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Problem w/ TiVo G adapter after update

Fri, 11/15/2013 - 02:35
Hi All

TiVo just updated my Premier box and restarted the guided setup. When it gets to network hookup my only choices are ethernet, TiVo wireless N adapter or phone. Phone and ethernet are not possible and I have the TiVo wireless G adapter AG0100. Am I missing something here or can I really not use my G adapter with this latest update?

So right now I'm totally TiVo-less and totally ticked :eek:

Has this happened to anyone else?

Preventative maintenance with Expander

Thu, 11/14/2013 - 22:59
Just got my Premiere running and I picked up a used 1 TB Expander on CL.

I've used various Tivos over the years and this is the 1st unit that I can't self modify. As a longtime user, I'm well aware of how to check/fix HDDs. I've learned how to use SpinRite ONLY because of Tivo...

As such, I'm cautious adding the expander because I know that it has a limited life. I'll do my best to make sure this HDD has as much ventilation as possible outside of an active fan.

1) Any preventative maintenance I can do to help extend the life of the Expander?

2) Assuming this HDD will fail (since I know it will), has anyone successfully 'fixed' a failing drive with something like SpinRite? I've had multiple successes on previous HDDs in the past.

3) Has anyone ever dd'ed an Expander drive? Wondering if there's a recovery method if/when it does fail, that way I can keep the Expander/Tivo pairing in tact if I'm able to find a replacement bare HDD in the future.

4) Has anyone used an Expander for more than 4 years? I run my Tivos forever...

Share Mini's Moca network connection over ethernet?

Thu, 11/14/2013 - 22:48
Can I share my Tivo Mini's Moca network connection through its ethernet?

I am doing this successfully with my Roamio Pro. The Pro is connected via Moca to the home network and 2 Minis. I also have an ethernet switch plugged into the Pro. An XBox, AppleTV, BluRay, and Wii are all connected into the switch and get great throughput. I am trying to do the same thing with my Mini, but it won't seem to share it's Moca network connection over ethernet. Should this work?

Pioneer DVR810-H Stopped Connecting

Thu, 11/14/2013 - 22:46
I have a Pioneer DVR810-H TiVo that I got off eBay several years ago and it's worked great since I got it. That is, up until yesterday when it just stopped connecting to the TiVo service. The unit has a basic lifetime service and an upgraded hard drive (the previous owner did all of the upgrading.) I'm relatively knowledgable on electronics, so my first conclusions are that either the hard drive is going bad or that the wireless adapter I have has stopped working. The adapter is a Belkin F5D6050 that the previous owner sold me along with the unit. I've got the device connected to an old Airport Extreme (which is definitely not the problem, as I've tested connecting my iMac and Macbook to it.) I have no problem taking the thing apart and swapping out a drive, but I need to get a copy of the TiVo software to flash a new drive with and also insure that it's not going to remove the basic lifetime service from the unit. Help!

Tuner preview easter egg??

Thu, 11/14/2013 - 22:30
My wife was using our new Roamio, and I thought I saw something pop up, and then it went away ...

What I thought I saw was 4 boxes along the bottom of the screen showing (what I thought/hoped was) what was playing on each tuner. Like, a little live visual preview of each tuner.

I thought - that would be an AWESOME feature, and even hoped it was for real. I've been pushing different combinations of buttons to try to make it re-appear, but in vain.

I can't find it documented anywhere, so I was probably imagining things.
But, just in case...
Is this a thing?
Could it be? Would Tivo ever program that in to the Roamio software?

That's all.
Thanks for confirming my insanity.

Strange occurrence - identical recordings, one as if it were manual

Thu, 11/14/2013 - 21:22
Had this happen last night. I have two recordings that seem to be identical, and one of them shows up as IF it were a manual recording..

and I have pics to prove it.

I don't see how to do inline images..

photo1 shows the 'manual' recording
photo2 shows the SP recording in the Super Fun Night folder
photo3 shows what History showed afterwards.

I know sometime before (probably within an hour of the recording) I manually added pre and post padding to the recording.. But neither of these recordings actually had padding (so I missed the very very end).

If I had a reproducible case or more useful info, I'd write a bug on tivo's forum.

