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4-tuner Hard Drive going already?

Sun, 02/24/2013 - 17:02
Had my 500GB 4-tuner for just over 6 months but it has started to give some signs of hard drive issues. I've had 10-year old S1's with working original drives so this is unexpected. Anyone else seen issues this early? I'm tempted to pull the drive and copy it now but don't want to jeopardize my extended warranty.

A recorded show pause for about a second

Sun, 02/24/2013 - 15:21
For the last week when I watch a recorded program it would freeze for a second and restart. It only happen about 2 times in the 6 days. Is this a sign that some thing going to happen?

Why did my WHS stop transferring my TiVo videos?

Sun, 02/24/2013 - 14:27
I've been using an HP MediaSmart EX480/WHS (Windows Home Server) to extend the size of my Series 3's storage space for several years now with great success.

Using the "HP MediaSmart Expander for TiVo" addin of the WHS console to auto-transfer episodes of a show as they air to the WHS, then transferring them back to the TiVo when I was ready to watch the entire season(s) has made managing my S3's limited space doable (as well as letting me record new shows on 'speculation' and then waiting to see if they get good reviews or if the network ends up Firefly'ing them).

This method has worked really well for me for me for some time now... but the file transfers have suddenly stopped working, with the "File Transfer Status" tab showing all transfers with a red "X" and the red error message "Cannot contact TiVo DVR, please check that it is powered-on is connected to the network. If problems persist, please consult the documentation." in the info block when you select one of the failed transfers.

Since just about every element making up this very useful system has been deprecated by it's maker (HP gave up on the MediaSmart line... Microsoft has taken the WHS OS in a different direction, and as for the TiVo corporation... <grrr>... don't get me started, since they still refuse to put sufficiently large hard drives in even their top-of-the-line models!), I'm kinda stuck trying to figure out the problem myself.

The only changes in any portion of my setup prior to this problem was caused by having to go back to my old router for wired networking, while changing the 'new' router to only function for wireless networking. This change occurred a week or so before the transfers began failing, so I doubt it has anything to do with the failed transfers, but I can't think of any other potential root cause. Both WHS and S3 are hard-wired through the same gigabit switch.

Other random points about my current setup:
  1. The "Files on TiVo DVRs" tab of the HP Expander addin is still being updated with new shows from my S3.
  2. The S3 hasn't shown any issues (any new ones at any rate <grin>).
  3. I am still able to use my S3 to transfer and play content that was previously transferred to the WHS.

Things I've already tried, unsuccessfully to fix the problem:
  1. Rebooted both WHS and S3 multiple times, including after each of the following changes.
  2. Changed which network ports (and even which switch) the S3 and WHS are plugged into.
  3. Significantly reduced the amount of video currently stored on the WHS (thinking I might have run into a previously unknown limit).
  4. Uninstalled and reinstalled the HP MediaSmart Expander addin.

Anyone have any suggestions for other things I should try, before I have to start taking more extreme measures (like trying to pick up one of those problematic drive extenders) to avoid running out of space?

The Americans S1E3 In Control OAD 2/20/13

Sun, 02/24/2013 - 09:50
Very cool episode. Loved seeing the Reagan shooting from the perspectives of all the different parties who knew nothing at the time. We have known for so long that Hinkley was just obsessed with Jodie Foster that we forget that the U.S. thought he might have been a Russian agent.

The whole Al Haig claiming he was in charge has always been a joke and he has always seemed like a buffoon for saying it, so I never considered the Russians might have seriously thought a coup was happening in the U.S. That was very interesting!

I always wonder what Jodie Foster feels about the shooting.

Fast Forward Skips

Sun, 02/24/2013 - 08:16
This just started happening after the latest software upgrade.

While fast forwarding through commercials an unexpected skip of 10+ minutes occurs.

Sometimes it skips all the way to the end of the show and then I have to back up and figure out where I was.

Any thoughts?

Where is Stream for Android???

Sun, 02/24/2013 - 02:26
TIVO guys, c'mon! I've been a loyal TIVO customer since 2000! I don't buy Apple products. Period. Ever. Help me and other friends of TIVO who don't buy Apple out here. Where's our Stream for Android?!

Get Off My Lawn!

Sat, 02/23/2013 - 23:44
I thought it might be fun for those of us that are outside of the 18 to 49 demographic all the shows are shooting for to have a place to come and voice our opinions (in more colloquial terms, bitch about).

I'll start. For the most part, the newer sitcoms suck. They're all trying to be Friends, which they're not, by any stretch of the imagination.

Oh, and we can also discuss what we like. IMO Downton Abbey is one of the most compelling programs I've watched in years. I can't wait to see what's going to happen next season.

Does anyone have the $79 Comcast Blast Plus package with Tivo?

