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American Diggers

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 09:02
Anyone watching?

The premise is a group of guys with metal detectors go to historic US locations and dig for artifacts. They are typically on private property so will split the proceeds with the land owners.

I have found the show to be pretty interesting, but after the 3rd episode started fast-forwarding the first few minutes. Every episode seems to be the same in this regard. They will show up in the area, get turned down by the first 2 people they talk to, then will negotiate a split with the 3rd.

They have found some interesting items and have made some decent money from them.

New Elite User, Worried about No Signal Error

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 07:43
Been browsing this forum for a few months now and finally pulled the trigger on an Elite last weekend to replace a very old Series 2 that was just used to record overflow since it wasn’t HD and finally kill the hated TWC DVR. Shockingly the install went smoothly (self-installed) and we thought we were in the clear but the last few days a few issues have me worried.

Primarily when switching channels on a rare occasion we’ll hit a “No Signal”, often just switching back and forth will force the channel in. Yesterday this happened in the afternoon on MSNBC and the channel didn’t come back quickly. Later in the evening a recording scheduled on MSNBC did not record due to “No Signal” (other recordings at the same time occurred.) Checking the DVR Diag. we’re finding signal strength to be north of 90 with a SnR of 35-37; one possible concern is unresolved errors show in the 4,000 – 5,000 range but are not growing and overall picture quality once tuned is as good as with the TWC box. I’m not sure if this is “typical” but it does feel channels take longer to “tune” than with the TWC box (black screen delay of 2-3 seconds before tuning.) Also had 2 “lock-ups” that I’ve shrugged off as being on the Tivo side (these don’t worry me as much.)

I’m not ready to panic yet, but would really prefer not to have to set up a redundant DVR out of fear that signal drops will continue to cause recording failures (that would be a deal-breaker.) I’m also going to “simplify” my cable routing to the DVR tonight as there is an amplifier and a splitter involved currently. Anything else I should keep an eye out on or try? Should that unresolved error count worry me? Been hesitant to reseat the cable card or call support yet as it’s been pretty isolated.

Finally haven’t seen the Spring update push yet despite forcing back-to-back connects to the service and rebooting – is the roll-out just staged such that I may not be in que yet?

Thanks for any help you can provide.

Series 1 DirecTiVo Upgraded drive to an even more upgraded drive

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 00:22
After looking for the latest, up-to-date information, I'm still quite stumped. I have a Philips DSR6000 with an upgraded 160GB drive from the stock 40GB Maxtor. I used 25xtreme and superzap's 2.5.2 upgrade and I use a cachecard. It does not have a lba48 aware kernel, just the one that came with 2.5.2. I did this in 2009. Now I want to upgrade it to a 750GB or larger drive. The question is, do I use a Seagate DB35 750GB PATA drive or a larger SATA drive with PATA to SATA adapter, and what would be the largest drive I could use and what would be a proper swap partition size?

Secondly, I will be using MFSLive 1.4 CD. I want to take the 160GB drive and copy everything, including season passes and recordings to the new drive and expand it to the largest it could be. On the MFSLive tutorial under Series 1 single drive to single drive, it says for an already upgraded drive:

Quote: Option 1.3 To copy everything from expanded Tivo drive to another bigger drive. If you get "Backup target not large enough" error, chances are, you need this option. It redirects to the forum which you need an account, and registration is disabled. So what is this option?

And thirdly, once I figure out this option and copy the drive, I just use tpip to insert the 2.5.2 LBA48 aware kernel and things should magically work when I power up my DSR6000? I found a place that offers such a kernel that has the PC IDE controller drivers removed, prints dmesg bootup to the serial port (probably at 9600 baud, even though 25xtreme sets it to 115200), and a few other neat things.

And, to resurrect my Philips HDR112 Series 1 Standalone, I want to upgrade it to the 160GB I'll take out of my DirecTiVo. It's stock Maxtor drive is still working well, but it's loud, and low capacity. I assume I should just use option 1.2 on the MFSLive tutorial:

Quote: Option 1.2 To copy everything from original size Tivo drive to another and expand capacity:

backup -qTao - /dev/hdc | restore -s 128 -r 4 -xzpi - /dev/hdd It's hacked, and I've found a way to remultiplex mpeg2 video into what can be transferred to the Series 1 SA. It must be mpeg2 video at NTSC framerate (film framerate makes the picture "jump" on my DSR6000) and the audio must be in mp2. This isn't "extracting" which isn't allowed on this forum, so I would assume talk about this is not against the rules. I can do this on the DirecTiVo as well, and store movies and documentaries that I like to watch in Now Playing. What else can you use a Series 1 SA for if you don't have analog cable and no analog over-the-air?


