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Tivo HD DVR Motherboard

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 19:04
Does the motherboard on a Tivo HD DVR go bad very often? Any experiences?

An annoying feature or is it just me?

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 19:00
Many times I am watching a recording and I switch to live TV. If I am within the last five minutes I get the menu to delete or keep. I don't want to delete obviously and if I hit keep, the bookmark is lost. So, I learned that if you know you are near the end, hit pause before hitting the live button. If you hit live and get the menu, you have to hit rewind and then pause and then live.

Frankly I wish the menu choice didn't exist, but maybe others feel it is useful?

The Chip With The Lifetime Information On It

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 18:56
Has anyone successfully removed and installed the chip on another Tivo DVR?

Premiere XL Model TCD748000

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 18:32
I was just passed a TIVO that was not booting. STUCK at welcome screen. The power was cut off to the device abruptly and it hasn't boot since. Everything points to the HD having failed in reading however I remove the drive and I can hear and feel it spinning. I plugged the drive into windows 8 and in the system management I can see the unallocated 1TB drive.

Did I just mess up the boot sector?

I feel this drive has some life and would like to wipe and restart it. Everything I have read appears to require backing up the existing working drive and using this image on the new drive. I am not upgrading to larger disk, just hoping I can make the current one work.

Can someone please guide me. In reading I think I need an image for model and tools to load the image on the drive. Looking forward to hearing from the group. Thanks in advance.

I guess even if we get the disk right there is still a possibility the power supply is not functioning as designed but we will cross that road when we get there.


(Michael's) Arrested Development S04E05 "The B. Team"

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 17:36
I think I laughed more at this episode than the previous four combined. I don't know if I'll ever be able to see Jerry Bruckheimer's logo again without thinking to myself, "Driving action toward love through a storm until lightning hits a tree."

Annoying remote problem

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 16:05
I have a Premier XL 2 tuner in my office. I rarely use it standalone, I mainly just have it to record analog only stations which I then stream to my Elite in the living room. However on occasion I do watch it directly. Anyway I was having a problem with the IR remote where sometimes it would not respond to commands. I thought it was the remote so I tried another one. Same thing. I then thought maybe it was being obstructed so I broke out my slide remote. However even with the Slide I'm having the same problem.

Any ideas what might cause this? There are no IR blasters, or anything else in the room, that would cause interference. Could this be an issue with the CableCARD or Tuning Adapter? Or maybe a power supply problem?

It's really annoying. Especially when I start FFing and then can't stop because it wont respond to the remote. So if there is any way to fix it I'd love to hear about it.

TiVos changing themselves to CNN, need reboot

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 15:13
I have two TiVo HDs in my house with CableCards from Time Warner. About three months ago, they started turning to CNN by themselves. It's very random. It happens in the middle of the day and middle of the night, two times a day or once a week. If it happens while in the middle of recording, it continues to record. However, I've also come home to find recordings are half of what I set and half CNN. Once it turns to CNN, nothing works except rebooting. Has anyone else experienced anything like this? Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.

On Demand alternatives?

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 14:47
I'm considering getting a TiVo but one thing that stops me (aside from the cost of a TiVo and TiVo's monthly cost--yes...I know about lifetime) is that On Demand is not available and I watch a lot of On Demand programming. I currently I have Comcast (On Demand via TiVo is not offered in my area) and am considering switching to FiOS.

I know about Netflix and Amazon but I'm not looking to pay additional monthly subscriptions and I was wondering what other alternatives might be out there for On Demand that I'm not aware of. For example, do Showtime or HBO or other cable movie broadcasters have any sort of link through/to TiVo devices if one has a subscription to those channels via one's cable company (Comcast or FiOS)?

Also...I prefer to watch tv on my tv and not on my pc so I'm looking for tv-based alternatives...



Sinbad and Primeval New World

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 12:02
If you're interested in either of these upcoming SyFy shows, which premiere on Saturday June 8, you will need to set your season passes to record new and repeats. Both of these shows suffer from the common UK/Canada original air date issue.

I don't know why it is that a show like Rookie Blue can appear as new on ABC, but shows on SyFy (and many on BBC America) always appear as repeats.

New Tivo mini/stream bundle email

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 11:59
Just received an email with new bundles.

P4 & Mini $250
P4, Mini, & Stream $330
P4XL & Mini $400
P4XL, Mini & Stream $480
All require service with $100 off lifetime for existing lifetime customer

I'm interested in a P4XL + Mini which comes to $1,050 after adding lifetime to both units. Feels like the same value we've had the last few months - everyone agree?

Maybe I'm asking too much for a further discount but I'm going to hold off a bit longer. With a lifetime S2 and a lifetime S3 my needs are met now, would like like to eliminate that second cable outlet eventually.