Sat, 02/23/2013 - 22:22
Howdy,
I'm new to Tivo and have a few questions.
I'm thinking about downgrading to this "Comcast Blast Plus" package using a Tivo Premiere. Is it possible to get this package for the listed $79 plus tax?
Is this Blast package charged a HD access fee?
Does the Tivo require any kind of Digital or STD adapter box with this package.
Thanks for the help!
Saige


The details of the Blast Package:
Requires subscription to Blast Plus with Digital Economy TV service and Blast!® Internet service. Pricing subject to change. TV and Internet service limited to a single outlet. Equipment, installation, taxes and franchise fees extra. TV: Basic service subscription required to receive other levels of service.

SOAK: hanging photos

Sat, 02/23/2013 - 21:02
I want to take a bunch of framed family photos and put then up the stairwell in a nice pattern.

So, nails or hooks aren't really a good solution. I may go with a number of picture shelves, but that's not quite the look I'm going for. Is there a sticky solution that would allow for repositioning, that would not mar the paint, and that would hold the weight of a larger photo in frame?

I am not handy! So if I had tools, time and talent I could probably make a mounting deal, but I have very little of any t,t, or t.

Thanks SOAK!

Need help with Multi-Room Viewing

Sat, 02/23/2013 - 19:44
I have 2 Premiers and an XL all with Lifetime subscription. For the sake of the discussion, I will refer to them as "Family Room", "Bedroom", and "Basement". They are all hardwired to my network and they can see one another. Each TiVo can see the others when viewed thru "My Shows". I can see what is recorded on the others as well.

When I try to view something on the "Family Room" TiVo that is recorded on either the Basement or the Bedroom, it never comes thru and just goes back to the menu.

When I try to view something on the Basement TiVo that is recorded on the Bedroom, it never comes thru and just goes back to the menu. But when I try to view something that is recorded on the Family Room, it comes thru fine.

From the Bedroom, I can view things recorded on the "Family Room" or the Basement.

From the Basement or Bedroom TiVos, when I view Multi-Room Viewing Advanced Help, it shows the "Family Room" TiVo connected via MoCA. I do not have a MoCA so not sure why it is saying that.

Any ideas what is going on? I have tried restarting but that did not help.

kickstart not working tivo restarting

Sat, 02/23/2013 - 17:48
OK, I installed a new drive that I installed a new image on, all seemed good, it was working and I was watching tv but the recorder has rebooted randomly several times so I thought I would try checking with kickstart, I hold pause when light turns amber and when second light turns amber I enter a code, tried several like 54, 57, and the screen flases like it is going to the kickstart page but then just reboots? Any ideas? It is a philips series 1 with lifetime service. HDR112

Thanks banjomaniac

Need help with a Boolen Search

Sat, 02/23/2013 - 16:12
I have a DirecTv HR34, and the following boolen search picks up all the Nascar races: AALL NASCAR NNOT PRACTICE QUALIFYING

I programmed the same thing into the Tivo, and it is recording all sorts of stuff like Nascar live on speed, but is missing the races.

Does anyone have a boolen wishlist search set up that will catch all the Nascar (Sprint, Nationwide, and Truck) races, without recording all the practice, qualifying and other non-race shows?

eBAY vs. Craigslist question

Sat, 02/23/2013 - 15:48
Just a quick question here..

I have Lifetime THD's (652160) with 1TB upgrades. I will sell these when TIVO has their next Premiere 4 deal. :-)

Anyway, does anyone have any idea why they go for about $350 on eBAY and less than $100 on a local, in my case Portland, Craigslist for sale site?

It seems that eBAY is about $350 and Crtaigslist is about $100. It seems to me that the Craigslist site would be the same or even more as a person could come see the unit before they buy. I mean you can list the condition as a 10 on Craigslist and the potential buyer would only be out some gas if he saw it and it was not as advertised.

WTH? TiVo Stream is cool, but no Airplay or HDMI supported?!?!?!

Sat, 02/23/2013 - 15:21
I just finally bought a TiVo Stream. Set up just fine and allows me to stream shows from any of my 3 TiVo Premiere units onto my iPad and iPhone while in the house.

But apparently not all iOS devices are supported because I can't AirPlay to an Apple TV3 box. Why not? And from a search, the lightning to HDMI adapter won't work either. To me, this sucks because I have a TV in the kitchen that does not have a TiVo box connected, but has a little Apple TV mounted to the back. I'd really like to also watch TiVo shows in there via my iPad or iPhone AirPlay connected to it (or worst-case HDMI).

Seems like their software makes this a limited device that may lead me to decide to return it to Best Buy. Otherwise for the iPad/iPhone, it seems to work as advertised. Just very limited!

How do I view Tivo Desktop Transferred Recordings through Tivo & TV?

Sat, 02/23/2013 - 13:10
Can I view shows I've transferred from my Tivo to my computer through Desktop on my Tivo again, if I've deleted those shows from my Tivo? If so, where do I find those on my Tivo?

