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Replaced S3 hard drive, now cannot access Video On Demand or TiVo Search

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 03/08/2014 - 20:06

Recently the hard drive in my S3 crashed, so I replaced it with a Plug-and-Play drive from DvrStore. Here are the specs for the drive:

TiVo Series 3 TCD648250B Hard Drive Upgrade 2TB Plug & Play WD AVGP
Item# 251175329956

The replacement seemed to go OK - I can access the TiVo menu with the "Now Playing List" and "Settings" options, but I can't use "Video On Demand" or "Tivo Search". When I select either option, the menu just reappears after a few seconds.

I've seen older posts reporting the same problem after an HDD replacement but the solutions suggested haven't worked for me. Mostly they involved forcing a connection to the TiVo service and waiting for the service to "re-index" the hard drive. I've done this a number of times and although the connection is successful, there's still no response from "Video on Demand" and "TiVo Search."

I need those options because my S3 is not connected to any cable service. Instead I access internet services such as NetFlix, Amazon Instant Video, etc. There's no way I can use those services now.

Any ideas what I can do to get my S3 Video On Demand and TiVo Search working the way they did before the HDD replacement?

Tivo Series 3 HD DVR info:

Model: TCD648250B
Software: 11.0K-01-2-648
Last TiVo Service connection (with re-indexing): 03/07/2014
Internet Connection: TiVo USB/Wireless-G adapter
Internet Connection Status: successful connections with TiVo service, able to access DVR web server with FireFox browser from PC's on same LAN
Router: Linksys WRT54GS Wireless-G

If there's more info from the system settings and information menus that I should post here, please let me know.

Thanks for your time,

Dead Hard Drive

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 03/08/2014 - 19:47
My Hard Drive totally crashed, no hope of recovering! Only TiVo I have...where can I get the .iso or TiVo software from to install on a new drive?

Mini C501

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 03/08/2014 - 19:18
I'll occasionally get a C501 on my mini. I've seen it on both my MoCA and Ethernet wired boxes. Today, I viewed the logs and it appeared to be related to a middlemind comm error. While rare, I don't see many threads on them.

Does anyone else get C501s on the mini on occasion?

Community - App Development and Condiments - 03/06/14 S05E08

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 03/08/2014 - 18:55
I can't believe that nobody has started a thread for this episode so far. I just got around to watching it. I thought it was another great episode. Seems like there were a ton of references in this show also. I'm not up on my SciFi. Were they referencing Star Trek or Dr. Who or both?

Dan Harmon really seems to be making a statement this season.

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 03/08/2014 - 14:20
This show, a follow-on to the original Carl Sagan Cosmos, premieres tomorrow (March 9) on about ten Fox channels. As I understand it, the second and future episodes will only be aired on the main Fox and NatGeo channels, with "extra content" on NatGeo.

I'm having trouble setting up a season pass because it doesn't offer NatGeo as an option, even though it does show up in the guide. I have a Roamio on FiOS.

Harmony Ultimate-Not Controlling Roamio

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 03/08/2014 - 13:27
I have tried to get this to work, and have searched the forums for solutions, but couldn't find an answer. So, apologies in advance if this is a simple solution. The Ultimate was working great with my Series 3.

I can not get my Harmony Ultimate to control my new Roamio - at all. No channel changing, no direct number entry, nothing. I have tried RF and IR. I tried teaching the Ultimate Roamio commands by beaming them at the Ultimate. Nothing.

I also reconfigured the settings in my harmony.com to make sure the Roamio was the selected device for channels.

Before I return the Ultimate, I thought I would see if anyone might be able to tell me what I am doing wrong.
Thank you.

The New Maytag Man - Sheriff Carter...

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 03/08/2014 - 12:06
...actor Colin Ferguson.

I read that he just became a father last September, so this contract probably pays well until another series comes around.

I didn't find any posts on this through a search so forgive if this is old news but I saw the commercial recently and said Damn, that's Carter!

Helix "Fushigi" (3/7/14) SPOILINGs

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 03/08/2014 - 09:59
Immortals. Huh. So, how did the Ilarians become immortal? Are they from the planet Ilaria? Maybe I missed something.

It seems that Hiroshi's master plan was to cure all cancer, even though he used a rather dubious route to get there.

Oh, Julia, girl, what did you do? That's gonna come back to bite you in the ass.

Still not sure how Hiroshi got the bunny eyes.

Pandora missing

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 03/08/2014 - 09:45
Did anyone else's Pandora app disappear from the Premiere today?

Explain Why Lifetime Service isn't a hugely bad idea

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 03/08/2014 - 06:45
I've been trying to understand why anyone would purchase Lifetime service of a Tivo Roamio (or for that matter any model Tivo) DVR. According to my calculations, it would take roughly 33 months to break even on the $500 cost of the Lifetime service considering that the monthly service fee is $14.95. From what I understand the Lifetime service is only good for the life of the individual machine. The warranty on a Tivo Roamio is one year. So what happens if your Tivo dies at 13 months? Are you just SOL? If so, it seems that you are taking a risk that the machine even last 33 months. It does not seem like a good deal to me. But maybe I'm missing something?

