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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?

Swamp Man

Sun, 07/14/2013 - 20:31
Shelby from Ax Men has own show starting in August. I had a feeling it would happen, him and colorful characters around him were always the best part of Ax Men.

Amazon Season Passes - download automatically?

Sun, 07/14/2013 - 20:04
I've been using my S2 Tivo to download series from Amazon pretty much from the day they started offering this feature. I've always set it up so that new episodes would download automatically. The last couple of shows I've subscribed to have kind of hidden the automatic download option, but now I can't seem to find it at all. I can still buy a SP and manually initiate a download for an individual episode, but I much prefer obviously to just have them download overnight and be there when we're ready to watch.

I called Amazon and the CSR I spoke to says they don't offer an automatic download option, but since she didn't seem aware they ever offered this (and I used it as recently as a month ago) I'm not 100% sure she knows what she's talking about. Anyone have recent experience with Amazon SP downloads one way or the other?

I've seen the other thread about having trouble downloading some movie rentals from Amazon, but started a different thread since this seems to be a separate issue.

My Bad motherBoard

Sun, 07/14/2013 - 19:35
I’m posting these results to help all the good technical agents at TiVo and all us frustrated customers who are dealing with Issues like sound dropping out and erroneous (network faults) The biggest problem I had in getting the problem solved was the poor continuity of communication that the TiVo origination forces on the tech agents and customers.

Everytime a customer calls into TiVo they get a new agent and a new incident number. If the trouble shooting effort is lengthily, as mine was, the file gets so long that no agent can quickly pickup where the last call ended. I admit I got frustrated many times because the agents all wanted to start with basic trouble shooting efforts rather reading the whole file for each incident number. But they never got frustrated and instead they stuck with me. Thank you all for that effort because we did solve the problem. It just took 60 days to do it

What was learned is very important for every Premier owner to know and also for every agent to remember. First never buy a TiVo without an extended warranty and don’t waste your money on a new unit. Buy a refurbished one because they have gone through more testing than a new unit. Also keep in mind if you need to get a replacement, as I did, only get a refurbished units. In my case that meant I paid an extra $50 for my TiVo because the new one cost $150 and the refurbished ones go for under $100.

So here is the nugget to remember Mother Boards can be unstable even when the unit is new. Weakness and the frequency of reported similar faults on the forum pages helped me first figure out this but it was only after testing a different TiVo at my install site that this was confirmed. One of my units had consistent audio failures relating to the HDMI auto enable & disable and it would not stream in HD video using Hulu or Netflix. A relocation test at the my home (moving one box to another room) proved that my supporting 15/20 network was not the issue.

Then when a replacement unit that finally sent it also proved that the problem was in the other TiVo unit. Oh listen to this! When TiVo sent a replacement to me they canceled my lifetime sub on the unstable box that I was still watch in SD video. Well it took 10 days for the new TiVo to arrive so I had to call and re-activate my Lifetime Sub box with monthly contract service. Since its got a 30day cancelation on the contract when its retuned I will be credited for the screw up in subscription that they caused.

Well that’s my story! If you think it’s acting unstable then send it back and save yourself 60 days of painful trouble shooting.