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Impractical Jokers

Sun, 04/29/2012 - 20:37
Anybody else watching this? Sometimes a bit over the top but I can't help myself. It's too funny.

Transfering Tivo recordered content to a PC

Sun, 04/29/2012 - 20:25
Question for the Tivo-ainiacs?

I have two things I would like to achieve ...just wondering if there is a way I can do this
1.I would like to transfer Tivo recorded tv shows from my Tivo to my pc computer.

2.I would like to dump my phone land line, which is only there for the sole purpose of a connection of the tivo program guide for my Tivo.

I guess normally the best way would be hook both the PC and the Tivo to a router hooked to a cable modem.
Although, I do not have Cable or DSL coming into my home... I do have a couple router's in my computer stuff stash though.
I get online with my PC via tethering it to my cell phone.

My Tivo's units are a series 2 Toshiba TX120 and a Tivo series 3 HD.
Any help would be much appreciated.

The Amazing Race 4.29.12

Sun, 04/29/2012 - 20:24
What, no penalty for "taking" the FF then not using it? Doesn't that unfairly eliminate other teams from using it?

I couldn't care less now who wins...I was REALLY pulling for team KY...but win or lose, they certainly had more fun and one of the best attitudes of any team in the history of TAR.

One recording grabbed multiple channels (TA Issue?)

Sun, 04/29/2012 - 20:00
I had the strangest thing happen to me the other day that I haven't read about before. I started watching a recording of this week's Awake and a couple minutes in the screen went garbly. That happens sometimes (isn't cable great?) but then I noticed that some of the not-Awake portions of the display were showing the NFL Draft show. So basically it appears that TiVo was recording multiple channels at the same time. It was then that I also noticed the time for the 1 hour show appeared as 7 hours in the description and progress bar. I could tell that Awake was still being recorded at the very end too so it must've just muxed everything together into one super-long recording. I thought this must've been a once-in-a-lifetime glitch so forgot about it, but then today I brought up an episode of Storage Wars and saw the same thing. The show duration was really long and I once again saw a different show throw the digital static.

I'm going to do a reboot of the TiVo and the TA later. Any other thoughts?

TIVO Wireless N Adapter - Static IP

Sun, 04/29/2012 - 19:25
Has anyone been able to assign a static ip to the TIVO Wireless N Adapter.

I keep following the instructions but it won't stick. It keeps using hte DHCP given one and does not keep the static IP in the settings. Recyling it does nothing.

Pairing TiVo box to cable card

Sun, 04/29/2012 - 17:28
Hello again - what does it take to pair a cable card to a TiVo box? Fios literally has no clue. Say they rarely get the request. But the TiVo instructions say they have to do it, and my card can't get any channels right now.

I pulled a card from another box and it doesn't receive channels either, which says to me when I wiped out this TiVo (fully cleared and deleted), I must have wiped out validation info with it.

So what to do next?


Verizon program guide innaccurate - MASN

Sun, 04/29/2012 - 16:15
There is one channel (MASN 501) which broadcasts Washington Nationals baseball games, but the TiVo program guide never says what is on. It says "Local Origination" instead. WTF? I checked a neighbor's Verizon box and it has the correct program description, so I know the issue is with my TiVo boxes. Can anyone help me figure this out?


3D Xfinity VOD is a mess...

Sun, 04/29/2012 - 14:32
I'm not sure how this got by the testers, but if you try to watch 3D VOD from Xfinity in Side by Side mode, the vertical black bands that others are talking about in the "Comcast /Xfinity OnDemand VOD not full screen?" thread actually occur on the left in one image and the right in the other. If you alternately close your left and right eye while wearing the 3D glasses you'll see that the black band jumps from the left to the right side of the display. What this means is that only the COMMON area is in 3D and the banding is very noticeable (i.e. darker and in 2D) on both the left and the righ side of the actual image where the banding is. It makes trying to watch in 3D really uncomfortable! And, about 1/4 of the image is messed up on the left and right sides because of this odd overlap or missing info.

Can anyone else confirm this and maybe describe it better than I did?

Missing programs in guide?

Sun, 04/29/2012 - 14:20
Setup my new Premiere XL4 over two weeks ago, and I still have missing shows in the guide. Not missing channels, but just what seem to be random shows each hour. Therefore I'm not getting half my season passes. TiVo Techs have no idea what could be happening. Anybody else experiencing this?


Program Info Page does not display in 6.4a

Sun, 04/29/2012 - 13:46
Since the upgrade to 6.4, from the Now Playing List, when I press SELECT, TiVo goes back to the Now Playing List, NOT to the Program information.

Am I missing a setting? Or is there a fix for this?

only one channel recently missing

Sun, 04/29/2012 - 12:33
I have a TIVO HD running for 3+ years, with a comcast (motorola) mutli stream cable card. It has been great running all this time with no issues.

I noticed a few days ago that channel 824 (FX HD) is not working (black screen). Channel 823 and 825 are fine. It seems to be only this channel.

This channel is fine on the comcast cable box in another room.

I did a chat online with comcast and they "resent" the signal, but it did not fix the issue.

Any ideas what can fix this issue?

How It's Made

Sun, 04/29/2012 - 11:04
How It's Made has new episodes starting 2100 hours Eastern, Thursday 5 May on the Science Channel. My SP isn't picking it up. Just giving a heads-up.

Cancel questions

Sun, 04/29/2012 - 09:07
I have a 12.95 premiere, about to come up on 1 year commitment on 5/2. I am also moving and will not have the TiVo out of storage for a few months, so I want to cancel. Cable cutoff is 5/9.

