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Dead TiVoHD, possible dead motherboard?

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:02
A couple of weeks ago I came home to find that that my 5 year old TiVoHD was dead (no lights, fan, or video output but the HD still spins). Pulling the cover, there were two bulging capacitors on the power supply. Bought another TiVoHD off Craigslist and made sure that it booted before switching the PSUs. However, that made no difference. The HD will spin but no lights, fan, or video output.

The unit has lifetime and was upgraded to 1TB so I would like to fix it but not sure what recourse I have at this point. Anyone have some insight or suggestions?

hmeforpython not working?

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 15:59
Hello all,

I am trying to set up and run pytivo video manager for Windows, but I am running into a problem, and maybe someone can help me. I installed hmeforpython and read the README and set it up like it suggested. I then read the README for your application, and did the same. I run the server as so:

HME Server for Python 0.20
Sat Dec 29 16:32:26 2012 PyTivo Video Manager version 0.7c starting
Cache file does not exist - no thumbnails loaded
Sat Dec 29 16:32:26 2012 Server Starts
Registering: clock
Registering: tictactoe
Registering: vidmgr

When I go to my tivo, I see the apps there, but when I click on any of them I just get a "Please wait..." message, and then nothing ever happens. Any idea what I might be doing wrong?


For Sale: Tivo Premiere (TCD746320) w/ Lifetime Subscription

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 14:43

Long time lurker, first time post :) I am looking to sell my Tivo Premiere (TCD746320) w/ lifetime subscription. Wanted to post here before I try Ebay/Craigslist. We just got Directv, so no need for the Tivo at the moment. The Tivo is in excellent condition and works great (only used it with OTA antenna). I have all of the original packaging and cables/remote. Also, I purchased the extended warranty which expires on 05/21/2013. Asking $400. If you have any questions, let me know. Thanks!

Premier constantly rebooting - surge not getting enough power?

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 13:08
I bought the Tivo Premiere back in September, and it is plugged in through an APC surge protector (not UPS). I also had our old non-HD TV, cable coax, and the Tivo Wireless-N stuff plugged into it. I recently plugged in our DVD player and set it up so we could watch DVD's as well. However, in order for us to watch Tivo in this new setup, I have to keep the DVD player on (since the Tivo AV cables are plugged directly into the back of the DVD player).

Last night, we were trying to watch a Tivo recording when the show stopped running... then the Tivo rebooted itself two or three times before it stabilized long enough to allow us to finish watching the show. This morning, I woke up to the Tivo stuck at the "powering up" screen. After speaking to Tivo support, it seems the Tivo was not getting enough power through the surge protector... and it appears to be working by plugging it directly through the wall outlet. (It has been running for over 30 minutes so far without it crashing... which is much better than what it was doing earlier.)

Does that make sense at all? I feel the Tivo is "unprotected" by keeping it off the surge protector, but I am not sure what else to do unless I move something else off the surge instead.

pyTivo on a Raspberry Pi?

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 11:25
Has anyone tried running pyTivo on a Raspberry Pi yet? The standard Debian Wheezy image for the Pi includes a couple of versions of Python so I was wondering if pyTivo would run.

OTA signal. Help!

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 10:56
I live in new York city, and my OTA setup gets us plenty of viewing options on my TiVo Premiere. But the signal on some channels sucks. I went through a few antennas before I got the RCA indoor that I'm using. (an apartment dweller doesn't have any outdoor options. But some days, the local CBS affiliate looks like when you have a satellite dish in a snowstorm, and it's unwatchable. Some days it's perfect but the NBC affiliate does that. The others are never a problem.

I'm willing to take any advice!


Unable to transfer recordings

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 23:30
I have a Series 2 that I am replacing with a Premiere and I want to transfer saved recordings to the Premiere. The Series2 connects to my network via the Tivo usb wireless adapter. The Premiere is connected to my network via an ethernet cable. All the network settings and Media Access Key are correct.

When I try to connect to transfer I get the error "My Shows could not be displayed because of a network problem". Other than the fact that there is no My Shows on the Series 2 (which is the same as the Series2 'Now Playing List') it should not matter IMO.

What is preventing the systems from talking to each other?

Thanks, Jon

Going from 2 external MOCAs to 1 internal and one external

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 22:12
Hi all,

I have a question regarding the difference between hooking up 2 units with external MOCA adapters versus two units where one has an internal adapter and one has an external adapter. My main concern: is there going to be any difference in the way I hook them up to the network?

More specifically:

Right now I have 2 Tivos - one is an HD and one is an XL. They are both connected to the network via Netgear MOCA adapters. I am going to be replacing the HD with an XL4. The XL4 comes with an internal MOCA adapter. My question is - will this new setup be the same as the old one, or are there any significant differences I should be aware of?

thanks in advance,

Rob from AZ

Channel is temporarily unavailable.

