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Series 3 OLED - Lifetime w/750gig HDD upgrade

Sun, 12/01/2013 - 18:36
Since I just bought a Roamio pro from generaltso on his thread here: http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb...d.php?t=511146

It's time to put one of my two series series 3 OLED THX Tivos up for sale. The other one will be for sale as soon as I decide on another roamio, or a mini.

It's been upgraded to 750 gigs, and has lifetime service on it. It and the original glo remote are in excellent condition (I use Proto remotes, so the remote pretty much sat in a drawer). Tivo, remote and power cord all included in the original box.

Pictures available upon request.

$225 shipped within the continental US.


Jane Kean

Sun, 12/01/2013 - 17:23
Trixie on the Honeymooners died.

MyBook errors - drive recoverable?

Sun, 12/01/2013 - 15:14
So I have this 500GB MyBook that I used for a couple years. Recently, I had a problem where the TiVo would go into a reboot loop while it was connected. Sometimes it would recover, but if I played back certain shows, it would freeze and reboot loop.

So I unmarried it, and remarried hoping a reformat might help. It did for a short time, but as the drive refilled to a certain point, it would start failing again. I wasn't willing to totally give up, I thought it just be some bad sectors, and perhaps it might be recoverable for PC use with a full format.

When viewing in Disk Management (Win 7), the drive reports 931 GB unallocated... which I thought was pretty odd, since it's a 500GB drive. Unfortunately, windows is not able to reformat at either size (500 or 930GB). Edit: I had heard a rumor once that manufacturers will sometimes put a larger drive into HD that was advertised as smaller.

So, am I just being over optimistic that this thing can be resurrected at all?

Lastly, if I am able to eventually reformat the drive, is there a utility that can be used to create the tivo-style partition so it can be married again? I read through the drive upgrade thread, but there doesn't appear to be a circumstance described that matched what I am attempting.


Tivo remote and discreet IR commands?

Sun, 12/01/2013 - 14:57
I have a Marantz plasma that uses discreet ON/OFF IR commands. Is there a way to program the TV Power button on the remote?

I'm using the original Slide remote right now, although I may be ordering a Slide Pro soon. I also have a receiver, so I'm out of extra buttons to program.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

roamio plus - questions on streaming to pc and Tivo mini

Sun, 12/01/2013 - 14:47
I have a couple of questions about the Tivo Roamio Plus
1) can the roamio plus be used to stream a copy protected recording to a PC (what software do I use)?

2) does the pc have to be hardwired to the network or would wireless work?

3) what other hardware would I need to stream to a Tivo Mini (the bedroom does not have Ethernet) - since the Tivo plus has MOCA and wireless built in do I need to get some kind of MOCA to Ethernet connection for the Mini?.

Alternative to Moca network?

Sun, 12/01/2013 - 13:56
I just got a Roamio and a Tivo Stream. It works OK except for the CBS channel that pauses every 30 seconds to 2 minutes. It is too annoying for it to be watchable. If there is no solution, it is going back.
If I return it, I would consider trading the Stream for a Mini and not bother with streaming to an iPad.
One of the main reasons I got the Tivo stream is to watch TV in a bedroom without having to deal with setting up a MoCa network. I also wanted to be able to go out to the patio and watch TV outside, so without the Stream, I would lose that ability.
I use OTA TV and an signal amplifier and the setup docs for Moca says it is not compatible with a signal booster.
I would also need to get 2 MoCa adapters. One in the living room with the Roamio and another in the bedroom. The setup starts getting complicated enough where it defeats the purpose of using Tivo vs a HTPC with Windows Media Center. I want Tivo to be much more plug and play to justify the cost vs installing Media Center on a desktop PC setup I will have running anyway and put an XBox 360 n the living room to use a the extender on the big screen.

The WMC would also allow me to stream to a Windows laptop, so I could take the laptop outside to the patio or anywhere else within range of the WiFi.

Instead of MoCa, I'm wondering if there is any easy way to get Ethernet working through the house?
The house telephone jacks are labeled "CAT5," and we have no landline phone service, so they are just dead jacks.
Is it possible, without rewiring, to have the phone jacks converted from RJ11 phone jacks to RJ45 Ethernet jacks and network the Roamio with a Tivo Mini without needing to resort to setting up a MoCa network?

