'm forced to restart pyTiVo to get it going again. I'm guessing that problem is caused by my wireless signal not being strong enough. So far, transfers through a wired connection doesn't lead to this freezing up.

The bad news is that the slow TiVo is still quite slow, even through the wired connection. My wife transferred a two hour movie that was recorded on a low resolution (either basic, or the second lowest resolution), and it still took NINE hours to transfer through my wired connection.

This transfer didn't include the decode option... it's a straight transfer, including the metatext file. (That's really what 99% of our transfers are, where the only box we check is the metatext checkbox.)

As I've said in other threads we have a Windows XP machine running pyTiVo, and the target location of the transfer is on our NAS. Question: would it help any if I made the target location the hard drive of the computer running pyTiVo, and then later use Windows Explorer to move the file to the NAS? Intutively, I wouldn't think this should help any.

Is nine hours normal? I don't think it is, because our other S2 isn't that slow (at least when pyTiVo doesn't freeze up on us.)

Series 2 TCD649080 - Won't Power Up After Clear/Delete

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 19:06
Bought a used Series 2 TCD649080 (DT) with lifetime.

Fired it up, worked fine. Plugged in a wireless adapter, connected to home network fine. Previous owner had a bunch of recordings/season passes, so I decided to do a Clear/Delete All.

That started fine, went to the "this could take up to an hour" screen, then it restarted. It might have restarted itself again during that process, I'm not sure (I was doing other things). But now, it won't get past "Welcome! Powering Up..." - been there for around an hour, after a few hard resets.

A few questions:

1. Is it likely the hard disk failed somehow?
2. Is that typical to have it work fine before a clear/delete and then fail upon restarting?
3. Any chance if i let this go a few days it'll spring to life?
4. Tried a kickstart a few times, but it wouldn't work. On mine, when you turn it on, the right light is red for a few seconds and then the left light goes green. Tried pressing pause during the red light on the right, and also throughout the restart process. Nothing. Am I doing something wrong?
5. Have a spare 540 hard drive and a spare 240 hard drive, no clue what software versions, but both drives work. Any chance either one will work in that box if I swap the drives?


Recording Playback Noise

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 18:38
My Premiere XL4 sometimes has a loud surf sounding noise (varying volume but very noticeable) when playing some recordings, especially some recorded movies. This has been going on for couple of years and I may have asked about it before.

Does Tivo work with Charter cable?

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 18:25
Hi all, new member here. I have been with Dish Network for about 6 years, I love the channels and guide, but hate the cost. Yesterday we had Charter come and install their cable, phone and internet. I hate their cable box, and guide.

I have been checking around looking at Tivo's, and am wondering if I can use a Tivo with Charter.

My wife went to Charter today and they make it sound like they don't support Tivo.

Thanks for any help,


recording history anolomy/question...

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 15:42
Last night I had an issue with my Roamio plus and had to reload the channel list again, which takes several minutes.
During that time (say 6:55pm - 7:05pm) I was on the screen where it's downloading channel info. After I got out of that screen, I noticed my red light wasn't on (recording) and it was a few minutes after 7, so the recording should have started. This is a season pass and the show was a new show, so there is no doubt it should have recorded.
What puzzled me was why didn't the recording start anyway, and/or why is there no entry in the history about the show not being able to record (for whatever reason)?

Does it sound reasonable that there may be certain screens that you could be in that somehow take the Tivo 'offline' in some way that prevents a recording and history update from taking place?

No check marks next to scheduled recordings

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 15:35
All of a sudden one of my system 3's doesn't show a checkmark in the guide next to scheduled recordings. The shows are indeed scheduled and show up in the to do section, just no check in the guide. Any thoughts? Thanks.

I'm a MoCa moron- Help!

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 15:24
About a month ago, I got a Roamio Pro to replace my HD XL (which replaced my Series 2). I have had a lot of wireless connection problems from the get-go, but finally got it to work, for the most part. I just got a new router (Netgear Nighthawk R7000 on a good deal from NewEgg), and my connection is better than ever.

I guess I could continue to use WiFi, but I thought I would use MoCa for faster connectivity and ability to more easily use multi-room viewing if I use the old Tivo on another TV.

