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Series 3 HD tivo HD problems

Sun, 09/02/2012 - 12:12
I have a HighDef tivo and had a WD external hard drive hooked up through ESata. Has worked great for over 3 years. Then a short time ago the tivo started getting stuck on "Welcome! Powering up..." screen. I researched these forums and the problem seemed to point to a hard drive problem after the initial steps of evaluation failed. My first thought was the tivo hard drive because I have had multiple tivo HD fail in the past. But before I went to gutting my tivo and replacing the internal hard drive, I tried uninstalling the external HD and poof. It would work. So naturally I blamed the external HD and bought a new one ... hooked it up ... and now same problem. Best thought I have now is to blame the ESata port on the tivo itself and I have no clue how to problem shoot that one.

Any help would be appreciated.

Looking for TiVo HD Test Code(s)

Sun, 09/02/2012 - 11:44
Recently my TiVo HD with an upgraded 1 GB drive seems to have glitches in programming. Sometimes the show just stops. Picture will be blank for 30 seconds or so. Other times there is pixelation. It is still intermittent, but it seems to have gotten worse over the last 3 months.

I thought I remember reading in these forums that there were some test codes or diagnostics that you can enter into your TiVo and it would run some tests.

I have searched, but have not been able to locate them. If my memory is correct would someone please point me to them.


what's the latest HD software version?

Sun, 09/02/2012 - 11:13
OK, I have two Tivo HD's - both stock hard drives. Last night, they both went for a dive and froze up.
One was rebootable, and so far, one has not come back.

The one that I was able to restart (after pulling the AC cable) has software version:


Does anyone know when that came into being?
I am suspicious because BOTH my HD's (with Cox Cable Cards) froze up within two hours of each other.

Missing ESPN GoalLine

Sun, 09/02/2012 - 10:00
I have a Tivo Premier XL4 in one room and a Comcast supplied HD STB in another. I also subscribe to the Sports/Entertainment package and receive all the channels in the package on both TV's. On the Comcast STB, ESPN Goal Line was added earlier in the week and I receive it with no issues. On the Tivo box it was intially not added as it was on the Comcast STB. I opened a missing channel ticket with Tivo and they have since added it to their on screen guide. Problem is when I tune to the channel, it says that it is not available and to contact my cable administrator. Keep in mind, I have this on my other TV with the Comcast STB but just not with the Tivo box with the Comcast cablecard. Any idea what's going on here????

green / gray screen Tivo HD hangup :(

Sun, 09/02/2012 - 09:56
all of a sudden, my Tivo HD can't get past the "starting up - welcome" screen. The next thing I see is a solid green/gray screen. Only one light is present on the front panel: the far left-hand light.
Network connection LED's are glowing on the back panel, and the hard drive is the stock unit - no upgrades have been done.
It's a "lifetime" box, that's about four-years old I imagine.
Since it's a lifetime box, it would be nice to save it. Any suggestions?


Sun, 09/02/2012 - 09:51
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THR-22 - 2TB drive that actually works

Sun, 09/02/2012 - 08:47
OK, so I decided to update from my series 2 to the new THR-22 and after a couple of weeks of use realized that the 500GB drive would not cut it and I needed to upgrade it.

So I though I would use a video surveillance HD I had; the Seagate ST2000VX000.

This upgrade resulted in the pixelation people have reported and slow menu response too. (Even after a couple of weeks of use)

So then I tried the Seagate Pipeline HD (ST2000VM002), this had less of a problem but still did not work flawlessly like the original 500GB pipeline drive.

So I did a bit of research and decided to try the Hitachi Deskstar (H3D20006472S) as it was rated highly, used older, none-AF technology and used a 6Gb/s interface. (Although our Tivo's can only use the 3Gb/s mode, I knew the drive itself have to be fast to be able to feed the 6Gb interface)

This drive worked flawlessly from the moment I installed it. No waiting for it to settle down and menu response was fast too. The drive is a available for around $100.

I also ran some test on the drives and here are the results using tests by Spinrite:

Burst Transfer Rate
Hitachi H3D20006472S = 88,896,060
Seagate ST2000VX000 = 64,984,160
Seagate ST2000VM002 = 51,225,989

Sustained Transfer rate
Hitachi H3D20006472S = 124,624,287
Seagate ST2000VX000 = 117,498,617
Seagate ST2000VM002 = 109,157,670

Random Sector Access
Hitachi H3D20006472S = 12.263
Seagate ST2000VX000 = 9.189
Seagate ST2000VM002 = 13.703

I tried testing the original 500GB drive but for some reason Sprinrite would not recognize it. (I wonder if it is modified in some way?)

Shares Folder Disappears

Sun, 09/02/2012 - 06:56
I just installed Airport Extreme in place of my old Cisco router. I have a Tivo premiere elite. Everything worked fine, but now I'm noticing that the Shares folder disappears from the Now Playing List, requiring a reboot of PyTivoX program. Any suggestions on where to look for a fix?

