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TCD652160, replaced 1kUF capacitor, still have problems, GSOD

Thu, 10/25/2012 - 06:53
My TCD652160, which worked beautifully for a long time now has problems. It worked great until about a week ago, and then started rebooting more and more frequently. It got to the point it would only run about 10 min, and then reboot. I tried kickstart, but no success. After researching, I opened cover and had one swelled capacitor, which I replaced.

This improved things quite a bit, where it will now run about 1-1/2 hours or sometimes longer, but then instead of rebooting, it just totally locks up and I get the GSOD. The only way to get it back is to power cycle.

I've tried running the various kickstart codes, which all succeed, except the overnight test, where it locks up somewhere during the process and won't finish.

I'm trying to figure out if I have a likely hard drive problem or if there are other power supply problems. It doesn't seem like it would be the power supply, because it can have been in the lock up mode for hours (warm/hot components) and it will still reboot and work okay for about the same time period. In other words, it doesn't seem to make any difference if it was powered down for an extended period, with cold components or not.

On the other hand, I'm not sure it's the hard drive either. I'm tempted to replace it with a new one, maybe from a seller on eBay, that already has the image, but I really don't need the larger capacity all that much, though it would be nice.

What do I look for? I've read that voltages are difficult to check on the power supply's, and you can get get proper voltages and still have a bad supply. Or is it more likely that the image on the drive somehow was corrupted, and is causing the problems? It is interesting that it works for a while, but suddenly and inexplicably locks up.

The interesting part is that it no longer ever reboots, but instead, always just locks up with the GSOD. To me, this seems that it's probably the drive, but then again...

If I buy an ebay drive (I don't have a PC with a SATA port, and don't want to spend the money to get one, or buy the CD needed, or take the time to do it), are there any recommended sellers? I see DVR Dude and uoph as the most common sellers of imaged drives. Anyone have any experience with either?

THR22 - Tell me its not DEAD already?

Thu, 10/25/2012 - 06:29
Got my new THR22 4 months ago, slim 5 dish with swm and 1 receiver so no multiswitch, and it worked for a while... but nothing but problems this last week. I hope this thing is not dead already... or slowly dying
first question: what is the difference between dish setup #4 slimline 5 and #18 slimline-5S (SWM)?? I have tried both but not sure which is what I should be using as any choice also allows you to say 2 tuners and SWM=yes?.

But I have been going in circles after years of hassle free dvr-40 (expanded of course), what started as an error
" Multi switch problem. Check that cables are connected correctly and the multi switch is working properly" confused me as no multiswitch, one line coming from the LNB to the power inserter, 1 cable from power inserter to thr22 swm input... sat input 2 emptly?

but thinking it was a short open connector, I changed out all the connectors and made sure I had at least 1/8-1/4 copper stinger to go into the connection. This seemed to work for briefly, but then I noticed I was getting half pvr'd shows... first 30 minutes was fine, then it went blank and said "searching for authorized content". this was pretty non selective, every show taped over a 2 day period, so I had DTV reauthorize the box and I checked all signal levels... high 90's across the board...

now I get "searching for a signal on Satellite In 2 (771) and searching for a signal on Satellite In 1 (771) intermittently... even though high 90's on the signal meters?

All this seems to have started over the last few weeks... colder weather maybe.... but I am starting to think that my new Tivo box is dying a slow and painful death, taking me a long with it???

Any advice or insight would be appreciated, or do I need a new box?

Real quick question for clarification please!

Thu, 10/25/2012 - 01:22
I was thinking of getting another Premiere in addition to the one we have in our house right now. I wanted to take advantage of the Halloween sale going on at http://www.tivo.com/ now. I was going to get another one of the 45 hour boxes for $69.99.

Here is my question. I just wanted to make 100% sure that we will be able to either stream or transfer (and begin watching while transferring) shows from one Premiere to the other. I also have a S2DT and the 'watch while transferring' option is available (obviously, the S2 can't play the HD shows from the Premiere, but the Premiere can play the SD shows off of the S2DT), so I just wanted to make sure that Premiere to Premiere is also capable of doing that.

I am on wired GB/s ethernet, so network speed won't be a problem.

Cougertown fans

Wed, 10/24/2012 - 22:37
I am sure some know but just throwing it out there. I saw a promo during Conan on TBS that a new season is coming on TBS in January.

Youtube and Netflix app kill ALL video on XL4

Wed, 10/24/2012 - 22:21
I was a long time S3 fan, and made the stupid mistake of switching to the Elite - now when I playback in the YouTube or Netflix app, then exit either - ALL video playback is gone.

