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Driving multiple TVs from TiVo DVR

Mon, 06/17/2013 - 21:09
Is it possible to drive 2 TVs from a single HDMI output, out of the TiVo? I have a Premier 4XL in my living room and want to add a TV in my garage to mirror whatever is being shown on the TV in the living room. Not looking to watch things independently between the garage and the living room...looking to watch the same thing in both places at the same time. This is mostly for football games. I know I would have to get a spliter or something but wanted to see how other people have solved this problem.

HDVR2 Power Supply Problem?

Mon, 06/17/2013 - 20:57
My HDVR2 died today.

Noticed that it was plugged in, but there was no power to the unit at all.

I unplugged it, then tried plugging it back in again, but still no power. Then I tried jiggling the cord, in the back of the box. (where the cord plugs into the box)

It powered up, then I waited for the unit to reboot again. Everything worked fine. I checked, to see if everything was OK, and it was. So I shut it off and thought, that's all it was. (a loose cord, or something like that) Then I came back 10 or 15 minutes later, and it lost power again.

Tried replugging it back in again, but it would not power back on again. When I tried to jiggle the cord again, sparks started shooting out of the back of the unit, where the cord plugs into the back of the box. I saw sparks underneath the unit too, in the same area. Then the unit started to smoke. That's when I pulled the plug, out of the power strip.

Is that my power suppy, that just short circuited? If it was, can I replace it? If it isn't the power supply, can you tell me what it actually was? And can I actually get it fixed?

I bought this HDVR2, a long time ago. I last upgraded it, with a 250 GB hard drive. I believe I have already replaced the power supply once on it, about 5 years ago. Will I have any problem replacing it again, if that's what the problem is?

All my recorded shows are on it, and I want to try to save them all, if I can. Can somebody help me out? Please tell me what the problem is, and where can I get a replacement part, to actually fix it?

I'm out of work right now. So if someone can help out with a used power supply, I would really appreciate it.


Joe Q

Help! TIVO deleted many saved shows

Mon, 06/17/2013 - 20:32
My TIVO HD (which I have had for several years) all of a sudden deleted a bunch of my saved shows. I had plenty of storage space left. There were almost 100 TIVO suggestions in addition to my shows. When I looked at it tonight, a bunch of previously saved shows were gone. I can't tell why it deleted some shows and not others. For example, it deleted some shows that I had marked "save until I delete", and didn't delete others that were not marked to be saved. It doesn't appear to have only hit shows that were recorded prior to a certain date. Has this happened to anyone else? Does it mean that my hard drive is failing?

Thanks in advance for any help!

WD expander suddenly not recognized by TiVo Premier

Mon, 06/17/2013 - 20:26
I have been using a WD 1TB DVR expander with a TiVo Premier for the past 14 months. All of a sudden TiVo is not recognizing it. There had been no changes in the setup. I have now reset the TiVo twice and then tried to run the SMART tests, but even then the drive wasn't recognized. I have reset the TiVo w/o the drive for now, but really want to fix this problem. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

Av Breakout Cable

Mon, 06/17/2013 - 17:24
Is there any other place where I can purchase the AV breakout cable for the mini??? I will eventually need it when i put one in the family room as that tv doesnt have hdmi.

I see tivo.com has it but the shipping is almost as much as the cable!

Best buy didnt have them

Tivo Mini remote channels

Mon, 06/17/2013 - 15:30
Haven't seen this discussed yet. Right now I have 3 Tivos in the closet, each on a separate remote channel. My old Tivo HD and Tivo Series 3 are on their last legs, so I was thinking of replacing them with a Premiere 4 XL and a Mini (these are distributed through the house, so I need the outputs as well as the tuners - 5 tuners instead of 6 is fine). Do the Minis have the same support for multiple remote channels, and if not do they share the "universal" channel with the regular Tivos? I don't want any surprises with one remote suddenly controlling multiple boxes. :)

Tivo 652160 1.5gb Software

Mon, 06/17/2013 - 14:06
I purchased a Western Digital 1.5TB, model WD15ears to upgrade my TIVO model 652160. I copied from the old 160GB to the new 1.5TB using MFS COPY in WINMFS.EXE and expanded the size. It worked really great for about 3 months. Yesterday I turned on TV and TIVO was dead. I powered TIVO off and back on and could not get past POWERING ON screen. I copied from the old 160GB to the new 1.5TB using MFS COPY in WINMFS.EXE but did not expand the size. I installed 1.5TB back into TIVO and all worked great. I copied from the old 160GB to the new 1.5BTB using MFS COPY in WINMFS.EXE and I did expand the size. Again I could not get past POWERING ON screen. I believe it may be a bootpage or kernel problem. I am looking for answers. Where can I get the TIVO software for1.5TB drive? Thanks.

TVLand shows

Mon, 06/17/2013 - 13:22
Soul Man, The Exes and Hot in Cleveland start with new episodes on Wednesday June 19th.

True Blood - "Who Are You, Really?" 6/16

Mon, 06/17/2013 - 12:31
What, no thread yet.

I thought it was a very good beginning of the season. I thought I recognized the actor playing Warlow and I confirmed it at IMDb - Rutger Houer!

