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Speed of computer for upgrading drives?

Sun, 10/14/2012 - 12:12
Replacing a failing hard drive in my TiVo Premiere. It's so far gone that I have to borrow a drive. That means lugging a PC to my Mom's and tearing her Premiere apart and copying her drive to a new one.

I have several PCs available for the job. And I don't want to spend 30 hours over there.

So, if I take a fast PC (i.e. Core i7, etc.) vs a slow PC (Pentium 4 3.4GHz) will the transfer speed be affected?

Also, how long would the copy process take approximately?

Swap Drives between Tivos

Sun, 10/14/2012 - 12:05
I have a Series 2 1400060 and a Series 2 2400080. Neither are working due to, I believe, bad hard drives. I see various Tivos for sale on Craigslist, for instance, a Series 2 TCD649080 for $30. Can I take the drive out of the TCD649080 and put it into one of my Tivos? Is there a way to know what will be compatible with my Tivos?

Tivo Series 3 HD with lifetime for sale

Sun, 10/14/2012 - 10:54
This Tivo Series 3 HD DVR has been very well taken care of and has no problems whatsoever. The unit is subscribed to the Tivo Lifetime Service and is fully transferrable with no fees ever. This is often considered the best TIVO DVR ever made. THX certified with the OLED display. Item is beautiful, in great condition. Works perfectly, has been reset to defaults and ready for you to set up. Original owner. TIVO life-time service is on this unit, meaning no monthly fees on this unit, ever. BID WITH CONFIDENCE Call Jeff with question 617-966-8800 Comes in its original box, with packing material, manuals, video cables, original remote, and power cord. On ebay NOW #170923418572

'call iinterrupted'

Sun, 10/14/2012 - 10:45
I gettin call interrupted fail 20 secs in on downloading tv guide. No settings changed on Tivo but this is the first time I have tried to download a guide since mid september 2012 so Tivo is out of guide and so 'dead' at the moment

A test call is 'successful'.

The phone line is ok, its also the line for my broadband and no problems there. I don't run both at the same time btw, the BB is physically disconnected when I connect the tivo to make the manual call, usually every 3-4 days

This may seem an odd arrangement but its just down to the fact that I dont have enough wires to connect Tivo and BB to line at same time.

Any thoughts please?

can't watch live tv

Sun, 10/14/2012 - 10:07
I can't seem to watch live tv, just now playing list. It just has message "searching for signal from cable box"

Requirements for mult room viewing

Sun, 10/14/2012 - 10:07
I want to set up Tivo in different rooms in my house and be able to view programs recorded on one DVR in either room in the house. One Tivo will be in the living room with the cable modem and router next to it so I can run a coax cable from the cable outlet to the modem and Tivo if needed and run an ethernet cable between the router and the Tivo. The second Tivo will be in another room where I cannot run a coax cabe from the router to the Tivo. How do I set this up?

New XL4 great but no OTA support?

Sun, 10/14/2012 - 08:57
Ok the new XL4 is cool but what happened to the OTA option? Some us of like to have the ability of OTA and its super clear signal and also the secondary channels....

Using a regular HD for added recording space?

Sun, 10/14/2012 - 00:45
Rather then buying the 1 TB "DVR Expander" for $199.00 my thought was to buy a Western Digital 3TB drive for $149.00 and buy a cable. Guess what? Can't buy the cable anywhere. I checked Weaknees and didn't see it. A couple questions..

Can you attach a 3 TB Western Digital to the tivo with no problems? (via the eSata port, not looking to open it up)
Where can I buy a cable that has the connection for the WD HD (sorry i don't know the name of that connector) on one end and the eSata connector that goes into the tivo on the other end?:confused:

Beauty and the Beast "Pilot" 10/11/12

Sun, 10/14/2012 - 00:30
Cablevision and the CW are still in dispute so I went to iTunes and the Pilot is available for free!

Will watch soon, but has anyone else seen it. Apparently the ratings were good but the reviews mixed.

Pushes failing on TiVoDesktopPLus?

Sun, 10/14/2012 - 00:20
In this thread a discussion has come up concerning the sudden failure of large numbers of pushes in pyTiVo where most of the queued pushes fail. HAs anyone with TiVoDeskTopPlus been experiencing failures when transferring h.264/MP4 files to the TiVo?

SNL 10/13/12 Christina Applegate; Passion Pit

Sat, 10/13/2012 - 23:59
Vice Presidential Debate (Usain Bolt cameo)
Christina Applegate monologue
Gillette Fusion Proglide Styler commercial
The Californians
Tech Talk
Give Us All Our Daughters Back!
Passion Pit performs
Weekend Update
..Top Stories
..Arianna Huffington
..More Top Stories
..Jean K Jean
..More Top Stories
Odysseus Faces the Sirens
The Hell-Oween Ball
Passion Pit performs
Jillian Chizz Dance Studio

Cold open was pretty good, that water gag was funny.
Holy **** that monologue was one of the best performances I ever remember seeing from a host.
I had no idea she could sing.

I got zoomed by the Gillette commercial. My brother texted me that he thought it was a riot and I must of missed something. So Jerry was in the commercial, so what?

Christina did a phenomenal job in The Californians, really great job on the accent. Tech Talk and GUAODB were hilarious.