This includes the backgrounds in the SD menus, PIP in HD menus, live TV and any video playback.

Only solution is to reboot - and even then, half the time I need to power cycle 4-5 times to even get the welcome message.

I've tried searching all I could, but there are clearly so many issues with this thing that my bug was hard to find. Anything I can do to prevent this, short of never using those lousy apps?


Modern Family "Open House of Horrors" 10-24-2012

Wed, 10/24/2012 - 22:11
"Rich Girl, Sara Smile, into a Maneater encore.. it was killer.... and if you closed your eyes, it sounded just like the real band"

Loved all of Phil's phone banter, but this had me literallly LOLing...

CBS primetime, 10/24/2012, huh?

Wed, 10/24/2012 - 21:52
Normally, Wednesday night should be Survivor(7pm), CSI(8pm), Criminal Minds(9pm). I record all three. The guide data for 10/24, for me anyway, shows Criminal Minds(7pm), CSI(8pm), Survivor(9pm). WTF?

So, at 7pm, my Tivo recorded what it thought was Criminal Minds. Turns out it is survivor. At 8pm, it is recording what it things is CSI, but is actually Criminal Minds. I'm guessing in 10 minutes, at 9pm, it will start recording what it thinks is Survivor, but hopefully is really CSI. So the actually airing of shows was Survivor(7pm), Criminal Minds(8pm), CSI(9pm, hopefully).

This is Cableone, in Boise. Not sure if other areas are as screwed up, but unless you record all three like me, you may have some messed up shows.

[edit] Yup, at 9pm my Tivo is recording what it thinks is Survivor but is really CSI.

Regarding the comment about the World Series... I don't know. Tonight is the first game of the WS. But that doesn't make sense. All three of the CBS shows are still new episodes. They are just jumbled in order with mixed up descriptions.

[edit2] Maybe it does make sense. The WS should be over by 9pm, so maybe the networks (and my Tivo guide data) moved CM and CSI to 7 and 8 and Survivor until after the game was over, but my local affiliate, being in the Mountain Time Zone, decided to arrange things in a different order?

Survivor Philippines OAD 2012-Oct-24

Wed, 10/24/2012 - 21:39
That was a bad deal for Kalabaw.

When they were deadlocked, the expected result for each tribe was 1) no reward, and 2) keep your rice.

Tandang turned that situation into 1) no reward and 2) double your rice. That's a clear win for them.

Kalabaw turned that situation into 1) a reward and 2) no rice. They traded immediate bounty for long-term starvation. One can argue that it might be a good trade for them, and one can argue that it might be a bad trade for them.

But it was a trade they didn't have to make, and it was a trade that benefited the other tribe.

And good riddance on Katie; she was worthless in challenges, and probably would have been worthless as a post-merge ally.

Supernatural - "Bitten" - 10/24/12

Wed, 10/24/2012 - 21:13
Wow. That was really cool.

And I'm sorry was that character development? They were in the show a total of 5 minutes and we get character development. Dean didn't want to hunt her down and kill her. Benny's influence, I can only assume.

And wow, they just aren't letting up on everyone in the outside world thinking they are gay. Office romance. And they are no longer even phased by it. Dean was more worried about his over usage of the word awesome. Ha!

I feel like there could be a lot of hate for this episode with the lack of Sam and Dean in it but I loved it. I love that after 7+ seasons they are still finding ways to make the show feel fresh.

Vizio Co-Star & Tivo HD

Wed, 10/24/2012 - 21:00
Anyone have experienced with adding the Vizio Co-Star (Google TV varient) to their Tivo set-up? Received a Co-Star as a gift.

Looking to see how easy set-up and if it plays nice with Tivo and what additional features are possible.

Thanks in advance for responding.

Next Iron Chef: Redemption - Season Premiere 11/4

Wed, 10/24/2012 - 18:12
This new season of Next Iron Chef begins on Nov 4.

As you can see, they changed the name of the show (a pox on Food Network - stop doing this!). Anyway, something odd is going on, from my end anyway...

I went to set up the Season Pass for this season of the show. I found it on Nov 4, channel 761 (my HD version of FN - as it should be). No problem. I go to set the season pass and I see that the season pass set up page has changed the channel to 702, which is The Cooking Channel. The show is NOT on The Cooking Channel, but it wanted to set it up that way anyway. Of course there was no way to change that so I just had to set up a manual recording to catch the Nov 4 ep for now. On 'record this show' it had it right but, no matter how many times I tried to set up an SP, it kept showing the channel as 702 instead of 761.

I've never seen that before!

Can a S2 box receive sdv channels somehow?

