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TiVo Series 3 TCD648250B w/ Lifetime & 1TB HDD

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 17:33
I'm offering this unit here before I go to eBay. I am the original owner and this unit works perfectly. It was upgraded to a Western Digital AV-GP WD10EVDS HDD in 2010. Unit will come in it's original box with all original accessories.

$375 shipped.

Tivo two tv's

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 17:29
Hi hope im posting in the write part , i have seen some posts about my topic but im still not clear on how to do it , i had my tivo box fitted yesterday in my lounge but i would like to extend it so i can watch it in my bedroom aswell when i looked on the back there is only one rf and that has the aerial going in so how can i do it?


Attempting to recover my WD1600AVBS hard drive

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 17:20
We lost our TCD652160 the other night and I tracked it down to the hard drive no longer spinning. The power supply is fine though (I hooked up another SATA drive from some spare parts and it spun right up). Upon further investigation of the WD1600AVBS drive I found that the printed circuit board appears to have slightly melted the foam backing right at the "D1" chip on the board. My hunch therefore is that the issue is not the spindle, but the PCB.

Here's my question. Does anyone know whether the PCB on one of these drives can be swapped? If, say, I purchase a used TCD652160 with the exact same stock drive, can use that PCB to help bring my existing drive back to life?

Thanks for any advice.

FIVB World League volleyball

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 15:17
For those of you into volleyball, take note that although the World League matches being shown right now have 2010 date info, they are in fact 2012 World League matches.

Tour de France Important Weekend Programming Note

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 11:04
The live coverage for the Tour de France this weekend (July 7-8) will NOT be on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN). It WILL be on the peacock itself, NBC, and is scheduled for 4 hours (8am-noon EDT, 5am-9am PDT).

Note that even if you have set Season Passes for both NBCSN and NBC, if the NBCSN Season Pass is higher priority, your TiVo will automatically try to record the first NBCSN showing, which will be a 2-hour version starting at noon EDT. You need to manually force the the NBC version to record.

Episodes "Pucks!" (7/1/12) [SPOILERS]

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 10:27
Is anyone still watching Joey 2.0? It has some humorous moments.

"Hey, you've got some butter on your pants."

"Yep, that's butter."

Still underwhelmed by the horsey-faced Brit girl, though.

Generally poor tivo applications

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 10:08
Why are the apps like netflix and hulu plus on tivo generally poor compared to on other platforms like ps3 and roku? I love my tivo but everytime I try to use hulu plus it is maddeningly slow compared to my ps3 and even my roku. Netflix is mostly okay. I guess in general I get mostly frustrated with the slowness of tivo. I know it's handling a lot but it's just too slow in general. I'll probably just stick with using my ps3 and roku boxes for non-tivo services. I certainly wish tivo could be my only media box. I'm sure it will never happen but it would be cool to have tivo and roku form a partnership and roku would provide all the 3rd party apps and channels.

Netflix q: how do I browse instant queue?

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 07:16
Using the obtuse new Netflix app how do I browse my 100 queued shows full screen? God am I stuck going left-right one movie at a time on thE top row of the main screen?


Any help much appreciated

Fuzzy welcome screen

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 02:14
While swapping parts from a replacement TiVo and my original (power supply and drive) I noticed that the welcome screen on the replacement had a stainless steel background on the welcome screen.

The same screen on my original lifetime unit is a fuzzy gray screen which, as the startup progresses, gets fuzzier and fuzzier until the whole screen is almost static.

I had thought the swapping power supplies might fix it - if my original one was failing, but that didn't make a difference.

Does anyone have any ideas on what could be causing this?

Thanks again in advance

Lost media key

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 02:07
My tIVo failed, and while trying to diagnose, I removed watch battery on motherboard. That didn't fix it (still stuck on welcome), so I purchased another unit, same model.

After confirming new TiVo worked, I put drive for my original T in replacement. Same problem, although this time it got stuck on Almost There screen.

I then put drive from replacement T in original (lifetime) unit. After a couple tries, it booted into main play list menu. Yoppee!! However, several things popped out immediately;
1. OS on replacement drive is so old, it's missing 1 or 2 of the main menu items. I can't remember which, but it's only showing 4 choices.
2. Evidently, OS is so old it won't recognize the USB ports on my motherboard, so I can't connect to TiVo service. And, since all telephone lines in neighborhood are digital, it can't talk to TiVo using a phone line.
3. Finally, it appears that the watch battery ihad nothing to do with retaining instead of retaining at least some of the network and config settings, but it did keep the media key!

So, here are my questions;
A. Do I need the media key, and other now missing system info, that I lost when I removed the watch battery, to access my lifetime service, or is the needed sn or ID part of the firmware? I can't see any sign of an sn or eid anywhere.
2. Is there a way to upgrade the OS on this drive without using a network or phone connection?