Good WU, that Arianna impression is just awesome, Jean K Jean very good as well.

Man I gotta give Christina a lot of credit for showcasing her singing in a second skit, the girl can sing. Is she known for her singing?

Anyone else get the weird cut at the end of Hell-Oween? The Principle was still going and they put up the graphic over him, then cut to commercial.

Wow that was one real solid show, Christina was an excellent host.

Closed captions, out of sync?

Sat, 10/13/2012 - 19:17
My TiVo seems to have rebooted yesterday, and may have new software. It says the software is

I had two problems. One I think I fixed, by resetting the code to SLOW DOWN the speed of the fast forward on the second bar. It was way too fast for any reasonable viewing.

The other is odd.. it seems now, on some playback of TiVo shows, and also on LIVE TV, the closed captioning is OUT OF SYNC. I tried checking settings on the SONY BRAVIA TV, and seems ok there. There's several seconds of text on the screen scrolling by, and the action on screen is ahead --by probably 5 or 10 seconds. Weird, and it used to be in perfect sync.

I tried regular broadcast show, and it seems there too. One commercial played and it seemed in sync. Again, odd. The shows where it is worst is on football games on ESPN HD channels, if that means anything.

Any suggestions or help, e-mail me please.


The inexperienced writers of Grimm

Sat, 10/13/2012 - 19:10
Poor guys will probably take quite the ribbing next time they hang out with their TV writer buddies. On last night's episode, they showed some cops reviewing security camera footage...and when they zoomed, the footage got grainier and less focused!

Silly writers don't realize yet that on TV shows, security cameras have infinite zoom.

Closed Caption

Sat, 10/13/2012 - 19:00
Hello all - Does your closed caption work on you Ipad when you watch a show that you have downloaded? I have downloaded a total of about 100 shows to my Ipad first generation and the newest Ipad. The closed caption button on the screen does not turn on or off. I called Tivo today and they do not know why it would not be working. Any ideas?


MultiRoom Viewing - not working

Sat, 10/13/2012 - 18:56
My old (HD 20-hr) NEVER sees my new (premier) box:

Both are on the same network & subnet.
Both can be pinged from a workstation, and both connect to Tivo service.
Both are wired ethernet.
Both are manual IP, I don't use any DHCP on the network.
Both are re-named and MRV-enabled at Tivo.com.
Both have been restarted multiple times in the weeks since installation.

The new premier always sees the old HD, but what I really need is for the old HD to see the new one. Without it, I can't see the premiere programs on my good TV...thanx

Empty guide listings? ...and can I customize TiVo suggestion channels?

Sat, 10/13/2012 - 18:32
I'm using my first TiVo (Premiere XL4) and I have a few questions after using it for a couple of days:

1) Some of my guide listings are empty. Why is that? I'm using a cable card and it seems to be working fine, and 95% of the guide is populated, but certain channels or even certain items are just blank for seemingly no reason. I've forced a TiVo network update and they are still empty.

2) TiVo suggestions are really neat, but I don't want it to record any SD programs or any SD channels. Is it possible to customize this?

Windows Phone + Tivo Command: Would you like tontalk to your Tivo?

Sat, 10/13/2012 - 17:57
Hi everybody,

I just recently finished my Windows Phone Tivo app, called Tivo Command. Its free, and I'd love it if you could give ot a spin and give me some feedback. You can see it in the Market Place, just search for Tivo Command.

Also, I'm planning on speech enabling it using the new speech APIs on Windows Phone 8. (Full disclosure, I work at Microsoft, and I'm in the speech team, the same team that also speech enabled the Phone itself, Xbox/Kinect, and many other Microsoft products).

If you'd like to be able to talk to your Tivo, reply in this thread with what you'd like to be able to say, and I'll try to include that in the Windows Phone 8 updated version of Tivo Command later this month.

Let me know!


Swapping Hard Drives

Sat, 10/13/2012 - 16:42
I have two Series 2 Tivos with lifetime service. One is a 140 model with two 120GB drives and the other is a 240 model with an 80GB drive. Both, I believe, have bad drive issues. I occasionally see Series 2 Tivos on craigslist for $40. Can I use the drives from these in my Tivos? Is it as simple as swapping them in?

Programs on TiVo Desktop appear and disappear on TiVo

Sat, 10/13/2012 - 16:16
Forgive me if this has come up before, but a search has come up empty.

I have a TiVo Premier and TiVo Desktop Plus 2.8.3. I recently replaced the hard drive in the TiVo, so I transferred all the recorded programs to the Desktop, and now I'm trying to copy them back.

If I transfer single programs, everything works.

However, when I try to transfer programs in folders, all eps show up initially, but after adding the first episode to the transfer list and returning to the folder, TiVo now reports that the folder is empty. Hopping back another level to the Desktop list shows that that too is empty. If I do some other things and come back later, the program list is again visible, but the same thing happens if I transfer a program from a folder.

Is this just a bug in Desktop, or is there something I can do to work around this?

Cablevision and Tivo question

Sat, 10/13/2012 - 15:17
We have 2 Tivo Series 2 boxes. One is dying and we will need to replace. Is there a way to get HD Tivo without a Cablecard and use my box? I thought Cablecards were being phased out which means go with Cablevision DVR (which I don't want) or stay with Series 2. Thanks.