Argh, two of them are rotated..
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Hockey Season Pass

Thu, 11/14/2013 - 19:49
I having trouble programing a wishlist / season pass for the Chicago Blackhawks. I currently have "Blackhawks, BlackHawks, Chicago Blackhawks" listed in the keyword section. I also have "Blackhawks" listed under the title keyword section.

The problem arises when their games are on Comcast Sportsnet. The guide lists the game as NHL Hockey and then in the description it will have the teams listed, such as "Phoenix Coyotes at Chicago Blackhawks."

How do I get it to pick up these games in the season pass? I would assume if I put "NHL Hockey" in the keywords then I would get every NHL game which is something that I definitely don't want.

Station Logos

Thu, 11/14/2013 - 19:30
My suggestion would be to have the station logo/icons available in the guide. I live in Chicago and have ComCast and the organization of the channels is quite ridiculous.

Example: our NBC affiliate is WMAQ, broadcast channel is 5 and referred to throughout the area as NBC5. Comcast lists their channel (as does TiVo) as WMAQHD on channel 188. I'm not one to memorize channels so any visual clue as to where the channels are would help.

ABC is ABC7 but the HD channel is on 189 (kind of makes sense with the last digit as 9) but CBS2 is on 189.

I have to say that the guide on the iPad app is great and would be nice if it was mirrored on the TiVo iteself. I can find the channels very quick with the logos but not everyone in my family wants to use the iPad. They just want to use the TiVo.

Repeater with New Roamio????

Thu, 11/14/2013 - 18:35
Do I need my IR repeater with the new Roamio??

Will the new Roamio RF remote control my TV?

Will it allow me to change the signal input on my TV?

tivo app on Android

Thu, 11/14/2013 - 14:18
Using the TiVO App on Android 4.1 = When I go to the Roamio Guide, it comes up with an error msg that ends with "The Middlemind connection is currently down." I looked on the TiVO site, and there's no mention anywhere of anything "Middlemind." I called tech support, and THEY never heard of it, escalated my question to tier 2, and said they would be in touch (didn't have a clue when). Anyone know what that is?

Shortcut to put Roamio Pro into Standby Mode

Thu, 11/14/2013 - 14:05
I would like to put my Roamio Pro into "Standby Mode" when I shut my entertainment system down for the night.

I've tried programming my Harmony 900 several times to do the appropriate selections, but for some reason I always end up at the wrong screen.

I've done some searching and I do not see that there are any shortcuts in the Tivo remote to go directly to standby mode.

Hoping someone else has gone down this path and has been succesful!

In the mean time I'll keep tweaking my "code" and see if I can come up with a sequence that works.... :confused:

(I'm a recently retired Systems Programmer and this is driving me NUTZ that I can't get it to do exactly what I want! -lol-)

Thanks for any suggestions! :)

Roamio Plus networking issue

Thu, 11/14/2013 - 13:47
Since I've gotten my Roamio Plus I have gotten intermittent networking issue where an error displays on the Tivo central screen giving a C133 error.

I have not had a chance to look into it much until today, but when it happened again I tried to force a connection which failed with N11 and N14 errors.

I called Tivo and they had me try a couple of things, including rebooting the box. Nothing worked but the error did disappear while on the phone.

The man I spoke to said this is actually a known issue that they are working on and issued me a case number.

If anyone else has this problem I encourage you to call as well.

TiVo Desktop Software - Storing on NSA325

Thu, 11/14/2013 - 13:28
Before it was just plus, I was storing the shows to an external USB Drive. I went into my network settings and created a drive (J:) to point to a specific folder on Windows 7 32bit. This one has 1TB RAID HD. I know that is a lot - and we could probably use this one (but the NSA325 already is seen as a media server).

However, I cannot seem to get that done now - point the folder to the Zyxel NSA325 with two 3G hard drives I think (they were in the process of allowing it to support more). Everything that I do, sharing, permissions, nothing seems to work and I am signed on as an Administrator.

And from what I can tell, once the show is downloaded from the TiVo, the software won't delete it from TiVo (I thought that was one of the perks when you upgrade)? It looks like it might convert it to something playable on iPad / iPhone (does it delete the original)? I have software that does convert the .TIVO to a .WMV (or something similar). I have an old iPad but never use it (mainly Windows here). Android has me testing some of their products but I am not happy with them.