I know I have to eventually get an upgraded drive (the one that faled was only @18 mo old! The original lasted 8 years!), but befor investing in that I want to make sure all the other equip is still working - mainly network adaptor, IR blaster, downloading from TiVo service, etc.

Thanks in advance

S3 will not load tv guide data

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 23:17
My S3 Pioneer Tivo, which has worked perfectly for years ran out of tv guide data because of a crappy Linksys network adapter. I have tried everything from rebooting, rerun guide set up and connecting to Tivo service.

When I connect to Tivo service it produces the "Done" for every step (rather quickly and not much time to actually load anything). It always reports Success on last connection. I still can not get the guide to load. All channels report "To be announced" for show information.

I use broadband and have a Comcast DTA. Have powered off/on DTA.
I have lifetime suscription. Wonder if anyone knows possible what steps in what order to clear this up.

Toshiba SD-H400 hard drive problem

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 23:16
I would like to help a charity situation who has a Toshiba SD-H400 with a bad hard drive. Does anyone perhaps have a WinMFS image for that model they could let me have so I can recreate a hard drive for this person.
Thanks so much in advance!

Rizzoli & Isles S3E05 OAD 7/3/12 **Spoilers**

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 22:25
WTH? I used to enjoy this show. It was never going to be Emmy-material, but it was fun.

I hated when they forced the Rizzoli's Mom as a regular. Please!

This week they introduce the nun? Lazy writing. She carries students' school files from 30 years ago? :rolleyes:

I'm giving it one more episode before I delete the season pass.

hard drive

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 20:50
what is the storage compactly for the tivo's?

Can someone help walk me through this stuff ? Potential new buyer questions

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 19:17
I'm doing my best to justify the initial hardware costs of a Tivo instead of paying money to the Comcast Mafia, with subscription costs, they'll likely cost about the same for two (12.99 x2 for tivo or (16.95+9.95 for comcast)), so the question comes down to is the hardware worth it for me, so maybe someone can help answer these questions:

1) I cannot find a huge difference between the Premiere and XL aside from HDD size and THX certification. I'm buying a really nice Panasonic 60" plasma, so I'm wondering if the THX thing is a deal breaker. Any other major differences to know?

2) Are hard drives still user replaceable and upgradable?

3) Are the lifetime subscriptions only good for the life of that box? Aka, if it dies a year into it, am I screwed? What about transferability with upgrades?

4)I'm assuming the only things that really breaks on these are the hard drives, is that the case?

5)What's the deal with the networking, how can this thing be sold without wifi built in in 2012. Any other possibilities on wifi adapters for better prices?

6) Trying to justify the pricing, I'm thinking of a refurb regular premier for my bedroom and a Premier XL for the living room, once I add in wifi adapters, that's still $350-375 up front, and then the subscription charges. I've never used a tivo, I've had great luck with the fios DVR service, but I'm being forced into comcast with an upcoming move.

Please, someone talk me into this. If this is the wrong landing spot for this post, please move or ask me to move. Thanks!

Connect to Download Programming

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 18:26
What is going on with the Tivo Connect process? I have been using Tivo for over 10 years now. I have a Sony Tivo 1, a Tivo 2, a Toshiba Humax Tivo 2 with DVR and 500 gb HDD and 2 Tivo Premier HD’s with 1TB HDD. Only the Toshiba and the 2 Premiers are in use right now. I will refer to the two Premier units as Unit A and Unit B.

The process of Connecting was always the same until I got the 2 Premiers. It would take 10 or 15 minutes for each unit to go through the processes of Preparing, Connecting, Getting info, Disconnecting and Loading. It would then take one to three hours for all the program listings to be updated.

Once I got the Premier units, that all changed. They would sit on Preparing for about an hour before beginning the process and then another long wait sitting on Preparing to load… before the actual Loading began. Another difference was that once the Loading was complete I believe the program listings were all already in place so it was six of one and a half dozen of the other.

On July 1st, that changed on both units and it reverted to the old way…which I prefer. Going from Preparing… to Done took about 10 minutes and then it took a while for the listings to get in place. When that happened, I checked my software version which on 2/2/10 was 11.0d-01-2-652. On 7/1/12 it was 11.0k-01-2-652. The only change being the d to a k which I emphasized.

At 5:10PM today I started a manual Connect on both units. Unit A went through the quicker process and now, 1 hour and 18 minutes later I see no new program listings in place yet. Unit B has reverted to the slower process and 1 hour and 18 minutes later it is just sitting on Preparing to load…

Oh, I forgot to mention that before 7/1, when either unit sat on Preparing to load… for as long a time as this, I would have to reboot the unit and it would then complete the Connecting processes without further problem. It has now been 1 hour and 23 minutes since the Connect began and I have just rebooted that unit.

As usual, after rebooting the Connect ran smoothly and after about ½ hour it has already Loaded 27% of the download.

