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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.

Glo-Remote Programming Capabilities

Tue, 08/07/2012 - 14:27
I would like to program my TiVo remote so that the Power button controls the power for both my AV Receiver and my Television. My Television uses a standard single power button to toggle the power, however my AV Receiver has one button for "On" and a second button for "Off".

I'd like to program the TiVo remote so that the first press of the Power button sends out the TV toggle code and the AV Receiver On code, while the second press of the button sends out the TV Toggle code and the AV Receiver Off code.

Is there a way to tell the TiVo remote the difference between a power on and a power off code?

There has to be a way to do this because my older peanut remote does this just fine. I just can't remember how I programmed.


Tue, 08/07/2012 - 12:16
Does tivo give a week or any kind of trial period to see if used tivo works?

Do computers affect a TiVO remote?

Tue, 08/07/2012 - 11:13
I have a TiVo Premiere XL4 (with a Slide remote) in a room with three computers and the remote is very sluggish to respond. Sometimes it takes three or four clicks to register on the screen. Sometimes the clicks seem to queue up and get transmitted all at the same time. Sometimes the click gets stuck and keeps trying to go to the left/right, etc. (whatever button I pushed). I switched to a regular remote and have the same problem. This problem also was evident on the previous TiVo in this room (an HD). A have another TiVo in another room with no computers in it and am not having this problem. I think that maybe there is EM interference causing this. Any suggestions?

Suggestions on new American Idol judge(s)

Tue, 08/07/2012 - 10:40
Since they still seem to be taking their time coming up with judges for the next season of American Idol, I'm wondering who the crowd here at TCF would suggest would make good judges for the show?

yeah, yeah, I know, who cares? The show is aging quickly, and losing its relevance, but depending on the judge(s) that are cast, it might regain a little steam, so who would you all suggest?


My own suggestion, given a rumor that country artists Brad Paisley and Toby Keith were both apparently under consideration (depending on whom you believe/read), would be another country artist - one that got in some trouble recently for having negative comments about how these sorts of reality shows seem to have cheapened the business and/or left behind artists that had gone through the grind while others surged ahead based on their participation in these shows - Eric Church. I figure he's outspoken enough to call a bad performance bad (if he even settled for that word, as he's more likely to call it crap, or something far worse :D)

Not that I personally have been watching Idol lately, but I might tune in for a while if a decent judge is picked, as it might rejuvenate the show a bit.

I know I would definitely not be interested in seeing someone like one of the Jonas Brothers doing the job. I'd much prefer someone that had been in the industry for a while, as well as preferring someone that would speak the harsh truth. Something tells me that the Jonas types would never be that mean or controversial.

Warehouse 13 - Personal Effects - 8/6/2012

Tue, 08/07/2012 - 10:08
When they showed the screenshot of Jinks' personnel record, there was a big QR code, so I scanned it and got this:

Steven Jinks (W13 Agent NXN43772632-30032). Murdered by Walter Sykes. Revived.


Change Cablevision to Fios

Tue, 08/07/2012 - 08:47
I just changed providers from Cablevision to Verizon Fios. How to I change/update the guide data to reflect the new channel lineup?

Comcast VOD Roll Out

Tue, 08/07/2012 - 07:06
Has there been any news of VOD roll out proceeding beyond Beantown?

How to turn off visibility of PC to TIVO?

Tue, 08/07/2012 - 01:24
One of our notebooks keeps dropping internet connections. To see if it's a wireless card issue, we turned off the wireless card and used a usb wireless adapter and still connections keep dropping. I've heard that sharing can create these issues, so I'm trying to turn off all sharing. I have one PC that keeps showing up in TIVO's NOW SHOWING list. I want to turn this pc off but don't know how.

I've searched everywhere in the Network and Sharing section of Windows 7 and can't figure where to turn whatever it is that I need to turn off. Can anybody who knows there way around windows 7 help me navigate to whereever it is that i need to go to and turn off so that the TIVO can't see it?

Thank you in advance!

Wrong program recorded

Tue, 08/07/2012 - 01:05
I have set TiVo to record "Meet the Press" on Sunday at 11a but it doesn't record until 11p Sunday night; which if fine with me, I had something else sched for 11a that conflicted.

But what records at 11p is "Press:this". The info shows "Meet the Press" but the program that runs "Press:this".

