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4K drive problems

Tue, 07/16/2013 - 08:13

I have a HD XL (TCD658000) with a failing hard drive. It started rebooting whenever we watched a certain recording. I ran a kickstart and it failed the SMART test with a Fail 7.

So, I used the MFS Live CD to create a truncated image, and restored it to a WD10EURX. This worked, but the TiVo menus are sluggish, and videos skip frames every 2-5 minutes. Reinstalling the original drive fixes both of these issues.

I believe that this has to do with the 4K format of the new drive, as the HD XL's partitions are not aligned (base is not evenly divisible by 8.)

I tried using dd to backup each partition (except for the 1st -- the partition table) to an image, corrected the partition alignment with pdisk by deleting and recreating the partitions, and restoring the data back from the images to each new partition. This allowed the TiVo to boot, menus responded normally, and videos played without issue. There were several problems, though... I didn't get the THX intro, TiVo Central wouldn't display, no background graphics on the Now Playing List, not all remote commands responded, videos continued to play when you hit the TiVo button, etc.

I also have a regular HD (TCD652160.) As a test, I used dd to clone the original drive out of it to the WD10EURX, and used mfsinfo -x to expand the capacity. As was noted in another thread on this forum, this resulted in all MFS partitions being aligned. When I booted the HD, I noticed that the menus were sluggish (as the HD XL was), but I didn't have the video playback problems.

From my testing, I'm convinced that the 4K sectors of this drive are causing the problems I'm having. Is there a source for the old 512B sector drives? Or am I going at this the wrong way?


Cannot get to Kickstart screens

Tue, 07/16/2013 - 00:33
I have been trying for the last few days, to get to the kickstart menu/settings/test to initiate, with no luck. (Im getting the s03 error when trying to get new program data on my Tivo HD Series 3). Ive followed the instructions but I think my Tivo Slide remote is cutting off in the middle of pressing the pause button. I noticed that after 3 tries of rebooting, the light on the top of the remote goes out at random points. Ive tried to repress it the second it goes out, but that doesnt work....
Has anyone else gotten the kickstart to work with this remote, or am I just crazy and mentally challenged? Is there another way to initiate the kickstart without the remote?


pytivo and streaming? Also streambaby metadata?

Mon, 07/15/2013 - 23:20
Can pytivo stream videos to my premiere or only copy? I am using win 7 ultimate. If so, instructions on how?

Also, i was using streambaby, but whenever i add metadata using metagenerator, it hangs up on "Please wait" when i try to load a video, then crashes and says app is unavailable. If i remove the metadata it works perfect. I can have the cover art, just not the info. Any suggestions?

Can I run a Tivo Premier XL4 without hooking it up to TV (Crazy...but with reason)

Mon, 07/15/2013 - 22:54
I live in a 1939 Lathe and Plaster home with a tiny crawl space and no attic...So getting CAT5 or CAT6 wiring to the Premier XL4 is nearly impossible (not sure how they got cable in their, but have had contractor after contractor out, and with out huge cost its a non-starter).

So, I want to move the Premier XL4 into my office closet with router, then use Tivo Mini's on all of my TV's. Just want to make sure that's possible before buying the mini's and getting the subscriptions.

Thanks for your advice,


streambaby and s4 premiere

Mon, 07/15/2013 - 21:05
after much fighting, i finally got streambaby to work. couple questions tho.

On my showcases list, it says "stream,\032baby,\032stream. Is this normal?

Also, I was watching a .vob file today, (used dvd shrink and unchecked split file in options) and the time was all wrong after about halfway through the movie, It was playing fine, but said i was at 1:51. The total length of the movie says 1:51. Then, it all of a sudden quit playing, then took me back to my movie folder, and when i tried to rewatch, it had no option to continue where i left off. What gives?

Treehouse Masters - Anyone Watching?

Mon, 07/15/2013 - 19:23
This show is on Animal Planet. If you're into tricked-out treehouses, this is the show for you. My kids love this show!

The stuff they do is very cool, and the way it's presented, it looks pretty "easy," as in it looks easier than I thought it would be to build a mega-treehouse. But I know these guys are treehouse professionals, and it is TV, and it really isn't so easy.

The worst part of watching this with my kids is having to explain over and over why I can't/won't spend $100,000 on a treehouse.

Suggestions all of a sudden working...

Mon, 07/15/2013 - 19:19
I have two Premiere XL4's with tuning adapters attached to each. Like many others, suggestions have not been populating on either of my TiVo's from day one unless I unplugged the TA. That said, all of a sudden today I noticed a full page of suggestions on one TiVo and one entry on the other. I have not unplugged/rebooted either of my TiVo's/tuning adapter's in weeks.

Has anyone else noticed this?

S3 reboot - no cap bulge

Mon, 07/15/2013 - 18:00
I am a bit perplexed. I have an S3. It reboots during the silly welcome video after boot. Caps are not bulging, and I even changed the power supply for a new (pull) one that I bought off of ebay which also does not have bulging caps.

I changed the hard drive from a WD green to a Seagate a few weeks back using an image I saved off of the original drive years back just in case the drive was the problem. That worked for a few weeks, now it is back to where it was. Kickstart 54 passes and kickstart 57 runs for about 15 minutes after the GSOD then reboots and brings me back to where I started.

If it matters, the fan was replaced about a year back and it is spinning just fine.