My problem is MoCa. Here is my set-up:
Downstairs: Main TV, hooked to Roamio, with Time Warner tuning adapter and cable card.
Upstairs: Cable Modem and Router.

Before the new router came, I ordered a MoCa adapter and POE filter from TiVo to connect to my router and cable modem upstairs. I tried to install it today, but there is no CoAx upstairs, and the Coax light on the ActionTec Moca Adapter is not lit. I tried to set up a MoCa connection through my Tivo downstairs with this connection in place, but it failed, so now I am back to WiFi.

Is there any way to make this work without having Time Warner roll a truck to install and extra outlet (either a cable internet outlet downstairs near my TV or a CoAx outlet upstairs near my router)? I have looked at MoCa installation schemes, but I can't seem to figure out how to make my situation work.

Thanks in advance. I am normally pretty good with electronics, but I feel like an idiot trying to figure this out!

Video Input and Slo Mo

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 12:41
Sorry if I am being too lazy to keep searching but I gotta go back to work soon - I was referred to this forum by 3 separate TIVO departments.

I want to use some sort of TIVO type unit to record high school sports live from an HD video camera (HDMI, analogue component or HD/SDI out) and then be able to play back a short segment to a TV, recorder or projector in variable slo motion speeds and even stop and go freezes for training. Is this something that TVO can do? Does the input signal have to be an RF signal or can it be straight video? And do I have to subscribe to make it work in addition to the cost of a unit?

Thank you.

TiVo Mini - blank screen or loss of sound - occasionally

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 12:12
I have 4 TiVo mini's in my house.

On occasion, I have the following issues with one or the other, so its not isolated to one bad Mini unit.

1 - No sound at all - need to standby and turn off TV - then turn all on again and it works - happens 2-3x month. Might be an HDMI issue

2 - Turn the TV on and Mini out of standby = blank screen, I then unplug the Mini and it reboots and everything is good - this tends to happen if I haven't turned on that Mini for several days

Now I am not sure if all of this is tied to some sort of combination of using switches (blank screen requiring reboot) on all units (green) and/or HDMI (sound loss issue).

Any feedback or others experiencing these issues?

TiVo Premiere goes to black screen when I press the TiVo button

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 11:54
Except for the top-right corner which shows the channel on the active tuner. If I go to the guide and then hit the TiVo button I can get to the main menu. Anybody else ever experience this behavior? If so, how did you fix it?

Will Tivo Honor Lifetime reguardless?

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 11:33
With the announcement yesterday on all news networks about Tivo getting out of the hardware business, will they continue to honor "Lifetime" ownership. My contract ends in March, and I'm concerned if Tivo pulls out from the DVR line will they continue to work with us as a whole? It sounds like they want to concentrate on the Cloud movement with the cable companies. Any input on this is appreciated. :confused:

Justified to get Mary'd

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 11:24
Quote: Justified this season: Mary Steenburgen has signed in a recurring role on the FX drama as Katherine Hale, an attractive southern belle who was married to Wynn Duffy’s (Jere Burns) mentor in crime

http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/01/17/ju...y-steenburgen/ Note that she wasn't married to Duffy. They like hinting that Duffy is teh ghey.

Stutter in recordings around the beginning

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 10:23
So because the Tivo clock cuts off shows, I've been routinely adding a minute at the end of each season pass.

But my recordings have this stutter about a minute in (though the indicator bar shows 0 min). The video breaks up and the audio mutes or stutters during this time, which lasts a second at the most.

Could it be the ending of other recordings being reflected in the new recording?

Anyone else padding their recordings and having overlapping recordings?

Like if you record shows that air one after the other?

Does Boston-area FiOS have the right CableCARDs by default?

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 10:21
I live just outside Boston, have FiOS, and will very likely be getting a Roamio Pro pretty soon.

I've been reading CableCARD-related threads here and see that it's important to make sure to get a 514517-017-00 card from FiOS.

Is that pretty much all FiOS around here is giving out these days, or should I expect to have to bug the store to grab the right one?

Also, any recommendations on which FiOS store(s) to go to? Are some better than others or does it not really matter?