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HD reboots at specific point playing a show

Mon, 06/18/2012 - 23:35
Our HD rebooted tonight. After it booted, I watched a different show with no problem.

Then I went to finish the show that the reboot happened. The show did not have a position saved. I started at the beginning, jumped to the end, rewound back and started watching just before the reboot. It rebooted again when I hit the same spot.

I went again and rewound to just after the problem and finished the show from there.

So, bad hard drive? Anything to do besides replace it?

It was an HD show. I would hope that even a horribly corrupted MPEG could not trigger a reboot.

Minor Software Update Just received

Mon, 06/18/2012 - 23:30
I just got the new Minor Software Update, the version went from to, I guess it is small, am going to bed now, will check out sometime Tuesday.
Came on 3 of my four TPs

Glass House - Episode 1 - 6/18/2012

Mon, 06/18/2012 - 22:49
Wow, Apollo has the biggest ears on any human I've ever seen.

Community bends Emmy Rules

Mon, 06/18/2012 - 19:52

Community has submitted itself into an animation Emmy category while animated shows are banned from submitting into the Outstanding Writing for a Comedy category. Animators such Seth MacFarlane and Matt Groening are complaining about it.

Normally, I'd be against this but the 8-bit episode was so awesome and original and better than anything that The Simpsons or Family Guy has ever done that I really don't mind. :D

Guide length

Mon, 06/18/2012 - 19:05
How far into the future does it go? I thought it was 2 weeks, but mine is at 11 days. Is this atypical?

SOAK: Best way to make digital copies of S1 DirecTivo recordings?

Mon, 06/18/2012 - 18:15
I've managed to find my S1 DirecTivo that I had back around 2002 or so.

There are a couple shows on there that would be nice to have an archived copy of, but I'm not sure what tools would work for that now.

Could I get some advice on the most efficient/easiest way to take the recordings and turn them into an AVI or an MPEG? Preferably one that doesn't involve trying to reactivate the unit.

I don't have DirecTV service anymore (and I don't even know if the unit will boot up), but I figure as long as the hard drives are readable, I have options. Or so I'm assuming.

Series 2 540xxx sound chirping

Mon, 06/18/2012 - 17:57
Does anybody remember the specifics of the S2 sound problems from days of yore? My searching fails today. Basically...

I got a 540040 S2 second hand (now lifetime). It had issues with weird static/chirps in the sound recording or output. At the time it was suggested that there were some S2s with a defective chip causing the problem. The work around suggested was to make the Tivo hotter on the inside. I accomplished this by putting duct tape over half of the fan grate. So for the past three years my Tivo is chirp free but running at 48c according to the temp sensor. This can't be good for the HD or power supply caps. I would like to get another 540xxx tivo and swap boards (yes I know I will have to swap the crypto chip also). So that brings me to my question:

Does anyone remember if the chirping problem on 540xxx S2s was widespread? Is there any known serial number or production date ranges to avoid when shopping for a donor unit?

is there a 1 button way to delete saved TV programs?

Mon, 06/18/2012 - 17:08
I am wondering if there is some way to make it easier to delete shows?

It gets cumbersome having to click on the show, and then scrolling down to delete, and then confirming I want to delete.

Takes like 15 seconds each. is there any way to speed up this process?


Reality shows that are fake...spinoff thread

Mon, 06/18/2012 - 16:50
Somebody suggested a spinoff thread to discuss "reality shows" that might or might not be faked and to what extent.

Original thread:

Show's I've stopped watching due to being too fake:
Operation Repo
Hardcore Pawn
World's Worst Tenants
Flipped Off
Restraunt Stakeout

DVR will not transfer to PC

Mon, 06/18/2012 - 16:46
For about 2 weeks now there have been no transfers from TiVo HD to TiVo Desktop Plus.

My setup:
TiVo Desktop Plus on WinXP SP3. Running 2.8.2; uninstalled and installed 2.8.3--problem persists.

The transfer status window has 6 shows in it but nothing moves. It says
The TiVo DVR is busy with another transfer. The recording will begin to transfer when the DVR is available. But it never happens.

Unlike other threads I have read with a similar problem, the DVR's blue light is not on.

When I address the DVR with my web browser and try to download the file in the browser I get a window that says:

<h2>Server Busy</h2>
too many transfers in progress

even when there are no red lights (and no blue light) on the DVR. (No problem logging in to DVR with MAK.)