Help... please!


True Blood OAD 07/14/2013

Mon, 07/15/2013 - 14:47
Go Jason Stackhouse!

I was surprised about the turn Sookie's parents' plot line went.

Season Passes Limited to 29?

Mon, 07/15/2013 - 12:41
I was having a hard time scheduling another Season Pass yesterday, and it wouldn't save. I deleted an exiting one and tried again, and it worked fine.

I searched, and the only thing I could find in the Help Center was from last year and the limit was 40.

Anyone else experience this?

PeeCee Advice Needed

Mon, 07/15/2013 - 11:18
I'm a Mac user. I have had WinTel hardware in the past but I recycled my Win 95 and XP boxes some years ago.

I have a stable of TiVos, mostly THD models (nothing newer, currently) but a few S2 boxes as well. I have the original drives for all and being able to copy those drives or backups to a new drive is the only reason some of these are still functioning.

For some years I have been using the MFSLive DVD to copy TiVo drives. I have a first gen Intel iMac that boots to the MFSLive DVD. I connect my TiVo drives via SATA-to-USB adapters. It's slow but reliable and gets the job done. The iMac is now nine years old and isn't going to last forever. So I'm planning to build a PC just for the purpose of copying and backing up TiVo drives. Also, the latest copy job was a 1 TB drive with 770 GB of recordings and it took over 15 hours getting just 14 MB/second overall. I want to copy at SATA II speeds or better.

The future of TiVo drive copy/backup seems to be WinMFS, which I cannot currently run, having no Windows machines. So I'm going to build one specifically for this one job. As a bonus, I'll finally have something that can run WDIdle. Here's what I envision:

Inexpensive PC, Dual boot, OEM Windows, Linux

Probably mid-tower case to accommodate the needed drive bays.

Built-in video (HDMI out?)

Enough RAM to run Windows and facilitate drive copying.

One fixed (internal) drive with Windows/Linux.

Optical drive, bootable, read-only is fine, no need to burn

Two or more trayless drive bays to allow hot swap of bare SATA drives.

Example trayless bays: two 5.25 inch bays accommodate three 3.5 inch drives...

Does this seem adequate? How might it be improved?

How common is SATA III on new motherboards? Although TiVo may not use SATA III drives yet, it couldn't hurt to plan for the future.

What's the minimum Windows version that can run WinMFS?

Any and all advice and comments will be appreciated.

Program to copy old tivo hard drive to a new hard drive

Mon, 07/15/2013 - 11:14
I have a Premiere elite, Are there a program out now will copy the recorded programs and the software to a new Hard drive?

Your Fav Big Brother Seasons? (No Spoilers Please)

Mon, 07/15/2013 - 10:04
I'm watching the current season and enjoying it. Not as good as Survivor, but entertaining. The only other season I've seen is the one where Rachel Reilly won (Season 13, I think). I'd like to watch some other seasons. Which do you recommend as the best? Thanks much!

Anyone watching "Call Of The Wildman"?

Mon, 07/15/2013 - 09:27
This is a poor man's "Billy The Exterminator" if that's even possible.

I was alerted to an last night's episode because the two guys were being sent to a bed and breakfast farm, that I recently stayed at, to catch a critter that was getting in the hen house and stealing eggs.

The show is virtually unwatchable, it is so bad. The two guys on the show are awful. It makes "Billy The Exterminator" look like award-winning TV.

How old are forum members?

Mon, 07/15/2013 - 07:34
I have seen some articles indicating younger people watch TV differently than use old fa**s so I was wondering how old the majority of the people posting on this forum were.

For the recorded I still have a few months of my double nickel year left :).

Dexter - 7/14/13 - "What's Eating Dexter Morgan"

Mon, 07/15/2013 - 07:18
So maybe, MAYBE Vogel isn't the killer as we see her get the text and the his and hers packages.

And one of her former patients just happens to be a cannibal. Not the killer they're looking for because he considers brains a delicacy and would never cut out a piece(s).

I get the whole Deb thing of losing it after killer LaGuerta but I guess I'm just sick of her character.

Wasn't all that thrilled with this ep.

The Newsroom S02E01 7-14-13

Mon, 07/15/2013 - 07:11
Yes! It's back. Looks like it's going to be a great season. I love how we saw in one scene where Occupy Wall Street went wrong. Also the live fix of the story as it aired was cool. Looking forward to the rest. :-)

Falling Skies - "The Pickett Line" - 7/14/13

Mon, 07/15/2013 - 07:10
Huh. It's always the quite ones that you never expect.

I guess we're gonna need a new President now.

Transfer/Record from Dish DVR to Tivo?

Mon, 07/15/2013 - 01:44
I have found a sketchy post or two but no real instructions on how to do this.

I'm getting rid of Dish and using a Tivo with Antenna and Wifi. I have shows on the Dish DVR I would like to transfer or probably have to record to the Tivo.

Since I use antenna, how will the Tivo know to record from the A/V outlet, if that's what I should do?

Since the TV only shows either the Dish DVR or the Tivo, how to I work with one of them being 'blind'?

Thank you and sorry if something is already out there. I checked various FAQ and posts.

Big Brother 7/14/13

Sun, 07/14/2013 - 22:25
damn golf cut off the last portion of BB to me what happened after jeremy went up to HoH?