Wed, 10/24/2012 - 17:44
Hi, my Mom has a series 2 w/LT sub but TW just switched her favorites to sdv:mad: I called, they sent us 3 different boxs/adapters to no avail? Is it possible or does she need a minimum of S3 box? The TW adapter I use on my s3 says s3 or better...

Tivo and Vizio VHT 215 Soundbar Problem

Wed, 10/24/2012 - 15:12
I have a Vizio VHT215 soundbar hooked up to my Tivo Premiere via digital coaxial from the TV (a 42" Philips Costco special from 4 or 5 years ago. It does not support ARC). Whenever I change channels, skip, go to the tivo options, etc I almost always get a loud chirrup - very short and sharp. Something that, to me at least, sounds like some sort of weird discontinuation on the sound - like a burst of high pitched static. During play back or live TV it seems to work just fine but the high pitched burst is unacceptable. This sound did *not* occur prior to using the sound bar. Also, if I just use the analog audio the sound doesn't happen. So I'm not sure if its the soundbar that is defective, the TV introducing a problem on the digital out, of if it's something odd with the Tivo.

Has anyone come across this before or have any ideas or suggestions?

Next step is to use the HDMI from the Tivo to the soundbar to the TV (via passthrough) but that's not my optimal solution (we have 3 HDMI device and the soundbar only has two HDMI inputs).


XL4 disk copy work in Premiere?

Wed, 10/24/2012 - 15:08
Will a copy of an XL4 drive on the same model HD as the XL4 boot and run on a standard Premiere, i.e. will it re-configure for the change in model ID?

Why would Tivo's record wrong channel?

Wed, 10/24/2012 - 14:05
This has only happened a few times but it has happened on 2 THD's.

I selected the Debates and not knowing which THD we were going to use, we set them up online to record CH 618 (FoxNews HD). Instead they went to the first station with that show and recorded on CH 2 which is ABC SD! I thought it had something to do with the online schedule so the next Debate I scheduled from the 2 THD's guides. On one THD it still went to CH2 and on the other it went to CH 118, which is the SD version of CH618. Since I did this from each THD's guide why would it switch channels? This has not happened before that I can remember, but has happened on ALL 3 debates...actually 4 counting the VP debate.


Wed, 10/24/2012 - 13:01
Does anyone else find this feature completely worthless? I listen to Adam Carolla podcast, which has the Guinness Book of World Record for the most downloaded podcast. Why isn't this podcast accessible on the Premier Tivo?

Problem with a few Fios HD channels

Wed, 10/24/2012 - 12:42
I have a Premier XL4 with Fios. Initially, everything was working fine. Then the issue with the HBO channels appeared over the summer, but that was quickly solved by calling Fios and pairing the card.

But immediately after that, I lost the ability to watch a few HD channels - namely, TNT, NFL Network, one of my HBO channels, and most recently, AMC HD. When I go to any of those channels, I see a black screen and a message "Problem with the signal on this channel - trying again".

This really has me baffled. I was hoping the problem would go away when we moved into our new house a month ago, but no such luck. So that tells me it isn't a problem with the coax or the feed since it has occurred in two separate locations. And I recently swapped in a new cable card but have the same problem. Of course, Verizon hasn't been helpful. I haven't tried contacting TiVo support - will do that next.

Anybody have a similar problem? Any suggestions? Apologies if this particular issue has been discussed before.

Fall 2012 Service Update and Priority sign up

Wed, 10/24/2012 - 12:18
Got a tweet from @TivoDesign:

Why register your #TiVo Premiere at http://tivo.com/priority ?
New Season Pass Manager! http://twitpic.com/b71dd1

I registered my TiVos and I received a message that I will receive the Fall 2012 Service Update within 3 days of its release.

Season Pass recording, record not at first run time

Wed, 10/24/2012 - 11:54
I have a Premier with two tuners, I have tried several times to search for a program and see that it is on at 2:00 am. When I try and schedule a season pass for the program that clearly shows it is on at 2:00 am, the TiVo comes back and states there are conflicts with the recording. When I check the conflicts the box has set up a season pass for the program when it originally aired that day at 9:00 pm. I want the box to create the season pass for the specific time of the show I have clicked on not the first air time of the show that day. Therfore, if I search for a show and select other viewings and select the show to record that is on at 2:00 am, it lets me record the show as a one time recording but always defaults back to the first air time of the show when I create a season pass.

Happy Endings: Cazsh Test Dummies 10/23/12

Wed, 10/24/2012 - 10:04
I am so happy this is back!

Sinbrad cracked me up - especially the "Ebony and Ebony" song at the end. I am still laughing about it. :D