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Roamio and Minis won't communicate with each other.

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 15:15
So this morning sometime, after having worked perfectly for 8 months, both of my 2 Minis mysteriously stopped being able to communicate with my Roamio Plus. My internet, MoCA network, and the Plus seems to be working completely normal otherwise. Both Minis say that their network connection status is fine, and both are able to connect to the TiVo servers normally. They just aren't able to connect to the host DVR.

All 3 units have lifetime service, and say their service is active, both in their settings and on the TiVo website. I've tried restarting all units multiple times, as well as restarting my cable modem, router, and MoCA adapter. I've even tried connecting the Plus and a Mini directly to my router via ethernet. The Mini can still call into the TiVo servers successfully but can't communicate with the Roamio.

In the Mini settings, it says the host DVR is "UNKNOWN". I'm thinking this has to be some problem with the TiVo service itself, but the TiVo status website hasn't reported any service outages. I haven't called TiVo yet, but I'm thinking I will have to, since I have run out of things to try. Anybody else have any ideas?

Suggestions for the best way to align partitions on advanced format drives?

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 13:09
Any ideas for the most efficient way to align a S3 image to 4K sectors on an advanced format drive?

The current image has 512 byte bootstrap partitions. This is what throws it out of alignment. I tried manually building the partition map, putting in 4.0K bootstrap partitions, and dd'ing each partition over. I have not yet expanded, and the unit will boot up, but if I force a connection, or connect the antenna cable, it will reboot. I've tried a kickstart 57, no luck there.

There was an old beta version of MFSLive back in the day that had an option to do something about the bootstrap partition sizes, I think, but I don't know if that old beta could handle a S3.

Welcome any suggestions, Thanks.

The Last Ship "Two Sailors Walk Into A Bar" (8/10/14) [SPOILERS!]

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 12:19
Well, I liked it. Although, I'm pretty sure I saw this script in an episode of Trek once. (Or twice). Kirk and Spock take down a dumbass guard, escape their cell and commit mayhem before the rescue party arrives.

I was surprised that the doc capped that officer. Twice! I thought with all the fumbling around with the suppressor, she'd give up. I thought maybe she'd jab him with a needle. Way to go, Lara.

I don't know if they destroyed the Rooskie ship, but it's damn sure gonna need a coat of paint.

Tivo Premiere XL4 Lifetime (with extra Glo Remote) for sale $399

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 11:50
Tivo Premiere XL4 (4 tuner w/ 2TB drive). Mint condition with all manuals/cables/THX glasses/etc. Additionally I am throwing in a bonus 2nd Glo Remote, great for his and her remotes. :)

I'm asking $399 (plus shipping cost). This is a pre-Ebay sale, hence I'm cutting the price a bit. I will be listing on eBay in a few days. Once listed I will edit this post with the eBay details.

Message me if interested!
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Shark Week - Shark of Darkness: Wrath of Submarine

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 11:42
I was really into this "documentary" last night. Watched it for a good hour before having to go to bed. Of course it had me all freaked out cause this is Discovery Channel, so this must be true information I just watched.

Not so fast:


...And more...

It is a mockumentary or a fakeumentary or whatever you want to call it - it is a crock of BS! What kind of nonsense is this Discover Channel? Shameful.

The Leftovers - "Solace for Tired Feet" 8/10/2014

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 03:40
Loved this episode.

Wondered out loud what it was that he needed to buy for his son..

Am I the only one who went online to search for the May 1972 issue? I found it and started reading one of the articles. There's a part where a guy hears some noise and is worried about some wild dangerous animal, but then is relieved that it's only a big moose.

My name was written on the front of the refrigerator!! Jeff K!!! My ego is big enough to have me hoping that Damon was reading all of the Lost threads here and wanted to thank me in some small way for my threads of praise. ;D

I love the balance on that excruciatingly thin line between "is this something supernatural going on, or something more mundane!" on multiple things in this episode. Every conversation with the father is like that.. Is it more interesting that he's just crazy and that people are on the edge of actually believing him, or is it more interesting if the voices he hears are actually something real? Is it more interesting if the multiple pregnant Asian chicks are all just victims of a cult, or if there's actually something to the Bridge?

The scene where the son finds the 2nd Asian girl had me thinking that HE was completely disillusioned by it (damn, there's nothing special about this guy, he's just really into Asian girls and f*cked a bunch of them since he could), yet there's still a ton of room for that to actually be a huge event, and the Bridge to be a main story point. It's certainly highlighted by the end of the episode with her in the bathtub with her new girl!

This is your invitation.

You KNOW this is real, which makes you a coward!

