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Series 3 (OLED) drive replacement questions

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 07:34
I have a TiVo Series 3 (w/ OLED) that has either a failing drive or corrupted drive. I also have a spare 500GB WD drive that I thought I would just put a new TiVo image on and then basically swap it with the S3's original (250GB) drive.

From what I can tell, WinMFS seems like the best solution to be able to install a fresh/clean image onto this drive. Can be done within Windows. I am not interested in transferring any recordings so it should be simple. I was also able to obtain a S3 image that is basically titled 648250b.tbk. This is the correct image to use with WinMFS, correct?

I have this spare 500GB drive connected to to a PC and its already mounted as drive G:. The tutorial states "Don't assign a drive letter. If you do, your Tivo Bootpage will be erased." Should I really worry about this or is it not a big deal in my case & really only if I'm maybe copying/backing up an existing drive? Having it already mounted as drive G: won't mess up my main Windows drive (C:) either, will it?

I'm also a little confused on which option I really need to run to load my clean image on to this 500GB WD drive. I see 'restore kernal', 'restore bootpage' & 'restore TiVo drive'. I'm thinking "restore TiVo Drive" is all I need to worry about, correct? Again, all the others are really if I was copying/backing up an existing drive.

Change from Comcast to FIOS - need to do anything special?

Thu, 08/30/2012 - 21:15
Hi,

I currently have two tivo premieres hooked up to comcast cable. Tomorrow Verizon is coming to install FIOS, and I have requested for them to bring two cable cards. Is there anything I need to do with the tivo premieres ahead of time to prepare for this? Should I rerun guided setup and select FIOS as my provider? Should I do this before the FIOS technician arrives, or after?

Audio drops out using Optical Cable

Thu, 08/30/2012 - 20:13
Previously with a HD TiVo using an optical cable from the TiVo to his receiver my friend was able to turn off the TV and the sound from the channel would continue to be outputted. The video is fed from the TiVo to the TV via HDMI.

With a TiVo Premiere using the same setup when the TV is turned off the audio drops. The TiVo is still on and receiver is still on only the TV is turned off.

It's not making any sense to me and am trying to find a solution. He turns the TV off while he's out of the house so his cats are not left in total silence. It's comforting to them.

Any ideas why this is happening? Is the Premiere sensing the TV is turned off and not outputting the sound? Any other DVR I've had would continue to output sound even when the TV is not on.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

As a side note: his TV does not support any kind of HDMI-CEC, it an older generation Sony Bravia.

Thanks.

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8/30 Rookie Blue

Thu, 08/30/2012 - 18:34
Being preempted tonight because of football in the Philly market and the episode is not showing up anywhere else in the guide. Usually they would air it at 1:36am so I am going to set up a recording for that time just in case.

Comcast in demand in miami

Thu, 08/30/2012 - 16:03
Does anyone have any idea when Miami will be getting on demand

No sound on rendered videos

Thu, 08/30/2012 - 15:26
Hey all,

I'm using Vegas Pro 11 to render some videos on my TiVo Premiere. Since I only have TiVo Desktop (not Plus), I've rendered them as MPEG 2. They play just fine on my PC with Winamp and Windows Media Player. However when I play them with TiVo I get no sound.

Could it be a codec issue?

Thanks in advance :)

pixelization and stuttering picture

Thu, 08/30/2012 - 13:41
In the last week, I have noticed that when I play back recorded programming, I get some periodic stopping and stuttering with my picture, as well as very light pixelization. I have Time Warner Cable....this is a new problem, and my other two TiVo's do not do this...thus it would seem to be the DVR and not the cable service. I am using a 1 TB external hard drive and it is over 95% full....don't know if that matters...just trying to share as much relevant data as possible.

Any thoughts as to the cause or more importantly the cure?

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Having to Re-pair cablecards after latest software update.

Thu, 08/30/2012 - 10:06
Since the latest software update (20.2.1.2-01-2-758) I've been having to have cablecard re-paired at least 6 times. Last night my XL lost all channels again, instead of calling cable company to re-pair I reboot, and got all channels back. This has happen on all of my tivos (2 Elites, 1 Premiere, 1 Premiere XL) in the last 5 or 6 weeks. Anyone else having problems or do I need cable company to come out and check cable.

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Thu, 08/30/2012 - 09:51
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Ready to say buh-bye to Tivo because of constant freezing.

Thu, 08/30/2012 - 09:48
I'm at my wit's end right now. I'm on my 4th Tivo HD XL in the past 3 years maybe. They all start freezing maybe once a month, then once a week, and now daily and even when I'm just watching a program. It's freezing so much my programs aren't being recorded. I haven't seen a recent Daily Show in weeks.

I know this was a problem with these units from reading this forum in the past, and I just scanned through all the threads but none seem to specifically address this problem now except for maybe installing a new drive, which I don't think is a reasonable solution unless Tivo pays for it. Does anyone know if there is a final solution to this problem? Otherwise I think I might be done with Tivo and switch to whatever Comcast has to offer for DVRs (haven't looked into this yet).

I've been a loyal Tivo guy for something like 10 years, going back to DirecTivo. I'm even on the Tivo Advisors panel.

Thanks and Frustrated,

Brian

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When will the next price cut on XL4 be?

Thu, 08/30/2012 - 01:30
For those of you have been tracking TiVo prices for years, could you please shed some insight on when we might expect the company or retailers to slash the price of the XL4? Perhaps around Thanksgiving/Holiday season time?

I'm thinking of investing in a XL4 before the fall TV season begins for the quad tuner capability. I currently have a Series3 with lifetime subscription that has been upgraded to record 300HD, but it only has 2 tuners. The unit also requires 2 cablecards, regardless of whether they are single or multistream, which adds an additional $50/yr to the cable bill.

As much as I love TiVo (I jumped aboard the bandwagon with my the highest capacity Series2), I'm also a savvy shopper and usually only buy a product that I want when I feel I'm receiving a really sizable discount or great deal. If I get an XL4, I'm probably going to want lifetime service for it, and those numbers really add

On a related note, does the XL4 require only 1 multistream cablecard for all 4 tuners?

So You Think You Can Dance "Top 8" 8/29/12 spoilers

Wed, 08/29/2012 - 22:08
Show is just starting here on the West Coast.

If you've already seen it, go ahead and discuss! I'll see you after I've watched the show.

Big Brother 14 - 8/29/2012

Wed, 08/29/2012 - 21:35
Man is Dan ruthless!! That has to be one of the greatest moves ever in BB history! I actually felt really bad for Danielle when she told Dan he broke her heart. Can't wait for tomorrow.

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Grimm 8/27/2012 spoilers

Wed, 08/29/2012 - 21:03
This was the episode with the Coyotl dudes kidnapping the girl.

I'm glad the partner was finally let in on what is going on. I think it will make for a better show. I liked the Grimm mom being around in earlier episodes. I figured she wouldn't stick around, so it's nice the partner is in on it.

Big Brother 14 Thursday 8/30/2012

Wed, 08/29/2012 - 19:50
WCBS 2 in NY is showing preseason football tomorrow.

WLNY-55 will have BB14 tomorrow night at 9pm. However my cable company doesn't have this channel.

So not sure how I will view this.

Just a heads up for those who get WLNY-55.

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