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Episodes - Season 2 thread

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 07:55
I gave up waiting for someone to start a thread and figured I would do it myself!

I love this show. Everyone in it is perfect. It is wickedly funny. Where's the love for it on TCF? am I the only one watching?

screen.itcl on Series 1

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 05:22
Has anyone had any luck running the "screen" module in TW or TWP? Or is it just fubar on series 1s?


Pixelation - bad blocks

Sun, 07/22/2012 - 23:33
On my series 3 with some recordings I get pixelation enough to make it unwatchable. I suspect bad blocks. Should TiVo deal with these automatically? Is there any way to force an fsck?

Pixelation - bad blocks

Sun, 07/22/2012 - 23:32
On my series 3 with some recordings I get pixelation enough to make it unwatchable. I suspect bad blocks. Should TiVo deal with these automatically? Is there any way to force an fsck?


Breaking Bad S05E02 "Madrigal" OAD 7.22.12

Sun, 07/22/2012 - 22:16
Decent episode -- just basic "plot building" which I expected to happen.

Also, the Super-Magnet-Truck wasn't really needed (despite what Walt thought), as Fring's notebook was definitely encrypted.

I liked how the writers created the catch-22 for Mike getting back in.

Can't wait to see where they start cooking again.

Have we seen the end of the German company's involvement?

moving next week

Sun, 07/22/2012 - 22:12
wife and i will be sharing a townhouse with my brother-in-law starting next week and have a question we have 2 tivo one xl and one standard using tivo wireless g adapter currently. would like to know if using a new wireless N router could i go something like the linksys WET610N Dual-Band wireless N One Port Wi-Fi Bridge with out any problems in the place. any help would be greatly appreciated.

PyTivo- Files won't transfer

Sun, 07/22/2012 - 20:04
Tivo will see my files on my PC but nothing will transfer. This is a fresh install. Any idea what I did wrong? I followed the instructions and I think I did everything correctly.

Big Brother - ep05 - 7/22/2012

Sun, 07/22/2012 - 20:04
Wow, I never watched the Survivor with Willie's brother, but I hope woman ever procreates with that family. Apparently they have mental issues. What an ass. Glad to see him go.

Kindle Fire Owners: Receive a free $1 Amazon MP3 credit when downloading Tivo app?

Sun, 07/22/2012 - 18:59
I have no information regarding any offer but when I downloaded the Tivo app to my Kindle Fire I got a $1 Amazon MP3 credit sent to my email. YMMV.

Tivo Proxy Server

Sun, 07/22/2012 - 18:07
Hi, I'm writing a simple proxy server for my TiVo that will stream and decode .tivo files directly from the TiVo. This will allow media players like VLC and media servers like TVersity to play and server the files. I am also going to server a RSS feed so media servers can find the Tivo files.

Right now I have a simple prototype that works with VLC:

Code: import cgi, os, SocketServer, sys, time, subprocess
import urllib2
from SimpleHTTPServer import SimpleHTTPRequestHandler
from StringIO import StringIO

Tivo_MAK = '***********'
Tivo_URL = ''
Port = 8000

def findPID(exename):
    a = os.popen4('tasklist /FI "IMAGENAME eq '+exename+'"')
    return info[1]

class DirectoryHandler(SimpleHTTPRequestHandler):
    def do_GET(self):
        global Tivo_MAK
        global Tivo_URL
        link = Tivo_URL + self.path
        print link
        self.send_header("Content-Type", "video/mpeg")
        decode = subprocess.Popen('curl.exe --digest -k -c cookies.txt -u tivo:{0:s} "{1:s}" | tivodecode -m {0:s} -- -'.format(Tivo_MAK,link),shell=True,bufsize=1000,stdout=subprocess.PIPE)
        processID = findPID('curl.exe')

        while True:
            chunk = decode.stdout.read(4096)
            if not chunk:
                os.popen('TASKKILL /PID '+ processID +' /F')
httpd = SocketServer.TCPServer(("", Port), DirectoryHandler)
print "serving at port", Port
httpd.serve_forever() With this running I can open VLC and pass an URL that looks like this:
Code: And the server will change the URL to the TiVo URL and run curl and tivodecode then pass the output back to VLC.

This works in VLC, but I can't get any other media player or media server to recognize the output. I think it's because they can't determine the codec to use, they will open and close the link a few times before saying it can't play. My question is what exactly is output from tivodecode and what content-type and header info should I send? I tried "video/mpeg","video/mp4","video/mpgv" but windows media player won't play the output.

Recently Deleted Folder

Sun, 07/22/2012 - 17:01
2 questions:

1. Does anyone know if there is an easy way to delete all content in the folder?

2. The programs in the deleted folder, are they included in the disk space usage indicator?

Thank you.

Working Series2 DT but KS 54 shows fail id

Sun, 07/22/2012 - 10:51
My S2 DT is working and still is working but Kickstart 54 shows the internal HD as Fail ID and essentially won't run the SMART tests.