Premiere lost signal - reboot fixed

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 23:53
I went upstairs tonight to watch Smash and found that my Premiere hadn't recording anything since Friday. No channels would tune, hence no recordings. A reboot fixed it, but it really sucks that none of our shows recorded for four days.

To top it all off, my Series 3 downstairs has now locked up while recording two shows and downloading the Smash season finale from Amazon. My wife just flagged a show to not delete and it has been stuck on the Please Wait screen for over half an hour now. I don't want to reboot it yet just in case it is still actually recording.

This and all the guide data problems I've had in the last year (new episodes flagged as repeats, incorrect recording length, etc) I just want to throw them out the top floor window. Why am I paying for this?

End rant.

Unable to cancel a Video Podcast

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 23:33
I have a Series 3 HD dual Tuner on Brighthouse. I had subscribed to Scam School Video Podcast but decided that I don't want it any longer. I unsubscribed to the podcast but it keeps downloading. I tried subscribing and unsubscribing to no avail. I have done the usual diag, power down, remove from network and restart system, still no luck.

Any suggestions?
Thank you.

American Idol "Top 3 performance show" 5/16/2012 *spoilers*

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 21:24
The Joshua love fest continues from the judges.. BARF!

HR10-250 - all terrestrial HD shows now partial

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 20:05
Starting May 3rd, my HR10-250 started cutting off terrestrial HD recordings at random times. Last night's 2-hour Glee stopped after 50 mins, House at 45, AI at 20, etc... Occasionally it manages to get a whole show, but not often.

I can't find a reason for this happening. It's not happening with any shows recorded off the dish. Ideas?


Search upcoming listings by genre?

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 18:54
I recently subscribed to HBO and got Showtime and TMC for a limited time, too, so I now have about a dozen new movie channels. Instead of trying to browse them all I'm wondering if there's a way to search by genre? For instance, I would like to be able see all upcoming sci-fi or action/adventure movies.

I know there's a Browse option on the main menu but it searches Netflix etc rather than the local/upcoming listings.

Any suggestions are appreciated!

New slide out remote has saved Tivo for me

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 18:34
I got the Premiere XL as soon as it released, and like many others here was severely disappointed in its sluggish performance. When the 2.x update finally came out it seemed to be a big improvement for the speed of the menus, but that speed didn't seem to last. Starting some months after I got the 2.x update I started noticing long delays again, and this time it also impacted SD menus as well as HD menus.

My frustration had been building when I got my new iPad 3 and decided to try the Tivo remote program that was in the iPad app store: no delays or slowness at all. I was stunned, so I tried replacing the batteries in the remote to see if that helped, but it didn't seem to. I started to pay attention to what was going on with the remote and noticed that quite a few times I had to press the buttons just a certain way for them to work, or repeatedly press them. I decided to try the slide out qwerty keyboard remote so I picked one up from Best Buy and hooked up the blue tooth connection on it. The performance is a complete 180, my Tivo is now snappy even in HD menus and the entire thing is now performing as I would expect a $500 appliance to perform.

Besides the obvious thought that the remote that came with the Premiere had started to die (my old S2 remote lasted 6 years without any problems so I never suspected this new standard remote), I also wonder if it isn't related to using infrared for control. I'm going to remove the USB blue tooth connector and try the new remote in infrared mode to see if I notice a difference.

Sale New Unlocked Apple Iphone 4S 64/32GB, Apple Ipad 2 WiFi 3G, Nikon D90, D700 DSLR

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 18:30
Contact E-mail: b2ztradeinc@hotmail.com
Skype: b2ztrade
Contact Person: Aktar Maitama


Apple iPhone 4S 64GB Quadband 3G HSDPA GPS Unlocked Phone (SIM Free)....$600usd

Apple iPhone 4S 32GB Quadband 3G HSDPA GPS Unlocked Phone (SIM Free)....$550usd

Apple iPhone 4S 16GB Quadband 3G HSDPA GPS Unlocked Phone (SIM Free)....$500usd

Package Content:
1 Apple iPhone 4S Phone
1 Charger
1 Data Cable
1 Handsfree
1 User's Guide

Apple iPad 2 64GB (Wi-Fi + 3G)...$600usd
Apple iPad 2 32GB (Wi-Fi + 3G)...$550usd
Apple iPad 2 16GB (Wi-Fi + 3G)...$500usd