I love how they interrupted the Dad right when he was about to answer why he wanted to drug the dog. He HAD a good answer and started to say it, and then...

Great episode. I now love that this show started out slow.

One more thing - I like a LOT of the characters on the show (which I certainly can't say for many of the shows I'm trying to stomach now). I really like the main character cop. I now like his daughter way more than I did (and I even like her friend so far). I like his Dad a lot. I like the priest. I LOVE the woman who lost her whole family. I now even like the main guy's son (who is escorting the Asian chick). Man, gotta start learning some of these names.

Big Brother - 8/10/14

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 23:20
Finally, an interesting episode!

What on Earth was Frankie thinking when he told Nicole to nominate all the guys in his alliance? Of course she was going to go and tell them! Frankie has been playing a solid game so far, but this was a huge strategic blunder that he probably won't recover from. Of course, Zach did an equally stupid thing by telling her about "The Detonators", but that hardly comes as a surprise from that fruit loop dingus. :)

And then we have Caleb throwing the competition by sitting out. Earth to Caleb, it's a lot easier to throw the comp if you are actually PLAYING in it. It made for some great TV, but it was such a boneheaded move. I was originally hoping Frankie would lose the comp and go home this week, but once Caleb decided to sit it out, I had no choice but to root for the underdog. As it turns out, the competition was easier to play solo, since you had complete control over both chains.

I remain impressed by Derrick's game. He is the only one in the house that truly knows how to play this game well. He has been involved in virtually every important decision, and yet not one single person is mad at him or distrusts him. I really hope he wins the whole thing. He deserves it.

Tivo app question

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 20:49
Is it possible I can use the Tivo app to watch programming recorded on my Tivo Premier, and view it on my iphone? Thanks.

Black screen with audio

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 19:59
Someone recently posted about a black screen while changing tuners, but my quirk is different. This just started the last couple of weeks, and happens maybe once every couple/few days:

I go to a recording in My Shows and get a black screen but audio is fine. It stays that way unless I go out and come back in, at which point it's fine.

Has anyone else had this? Any idea what might be the cause?

How Can I Watch Tivo Recording On My Laptop?

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 19:52
I have tivo roamio & windows 7 laptop. Is there any software that can allow me to stream my tivo dvr recorded shows on to my laptop?

Toggle upper right corner preview?

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 18:40
Is there now a different way to toggle the upper right corner live thumbnail on and off in the new interface? Used to be the slo-mo button was the way to do it but that doesn't work any more?


The Knick S01E01 "Method and Madness"

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 14:20
New series on Cinemax from Steven Sodebergh and starring Clive Owen.


I have always like Clive Owen so I gave this a try. First episode I really liked it almost like House set in early 1900's. Owen's character even has a nice little cocaine addiction.

Anyone else watch?

TiVo app 'Info' button not working

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 13:40
I have contacted TiVo about this issue, but as you can see below, they couldn't help. You can read through it but it might make more sense from the bottom up.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Subject: TiVo app 'Info' button not working
Reference number: 140807-005466
Product (optional): Accessories
Created date: 08/07/2014 03:12 PM
Updated: 08/10/2014 07:25 AM
Status: Waiting for Customer
Response (Niles) 08/09/2014 01:20 PM

Thank you for responding to TiVo Customer Support. At this point we don't have any additional ways to select that on the app. You could try the reinstall with a download that wasn't from a cloud saving service.

The reference number for this inquiry is 140807-005466. Please refer to this number if you choose to contact us again regarding this request. In order to reply to this email, please log into My Support at [had to remove url]. Replies directly to this email will not be received.


TiVo Customer Support Representative
[had to remove the url]
08/08/2014 11:15 AM
Well, I played with that before and tried all three settings. It still doesn't work. I still have the original problem. I have reloaded the TiVo App from the cloud twice and still have the problem. I am using v3.3.1(741229). I looked through the DVR Roamio for settings that might affect this but I made no changes as I didn't find any I thought would make a difference. I also connected to my DVR Premiere and have the same problem with similar results.

Any other suggestions you might have that might fix this?
Response (Lisa) 08/08/2014 10:05 AM

I would be glad to continue helping you with the updated information you provided. You will want to go on the iOS app to Settings > Guide Channels and then select your preference. There are also little tabs on the side of the Guide List that will make it easier for you to select what channel you want to go to.

The reference number for this inquiry is 140807-005466. Please refer to this number if you choose to contact us again regarding this request. In order to reply to this email, please log into My Support at [had to remove the url]. Replies directly to this email will not be received.