The only thing I can think of is that I did have the drive connected to my Win 7 computer running Seagate's SeaTools on it and when I came back the computer had gone to sleep. When it came back on - SeaTools now showed an extra "line" as if there was an extra volume available. So I'm guessing this is similar to some of the info I've seen where you shouldn't boot Windows with your tivo drive connected otherwise you might get a "Windows signature" and make the Tivo not bootable...

Mine still boots and the only problem I can detect is in Kickstart 54 with the FAIL ID code.

Any suggestions on "fixing"? Or should I not worry about it?

How do I install Streambaby service on NAS device

Sun, 07/22/2012 - 10:19
I am about to finally replace HP WHS (LX195) with a NAS device.

Can someone help me with understanding how to install the Streambaby service on a NAS device?

I did this with the WHS a few years but I understand the process would be entirely different with a NAS device.

Would a particular brand/model be easier to install? I need to understand if I can do this myself or if I should get help for the Streambaby service install.

Please let me know. Thanks.

Special channels added for Olympics?

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 18:54
I just now noticed that there are three new channels popping up on my Tivo, all specified as "NBCU" and touting Olympics coverage in the near future. Haven't heard anything from the cable company about them yet. Anybody else seeing something like this?

Closed Captioning on Humax DRT 400 stopped working

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 18:50
A few weeks ago the closed Captioning on my Humax DRT 400 stopped working.

Note this is an older model TiVo and does not have its own CC on / off option in its settings.

Checked my TV settings CC is on. Tried terning it on and off no change.

Checked A/V wires no problems.

I update Via Internet, and system info says updating is fine.

I am wondering if this is a TiVo software problem?
Has there been a recent update to TiVo software?
Is anyone else with this model TiVo having this problem?

Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance for any help given.

xl4 not showing 4 red lights when all tuners are in use

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 18:44
i've recently added a xl4 to my line up of tivos.

I just had an opportunity to test all 4 tuners. While they all record, one of the lights on the front doesn't indicate the tivo is recording on a tuner. i've set up 4 recordings & there is a red light missing.

When i restarted the tivo, that missing red light flashes on during the power down process.

anyone experience a similar problem?

tivo wants me to send it in for an exchange...I am reluctant to do so since i've got an external paired & the cable card is paired. After explaining tivo suggested weaknees

Suitable hard drives for a Tivo Series 2?

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 16:43
I have a old Tivo Series 2 that has been upgraded, I think twice, and now has a 500GB hard drive. I am seeing some signs of age on that drive including minor hiccups in playback and would like to replace the drive and keep my shows.

What are the best options for currently available drives? Is it possible to go larger? Or would I just replace with another 500GB? Also, I am not sure what happened to the stick on how to do the upgrade, as I need to review it again, since its been a few years since the last time.


Help, i need a series 2 image

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 16:19
Hey everyone,

I am trying to replace my hard drive in my 540040 with an 80gb hard drive i tok out of a direct tv tivo machine. They are both ide and firgured it would be an easy fix but cant get past the welcome, powering up screen, then reboots and over and over.
I went to winmfs and it does not see the tivo drive that I have hooked up to my laptop with a usb adapter.
I went ti instacake and they charge money :(
From what I can figure, either I need a new image or the direct tv hard drive is bad, dont know but if someone has a series 2 540040 image or 540080 image it would be so much appreciated.



DVRupgrade.com's INSTANTCAKE is out of date

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 15:11
I recently purchased "the latest" circa 2007 InstantCake upgrade package for my Tivo Series 3 from DVRupgrade.com. I read (going in) that a) there was NO PRODUCT SUPPORT of any kind available and b) NO REFUNDS. OK says I, but last time I tried it, it worked fine so likely with my computer experience, I can make it work. OOPS!!! That did not turn out to be so.

The program was designed for OLDER PCs where there were a) PATA drive ports and b) (apparently) just two SATA ports. None of my four PCs now meet that criteria. I tried it on three computers, two with multiple (6 and 8) SATA ports and on a 2009 HP laptop using a USB to SATA adapter. In none of these configurations could InstantCake identify and connect to the DESTINATION SATA port (or USB port) so as to be able to write the InstantCake Tivo package to the destination 1TB drive.

It was true! ABSOLUTELY ZERO support was available from DVRupgrade and no refund was available either! Let the buyer be AWARE!

Finally, in despairation, I went to this and other Tivo forums and found the program KNOPPIX at http://www.bumwine.com/tivo.html and it worked beautifully. I did not need the InstantCake image, but just used the original Tivo Image from the original OEM drive from Tivo.

http://www.bumwine.com/tivo.html speaks of http://www.mfslive.org/winmfs/ which is supposedly even easier to use, but I did not try that one out.

I tried to publish this information on the DVRupgrade.com website, but they would not allow these comments on their website. I can understand why. It seems to me that DVRupgrade.com needs to have their InstantCake program updated to work with modern computers OR quit selling it.

post network fail, data refresh does not populate to do list

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 12:20
Storm disabled network for week. After repair and several successful connect, download and process episodes (maybe) my Tivo HD still shows "no data" and to do list and season passes show "none scheduled" shows. How do I force refresh of "to do" d etc.?