Package Content:
1 Apple iPad 2
1 Dock Connector to USB Cable
1 10W USB Power Adapter
1 Documentation

Samsung Galaxy i9250 galaxy nexus===$400

Samsung Galaxy I9100 S 2=======$300

Nikon D700 12MP DSLR Camera.....$1,000usd

Package Content:
1 Nikon D700 DSLR Camera
1 EN-EL3e Battery Pack
1 MH-18a Battery Charger
1 UC-E4 Data Cable (USB)
1 EG-D100 AV Cable
1 AN-D700 Strap
1 LCD Protect Cover

Nikon D90 12MP DSLR Camera.......$600usd

Package Content:
1 Nikon D90 DSLR Camera
1 EN-EL3e Rechargeable Battery
1 MH-18a Quick Charger
1 DK-5 Eyepiece Cap1 DK-2
1 Rubber Eyecup
1 UC-E4 USB Cable
1 EG-D2 Audio Video Cable
1 AN-DC1 Camera Strap
1 BM-10 LCD Monitor Cover
1 Body Cap
1 BS-1 Accessory Shoe Cover
1 Software Suite CD-ROM

Canon EOS 550D 18MP Digital SLR Camera....$450usd

Package Content:
1 Canon EOS 550D Digital Camera
1 LP-E8 Battery Pack
1 MH-18a Battery Charger
1 LC-E8 Data Cable (USB)
1 AVC-DC400ST AV Cable
1 EW-100DBIII Strap
1 User's Guide
1 Eyecup Ef

Canon EOS 5D Mark II 21MP DSLR Camera....$1,500USD

Package Content:
1 Canon EOS 5D Mark II Body
1 Eyecup Eb
1 (EW-EOS5DMKII) Wide Neck Strap
1 (STV-250N) Stereo Video Cable
1 (IFC-200U) USB Interface Cable IFC-200U
1 (LC-E6) Battery Charger
1 (LP-E6) Battery Pack
1 EOS Digital Solution Disk
1 Software Instruction Manual

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TiVo Series3 (TCD648250B) w/ Lifetime - $300

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 18:25
I have one Series3 TiVo (TCD648250B) with Lifetime service for sale for $300 (ground shipping included).

Original box, accessories, remote, and power cable are included.

Unit is in working condition and I have never had any issues with it. It was taken out of service a couple of months ago after I purchased a Premiere Elite/XL4.

TRON Uprising preview on Disney channel May 18 9:30PM

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 17:12
Here's an early review of "Tron Uprising"


Remember, the May 18 9:30PM showing is a preview. The actual premiere date for the series is June 7 at 9PM. (Timies, of course, may very.)

TRON Uprising preview on Disney XD channel May 18 9:30PM

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 17:05
Sorry, my mistake. The preview is on the disney channel, not Disney XD. I apparently cannot change the title, or delete this thread.:(

Moca solution recommended/supported by Tivo?

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 15:10
After experiencing issues with slow MRS on my Premieres with Wireless N adapter, I have decided to purchase the Moca Coax-Ethernet solution.

Just based on what I've read here and realizing wireless is not going to work to my satisfaction.

Is there a particular brand/model recommended for Premiere? I do have an Amplifier in my setup from Time Warner Cable because of high number of cable TV connections in my home. I also have a DLINK DIR-655 router with Digital Cable/Home Telephone bundle.

If there's a particular brand/model you could suggest it would be helpful.

Please let me know. Thanks.

Question about Cable Card

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:53
Hi all -

I'm new to this forum so forgive my ignorance. Also, I apologize in advance if this question is posted in the incorrect section.

I recently purchased a TiVo Premiere series 4 and stopped by my cable company (Time Warner Manhattan) to pick up the cable card needed. I was given a CISCO STA1520 tuning box alongside the cable card. I asked the technician if I needed it and he said that some channels may not display properly or not show up at all. He said if this happened to use the box.

I really dont want another box to connect. Do you guys think i'm going to need the CISCO box, or do you think the cable card will suffice? I also asked if I needed to call CS to get the card paired up with the TiVo and he said no. The card should be programmed and ready to go when I get home and all i have to do is pop the card in.

Thanks for listening everyone.

Premiere randomly loses ability to swap tuners

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:14
Got a Premiere about two months ago and after some Comcast headaches everything seemed to be fine except for one thing.