I just did this experiment: I removed all auto-transfers and emptied out the transfer status window. Then I picked one show from the Pick Recordings to Transfer window. This almost immediately showed up in the transfer status window. Then within a second the yellow triangle icon showed up with the messsage: The TiVo DVR is busy with another transfer (etc). I checked the DVR and there is no red or blue light on.

I hove not tried resetting the DVR lately and will do so when I can. Meanwhile I am open to suggestions.

Can all recent Tivos record two OTA channels at the same time?

Mon, 06/18/2012 - 16:41
Was wondering if all Tivos with dual tuners can record two over the air stations at the same time?

Perhaps, more specifically, I'm wondering whether the Tivo HDs and Tivo Premiers can?

Fox fall premiere dates

Mon, 06/18/2012 - 15:28
According to a Fox press release:

9/12 (Wednesday) - The X-Factor

9/13 (Thursday) - Glee

9/17 (Monday) - Bones; The Mob Doctor

9/25 (Tuesday) - Ben and Kate; The Mindy Project; New Girl (for some reason, Fox lists a "special all-new episode" at 8, and the "season premiere" at 9)

9/28 (Friday) - Fringe; Kitchen Nightmares

9/30 (Sunday) - Animation Domination (except for The Cleveland Show)

10/2 (Tuesday) - Raisng Hope

10/7 (Sunday) - The Cleveland Show

10/26 (Friday) - Touch (replacing Kitchen Nightmares)

Lost Program Information

Mon, 06/18/2012 - 15:18
At no notice we have lost all program information from our TIVO box so cannot see what is due to be shown on TV, our favorite channels and cannot record anything.
We contacted Virgin Media who do not know how to fix the problem. Their only suggestion is to reformat the whole Tivo box. We would therefore lose all our recordings (including all my 7 year old son's favorite dinosaur and wildlife programs). Obviously we are all unhappy about this situation.

Can anybody offer any help with this or advice?

Divorced Drive Comment/ Question

Mon, 06/18/2012 - 13:22
I put a new drive in my Series 3 (original) this weekend (went from internal + external to a single internal drive). It was my understanding the recordings were striped across both drives when using an external drive. However, I had a number of shows on the internal drive after the divorce, some of them even recorded in the past couple months. There did not seem to be a pattern to the recordings left on the internal disk, but I had assumed only recordings from before the addition of the external drive would exist. I had the external drive for three years, has something changed or am I simply remembering wrong about how recordings are performed when you have an external and internal HD?

Just curious. I simply unmarried the drives to save the internal, but I do want to know what is going on here.

Lifespan of the Series3

Mon, 06/18/2012 - 12:37
Hello, I'm considering buying a used Series3 or HD. Do these have a typical lifespan before they need work/replacement, or is it not possible to tell? Thanks for your help.

Eliminating Preview Window

Mon, 06/18/2012 - 12:37
I could swear that I used to eliminate the Preview Window in the menus by hitting the Zoom button (toggle on and off). Now that button takes me back to the recording I was watching.

Did something change or is it just poor memory (me, not TiVo).

Suits Season 2 spoilery spoiler thread *Warning - May contain spoilers*

Mon, 06/18/2012 - 10:54
This thread might contain spoilers! :D

So here's what I think is gonna end up happening with Mike and his fake law degree. I think they are going to hatch a plan to somehow make him legit.

True Blood S5E02 "Authority Always Wins" 06/17/12

Mon, 06/18/2012 - 10:42
Good episode this week, I liked all of the authority stuff.

Looks like Tara is at least partially there, and does not yet appear to be retarded in any way.

Based on the interactions in the Authority boardroom I guess we are to assume that Russel is being nursed to health by the group that wants to stop the mainstreaming initiative and treat the humans like meat.

I laughed when Jason said he has slept with "almost" all of the women in town.

I was surprised when Jessica didn't agree to sell Jason :)

HD Menus-Where is the TiVo Suggestions?

Mon, 06/18/2012 - 01:18
Where is the list of TiVo Suggestions in the HD Menus?

In the SD Menu it is front and center under the Find My Shows banner, but in HD Menus I can't find any way to get to it.

The Killing -- "What I Know" OAD 6.17.12 -- Season Finale

Sun, 06/17/2012 - 21:07
Say what you will about the merits of this show; the acting was SUPERB. The scene where Terry confesses to killing Rosie was one of the best I've ever seen.