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FS: Two TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs (not working buy for parts)

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 06/19/2012 - 07:17
Hello I have for sale two TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs. Both units are not working properly I have since upgraded to Premiers. Buyer would be purchasing a BROKE machine for parts or to fix.

1. Tivo Series 3 with the channel information on the front. I believe the hard drive is shot.

2. Tivo Series 3 with only light indicators on the front. The unit will not turn on.

Please PM or reply to this thread if you are interested. I can supply pictures and more information if interested.


my Videos

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 06/19/2012 - 07:01
On my HD I show my videos from three sources, my desktop, my laptop and my sons desktop all at the same time. On my Premier I only show one at a time and the only way to show another is to turn pytivo off and on again on the computer I want to see. Is there any setting for this on the Premier or is this another "enhancement".

Automatic download of all recordings?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 06/19/2012 - 06:54
Ok... here's the situation.
My parents will be moving to China at the end of the year.
My father is looking for ways to allow my mother to watch US content while in China.
They will be keeping their place here in the US and it will have cable.

One option I thought of was to have them get a tivo and use kmttg to automatically download shows and convert them into a small file, place the encoded file on dropbox.
Then dropbox will sync with the computer in China and my mother will be able to see some of the shows that she likes.

This will work for items that are on a season pass but won't work for special shows here and there.

They will be able to get to tivo.com so they can schedule recording and season passes from there.

Is there any way to download every recording to a local PC?

or are there other options we should look at?

slingbox is not reliable from china due to bandwidth issues.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

No way for DVR2 to work with Direct TV?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Tue, 06/19/2012 - 04:45
Is there no way to get the old Hughes DVR2 to work with my Direct TV? I had used it when I originally got Direct TV, but when I switched to a common dish with the rest of my apartment building, the tech said I couldn't use it anymore. I eventually moved to a townhome and I would like to use the old unit on one of my tvs. I remeber a Direct TV tech admiting that he had heard of a possible firmware update? IS this true? Has anyone got the DVR2 to work with Direct TV recently?

HD reboots at specific point playing a show

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 06/18/2012 - 23:35
Our HD rebooted tonight. After it booted, I watched a different show with no problem.

Then I went to finish the show that the reboot happened. The show did not have a position saved. I started at the beginning, jumped to the end, rewound back and started watching just before the reboot. It rebooted again when I hit the same spot.

I went again and rewound to just after the problem and finished the show from there.

So, bad hard drive? Anything to do besides replace it?

It was an HD show. I would hope that even a horribly corrupted MPEG could not trigger a reboot.

Minor Software Update Just received

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 06/18/2012 - 23:30
I just got the new Minor Software Update, the version went from to, I guess it is small, am going to bed now, will check out sometime Tuesday.
Came on 3 of my four TPs

Glass House - Episode 1 - 6/18/2012

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 06/18/2012 - 22:49
Wow, Apollo has the biggest ears on any human I've ever seen.

Community bends Emmy Rules

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 06/18/2012 - 19:52

Community has submitted itself into an animation Emmy category while animated shows are banned from submitting into the Outstanding Writing for a Comedy category. Animators such Seth MacFarlane and Matt Groening are complaining about it.

Normally, I'd be against this but the 8-bit episode was so awesome and original and better than anything that The Simpsons or Family Guy has ever done that I really don't mind. :D

Guide length

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 06/18/2012 - 19:05
How far into the future does it go? I thought it was 2 weeks, but mine is at 11 days. Is this atypical?

SOAK: Best way to make digital copies of S1 DirecTivo recordings?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 06/18/2012 - 18:15
I've managed to find my S1 DirecTivo that I had back around 2002 or so.

There are a couple shows on there that would be nice to have an archived copy of, but I'm not sure what tools would work for that now.

Could I get some advice on the most efficient/easiest way to take the recordings and turn them into an AVI or an MPEG? Preferably one that doesn't involve trying to reactivate the unit.

I don't have DirecTV service anymore (and I don't even know if the unit will boot up), but I figure as long as the hard drives are readable, I have options. Or so I'm assuming.