The questions:
1. When is the earliest I can call to cancel? Can I do it now such that I won't autorenew on 5/2 and pay for the month I'll only be using a week of? What will my premiere do for that week if I do so?
2. If/when I resume, will I still get the 12.95 rate?


Fios box sleeps too quickly, any way to delay

Sun, 04/29/2012 - 08:53
I have an SD Tivo S2 connected to a Fios cable box. We don't use it often (we mainly use our Tivo HD) but keep it b/c it's a lifetime subscription and provides a second option when someone's watching the main one.

The problem is that the Fios box goes to sleep with such maddening frequency that the Tivo's almost useless. Instead of recording programs it records a black screen. I thought I'd solved then problem when I found a screensaver setting and disabled it, but that doesn't seem to prevent sleep.

It's possible that this is a defect in the Fios box, and this might be a better question on a Fios forum, but I thought some of you might similarly be using a Fios box and have a trick/workaround for keeping the box "on". Does anyone know what exactly the trigger for keeping it awake is? If I program daily recordings on different channels throughout the day will the Tivo changing channels on the box keep it from sleeping? The box is centralized in an AV closet in the basement, so it's not possible to easily observe when it clicks off and turn it back on.

Thanks for any insights as always!


How I Met Your Mother (through 4/16/12)

Sat, 04/28/2012 - 22:32
Sorry if I missed the threads for the last couple, but I just watched "Trilogy Time" and had to share my excitement that they have an end game for the "When are we going to meet the mother?!" whiners. :) I love the flashback episodes, too, and this was a classic. These flashes of occasional brilliance are why I'm still watching. :up:

"Now We're Even" was pretty great too. "The Night We..." and Lily's Ranjit sex dream were both hilarious.

dbload Troubles

Sat, 04/28/2012 - 19:48
For kicks, I'm trying to create a clean 6.4a image for my Series 2 Directivo.

I successfully imaged 64small.mfs onto an 8gb flash drive.

I then transferred the file named "4a-01-2-321.slices.tgz" obtained from the dvrupgrade site onto the flash drive in a directory on the active partition (sda4) called /var/packages. I used tar to extract that file and ended up with the following files in the /var/packages directory: GZCore-1270044-2.slice.gz; GZhpk-Series2-127004588-2.slice.gz; GZkernel-Series2-127004586-2.slice.gz; swsystem-127006885-2.slice.gz; and utils-127004582-2.slice.gz. I gzip'd them so that I had the following slices in /var/packages: GZCore-1270044-2.slice; GZhpk-Series2-127004588-2.slice; GZkernel-Series2-127004586-2.slice; swsystem-127006885-2.slice; and utils-127004582-2.slice. One of the archives I gzip'd must have also had the file "dbload" within it because that file is now also in /var/packages.

I run into trouble trying to dbload the slices. I am accessing the flash drive while booted into Linux using the PTVUpgrade LBA8 Boot CD. After mounting the active partition of the flash drive as /tivo, I change into the directory containing the slices with this command:

cd /tivo/var/packages

I then chmod'd dbload with this command

chmod 755 dbload

I then attempted to dbload each of the slices with this command:

dbload *.slice

I received the following error message:

./dbload: /tvbin/tivosh: No such file or directory
./dbload: exec: /tvbin/tivosh: cannot execute: No such file or directory

I then tried the following command:

/tivo/var/packages/dbload *.slice

That resulted in the following error message:

/tivo/var/packages/dbload: /tvbin/tivosh: No such file or directory
/tivo/var/packages/dbload: exec: /tvbin/tivosh: cannot execute: No such file or directory

All the posts I've read with instructions on using dbload involve accessing bash through telnet. But since I'm doing this with a flash drive, that is not an option.

Can I dbload while booted from PTVUpgrade's LBA48 Boot CD, or does dbload need to be on that CD to work?


The Legend of Korra - "A Voice in the Night" - 4/28/2012 - S01E04

Sat, 04/28/2012 - 15:32
I love these guys -- they didn't end it on a cliffhanger with Amon reaching for Korra.

Some interesting flashbacks when Korra's stunned -- clearly adult Toph and Aaang, and the waterbender with the beard may have been Sokka.

2 second Audio dropouts, 1-2x per program

Sat, 04/28/2012 - 14:31
Hi - I haven't been able to find anything on point about this, but surely I'm not the only person to experience this. A TivoHD with a WD 1TB internal drive and no other problems. Randomly, but maybe once every 30 minutes of program, there's a single 1-2 second audio dropout. It's always repeatable (i.e., if you backup, it happens again), and the video is fine. Rebooting the TiVo doesn't help, and I really don't know what else to try.

Is there perhaps some way to rebuild the disc to have it detect any new bad sectors or something? Or maybe I need to replace it? It's just getting to the verge of being annoying so I'm willing to put some effort into a sure fix.

Thanks very much!

Sigh. NBA Playoffs. Guide never up to date

Sat, 04/28/2012 - 13:48
Sigh. Every year it's the same thing. The NBA playoffs arrive, the league announces the playoff schedules, zap2it.com for my zip code shows the correct games, yet TiVo guide data simply shows generic information even after connecting umpteen times. Have to go look up the schedule and use Manual Record By Time to schedule the first few games to record like in the VCR days.
Would be nice 1 year if guide listings would actually update in a timely manner...

And of course just as I start this thread I tried 1 more net connect and the guide finally has the data about 30 minutes before the 1st game I want to record. Better late than never I guess.

Fringe 04/27/2012

Sat, 04/28/2012 - 13:25
Is David Robert Jones plan really to destroy both universes so he can build his own? Whatever that explanation was I (hopefully) don't buy it. Is David Robert Jones really a good guy and he was shutting the bridge down intentionally so the future somehow may be saved in 2036?

Good episode, but I really want to go Back to the Future.