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TivoHD - bad drive, mobo, or both?

Thu, 08/22/2013 - 13:05
My TivoHD ate it's original disk drive a couple years ago. I used one of the recommended drives and a program referenced in these forums to rebuild it and everything was fine until a month ago.

It began with the picture sometimes freezing if left on the same channel overnight. A quick channel change would bring everything back to normal. It was random and rare so I thought little about it. A week ago, it began pausing for a fraction of a second during playback but not, I think, live TV. That raised alarm bells, but I didn't have time to deal with it.

Yesterday, I watched some live TV and a few pre-recorded shows then went to bed. This morning I noticed the picture was frozen again. This time, the channel wouldn't change, the Tivo button did nothing. It was COMPLETELY frozen. I pulled the plug, waited 30 seconds, and plugged back in. All I get is "Welcome! Powering up..." and nothing more. Green power light is on, but nothing else.

Is this another drive failure or am I looking at a bad motherboard? I can replace the drive again if that will work, but don't want to go to that trouble and expense if it won't help. Suggestions?

Also, if the existing drive won't boot but the data is otherwise undamaged, can it be retrieve onto a new drive? If so, could someone point me to the instructions for that? Thanks.

What happens when I drop my sub?

Thu, 08/22/2013 - 12:52
I have a TiVoHD with a $6.95 monthly plan. I want to upgrade to a Roamio ( the 2TB Weaknees Basic is the current contender), most likely with lifetime. Losing the $6.95 is a shame, but I see no way to avoid it since there are no transfer specials right now (or likely to be in the near future).

When I drop the sub I know that new guide updates will stop and eventually new recordings will be impossible. Will I still be able to play existing recordings on the box? Cox, unfortunately, copy protects everything so I can't transfer the recordings to the new box, so I'd like to be able to consume my saved recordings while new ones from those SPs/wishlists are recorded on the Roamio.

Does an S2 w/lifetime have any resale value?

Thu, 08/22/2013 - 12:40
I figure it has no value, other than enabling me to get an MSD discount for lifetime on a new Roamio.

How accurate is '160 hrs of storage?'

Thu, 08/22/2013 - 11:55
I'm pondering the difference between a plus and a pro and was wondering:

If I'm on FIOS, how accurate are the 'hours of storage' numbers? I was under the impression that tivo's just stored the bitstream, so it depended highly on how much the upstream provider compressed.

Anybody know?

(new to tivo's)


Another TA question

Thu, 08/22/2013 - 11:47
Can I use the same TA from my S3 that I'm replacing with the roamio

Rant about Tivo's new web site

Thu, 08/22/2013 - 11:29
I'm not happy with the new web site. I went to try to schedule a show from work yesterday from the Tivo app and kept getting errors - I forgot it doesn't work remotely with my TivoHD. So I went to use the Tivo web page on my iPad and found there's a new drop down menu that covers the top half of the page. The drop downs covered the search field on my iPad so I couldn't search for my show - every time I tried to click in the search field the drop down popped down and covered it. When I finally was able to navigate to the show through several more clicks, it showed the wrong channels. I then found I had to sign in - again - because the drop down menu somehow redirected me to a new page and didn't keep my credentials cached. Sigh. (I was away from my PC so that wasn't an option.)

I really miss the old m.tivo.com page that just worked nicely on my iPhone.

MoCa clarification on base Roamio model

Thu, 08/22/2013 - 11:01
My take on the base Roamio is...ZERO internal MoCa capability? Currently I have my XL4 connected via MoCa to my Fios router. With the base Roamio, I would need an extra adapter...correct?

The Bridge "Destino" 8/21/2013 S1E7

Thu, 08/22/2013 - 10:43
Another excellent episode. This has become must-watch TV for me. Fast moving, taut, and as much as I don't want to admit it, Kruger is nailing her role. I still think she's miscast, mainly because of her looks, but she absolutely plays the part to perfection.

I wasn't thrilled they went to the old trope of "just as someone is going to reveal incredible info, they get shot", but I got over it quickly, as the following scenes were amazing.

For the first time, I found the scenes on the ranch (Charlotte & Ray) interesting. Ray brings a new dynamic to that plot that Charlotte alone couldn't. But seriously Charlotte, you ask a guy during sex a question, you think he's gonna give you a straight answer.:D Oh, and Graciela's price to play:eek:--very interesting.

If I'm the tailor to a cartel head, I'm sure as hell not gonna comment on his weight gain. Es stupido.

Roamio Deals?

Thu, 08/22/2013 - 10:09
Has anyone been able to get or find any deals directly from Tivo or any other retailers?

I currently have two S3s which I want to replace with a Roamio Plus and a Mini (both with lifetime). One of my S3s has lifetime, the other has the grandfathered $6.99 MSD.

I've heard of some folks being able to get a $99 lifetime deal on existing S3s, which I could then use to bring up my MSD box and then turn around and sell it (with the other S3).

Guess I should just call Tivo directly to see what they offer, and if it's nothing good go with Weakness before their $25 off coupon expires...

Anywho, if you were able to get a deal from somewhere, post it here! Thx!