Randomly and regularly, the Live/Swap remote button will not cause the Tivo to swap tuners. The first press brings up the program guide. A second press brings up the channel info overlay. Repeated presses just cycle between these two overlays.

I have checked the DVR Diagnostics info to verify that the two tuners are indeed on different channels. I have tried multiple remotes and the Tivo behavior does not change. A trip through Tivo Central will sometimes appear to fix the problem and restore the swap function, but not always.

I've been working with Tivo tech support and they sent me a new Premiere. Unfortunately, it has exactly the same behavior! The only thing in common between the original and the replacement is the cablecard.

Has anyone heard of this behavior? One Tivo technician said he had handled maybe three calls over the last two years for this problem.

Could it be cablecard related? I don't see how, since the cablecard has to support two output streams concurrently so presumably the stream selected for display is handled by the Tivo hardware.

On the channel info overlay, I just noticed that the mini menu on the right edge has a "swap tuners" button. (Was that there in the last rev?) Using this method reliably swaps tuners and heals things so that the remote Swap/Live button works again. Ironically, cursoring to the menu "swap" button brings up a helpful suggestion that a faster way to swap tuners is to use the Swap/Live button on the remote.:)

Thanks for any suggestions.


Tivo Pooling??? (shows & Season Passes)

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 14:00
Since Tivo premiere units can stream directly between units, Why do you not enable "POOLING" of the "my shows" lists???

AND, Since Tivo premiere units can stream directly between units, Why do you not enable "POOLING" of the "SEASONS PASS" show lists??? (This would enable setup of viewing/recording on ALL 4 TUNERS of different shows in one interface)

RAID for THR-22

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 13:31
Finding information on working RAID solutions for the new DirecTV HD Tivo is difficult, so I thought I'd post a summary of what I've found, my experiences, and list my working configuration. (Scroll down towards the bottom if you just want a final configuration.)

First, some background:

1) The DirecTV DVRs (HR-2x) are finicky about what eSATA enclosures/drives they will work with. There are several threads discussing this, but for a single drive (non-RAID) the most prevalent working boxes appear to be the Antec MX-1 and the Thermaltake Max 5. I've used both and can confirm that they do indeed work and are stable.

2) RAID using consumer (non-enterprise/server) rated drives can be problematic, and is related to drive error recovery algorithms. This seems to be especially true for RAID-5 systems. I've had experience with one RAID-5 enclosure (the Buffalo Drivestation Quattro) and could NOT get it to function with an HR-21. I could not determine if this was an eSATA compatibility issue or a RAID-5 problem.

However, RAID-0 and RAID-1 do seem to work well with consumer drives, and at least one company (Western Digital) explicitly states that their drives are compatible with this configuration.

3) Max capacity for HR-2x series units (including the THR-22) is 2GB.

Now my experience:

1) I'd decided to use a RAID-1 configuration with 2 x 2GB drives. This gives data redundancy (which was my reason for going with RAID) and the maximum possible capacity.

2) Based on hints found in various forums, I selected the Sans Digital MS2UTN+B eSATA RAID enclosure.

3) Also based on various discussions I initially selected the Western Digital Caviar Green 2GB (WD20EARX) drives.

4) Installation of the drives into the MS2UTN was easy. I selected RAID-1 (amongst several options) using the rotary selector on the back and powered it up. I used the USB port to connect it to a PC, and using the Sans Digital supplied software I confirmed the RAID settings and status of the unit.

5) I then powered down the THR-22 and connected the MS2UTN to the DVR eSATA port. I rebooted the THR-22 and it recognized the new "drive", and downloaded/installed the Tivo software. (NOTE: This takes a while and there may be no indication (lights, etc) for several minutes that it has even turned on -- be patient.)

6) I went through the Tivo setup process, created some season passes, and recorded some shows. I thought I was home free, but a few hours later the recordings began to glitch and then the THR-22 began rebooting frequently. (Being a longtime user of Tivos and having nursed a HR10-250 along for several years I recognized this as probably being symptomatic of a drive problem).

7) I reconnected the MS2UTN to my PC and using the RAID managment software found that the array was reporting that it need to be rebuilt. I attempted to do so, but after several hours the rebuild failed. Did some more research on the WD drives and found references to an "Intellipark" function that caused problems with RAID systems. I then downloaded WD software and and turned off this function, but the problems remained -- array would not sucessfully rebuild. I download WD diagnostic software and ran extensive drive tests and found that BOTH drives had failed.