I just knew when Sookie and Jessica got to the house Bill would be back to his more "normal' looking self. But he now has powers that even he does not know about. And surprise surprise - He can't be killed with a wooden stake! I wonder if any of the other "true death" methods would work on him: silver bullets or beheading (are there any others?)

Anyway, I'm quite glad that its back!!!


Burn notice: all current season starting June 2013

Mon, 06/17/2013 - 09:49
only 2 eps before the team is back together? they really cant bear to be without each other can they? i find it really hard to believe that even with the child at risk, that mom would give michael up. she's done some very difficult missions in the past. but maybe in her anger toward mike she was just thinking of herself.

and yes i believe she should have been savvy enough to spot the fake.

i dont remember seeing any subtitles like 'scum drug lord' so i hope they get a chance to put them back on the screen asap lol

Mad Men 6/16 The Quality of Mercy

Mon, 06/17/2013 - 09:19
First, wow, when I put the title in, this one came up -
Babylon 5, "The Quality of Mercy", S01E21, OAD 8/17/94 *spoilers*


That aside, what an interesting episode.

Sally and Glen. I thought from the start the girls at the school were going to be doing some initiation thing on her.

Peggy. Poor Peggy. She gets shafted by Don again and her great work taken away. Did he really do that to save the day or because he didn't want her to get credit.

I think she needs to find a new company to work for with no Ted or Don around. I couldn't believe they were sneaking off to the movies together. But then the way that office works everyone with any position is off in the middle of the day for hours on end. It's crazy.

Bobby Benson had me confused. I need to rewatch that whole bit with him and Peter again.

Stram Will NOT work on MPEG4

Mon, 06/17/2013 - 08:08
Just a heads up. the Stream will not currently work with MPEG4 content. Our system uses MPEG4 for cable channels, and MPEG2 for broadcast. The only ones that will stream are those encoded in MPEG2.

Not sure if TiVo is even aware of this issue.


Sun, 06/16/2013 - 23:30
Final season of "Futurama" starts at 10:00PM EDT on Wed. 06/19 on Comedy Central. First 2 eps. in a 1 hour block, repeated at 12:01 and 2:03.

the dvr has detected a serious problem

Sun, 06/16/2013 - 20:15
I started having problems with my TiVo HD so I called TiVo Customer support and they told me to Clear program information & To Do List. I figured I would do that before I did "Clear & delete everything" next. Well I did it and now the TiVo displays this screen and is in an endless loop. Im not sure if I need to buy a new HD and re-image or not. I had no success trying to enter the kick start codes either.

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Is upgrading the hard drive in a brand new tivo worth the risk?

Sun, 06/16/2013 - 20:07
definately getting a tivo tommorrow, but debating buying the premiere 4 and upgrading the HD or buying the xl4. when I look at it on the surface it looks pretty good a 2tb hd from newegg for 80 bucks and get the premiere 4 for 250 and by the time i pay tax on the tivo. Im still saving about 80 dollars vs buying the premiere xl4 out right with maryland tax but is it worth voiding the warranty and not having the thx? With the money I would save I could get 2 minis instead if 1.

The only thing im a little jittery about is upgrading a hd for the first time in a tivo and screwing it up


HR10-250 and OTA schedule data

Sun, 06/16/2013 - 17:51
I live in the Indianapolis area and use the OTA to get HD local channels.

WISH-TV has suddenly stopped updating their schedule data - Regular Directv and other OTA schedules show up fine but all there is on WISH-TV is "Regular Schedule".

Glitch or some contractual thing?


Sun, 06/16/2013 - 13:31
I have not seen much discussion of games around here for years. However, I'd like to start some discussion/suggestion.

I love playing the games that are on my Tivos. Wordsmith and Rockswap are my favorites. Wordsmith is considerably different on the Premier as you cannot see the tiles that will be revealed until you play a tile.

Rockswap annoys me when all the levels are completed the game simply offers a congratulations and moves on. It seems to me that if like Wordsmith it stored the score, or date, etc it would offer some additional challenge.

What do you think?

To Do List Issues

Sun, 06/16/2013 - 12:42
I just got a XL4 and transferred my season pass manager from my old XL to the XL4. The list transferred for the most part (a few said corrupted, I am just going to add those again) and my shows are now set to be recorded. Except for one thing.

Some of my shows say "New" even though they are not, when I go to the guide it doesn't show as new; at first I though the guide had it wrong. This is sort of creating the issue of defeating the purpose of 4 tuners since real new shows are not being recorded because of conflicts. For example, The Voice is recording this evening although it is a repeat from last week. The guide shows it is not new, and I have The Voice set to record only "New". Yet, my To Do List says it is "New". Is there anything I can do? If it is just because the TiVo is new and will go back to normal soon, I will just adjust my To Do List, I was doing that weekly with 2 tuners anyway.


No Game of Thrones tonight...

Sun, 06/16/2013 - 10:58
What to do? What to do!?:eek:

I'll watch something else, of course. I will miss the show, and may go insane though.

Kickstart 58 (Premiere XL) - 18 hours later

Sun, 06/16/2013 - 09:28
I started a Kickstart 58 yesterday. After less than 5 minutes, it went to a screen saying "Installing service update."

18 hours later, it is still on the same screen. Is it safe to pull the plug and reboot?