Abbreviations we should use for Roamio

Thu, 08/22/2013 - 09:50
Many posts refer to the Roamio without telling us what model they are talking about so I would suggest the following abbreviations, (others can suggest other Abbreviations if you don't like what I am proposing)

Roamio basic with 4 tuners and a .5Tb drive TR-4

Roamio Plus with 6 tuners and a 1Tb drive TR-6

Roamio Pro with 6 tuners and a 3Tb drive TR-6P

Mini sub-forum promotion?

Thu, 08/22/2013 - 09:30
Now that the Roamio is out and the Minis work with those new boxes too, does it make sense to move the Mini sub-forum out from under the Premiere forum? Maybe the Stream sub-forum too?

Video Quality Differences using Mini?

Thu, 08/22/2013 - 09:13
I've got a new Roamio on the way and, with six tuners and two Mini's, I have the option of placing the Roamio in a more convenient location. But this flexibility presupposes that video quality (Roamio direct to best TV via HDMI, vs. Roamio to Mini via network to best TV via HDMI) is the same. So, has anybody done any side-by-side comparisons? Is the HDMI video put out by the Mini the same as direct from the main unit?

Thanks for any help you can provide!

Primere 30 Second Skip

Thu, 08/22/2013 - 07:02
I just purchased an entry level Premiere and was wondering if there was a 30second skip Easter egg for this unit. I also have a Series 3 TiVo and I have used the commands Select > Play Select > 3 > 0 > Select. I know the Premiere has a 30 second Fast Forward but was wondering if a 30 second skip was also available.

Not on Ebay: Series 2 Dual Tuner TCD649080 Hatboro, PA, USA

Thu, 08/22/2013 - 03:22
I figured this is where people come when they're looking for Tivos.. so while this is not on ebay, if you are in the area and are looking for this model, maybe this is something you want to go pick up.

Note: This is NOT MINE! I am not selling this. I just saw it in a thrift store and thought someone may be interested. I already called into Tivo to see if it was lifetimed, and it wasn't, so that is why I didn't pick it up.

It is $15.. and you can get a discount with coupons (25%) on the back of some Giant Supermarket receipts, or I believe Hatboro runs a first friday event and Impact offers discounts off everything in the store on that day.. if it is still there by then.

It was in the store in the electronics section at the end of the day on Tuesday 8/20/2013

It is located in the Hatboro, PA Impact Thrift Stores...
Hatboro Store Hours:
Mon-Fri 9am - 8pm, Sat 9am - 6pm
14 E. Moreland Ave.
Hatboro, PA 19040


Extended Warranty or no?

Wed, 08/21/2013 - 23:50
Hi All,

I've been lurking in the shadows here for about a month, checking in for updates on series 5. I ordered a Roamio Pro on the release date and I am new to Tivo. I can't wait to (hopefully) no longer get aggravated while watching TV like currently happens with my Cablevision 8300HD box.

Anyway, what is the consensus on purchasing the Extended Warranty? Normally I don't buy them, but normally I also don't buy the 1st day something comes out. How reliable have past Tivos been? Do the first ones usually have hardware issues?

Edit: Oh and I did purchase it with Lifetime service if that affects your thinking.

Can a Mini play anything?

Wed, 08/21/2013 - 23:35
The Roamio looks very exciting and I'm considering returning to TiVo after eight years.

Can the Mini play all my premium channel shows that I record with my (future) Roamio?

Tivo Learning Remote and My HDDVR

Wed, 08/21/2013 - 22:40
I just received my new learning remote and I LOVE it. Before, with my standard peanut remote I could control my Vizio TV and Tivo Series 3 HD DVR but not my Vizio sound bar. I had to turn the sound bar on and off with its' own remote.

New, with the learning remote I can, with just one push of the green power button, turn on my TV and sound bar and turn off my TV and sound bar.

Only one remote on my end table. Whoopeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!

TV on/off, volume and mute were always controlled through the Vizio TV.

Tivo Mini Throttling Internet Connection

Wed, 08/21/2013 - 22:38
I recently setup my Mini connecting to my Premiere via Moca. Now, my internet connection with other devices (laptops) is very slow. If I unplug the coax cable from the Mini, the download speed immediately returns to normal. The difference is very noticeable. Using the speed test at speedtest.net, the download speed changes from 10-20 Mbps to 1 Mbps. Other speed test applications returned similar results. Any ideas what could be causing this?


Moving shows from an old TiVo to a new one?

Wed, 08/21/2013 - 22:28
Is there an easy/painless way I can transfer all of my shows from my current TiVo to possibly a Roamio in the future?

As it is now the only way I can see doing this is to TiVo To Go everything on the HD, which is A LOT, and then TiVo go go back onto another TiVo which would take an extremely long time. Is there another way??

Big Brother - 8/21/13

Wed, 08/21/2013 - 22:20
Was anyone actually fooled into believing that Aaryn was going to put Amanda up instead of Spencer? I sure wasn't. It's so funny how everyone in the house is truly afraid of Amanda. That being said, I do think Aaryn made the right choice. She has a much better chance beating Amanda at the end than Helen. It will be interesting to see who gets to come back into the game. I doubt they'll be able to make much of an impact at this point, but you never know.