Note the "first aired" date on the Info page :eek:
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been having some bad tivo luck lately

Tue, 08/07/2012 - 00:55
So last week my series 2 DT when I turned the TV on was video frozen. What I mean by that is there was a picture of a show and not moving. None of the remote buttons did anything to affect the condition. So I unplugged and rebooted the unit. It started working again after the reboot, but did show some signs of temporary freezing w/some pixelation. I only watched TV for a short time, maybe an hour, and it froze and pixelated a few times. Annoying yes, but it otherwise worked. Shut the TV off to sleep and when I woke in the morning turned on the TV to watch the morning news it was frozen again. I rebooted it and it worked again before I left for work. After work it was frozen again. Another reboot and it was frozen within the hour. I assumed the hard drive was failing. It has the original drive and an upgrade drive. I took the cover off and it was caked with dirt especially on the upgrade drive aux fan so I took it to work and used the compressed air to blow it out clean. I grabbed my series 2 single tuner and hooked it up (it hasn't been hooked up since Nov last year and worked when disconnected) It wouldn't even fire up. I took the cover off of it too and it had some dirt build up also and I blew it out clean too. I think the power supply is bad because the green light didn't even come on. It still wouldn't fire up. After doing some research found out about "capacitor plague". Now here's the odd thing, The DT HAD "capacitor plague" but acted like a dying hard drive, but the ST didn't have it but acted like a bad power supply!
I think I'm going to replace the power supply in both to start with and see if that cures the problems with them. I was going to swap power supplies but found out even though they look similar they aren't the same and therefore not swappable. I found power supplies for both on ebay considerably cheaper than weaknees has them for. If it fixes them both great! If not then it's a good thing I don't have lifetime subs on them.
I then went back farther and grabbed my series 1 svr2000 and plugged it in.......IT still works! with no phone line at my house, I put a Turbonet card in it a few years back, and after receiving a 50' ethernet cable in the mail today, plugged it into my network, activated the box (after successfully making a test call) I now have up to date guide data!
So in the span of a week, I went from 4 working TiVo's to 2! Good thing I only have 2 TV's setup. I do have another working TV but don't have it set up right now. I down graded since my ex-fiance' and her daughter moved out.
I do have another svr2000 and I think a Turbonet card might fix it too because I burned out the modem in 03 trying to upgrade to an Airnet card. I'm just not sure if it did any other damage too. It did still work as a manual recorder though.
I also tried putting the 2 large hard drives in the svr2000 from the first svr2000 that I upgraded but when it powered up I got GSOD loop, so I had to put the original drive back in. I'm going to redo the large drives with a fresh image and see if that gets them going again.
I'm just happy to have 2 TV's and 2 TiVo's again.

Not really believing the 75HD hours thing...

Mon, 08/06/2012 - 23:29
Alright, so I have had my premiere for close to a week now and I decided to test out the space by basically keeping all recording even though I want to delete them. I just want to see how much space I actually have.

Currently, I have 15 things recorded. They are all HD and all of them have an extra 2 minutes on them because I record everything 1 minute before and 1 minute after the scheduled time of a show. It is all one hour shows so including the extra time, that's 15 hours and 30 minutes of recordings. The space bar at the top says 47%.

Now unless I am mistaken, if this thing can hold 75 hours of HD programming, shouldn't 15 or so hours be less than 47% of the available space? :/

recorder sudenly stops

Mon, 08/06/2012 - 21:27
I watch wrestling on Monday night and Thursday night theare the only two nights that the recorder just stopsI have been in the room to start it again sometimes it happen more the once recording history tells me notthing.I did ask about this recently and someone said the only thing they could think of to fix it was to delete everything.I can't really do that because there is to much in My Now Playing list that I have to watch so what can I do?

Can't Make a Successful Phone Connection

Mon, 08/06/2012 - 20:35
Hello. New to the forum. Ignorant on technology, but big fan of TiVo.

Just today I got a DirecTV HD Tivo DVR hooked up in my new house. Unfortunately, the tech knew nothing about TiVo and left before making sure it properly was downloading program information.

I assumed it would be like the old TiVo systems where I picked a local number and it called out. I guess all of these TiVo systems now call the same 800 number?

Anyhow, I'm trying to get it to call out, but it keeps failing. I have a working phone line running from the TiVo into a working phone jack.

Anyone know why it won't make a successful call?

My backup plan is to do the networking thing, which it seems people in the know prefer, but I'm really fine with the old school method.

If I do the network, is there special equipment I need to buy that DirecTV does not provide? Or can I connect via any wireless router/modem? I have one from Comcast for my internet.

Please advise--and realize you are typing to someone who is ignorant on tech jargon. Thanks.

True Blood ""Everybody Wants to Rule the World"" 8/5/12

Mon, 08/06/2012 - 11:17
I wish we had some kind of insight into what Bill was really thinking.

Sookie should have had no problem zapping the crap out of the gang with her fairy light, not sure why it wasn't working just because she had her hands tied.

I am amused by "The Unit" reunion we've got going on :)

The Newsroom "5/1" 8/5/12

Mon, 08/06/2012 - 11:13
I enjoyed this episode.

It was nice to have the characters confirm my thinking that another news organization saying they have 2 sources doesn't count as one of your sources.

The whole "this is going to be funny later" comment with the BB was highly amusing.

I did think it was strange that McAvoy would eat some pot cookies at a party he was hosting.