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TivoHD+Expander to 2TB int HDD

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 17:56
So my mom's Tivo HD (652) with WD expander has been pixelating a lot lately, as well as suffering a growing number of reboots. Both drives passed the Tivo extended diagnostics. I'm assuming it's either a failing drive (despite the test results) or bad power supply.

Since I have a new 2 TB WD20EURS hard drive around, I thought I might install it to see if it fixes things. She doesn't care about the recorded shows.

So I was thinking I'd use WinMFS to copy the original internal drive to the new 2TB drive and expand it. Then boot the Tivo and tell it to divorce the now missing expander. Do I still need to do "clear & delete everything"? I really don't want to have to redo guided setup and cablecard if I can avoid that.

Complicating matters is I now have a Gigabyte motherboard! It looks like so long as I add the two drives to my "higher number" SATA ports, I might be OK.

I'm asking for feedback as my only visit to her in the next few months is Easter Sunday, so I'm pressed for time and really don't want to screw things up.

Constructive feedback greatly appreciated!

Castle 3/25/13 Possible spoilers

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 17:27
I read an article that says they will be doing a show where they talk about Ryans past as an under cover cop, which was suppose to have been very dark. He is suppose to go under cover for one of their shows. Does any one know if that is what tonights show is or is it scheduled for another week?

My Tivo claims to be recording multiple shows

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 17:09
but it's not really. We have a new (dec) XL4. So let's say all four of the little recording circles are red. Often, only two of those shows are actually recording. It seems as if more than one of them is on an HD channel, they don't record. (But I'm not sure if that's really a factor or just coincidental.)

So I'll give an example. All four circles are red. I go to Now Playing.
--Spongebob [Yes, I have kids!]. When I click to that one it plays normally.
-- Doc McStuffins. Also fine.
-- Say Yes to the Dress. It appears in the list, but when you click to the show, there's nothing to play, and as soon as it turns 8:30 (or whenever it ends), it disappears from the Now Playing list.
-- American Pickers. Same thing as Say Yes. At first glance it looks like it's recording, but when you actually click on it the screen is just black and it won't play. Then as soon as its end time hits, it disappears entirely.

We have a Charter card. (SoCal). Any thoughts? My husband doesn't entirely believe me, so I'm hoping someone else has experienced this or has some troubleshooting advice. I have no idea what to do. Thanks!

best remote control app for i-phone?

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 14:06
My sisters slide remote broke and now it seems replacements are nay to be found.What iphone app should I tell her to use until I can figure something out? Her Tivo is in closet. Most of the buttons on her slide remote stopped functioning.

pytivo YouTube Plug-In

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 14:00
I searched around a bit, but didn't see the answer, so I thought I'd ask the question.

I'm a long-time user of pytivo. Many years on the Mac, a few months on the PeeCee.

Has anyone had any luck with the "pytivo YouTube Plug-In"? I know it's not part of pytivo, but rather an open source project of it's own. I tried it some time ago on the Mac side, and just thought maybe it wasn't Mac friendly, and gave up.

Now I have switched my pytivo to run on PeeCee, (months ago) and I'm still unable to get this Plug-In to work. I placed the software pieces in the correct location, change my conf file, and re-start pytivo.

Again... Has anyone had any luck? It sure would be nice to have.

Moving to Orlando - What do I have to look forward to?

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 13:57
So I currently live in Kentucky, and I have Insight as my cable provider. Next month I'm moving to Orlando, and I'll be getting Bright House as my provider. I've heard that they have Tuning Adapters, and that we will be required to pay for both the cable card and the tuning adapter. The only thing is, that's all Greek to me. I know basically what the purpose of a tuning adapter. I don't know what they look like, and I just don't know what sort of effect they have on me in my day to day TiVo watching. Is it going to be something as annoying as the old IR cables TiVo boxes used to have to change cable box channels? Is it something I have to fiddle with to change a channel?

Also, what sort of costs are we looking at for 2 TiVos (2 and 4 tuner Premieres)? I assume that's going to be 2 tuning adapters and 2 cable cards. What would the price for that sort of setup run?

World Poker Tour: Season 11

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 12:11
Just discovered it started airing Feb 24. Missed the first 3 episodes, an entire tournament. Episodes 4&5 are re-airing tonight. Crud. I should have created an ARWL.

Best OTA converter box for Series2

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 11:21
Comcast finally shutdown my analog cable, and I tried their digital, but they left me with none of the stations I liked, and my DT is now an ST, so, I don't want to pay Caomcast another nickle, and just get an OTA converter box.

I've been researching this in the forums, and don't see good options for Series2 owners... problems with the channel X.Y format and such, but this topic seems to have died out a few years ago. Guess I came late to this game.

Are there any good OTA converters (vendors/models) that work well with the Series2 (maybe with hacks)?

Samsung Drive software?

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 10:55
OK, I got a hold of an older Series 3 (OLED) on Craigslist. I mainly got it for parts to for my other lifetime Series 3 OLED. glo remote, stock 250GB hard drive and wireless USB adapter.

Anyway, I recently also got a older DELL desktop PC that had a Samsung 500GB SATA drive in it. I pulled the Samsung drive from it, put a Series 3 image in it and stuck it in this Series 3 (OLED). All worked good until recently. I kept getting random reboots.

I actually put the original WD 250GB stock drive back in it and it works fine. Therefore, I think something is going on with the Samsung drive. I want to run a full diagnostic scan on it, but where do I go to get software that will do this? I think I read that Samsung drives were bought by Seagate so not sure which site I should go to in order to get the needed software.