In the meantime, I was diverted briefly because of this:

I just saw a news story on Special Report on Fox News Channel. They warned that many people may have problems with their computers starting on Monday from something that was planted on their computers as long as a year ago. It is a DNS converter and they advised all to go here to detect and fix the problem: http://www.dcwg.org/detect/ It is a site put in place by the FBI.

I tried just now but could not connect but remember a few million people all just got this warning at the same time. I will try again later.

I also checked it on Snopes and it was listed there as TRUE. The listing was added today: http://www.snopes.com/computer/virus/dnschanger.asp

Suggestions on packing/shipping TiVo / Selling TiVO HD w/ Lifetime

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 18:25
Hi all,

Hope this is the correct thread to post, but I have a Series 3 TiVO HD (w/ lifeetime) that I am considering parting with (my wife and I got rid of cable and replaced it with AT&T U-Verse instead - our bill just went from $130/mo to $85/mo!).

I no longer have the box for the TiVO, which raises an issue for me - how in the world do I pack and ship the TiVO? Specifically, what type of packing material would I need in order to pack and ship the item safely? I've got a huge roll of bubble wrap - I considered just wrapping the TiVo multiple times (like a mummy) and then placing it in a box. HOwever, I wanted to know if anyone had any other suggestions on packing a TiVo for shipping.

Alternatively, if anyone lives in the Los Angeles or Orange County area, my TiVo HD is for sale! It's got the lifetime subscription, comes with the original remote (pretty much unused, as I used a Harmony remote to control the devices), as well as the wireless adapter. I also have many of the original manuals for it. Let me know if anyone is interested! I checked on eBay, and it looks like the average selling price ranges anywhere from $250-$350.

Remapping channels

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 12:51
My DirecTV HR2x unit has a neat feature where if there are SD and HD versions of a channel, they both map to the same channel# and it selects the appropriate one for the output connection. To save money, 'm trying to go back to TW cable from DirecTV using a Premiere and thats one annoyance, my local channels 2-13 get me the analog SD versions and I need to change to 402-413 to get the HD versions. Is there any ability in the Premiere to map say 4 to 404 so my wife doesn't keep ending up watching the SD channel and complaining about the quality?

'Talking Dead' - Season 3 Preview Special

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 12:45
Just a Heads Up 'The Walking Dead' fans,

'Talking Dead', Live Primtime Special

Quote: Hardwick will give fans a first look at “The Walking Dead” Season 3, including a scene from the new season, and brand new video interviews with the cast, a tour of the new set and a sneak peek at the props and wardrobes featured in Season 3. Hardwick will also sit down with in-studio guests including the show’s executive producers and other celebrity fans. Viewers will get information on the show’s presence at this year’s Comic-Con, including a look at the construction of “The Walking Dead” booth, updates on AMC’s “The Walking Dead” Social Game, and other show-related news and topics. Check your season passes, Sunday, July 08 2012.

not authorized to view majority of channels with tuning adapter running - Cox

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 11:32
I replaced my TiVo HD with a Premiere last week. I went to a Cox store last Friday to exchange my two single stream cards for a multi stream card. I brought the tuning adapter just in case. They did swap out the tuning adapter and gave me a multi stream cable card. After setting it up and calling Cox to pair everything, the tuning adapter was blinking for an hour. I called Cox back and they resent the info to the tuning adapter and scheduled a service appointment just in case. An hour later of it still blinking, I called Cox again and the light went solid after they refreshed the tuning adapter. Unfortunately, every channel besides 1002-1026 then had a black screen with a TiVo message saying that I was not authorized to view this channel and to contact my cable provider. When I unplugged the tuning adapter, I got 1002-1026, but also got the standard SD channels. The Cox tech resent a signal and the same thing happened when I hooked up the tuning adapter. The full program schedule is on my TiVo. Restarting the TiVo and tuning adapter did not resolve it.
On Sunday, a service tech came out and swapped out the tuning adapter. The same thing happened. He said he did everything by the books, but did not have another tuning adapter or cable card and scheduled another service appointment for me. Since there was still time before the Cox store closed, I went to see if I could swap the tuning adapter and cable card so I did not have to wait three days for the service appointment.
I explained the situation and the guy said that the tech did not 'synch' the tuning adapter and cable card to the TiVo and to tell the tech to do that and it would be fixed. He would hook up his machine and synch it. When the tech came out yesterday, I told him exactly what the guy in the store said and he said his equipment can only tell the signal strength to see if that is an issue. He then called in a refresh without any success. He did not have a replacement tuning adapter or cable card and scheduled another service appointment for me for tomorrow.
I plan on swapping out the tuning adapter and cable card this afternoon at the Cox store and have them make sure the tech that comes has several tuning adapters and cable cards.
Has anyone had a similar situation? Anything I can try or suggest to the tech that comes out? Anything I can ask support when I call them? Any information would be greatly appreciated.