Tivo Roamio & Time Warner Cable Southwest Ohio

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 03/08/2014 - 06:38
I've been with DirecTV for the last 8 years. While the service has been great, the cost has just gotten completely out of hand. So I'm thinking of returning to cable with time Warner and getting a Tivo Roamio.

Before I do that, I'd like to know from those with first hand experience their opinion on how the Roamio works in concert with TWC and their cable cards and tuning adapters.

So please give me your personal experience with Tivo and TWC of southwest Ohio (I am particularly interested in the Dayton area).


Connect external drive to Genie

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 03/07/2014 - 23:34
I have a 2TB WD Green drive and an external esata case. Can this be connected to the Genie?

Premier HD died... What to do now?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 03/07/2014 - 20:59
Thanks in advance for any ideas that people come up with!

I have a 2 tuner Premiere without lifetime, that I had expanded to a 2TB drive. This morning it crapped out. I have the original 320GB drive and swapped out the 2TB drive and it boots so I am pretty sure its the Hard Drive.

What are my options? Copy the 320GB to a new 2TB drive and carry on?

Try to find a 4 tuner Premiere on CL or fleabay with lifetime?

Buy a new Roamio?

I haven't messed around here in a few years, so I am way out of touch with Tivo's current offerings?

Anyone have any suggestions?


Roamio Pro with Lifetime, make me an offer!

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 03/07/2014 - 20:47
Like the subject line says, make me an offer, hopefully one I can't refuse!

Sirens New USA comedy

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 03/07/2014 - 20:39
Ok, I liked this much more than I thought I would.

Haven't heard about it, but saw the commercials during "Suits"

Developed by Denis Leary.

Being USA they get away with some of the more colorful language.

Not Getting Email Notifications

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 03/07/2014 - 16:23
Is anyone else not getting email notifications when posts are made to threads they've contributed to?

How do you log out of netflix?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 03/07/2014 - 16:17
We shared a Netflix account with my brother until the other day when we agreed to stop being unethical about it and get our own. So we deactivated that account and my wife and I started our own, but I can't figure out how to get Roamio to use it. How do I log out? Thanks.

Trying to save recordings and setting from my TiVo drive.

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 03/07/2014 - 14:19
Last week my Premiere XL crashed with the GSOD. Based on what I read here and my tests I'm thinking of trying ggieseke's DvrBARS process on it but not sure how to do what I'm thinking or if it is even doable. And would like any insight into what I'm seeing.

First thing, I pulled the HDD and ran the WD short and Extended diags on it. It passed with flying colors. I then used ddrescue to clone the drive to another WD identical sized drive so I could experiment. Ddrescue reported no errors in the process. This seems to imply that the drive isn't actually failing but that the OS has gotten corrupted in some way.

I tried booting from the cloned drive which encountered the GSOD (not surprising). I then tried to run various Kickstart codes. I could launch 54 HD test and run the tests. But could not start 51, 52 or 56 in an attempt to restore a potentially corrupted OS. I then ran KS 57, MFS check. After a while, the XL became stuck in a Welcome, Almost there, GSOD loop. Now I can't get to the KS codes on this drive. Strange.

I went and bought the Weaknees upgrade drive of the same size. I ran guided setup and the TiVo is alive. I cloned this onto the previously cloned drive and it also works. So now I have a working copy.

I see indications in the DvrBARS instructions that I may be able to copy certain partitions and get my original, or the clone working with my recordings. But I can't see any partition structure with my Ubuntu Live boot environment.

Given all that I have the follwoing questions:

1. What could the MFS check have done to corrupt it further?

2. Will the DvrBARS utility show the partitions?

3. I've also seen it stated that you should not boot Windowws with a TiVo drive attached because it will corrupt the drive. Is that no longer the case since DvrBARS is running under Windows?

4. Am I off in the weeds or is this possible?

Thanks for your help.

I want to replace my Time Warner DVR

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Fri, 03/07/2014 - 14:03
I want to replace my Time Warner DVR with something. I have a Silicon Dust HDHomeRun Prime (and Cable Card) and run a Windows Media Center HTPC. Watching shows and recording are fine (only on the PC) but the Time Warner Copy Protection flagging prevents me from doing some things. I can't even watch premium TV shows from an Xbox extender in another room it barfs about protected content (even though I am only watching on one display). It sucks.

Anyway I am looking at the Tivo Roamio as a more user (wife) friendly solution but an scared that the Time Warner flag everything mentality would cripple it.

On the Roamio would I be able to watch, record and playback premium (non-local TW flagged) content?

Could I use a mini from another room as an extender and do the same?

Any Time Warner users out there with a workable solution?



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