Once Upon a Time - S2E18 - "Selfless, Brave and True" - OAD 3/24/2013

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 10:39
My Lostie co-worker was disgusted by this episode. She said this is exactly what Lost did: drag in something inexplicable, use it, kill it, and never explain it or hear from it again. And have two far-flung characters know each other for no reason. I think she's overreacting. :) I'm sure they will explain how Greg/Owen knows Tamara, and why his name changed, etc.

Why reset Pinocchio to a boy again? That was odd. He didn't lose his memories when going from a puppet to a boy the first time... why did he this time?

Why did Tamara go to The Dragon in the first place? To find "magic"? Did she really think it existed, and kept trying to find someone who had it? Did she know August at the first Dragon meeting... she's roughly their (August/Emma) age... maybe she was another kid in the orphanage... ah, the possibilities.

Who the heck uses a taser as their weapon of choice??

Now that we've pretty much established that Gold didn't remember anything in the early days of the curse (I don't think I'm buying that, given what a devious bastard he is), how DID Henry get adopted? And Regina waited 17 years to do it? She wanted a kid a week into the curse, when Owen was there! Makes me think that if Gold really didn't remember at the beginning, somewhere in the middle he "woke up".

Xfinity "Watchathon Week" - Tons of free content

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 10:09
Comcast is offering a bunch of shows, many from HBO, Showtime, Starz, and Cinemax, as well as other networks, through 3/31 On Demand and online for free. I use my old S2 to record On Demand content and I plan on trying to get all of Game of Thrones, Camelot and Hunted. I'd also like to catch up on Spartacus, Banshee, Strikeback, & Generation Kill but I don't see how I'll have the time to do that.

Here is the list of shows they are offering.

TiVo and the Wii U

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 09:43
I bought the Wii U on release day, due to their advertised integration with TiVo. Since then there has been little word from Nintendo or TiVo in regards to when this will be implemented. In fact, even setting up Nintendo TVii to work with TiVo is a pain, as you have to trick the system and tell it you're using a TiVo Satellite Box just to get it to change the channel.

Has anyone heard ANYTHING about TiVo + Wii U?

The Amazing Race - OAD 3/24/2013

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 09:26
Who didn't see that non-elimination coming?

I really enjoyed how most of the teams immediately chose to do the fire challenge and all but one of them gave up on it. Don't they watch Survivor? :p

Spartacus: War Of The Damned "Separate Paths" 3/22/2013

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 07:41
I'm wondering who had the worst day, Crixus or Caesar.

I lol'd when Crassus asked Caesar "Dude, what happened to you and why are you walking?"

God, I hate Naevia. Will that harpy never die? Crixus was a badass until she turned him into whiner. It's gotten to the point where I hope one of those cartoon anvils falls out of the sky and crushes her skull.

He's a total jerk but Tiberius is no King Joffrey.

Can't tune SDV channel, but can record it!

Sun, 03/24/2013 - 23:36
This is an interesting one... I like to watch the Science channel which happens to be an SDV channel. Every few days, my TiVo loses the ability to tune this channel until I reboot it - displaying the message "This channel is temporarily unavailable", however during this time I can record the very same channel perfectly. I have two Premiere XL4's both exhibiting the identical behavior, so I know this isn't hardware related.

I wonder if this will ever get fixed?

V401 error

Sun, 03/24/2013 - 22:17
Today I was watching live TV on one of my Minis. I went into another room and attempted live TV viewing on that Mini and got an error that the only available tuner was in use so would I like to watch a recording instead.

That's when something "interesting" happened. I had scheduled a recording of a live program I had been watching on that same Mini the previous evening. I tried to play back that recording and the Mini threw error code V401 "there was a problem playing your recording".

Other recordings seemed to play back fine. Yet another TiVo Mini teething problem it seems. Rather annoying one too.

It would also be nice if TiVo gave the ability for us to "force" takeover of a tuner from another amino on the network.

TiVo Series 2 40 Hour DVR Receiver with All Cables, Paperwork & LIFETIME SERVICE

Sun, 03/24/2013 - 21:26
This isn't my listing. I just saw it and thought someone might be interested.

US $29.99
Buy It Now

$20.00 Standard Shipping
Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Walking Dead "This Sorrowful LIfe" OAD 3/24/13

Sun, 03/24/2013 - 21:13
BIH Kirkman

Tivo HD, 250GB with Lifetime service

Sun, 03/24/2013 - 20:47
Selling one of my Tivo HDs on ebay: Link to ebay listing

cue music from tablet? android apps?

Sun, 03/24/2013 - 19:55
I have free tivo desktop on my PC and was able to publish my mp3's to be playable on my Tivo ok, but is there an android app so I can cue music to play from Tivo with tablet instead of having to turn TV on?
On Android playstore the 2 main full fledged apps I see are-

official Tivo for tablet app
- reviews complain of slow app
- unavailable for jellybean

DVR commander
- less features than tivo app?
- faster than tivo app

Anyone care to share impressions comparing these? I just installed Tivo for tablet on my ICS tablet. It seems to run fine for me despite horrid reviews on android play store. Mostly due to jellybean incompatibility? I dont see how to cue music from within app.
Other tivo adroid app I installed is "tivo music server" and it works great as a way to play music from a micro SD card wirelessly to tivo from an android device. all navigation controls need to be done from TV menu unfortunately. The only other Tivo apps I see is "network remote for Tivo" & "RCX for Tivo". These last 2 apps seem to be basic remote apps. Will these or any other apps allow me to cue my music and leave TV off?