I assume I would just plug a switch into the wall jack in the living room with the Roamio and router and then the bedroom would be on the same network if the wall jacks were converted to from phone to Ethernet jacks.

New Tivo Stream Problems

Sun, 12/01/2013 - 11:38
I just got a new Roamio and Tivo stream two days ago. It is connected to an OTA antenna. I have Limited Basic cable that includes locals, but prefer to use an OTA antenna because I get better picture quality and a few extra local channels from the antenna.
The stream worked fine on my iPad 3 the first day, but starting last night the picture and sound on the iPad would pause for a second every 30 seconds to a minute or so.
It was the CBS local news and then on a recording of a CSI show also on CBS.
I then switched to streaming a recording of an NBC show and it played smoothly.
So, it looks like the reason I didn't see an issue the first day is because I didn't try streaming any CBS shows the first day.
I can play CBS on the Tivo directly without the pausing, So, it is only a streaming issue. I don't have the problem on other channels, so it doesn't appear to be a bandwidth issue.

What causes this and is there a fix?

Also, there is frequently way too much fan noise coming from the Tivo Stream box. It is next to the TV in the living room since there is no place better to put it. The cable outlets are only in the living room and bedrooms. So, moving a noisy device to a bedroom would not be an improvement.

I'm considering either switching from the Roamio to a Roamio Plus or just returning everything
I purchased the devices from Best Buy and then added lifetime service and an extended warranty on the Tivo.com web site when I got home. Do I have 30 days to return it and get a refund on everything including the lifetime service and warranty?

I assume the Roamio Plus with built-in streaming is quieter than using the Tivo Stream, but as I posted above, I prefer using OTA because I have better picture quality than the locals on cable and there are some local channels I occasionally watch that the cable provider is choosing not to carry. I also don't like the idea of not being able to use the Tivo at all if I ever wanted to cancel cable.

If there is a way to fix the Tivo Stream pausing on CBS and the loud fan noise, I'll keep it, otherwise, I will need to to return it before it is too late to get refunds on everything.

Thoughts on how to gift a Tivo?

Sun, 12/01/2013 - 11:12
Hey gang-

Hoping someone has a suggestion on how to gift this Tivo for Christmas. Specifically I'm looking at the $49 promotion for a Tivo Premiere. It ends tomorrow, so I know I need to move fast.

The problem is that you can't do that deal without signing up for a service package- either monthly or product lifetime. I chatted with a rep online and he confirmed that. In the past, I have given Tivos as gifts, but the service was up to the recipient- or in some cases it came with a few months, etc.

I would be buying this for my mother-in-law to replace her aging Tivo Series 2. She already has monthly service and so I was thinking I'd gift her the Tivo and help her with setup etc., but she'd buy the service that she wanted. At the same time we'd cancel service on the old Series 2.

Anyhow, short of buying the service myself (wish I could afford to), is there a good way to gift a Tivo with this sort of service requirement?



Rename a DVR

Sun, 12/01/2013 - 09:33
After moving my old Premier and getting it working in a new room, I decided to give it a more sensible name. I've gotten the new name to show up everywhere except directly under "my shows" on the Roamio. The top level entry for the remote DVR still shows the old name. Any way to prod it into showing the new name (short of rerunning guided setup from scratch)?

Tivo Rookie -Where's the STOP button?

Sun, 12/01/2013 - 09:06
I just got started with Tivo and need help with a few scenarios:

1)I hit instant Replay to see the last goal and commentary(had to go back a few minutes more),but,wans't sure how to get back to "live TV."

I hit the "live Tv/Swap button,thinking that was it,but,that just swapped me to the other tuner!

2)I was watching a You Tube video and wasn't sure how to stop it and get back to live TV.

3)If you watching a recorded program and want to STOP it and go back to LIVE TV,how do you do it?


"Return to Downton Abbey" tonight on PBS

Sun, 12/01/2013 - 04:22
Includes behind the scenes, interviews, "fond memories" of past seasons, and a "tantalizing taste" of the upcoming Season 4.


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Tivo Guide, select show in future to record, jumps back to current date/time?!

Sat, 11/30/2013 - 22:53
If I am searching for future shows to record and select one, it schedules it correctly, but then for some strange, unknown reason, it insists on going back to the Tivo Guide... for the current date and time! NOT the time I just left.