8) I didn't want to guess if the problems were RAID incompatiblity as well as bad drives, so I returned the WD drives to try something different.

9) Next up: Seagate Barracuda 2 TB 5900RPM, ST320005N4A1AS-RK. (I selected the retail kit version since this gives a 5-year warranty. The same drive is available as ST2000DL003 with a 3-year warranty.) This time, having learned a lesson, I ran extensive tests on the drives using Seagate's diagnostic tools BEFORE putting them in the RAID box. As before, I verified the RAID configuration using a PC, then connected it to the THR-22 eSATA port and power-cycled the DVR. DVR found the new "drive" and initialized it, then I went through Tivo setup, etc.

10) This configuration has worked flawlessly for over 2 weeks.



1) RAID enclosure: Sans Digital MS2UTN+B (in RAID-1 mode)
2) Hard drives: 2 x Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB (ST320005N4A1AS-RK)


Futher observations/notes:

1) The Sans Digital MS2UTN fan is loud. Even though their advertising and manuals talk about temperature-sensitive cooling, evidently a recent firmware change forces the the fan to high. My solution was to buy a Zalman FANMATE-2 which allows me to control the fan speed. (Just connecting the 12V fan power to 5V, a usually successful strategy, did not allow the fan to start.) Note that the Zalman connectors are standard sized for a motherboard 3-pin fan port, and will not fit the micro fan controller header in the MS2UTN. I solved this by cutting off the fan connector and the FANMATE connectors and splicing the appropriate wires to make it compatible. The FANMATE sits on the back side of the enclosure using (provided) double-sided tape. At the low end of the range the MS2UTN fan is inaudible but moves enough air to keep the drives cool. (It probably helps that these are "green" 5900 RPM drives).

2) Since the MS2UTN uses the Silicon Image 5744 chipset I would think that any RAID box based on the same chipset would also work for this configuration, especially if it lists the same RAID modes provided by the MS2UTN (RAID-0, RAID-1, SAFE33, SAFE50, JBOD). I think Cavalry and Lacie had enclosures fitting this description, but I don't know their availability and haven't tested them.

Fox's summer schedule

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 11:56
According to the schedule that Fox's Huntington/Charleston, WV affiliate has, here is Fox's summer schedule, at least to start:

Monday - Hell's Kitchen; MasterChef

Tuesday - Hell's Kitchen; MasterChef

Wednesday - So You Think You Can Dance? (2 hours)

Thursday - Touch (2 episodes)

Friday - House; Bones

Saturday - as previously announced, baseball through 7/7, then Cops and a repeat TBA through 8/25, then college football through 12/1

Saturday late night - The Finder; 30 Seconds To Fame

Sunday - the usual, except that American Dad replaces The Simpsons at 7:00, at least on 6/3

The earlier reported burn-off of the remaining I Hate My Teenage Daughter episodes does not appear to be happening (at least not now); also, there's no burn-off of any remaining Breaking In episodes.

Long Time S2/S3 User - Premier Worth Checking Out?

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 11:33
I've seen/heard a little buzz lately surrounding the TiVo Premiere. As a long time Series 2 & 3 user, is it time to start to check out the latest and greatest?

I do still feel a bit BURNED as an early fan and adopter of the Series 3 ($$) when they first came out, only to have the device quickly fall off the development path. No functional S3 complaints whatsoever, but the Comcast/Netflix/Hulu stuff has gained my attention.

I have a few questions for the S3 converts out there:

1. I love the native GUI elements of the S3, but have NEVER been fond of the newer interface elements, like TiVo Search and other web-enabled apps (feel half baked, chunky, sluggish, etc.). Does the Premiere UI retain the native GUI elements, or improve upon the web app UI elements? Is there anywhere to go to see a demo of the Premiere interface in action? I poked around just a bit and could not find much more than screenshots. Any links??

2. What would be the net change for my current S3 setup, w/2 cable cards from Comcast? I presume I would simply swap these cards out for 1 (or 2?) replacements, correct? Is monthly fee for Premiere cable card(s) comparable to S3 cards?

3. Are the Premiere devices able to take advantage of the TiVo multi-device subscription discount? I have Lifetime on one S2 and a discounted monthly on my S3. I guess I would debate replacing the S3 with a Premiere, vs keeping BOTH units - any points to consider relative to TiVo subscriptions?

4. I think I have read of some shortcomings/complaints/incomplete aspects of the Premiere device. It has been a while since I have read anything about the newest generation device. Have the nagging issues been addressed?

Thank for any advice you can provide!