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Transferring twice chops up recording?

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 12:06
I have two Tivos, a Premiere and an HD. I use the Premier on my main TV and the HD in the basement.

I've noticed recently that when I try to copy a show from my Premiere to the HD and then back to the Premiere, it only transfers part of the show. The reason I want to do that is so that i can save just a portion of a show.

Here's an example: my son liked watching one of the equestrian events in the Olympics, which took up the first hour of a 7-hour recording. Since I don't want to leave a 7-hour HD show taking up space on my Tivo, I decided to "crop" it using the transfer capability. So I started transferring the show to my HD, then once an hour or so of the recording was transferred, I stopped it. So I ended up with the hour I wanted on my TivoHD. Up to this point, everything was fine.

But, then I tried transferring the 1 hour recording back to my Premiere. Everything seemed to work fine, but when I checked the recording, it began 22 minutes in, not at the actual start. So the first third of the recording was chopped off. I tried it again (making sure I wasn't using "transfer from paused point"), and got the same result. Then I tried with some shorter recordings, and saw that for ~2 minute recordings, only the last 10-20 seconds would transfer back to my Premiere.

Has anyone else experienced a problem like this? Is there any known solution? I haven't tried transferring them to my computer yet, but that will be my next step.

Freezes fixed by rebooting --> capacitor plague?

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 09:56
My symptoms don't *seem* to match anything previously posted.

* Pre-recorded shows which used to be fine will stutter and freeze.

* If I reboot, said shows will work okay... but then fail again later.

* Live TV is affected (goes gray, fixed only by channel changing) when a pre-recorded show causes a freeze.

I ran a kickstart 54 and got an error code, but I've heard that SMART can give false-positives, and the disk is only 3 months old, so I'm loathe to just replace the disk. I managed to reinstall the OS with kickstart, thinking the drive upgrade (copied from a known-failing previous one) may have corrupted things. (And kickstart 57 didn't seem to do much.)

And the unit's temperature is fine (41C) --> I've seen and fixed that problem before.

I will be opening it to check for blown resistors, if any are puffy, then I guess it's time to shop for a new power supply. I can't find anything out there cheaper than $99... ouch.

If anyone has additional clues, I'd appreciate hearing about them.

Big Brother - 8/8/2012

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 07:30
Power move by Danielle, et al! Tonight's outcome should be interesting.

XL4 + Fronter FIOS TV - Can't copy anything!

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 04:41
I switched from Comcast to Frontier Communications FIOS TV not too long ago. I also recently purchased a TiVo Premiere XL4.

I installed TiVo Desktop to try to copy some shows to a HTPC and I can't copy anything! EVERYTHING is marked copy protected!

I remember on my old TiVo HD with Comcast, I couldn't copy movies from premium channels like HBO, but it was never anything like this! What is going on?

Screenshot: hxxp://i.imgur.com/qKFi1.jpg

(The site says my post count isn't high enough to allow me to post the actual image. If someone else can post it for me, that'd be awesome.)

New Series 1 standalone software?!?

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 03:37
I thought the latest software version for non-sat S1s was 3.0, but according to


it's 7.3

Anybody know anything about this?

Both of my S1s are currently under the weather, so I can't check that way.

Using USB Port for Power Supply

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 00:55
My son gave me a wireless headset. The transmitter gets its power from an XBox360 USB port. Can use a Tivo USB port for power. Requirement is 5VDC 180 ma.


Help/Thoughts on converting TiVo files

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 20:50
Hey All

Thanks in advance for any answers or thoughts any of you may have about this. I recently downloaded the TiVo desktop and was able to transfer a recording. It was a 30-minute HD recording.

When I uploaded it into my Pavtube video converter and set the upload to a regular avi or even mpeg, the output file size was huge beyond belief- over 150GB. Obviously, setting the output to HD made the size even bigger.

Is there something I am doing wrong? I don't need the output file to be the same quality as the original and I would like the size to be significantly smaller than what I mentioned above. Heck, I don't even have enough GB space on my computer to allow that conversion to go through.

Any thoughts?

Other external drives?

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 17:44
Are there any drives other than the WD Expanders which will work with TiVo?

Extended warranty and failing remote

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 17:28
I've got a Tivo w/ a failing remote (confirmed by testing with the remote from another Tivo). The unit is under an extended warranty. Called Tivo to ask for a replacement remote and they told me remotes aren't covered by the extended warranty since they're an "accessory." Am I being BS'd?

Question concerning transfering recordings from TIVO desktop...

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 16:06
I was just wondering... is there any way to start a transfer for a recording that is STILL in the process of recording or does you HAVE to wait until a recording has finished?

Network COnfiguration

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 15:44
My Routers are starting to die a little. Time to start thinking of replacements.

Here is the current configuration

Dlink DAP - 825
- Primary Router
- Wireless G Network Running on 2.4 Ghz AP

Dlink DAP - 825
- Wireless N Network 5 ghz AP

Dlink DAP - 1522
- Wireless Bridge for TIVO HD and Premiere's

Have been looking at Routers

- Asus Black Diamond RT-N66U
- Netgear N900 Series

Anybody have any thoughts on what they prefer and works best for Bridging.