Also, can HD shows that have been transferred be seen again in HD?

I'm confused about "bridges"

Sat, 02/23/2013 - 12:58
Being confused is a normal state for me, so this is not that unusual.

But, I am trying to wrap my head around the "bridge" devices and how I can connect my S3 and Premier to communicate with my wireless router. Right now I am using a Tivo N adapter on my Premiere and a Tivo G adapter on my S3. I am going to purchase a new Premiere unit and also hook it up to the existing network (somehow) and don't really want to shell out another $90 for an N adapter.

I have gathered that hard wiring the DVR's to my router is the preferred setup, but routing the ethernet cables will be problematical due to the distances and home architecture layout. I have done a bit of research into the MOCA system, but am not convinced it's the way to go for me (but my mind can be changed).

Can someone explain the "bridge" system to me? A diagram would be most helpful.

Thanks in advance. You folks here on TC are the best :)

System cannot find the file specified

Sat, 02/23/2013 - 10:41
Just recently file transfers have started to fail. I select "Pick Recordings to Transfer". Check the box for a Masterpiece Theater Classic...Downton Abbey Season 3, and after a few seconds the transfer status window indicates "The system cannot find the file specified". The file is on the TIVO. In fact I cannot transfer any files. All transfers fail in the same fashion. This has just started happening. I have successfully transferred hundreds of files to my PC prior to this.

HELP!

"Tivo Desktop did not find a Tivo DVR on your home network"

Sat, 02/23/2013 - 10:32
I have a XL4 using Comcast Cable. I recently installed Tivo Desktop to my new Windows 8 laptop and transferred a 4 hour program. The video transferred fine, but I didn't have sound. Then, I found a post here that gave me a link to a codec at C-Net. I downloaded that and got sound.

A few days later, I added the recommended WD 1TB Expander to my DVR.

Now, I'm getting "Tivo Desktop did not find a Tivo DVR on your home network." I can't transfer new programs nor see the previously transferred program on my DVR/ TV.

Does the downloaded codec or addition of the Expander have anything to do with this problem? If so, can it be resolved? Or is something else causing this problem and can it be resolved?:confused:

N11, occasionally N13 connection issues can't connect for a week

Sat, 02/23/2013 - 09:27
So - I have a Series 3, an HD, and a Series 2, all Lifetime subscriptions. Series 3 and HD both have 2 cablecards each.

I tired to download a movie last night via Amazon on my Series 3 and I was told the service wasn't available. This happened to me about a month ago, and I figured out the problem was that the TiVo hadn't connected in a few days for some reason. I forced a connection and everything went through. Hurrah.

But this time, I got an N11 error while on step 3 - Retrieving data/Downloading.

So I tried again. And again. And again.

I have FIOS, the newer Actiontec router, central NJ. Series 3 and HD are connected via ethernet/powerline. Series 2 via wireless G.

I checked the Series2 - connected fine via wireless.

I checked the HD - hadn't connected either, since a day after the Series 3 last daily attempt. Forced connection - same thing, N11.

Troubleshooting;
- rebooted everything (router, TiVo) first one at a time, tried to reconnect, then both at the same time
- Tried using the wireless. Rebooted everything again with wireless on the Series 3. No dice.
- on wireless and ethernet configs, pinged S3 Tivo from multiple computers, both wired and wireless. No problems. Typed IP address into browser, connected fine.
- started messing with router features, created rule with all the TCP and UDP ports; added the Series 3 TiVo. No dice.

Note this setup has been running for years without interruption.

Tried the TiVo chat guy and he was no help whatsoever. Still saying ports must not be opened.

The HD box, I forced connection with and it worked, went through, downloaded and loaded. Yippie.

Series 3 is still failing, though. I've gone through the 10-12 or so previous posts here and elsewhere quoting N11 or N13 issues.. most seem pretty old, and not much help.

Help me, TiVo Community, you're my only hope!

Audio gets out of phase - Sound changes

Sat, 02/23/2013 - 06:27
This is a weird one and happens quite often - but cannot be repeated on demand. The Tivo is a P4.

When using FF/RW and Jump Back buttons frequently, the audio will sometimes (as best as I can describe) go - "off track" during playback of recorded shows. Kind of like the sound a multi=track reel to reel tape recorder would get if the tape wasn't on the heads right or something. It is still in sync - that is not the issue.

In my best estimation it's either -
Gone from stereo to mono
or
Gotten out of phase.

Some people might not even notice but I worked in recording studios and have engineered my own recordings as well - and it's very noticeable.

This usually only seems to happen when I'm skipping around a lot.
Skipping back/forward again usually will correct it either on the first try or after a couple attempts.

Yea - WERID right?

The TV is a VIZIO VX42L HDTV10A - and the P4 is plugged direct via HDMI - no switches or other stuff going on - but that shouldn't matter - it will only reproduce whatever audio it is being fed right?

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