TPXL Wireless N Adaptor

Sun, 09/02/2012 - 00:25
Every now and then the adaptor switches speeds from 5.0 down to 2.4.
I used to be able to reset it by either pulling the power cord for the adaptor, or cycling the WPS off/on at the router.
For the past few months, neither of these worked - though occasionally the adaptor would switch back to 5.0 on its own.
I haven't got the slightest idea of what to look for that may help lock the adaptor speed at 5.0....any thoughts on this?

The router is a NetGear WNDR4000 (N750) installed Aug. 2011, and the adaptor is Tivos own 'N' model.
The rest of the wireless system consists of
1 laptop
1 printer

netflix trouble

Sat, 09/01/2012 - 21:57
been reading and reading on here and can not find anything to resolve my issue.

it seems to be if i search using netflix in tivo and get something that is an hd with 5.1 I get no sound. however i have not noticed any issues with my kids movies/shows.

i have an optical audio and hdmi. i have zero problems with anything other then the netflix issue.

Drive swap in S2

Sat, 09/01/2012 - 20:41
My zippered 6.2a DVR40 failed in that it would no longer display live television on either tuner. This was a gradual failure with the picture flashing on and off for several weeks. It would still display recorded programs, though. It's been offline now for over 2 months, but is still subscribed.

I've got an unsubbed HDVR2 and was hoping to swap the drive and card from the DVR40. After doing both, it's displaying on the screen "Data Corruption. Call Cust. Serv. X746." I've also got messages that mention errors 81 and 51.

I thought I could get away with swapping this out like this. Anyone have any pointers? I've already done the online reauthorization.


Can I get the straight scoop when it comes to M-Cards and Comcast, please?

Sat, 09/01/2012 - 19:46
I have a TivoHD and I can't seem to get the straight scoop with regard to my M-Card.

I have an M-Card, and lucky for me, it works.

However, they are charging me $1.50 a month for it. When I called them they told me that the Single Ch. card is free, but the MCard isn't.

Is that legal or right?


Connect to a different wifi address

Sat, 09/01/2012 - 19:22
I apologize if this information is here somewhere but I promise I searched high and low before writing this.
Due to a weak wifi signal in the room where my Premiere is I recently added a wifi extender. I now need to have my Tivo connect to the new network address.
I have gone through guided set up multiple times and reset my wireless Network adapter to no avail.
How do I go about getting to the setup screen where I can choose to have my Tivo connect to my wifi extender instead of my router?

Connect TIVO Drive to PC

Sat, 09/01/2012 - 18:41
Series 3, WD drive
Can someone tell me what connector/adapter to buy to connect my TIVO hard drive to my pc?
I had an A/C power supply to the expansion drive go bad and now with a new power supply the TIVO will neither recognize it or clear it on boot up.
I've tried everything including KSs and it won't budge. It seems like there's plenty of info on doing a format & loading the image but I'm kind of behind on the latest hardware terminology and I can't find an adapter cord to fit my TIVO drive and connect to the PC (internally)
Any help appreciated.

Doctor Who "ASYLUM OF THE DALEKS" Sept 1, 2012 BBC America

Sat, 09/01/2012 - 18:35
September 1, 2012
BBC America

If you missed it, this episode does re-air this week.

BBC America page for this episode.


Reminders/ Spoilers here:

If you missed an episode, here is the tv schedule for current and re-run episodes:

Also check On Demand and On Demand HD if your cable guys offer this.
(Some shows that are missing in HD are available in non-HD.)

Doctor Who specials include:





Don't forget the old threads like:

No new Doctor Who til summer, what will you do?

Doctor Who "A Good Man Goes to War" June 11, 2011 BBC America

So, what are your thoughts on this episode?

Attached Images NEW EPISODE.jpg (26.7 KB)

Want to add a QAM channel after scan

Sat, 09/01/2012 - 18:21
When I do a scan, all the channels I want come in except for one local that I can pickup from my built-in QAM tuner on my Samsung tv. When I enter the numbers directly on the tivo, I can see the channel fine and can record live. But I can't setup a future manual recording without it in the channel list. Is there a way to add channels to the list?

Emergency! starts on MeTV on 9/3

Sat, 09/01/2012 - 17:17
This looks like it could be a good show. ;)

2 TiVos, 1 Logitech Harmony, Same room (How to)

Sat, 09/01/2012 - 16:57
There are a lot of Threads on this, and I'm sorry if this is just redundant. But this worked for me and wanted to post these two links together for anyone trying to do this. Most of what I found was extra, unnecessary steps. Hope this is helpful.

This worked perfectly for my Logitech Harmony

1 - Controlling two TiVo boxes with separate remotes
2 - Then, Do what this says

Now I have 2 Premieres, 1 remote. Controlled completely separate.

New HD for an old Series 1 TiVo

Sat, 09/01/2012 - 15:19
I was given a Philips TiVo Series 1. The prior owner had installed a larger 160MB hard drive, but when I hooked it up, it would not complete the boot up process. He had given me two older smaller drives. I hooked up just one of the smaller drives (labeled A) and the device completed booting and set up and seemed to work fine. Only problem is that the older drive makes a loud whining noise. So here are my questions: Can I just go out and buy any new hard drive, or do I need to buy a specific kind (size or make)? Will the device will automatically format and set up the new hard drive once installed?

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