TiVo XL4 and Netgear Wireless Router Compatibility

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 11:54
I would like to connect a TiVo Premiere XL4 to a wireless network with a TiVo Wireless N Adapter. Is the XL4 and TiVo Wireless N Adapter compatible with a Netgear Wireless N Router, WNDR3400v2?

Revolution - Children of Men 5/27

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 11:53
Wow no thread yet!

At first I thought this was the season finale and a real dumb way of ending it. But I see that the season finale is next Mon.

Not a real bad episode but one of the plot lines drives me crazy! Here is a small group of people that are controlling a resource (power for the whole world) and other people that want the resource (THE ENTIRE WORLD!) but the small group of people knows "what's best" for them and EVERYONE ELSE and deny the other people the resource. Quoting from the NBC episode recap: "Jenkins knows electricity will give weapons to the evil ones in the world." So instead without power ALL of the world governments have failed and now small communities are run by militias that are run by the likes of Monroe. And the various militias are fighting each other. And this is better than it was when the world had power??!! And to add hypocrisy this small group of people has plenty of power but are denying it to the rest of the world because the rest of the world is evil (but they are not!)!!!

Unfortunately this reflects the way things often happen in the real world but I still hate it both in the real world and in TV dramas!!


Tivo Premiere Vs. Tivo Premiere 4

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 10:53
Other than the 2 additional cable tuners, and the loss of the ATSC tuners, are there any differences between the Tivo Premiere and the Tivo Premiere 4? Especially hardware wise?

Service plan questions

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 09:10
I'm cutting the cord and plan on using Tivo for OTA HD. I'm hesitant to purchase new from Tivo as there are rumors of new hardware in the fall and trying to figure out what my options are to cheaply start using Tivo now with minimal commitment. I'm a little confused about the options as it pertains to the service plans and commitment.

It looks like I can try to find a used series 3 HD on ebay and then I can activate for $12.99 per month with no commitment. This may be the best option that I can tell.

I can buy a refurbished Premiere from Tivo for $99 but i need to commit to one year of service at $14.99/month. What's not clear to me is if I purchase a new Tivo within the 1st year, can I transfer my service and if so does the one year commitment reset?

I can buy a used Premiere on ebay. Do I need to commit to one year of service with this option? Same question as above in regards to transfering service to a new Tivo within the first year.


UltraDMA CRC Errors??? What??

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 07:31
My "new" WD AV-GP 2t was makings some weird noises. When I took it out and ran HDDScan it came up with UltraDMA CRC Errors :eek: with an exclamation point next to it. Anyone know whats going on with this drive? I'm selling the box and want to make sure everything is fine with it.
It's a Premier XL with Lifetime.

Bachelorette - Desiree Hartsock - all eps

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 01:44
Anyone watching? I watched a bit of the beginning. I personally don't care to watch much beyond the scenery and any particularly dramatic moments.

Feel free to keep me up to date on any moments you think are worth watching like stuff in the previews Spoiler: (e.g. fist fight, guy's girlfriend showing up)
. :)

For sale: Premiere with Lifetime $400

Mon, 05/27/2013 - 21:23
I bought this on this forum from another user in Dec 2012 and I haven't used it as much as I expected. Could use the money for a new work suit.

It's the standard premiere, I never had a need to upgrade the hard drive...2 tuners, 75 HD hours, Standard remote. Again, it comes with Lifetime Service.

It's outside of the limited warranty.

$400 includes shipping. Just as when buying, I'll accept Paypal when selling. PM me for my email.

Thanks a lot.

What's with all the TWC and Direct TV trolls?

Mon, 05/27/2013 - 20:25
I guess TWC is happy when some with Tivo calls in with a problem. That way they can blame someone else besides TWC for poorly maintained cable infrastructure and poorly trained tech support you get on the telephone. The field techs are good as long as they get good info.

Mad Men - "The Better Half" - OAD 5-26-13

Mon, 05/27/2013 - 19:58
Poor Peggy, Abe dumps her and Ted goes on like nothing happened between. Betty (January Jones) look hot.

Home network not working

Mon, 05/27/2013 - 19:04
Hi Folks, I'm not really into IT stuff but not a total nuffa so I will try and explain what's happening and hope it's an easy fix.

Running S3 Tivo, had it for about 4 years and it's worked great, had it connected through Home Network on our old PC and it worked most of the time fairly well but since upgrading our PC I can't get it to work.

Contacted Tivo and they sent out a patch which I installed and it transferred 1 program from my PC to the Tivo but wont bring up the Now playing list and says that the Tivo is not detected.

I've adjusted everything I can in the Firewall settings and our Norton Anti Virus software and now I'm stumped.

I've gone over everything I did when it transferred the 1 program and can't seem to get it to do it again.

I had no problems doing this the first time, I feel as though I've missed a step or does the Tivo software not like Windows 7?

Cheers Damo