TiVo Customer Support Representative
[had to remove the url]
08/08/2014 09:08 AM
I've poked around the TiVo app and cannot find this setting for Filter - can you help me with that also?
Response (Lisa) 08/08/2014 08:14 AM

Thank you for contacting TiVo Customer Support. I would be glad to help you with your iOS app issues. You will want to make sure that the filter on your iOS app is set to ALL.

Answer Title: TiVo App for iOS: Use
Answer Link: [had to remove the url]

Please contact us back if you continue to have issues. I do apologize for any frustrations this may be causing you. The reference number for this inquiry is 140807-005466. Please refer to this number if you choose to contact us again regarding this request. In order to reply to this email, please log into My Support at [had to remove the url]. Replies directly to this email will not be received.


TiVo Customer Support Representative
[had to remove the url]
08/07/2014 03:12 PM
I use the TiVo app for iOS. The app starts in the Guide and defaults to a channel - on mine it is 1202. I change the channel listing and tap the Info icon, the info displays the Info for the default (1202) channel. Is there a trick to getting Info for the selected channel?

Starz CCI Byte set to 0x03

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 13:35
Anything that I record on Starz deletes after 90 minutes. My cable co. says Starz must have put copy protection Byte 0x03 on. My Tivo's all have the 0x03 byte on for Starz, but I can't find anything on the internet about Starz Having turned it on. Does anybody else have problems with keeping recordings from Starz

Moca signal lost

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 08:26
On rare occasion, about once in every 2 months, my Moca signal stops working, while watching a program on the other tivo. The picture goes black and i receive a screen message that the signal has been lost. The problem is fixed when I restart the program and continue watching. Any clue why this is happening?

Cablevision and FiOS for TiVos

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 07:04
See a lot of messages about switching from Cablevision to FiOS, but was wondering if anyone has tried running their TiVos on Optimum and Internet from FiOS at the same time? Can they work over the same coax in your house?

I use my TiVo Minis over MoCA with Verizon today and hear that Cablevisison does not support MoCA routing. Would prefer not to run ethernet to all the Minis I have today. Cablevision still offers slower internet speeds than Verizon does.

The reasons for going to Cablevision are they still offer CableCARDS while Verizon refuses to issue new ones. Cablevision also offers HBO GO and similar access to premium channels without having to buy the full subscription, saving about $10/month per premium channel. Those saving on all the movie channels alone would pay for the separate Double Play subscription.

Is anyone running a similar setup in there house today?

Large numbers of queued up MRV transfers just stop

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 02:03
I am helping a friend set up a new Roamio+2xMini configuration to replace her old XL+S2+ComcastDVR setup. Right now we are in the stage of transferring everything over to the new Roamio Pro from the XL where she has 60 pages of programs that she wants to keep (I've tried to get her to prune out stuff she doesn't need, but she is the ultimate pack rat). She spent several hours going through all 60 pages of programs and queueing them up to transfer and then let it go.

When I got there today to check on the status of things and set up the Minis we noticed that it had stopped after about 10 pages of programs and wasn't transferring anything any more. The TiVo help pages say to go to the ToDo and History pages to see why things may not have gotten transferred, but they weren't listed in either place. After much growling and nashing of teeth we decided to start up some more transfers. We set up about 7 or 8 programs to transfer and went to deal with Season Passes on tivo.com and install the Minis. Some time later I went back to check the ToDo list and noticed that there were now 60 pages of transfers listed that weren't there before and it was now up to 12 pages of transferred programs. This looked good for everything getting transferred now and we were happy, however briefly.

That sounded great, but a few hours later I went back and the 60 pages of transfers were still listed in the ToDo list, but there was nothing actually being transferred. All of them were listed as "will be transferred soon". Grrr... So we read something online about rebooting to kick off queued up transfers and we tried that and when it came back up it had no transfers listed in ToDo any more. We tried setting up another few manual transfers, but that didn't seem to wake up the 60-ish pages of missing transfers.

Any thoughts? Are large batches of MRV transfers just not going to work? Do they sometimes pause and resume later for various internal reasons (such as when it is busy recording for instance)? Is there a trick to keeping the queue from dying out? Is there a trick for whatever we did that made the missing transfers resurface? Any thoughts?

buying new cable modem with Moca

Sat, 08/09/2014 - 21:45
Looking for feedback if anybody has any the only thing I can find is from two years ago on the Cisco dpc3827

roamio plus at Sam's club

Sat, 08/09/2014 - 18:43
Sam's has the TiVo roamio plus for $299, which by far is the cheapest I've seen it in a retail store. This will be my first TiVo unit and does it look the same one for $399 everywhere else? Not sure if they they have different models of the plus?


Sat, 08/09/2014 - 17:06
Newegg has refurbished WD20EARS for $70 free shipping.