Or maybe a program that will automatically convert the .TIVO files to M

The two TiVos, the computers and NSA325 are all hard wired. The other computer is an old one and I am thinking of putting *NIX on it ..

The TV / Roku / Samsung BluRay upstairs is wireless and we just recently got a new router - it is made by Apple it seems. I know the BluRay player sees the NSA325 and there might be a channel for the Roku to see it

Thank you!

NEW TiVo Slide Pro Remote remote-finder feature

Thu, 11/14/2013 - 13:28
Creating a thread here in the underground forum in case we have to hack a solution for this..

TiVo just announced their new TiVo Slide Pro Remote. One of the features is that if you press a button on a TiVo Roamio Plus or Pro, it will cause the remote to emit a sound so you can find it.

As someone with a Series 3, I still want this functionality if I buy this remote.

I'm way behind on the times here, as I haven't looked into a Roamio at all yet. Does it have its own built-in bluetooth, or does this remote still come with a USB thing to stick in the back?

Assuming that the Roamio is communicating with the remote with the same Bluetooth connection that the remote is using to talk to the TiVo, we should be able to reverse engineer what the code is that's sent to the remote.

Then we could either use a PC (or build an arduino device) to plug the dongle into, pretend to be a Roamio TiVo, accept the remote for pairing, and then send a make-noise command to the remote.

Anyone know anything about this yet? Use this thread as a placeholder for this if not.


New Roamio Pro Service setup questions.

Thu, 11/14/2013 - 13:26
Hello Everyone,

I just ordered a new Roamio Pro from ABT and it is scheduled to arrive today. I was initially planning on just dumping my current premier W/O Lifetime and buying Lifetime on the new Roamio (which would be a real stretch for me right now); part of this decision was spurred by the conversation I had on the phone with a TiVo CSR when I was checking deals on where to buy the Roamio. They indicated to me that I couldn't transfer my Month to Month plan if I didn't buy the new TiVo directly from them. Is that correct?

The reason I brought this up is that I saw another post from earlier in the week where someone also purchased a Pro from the same source as I did. They reported that they were being offered transferring their existing plan to the Pro and then even were given an offer to put their old TiVo HD on Lifetime for $99. Is this standard practice? If I were to be offered the same (but for my premier), it would completely change my strategy. I would actually like to keep the Premier if it didn't affect what I'm currently paying every Month. Should I push for these deals when I call in to activate the new service?


Homeland: Claire Danes on Charlie Rose

Thu, 11/14/2013 - 13:10
Charlie Rose's guest on 11/13 is Claire Danes who talks a lot about Homeland and the motivations of Carrie and Brody and Saul.

She just finished filming the Homeland season ender.

The show is not on the web yet but you may still be able to catch a rerun on VoD.


Roamio in the Cox-Phoenix Market

Thu, 11/14/2013 - 12:34
I'm thinking about upgrading my S3 for a Roamio Plus and was curious to know if anybody in the Phoenix area has done so. Seeing the thread about the Tuner 5/6 not working has been holding me off. So, anybody in Phoenix using Cox have any success stories?

Tivo premiere not working w/ cable card all of a sudden

Thu, 11/14/2013 - 12:27
So here is my problem. Knocked the power cable out from my Tivo premiere, plugged it back in then later turned tv on and all channels said "Searching for a signal on this channel (V52)". I rebooted it and same thing, I contacted Verizon Fios and they say exchange cable card, so I get a new one and install it and activate it. Same searching for signal on all channels, call them again thinking it is not activated correctly, they send "hits" to it and check and say its activated. Then they had me take the new card and put it in my other Tivo, so I did. It worked perfectly. So they say card is fine and something wrong with Tivo.

Any suggestions on things to try before I contact Tivo?

Power Circle Brightness

Thu, 11/14/2013 - 12:13
Is the green circle that shows when the Roamio Pro is on *supposed* to dim a few minutes after leaving Standby? It gets pretty faint, while the orange, blue, and red ones seem to stay at full brightness.

Just making sure I don't have a problematic LED.