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 19:10
The problem as I see it:

This channel is temporarily unavailable.
Press select to try tuning to this channel again.
Contact your cable provider for more information.

My equipment:

TiVo HD, with one multi-stream cable card. 3 years old
Cisco STA1520 Tuning adapter. 1 year old

My service:

Cox San Diego South
Cox Advanced TV
Pretty much all channels they offer but NO premiums (HBO, Showtime etc...)

I get the above message when I'm surfing channels 100 and above.
And I do surf a lot!
It's not always the same channel.
I can be watching it one minute, continue surfing, tune back and it's gone.
Also, I'll be watching a particular channel for an extended period of time and it will just freeze.
Sometimes I can tune away from it, tune back and the problem is solved. But not very often.
Recorded programs never affected. Mostly network stuff. Never in HD.

I apologize if this issue has been addressed in the past.
Just couldn't find it directly relating to my issue.

What's going on?

TiVo? Tuning adapter? Cable Card? Cox? Operator error?

Do some Comcast markets only support 2 tuners with an M-Card?

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 19:02
Hey all, I got a Premiere 4 to replace my Premiere so I can record 4 shows at once instead of 2. I have an M-card which should support it based on all the research I've done including tickets with both Comcast and TiVo.

I won't bore you with the details of the long drawn-out dialogs with both, but in a nutshell, Comcast claims they re-paired to support 4 tuners, and TiVo said they didn't based on a support doc they sent.

I believe the latter. A Comcast rep came out today and said in my area, M-Tuners only support 2 tuners. TiVo support said they have never heard of such a thing - that "quad tuning being supported by Comcast in one area and not the other. That's just simply not true."

I'm in northern Indiana. Have any of you had issues in your area with Comcast only supporting 2 tuners with an M-Card?

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Tivo Premiere HD Recorderfor Sale

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 17:26
I have a new (purchased a couple of months ago and realized it was over 30 days to return at Best Buy)
TiVo® - Premiere High-Definition Digital Video Recorder
Model: TCD746500
SKU: 4960737
Records up to 75 hours of high-definition programming; access to on-demand movies, TV shows, music videos, Web videos and more; controls live TV.

Make me an offer if you are interested.

How would a MoCA setup work for me?

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 17:09

I am considering MoCA to extend my ethernet range, but I'm not sure how the setup would work for me based on the diagrams I've seen. I get how the additional MoCA adapters would be setup, but I'm not clear on the "main" adapter setup.

At my main console, I have the cable modem, the router, and the TiVo XL. From the wall, the coax goes into a splitter, with one side going into the TiVo and one to the cable modem.

The TiVo side goes from the splitter to the tuning adapter to the TiVo.

The modem side goes from the splitter to the modem (duh).

So I am a bit confused, as I have seen diagrams where the MoCA goes between the (in my case) splitter and the tivo, and others where it goes between the splitter and the cable modem. How would I wire up MoCA in my situation, keeping the tuning adapter in mind as well?

Thanks for any help.

Activating for a few months at a time

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 15:34
I picked up several new-old-stock Premieres from Woot!

And am currently using one in "Unknown!" mode up here at the cabin.

I only use this place for a few months a year (November to March) and would like to activate for just those months w/o getting stuck with a year's activation.

Is this possible?

(Already have: lifetime Premiere, lifetime TivoHD, lifetime Series 2, monthly TivoHD at home)

Same Channel - 1 show is fine, the other is pixelated

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 14:21
I have a brand new Premiere XL that was bought for one purpose - recording The Young & The Restless for my wife. This is the only program that will not record so that it is remotely viewable. we tried recording the show right after that one on the same channel and it plays back without any issues.

We do not have cable, so everything is being recorded off an antenna. Haven't had 1 issue with any other recordings, just this one show.

Well that's annoying - Netflix

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 12:07
So I just got a new TV that supports all the video formats including 1080p/24. I don't like the resolution switch that can happen during some shows so I only enabled 1080i and 1080p on the TiVo. Last night I was watching Netflix and it kept switching between the two causing a brief blank of the audio and video. It was really annoying. Eventually I just went back and turned 1080p off. My question is why would it do that? I have a 30mbps internet connection so I don't think it's a bandwidth problem.


pic post

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 10:06
hmm.. it worked! Now, how do I delete this post?

Trying to register for MFSTOOLS

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 09:39
Need to upgrade HD in a Series3 from the original internal 160GB to an internal 3TB - I can't register for MSF site to unlock the download - is there a trick

Guide data for Virgin Media TiVo

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 03:27
Does anyone know if there is an equivalent TV listing website for the UK Virgin Media TiVo like zap2it.com is for the USA?

I am looking for the Series IDs and Episode IDs of UK only broadcast shows.

Guide data for Virgin Media TiVo

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 03:02
Does anyone know if there is an equivalent TV listing website for the UK Virgin Media TiVo like zap2it.com is for the USA?

I am looking for the Series IDs and Episode IDs of UK only broadcast shows.