I know I kow MOCA but where the routers are located is a royal pain in the ass to run a Cable Cord to.

Any advice is appreciated

TRH22 & MLB Extra Innings Package Problems

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 14:30
Does anyone else w/ the new DirecTV HD Tivo Unit have problems getting the MLB Extra Innings channels?

I get all of my other channels fine, and the MLB Extra Innings Channels show up fine on my other receivers (non-TiVo)--just not on the TiVo unit.

I have called DirecTV three times on this and they are clueless. Last night, a technician was able to resend a signal that got it working, but today it's back to the same problems. All that shows up on the screen is the DTV logo.

Anyone else had this experience?

PyTivo with Windows 7 Tampa Bay

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 14:10
Looking to contact some one in the Tampa Bay area that uses pyTivo with windows 7.

"Go On", a new show starring Matthew Perry premiers Tonight 8/8

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 11:35
A new comedy called Go On starring Matthew Perry (from Friends and Studio 60) premiers tonight on NBC at 11:04 pm (EDT) after the Olympic coverage ends.

It got a good review in the Boston Globe, and since there's little in the way of non-repeats on right now, I'm going to give it a try.


Anyone heard anything about it?

Having problems with s3 oled after psu died

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:43
My parents gave me their lifetime s3 tivo a while back after it died. My girlfriend and I have been wanting to upgrade from a single tuner, so I was pretty excited when I found the thread about how a lot of these have bad power psus. So I bought a decent soldering station and replaced 11 of the 15 caps on the psu. Fired it up and hard drive was clicking badly. Went to microcenter and picked up a wd10earx (1tb) drive and used an image from unitron i found. i used winmfs.
It never makes it out of powering up screen. Ive tried several times and nothing. It does the same thing when the hd is unpluged. could it be a bad cable? or even a bad hd? any ideas?

Thanks- Bryan

S3 OLED is in perpetual reboot cycle

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:00
:( Yesterday evening our S3 OLED went into an endless reboot cycle. It gives us the "Wait, Powering Up" screen for a couple minutes, and then boots again, with same result. I tried to do a kickstart, but it just reboots to the same cycle after I enter the kickstart code. Does this simply mean that the hard drive is completely dead? Or is it just mostly dead, with a chance of being saved (would hate to lose all those shows)? Is there maybe something else going on with the tivo itself?

The unit has a lifetime sub, and quite honestly I like it much better than our premiere, so I'd like to save it. If it is simply a case of replacing the hard drive and all will be well, does anyone have a disk image for model 648250B, and is it difficult to do? If it is not difficult, I'd rather do it myself to save some cost.

Thank you.

Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne this Sunday at 10pm EST

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 05:51
Heard some clips and they have been good.

Spoiler: Tom Arnold makes an appearance

Drive died, need help!

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 02:36
I hope this is an appropriate forum to post this to.
I have read through various threads but would like an opportunity to present my specific situation.

I have a S3 HD (652160).
The hard drive died.
I read various posts about using 2TB drives but decided to try.
I am using a Hitachi Deskstar (I can't find a "model" number on it).
I downloaded "652_gset.tbk" from a link in a thread on this forum, and got WinMFS.

DURING the process, I told it NOT to limit the partition size.
I also supersized it.

I'm in TWC country, and have a multi cable card and tuning adapter.

When first powered up, it seemed happy.
It got as far as asking my zip code, and downloading guide info.
It then rebooted when I pressed select to move on.

After several attempts, it finally stated there was a hardware problem (this was in a "messages and settings" menu section.

I tried rebooting with the cable card removed but it just kept restarting during the "just a few more minutes" phase.

I tried kickstart codes 54, 57 and 58.
54 did the SMART test and the drive passed (good thing as it's brand new!).
58 installed an update (not sure if it actually finished).
57 did a GSOD and said it was going to try to fix the hardware issue.
I walked away since it said it might take several hours, but after about one hour, it was in a reboot cycle again.

So, to make a long inquiry short, should I have limited the partition size? Did I use the wrong backup file? Or is there something else I need to look into?



Confused. Is it an Elite, XL4 or Premiere 4?

Tue, 08/07/2012 - 20:04
I called Tivo to do a change of ownership on an eBayed, LT HD.

The rep told me that in a month or two, Tivo was going to replace the XL4 with a "Premiere 4". He said that it would have four tuners and Moca but only a 500GB hard drive. He also said that WE could purchase it for $250. Isn't that the Q for RCN subscribers?

Are they going to offer the Elite/XL4 to us, with a 500GB hard drive, sell it for $250 and call it "Premiere 4"?

The rep said that they had a meeting about this two days ago and that they never told them NOT to tell any customers so.....

I have had Tivo's forever it seems and I have dealt with them many, many times but, this sounds strange to me. I'm sure that he has his facts mixed up but this is what he told me.

Grimm Season 2

Tue, 08/07/2012 - 14:35
Episode 1 of Season 2 is scheduled for Monday, August 13 2012 at 10PM EDT.