WHY oh why did they change this, or is it somehow something I can change back myself?

Help. Please.

Tivo Component to a Digital Flat Screen TV?

Sat, 11/30/2013 - 22:16
I have an older Toshiba SD-H400 DVD/Tivo Unit and have been using it for years with a analog TV via composite connections. It works just fine. But now for the first time I got a big screen digital TV which accepts component connections. (Wow!!) And my TIVO unit transmits in component as well. I know this because it has optional red/blue/green out ports in back. But I cannot get a picture!! I can transmit a composite signal to the big screen just fine but it looks real bad. But when I try to connect via component just a black screen. No TIVO menu - no picture - no nothing. Do I have to flip the switch to 'P'rogressive (I think I tried it at one point)? Do I have to go into the TIVO settings some place to tell it to transmit in component (instead of composite)? I just don't understand.

By the way my TV does NOT have the standard red/green/blue RCA ports. Instead the three ports are named "CVBS IN R IN L" and colored Yellow and Red and White (I have been plugging in the Green, Red and Blue respectively into these, right??). I think these three can handle either component or composite and can be switched back and forth with the remote that came with the TV.

So any help would be appreciated. I am a novice with this kind of stuff and have a feeling I am missing something stupid. Perhaps I am not plugging the component cable into the tv properly. Thank you.

Transmission problems

Sat, 11/30/2013 - 19:41
Hi all
My beloved TivoHD is only sending part of the programs that I am sending from my mac 10.8.5, I seem to get the first 30/40 min/ of a 160 min/ movie and then it just stops sending. I have noticed that while downloading anything form the www at the same time I don't get the problem of not seeming a saved movie etc to my Tivo it seem like my TP Link modem might be going to sleep while on the job. Any ideas to fix this would be great.
Note that issue has only starting happening the last couple of weeks.

Giving An R10 To Goodwill

Sat, 11/30/2013 - 18:29
I have an old, working R10 I want to get rid of by giving it to Goodwill. Am I correct that I should remove the Access card before doing this?

restore video thumbnail to full-screen at end of Netflix shows

Sat, 11/30/2013 - 18:20
Near the end of a Netflix video (usually when the credits begin to roll), the display changes and you're presented with thumbnail suggestions of similar shows to watch next.

Unfortunately, this also reduces the show you're currently watching to a thumbnail in the upper left corner of the screen.

How do I restore the current show to display full screen so I can see the credits? Better yet, is it possible to disable this annoying behavior entirely?

Multi room view shows all exclamations ! For shows on other tivos

Sat, 11/30/2013 - 18:03
I have a new roamio plus. When I try to view the shows recorded on my series 2 they all show up just fine. However, each show has the circle exclamation point icon, even though it is definitely KEEP UNTIL DELETE. the icon only shows wrong in the list of all shows on the remote tivo. If I click on a show to drill down, it then shows it is KEEP UNTIL DELETE. So it appears for some reason the Roamio can't tell the show is KEEP UNTIL DELETE on the remote tivo show listing so it shows every show with a yellow circle exclamation.
Is there a fix for this?

Transfer show from other tivo, shows wrong show name

Sat, 11/30/2013 - 17:55
So I have a roamio plus, I transfer a show called "ABC" from my series-2-tivo to the roamio. While transferring, it shows it in-progress, however it shows it with the name of some other show "XYZ" in the MyShows listing as being transferred. Once done, I watch it, and it's the "ABC" show as expected. But it has the wrong name, and description.
Anybody else see this problem?
I go view it on the series2 and it's named correctly with proper description.
It doesn't happen on EVERY transferred show.

Odd new SDV "bug" with Roamio

Sat, 11/30/2013 - 17:15
I'm used to various SDV issues, mostly a failure of my TiVo HD to tune in the channel properly, resulting in nothing but a black screen. Fortunately, I haven't seen that on the Roamio.

Oddly, what I *have* now seen a few times is a new unique situation. Tuning to an SDV channel, I can see the picture and hear audio - for about 1-2 seconds. Then, I get the "channel temporarily unavailable," "press select" message.

I'm not sure why TiVo is displaying the "press select" message in this instance, because clearly the channel is tuned properly, since I can see and hear the channel. I can only assume this is a bug, and a rather annoying one at that.

Has anyone else experienced this?