Series 2 540xxx sound chirping

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 06/18/2012 - 17:57
Does anybody remember the specifics of the S2 sound problems from days of yore? My searching fails today. Basically...

I got a 540040 S2 second hand (now lifetime). It had issues with weird static/chirps in the sound recording or output. At the time it was suggested that there were some S2s with a defective chip causing the problem. The work around suggested was to make the Tivo hotter on the inside. I accomplished this by putting duct tape over half of the fan grate. So for the past three years my Tivo is chirp free but running at 48c according to the temp sensor. This can't be good for the HD or power supply caps. I would like to get another 540xxx tivo and swap boards (yes I know I will have to swap the crypto chip also). So that brings me to my question:

Does anyone remember if the chirping problem on 540xxx S2s was widespread? Is there any known serial number or production date ranges to avoid when shopping for a donor unit?

is there a 1 button way to delete saved TV programs?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 06/18/2012 - 17:08
I am wondering if there is some way to make it easier to delete shows?

It gets cumbersome having to click on the show, and then scrolling down to delete, and then confirming I want to delete.

Takes like 15 seconds each. is there any way to speed up this process?


Reality shows that are fake...spinoff thread

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 06/18/2012 - 16:50
Somebody suggested a spinoff thread to discuss "reality shows" that might or might not be faked and to what extent.

Original thread:

Show's I've stopped watching due to being too fake:
Operation Repo
Hardcore Pawn
World's Worst Tenants
Flipped Off
Restraunt Stakeout

DVR will not transfer to PC

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 06/18/2012 - 16:46
For about 2 weeks now there have been no transfers from TiVo HD to TiVo Desktop Plus.

My setup:
TiVo Desktop Plus on WinXP SP3. Running 2.8.2; uninstalled and installed 2.8.3--problem persists.

The transfer status window has 6 shows in it but nothing moves. It says
The TiVo DVR is busy with another transfer. The recording will begin to transfer when the DVR is available. But it never happens.

Unlike other threads I have read with a similar problem, the DVR's blue light is not on.

When I address the DVR with my web browser and try to download the file in the browser I get a window that says:

<h2>Server Busy</h2>
too many transfers in progress

even when there are no red lights (and no blue light) on the DVR. (No problem logging in to DVR with MAK.)

I just did this experiment: I removed all auto-transfers and emptied out the transfer status window. Then I picked one show from the Pick Recordings to Transfer window. This almost immediately showed up in the transfer status window. Then within a second the yellow triangle icon showed up with the messsage: The TiVo DVR is busy with another transfer (etc). I checked the DVR and there is no red or blue light on.

I hove not tried resetting the DVR lately and will do so when I can. Meanwhile I am open to suggestions.

Can all recent Tivos record two OTA channels at the same time?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 06/18/2012 - 16:41
Was wondering if all Tivos with dual tuners can record two over the air stations at the same time?

Perhaps, more specifically, I'm wondering whether the Tivo HDs and Tivo Premiers can?

Fox fall premiere dates

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 06/18/2012 - 15:28
According to a Fox press release:

9/12 (Wednesday) - The X-Factor

9/13 (Thursday) - Glee

9/17 (Monday) - Bones; The Mob Doctor

9/25 (Tuesday) - Ben and Kate; The Mindy Project; New Girl (for some reason, Fox lists a "special all-new episode" at 8, and the "season premiere" at 9)

9/28 (Friday) - Fringe; Kitchen Nightmares

9/30 (Sunday) - Animation Domination (except for The Cleveland Show)

10/2 (Tuesday) - Raisng Hope

10/7 (Sunday) - The Cleveland Show

10/26 (Friday) - Touch (replacing Kitchen Nightmares)

Lost Program Information

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 06/18/2012 - 15:18
At no notice we have lost all program information from our TIVO box so cannot see what is due to be shown on TV, our favorite channels and cannot record anything.
We contacted Virgin Media who do not know how to fix the problem. Their only suggestion is to reformat the whole Tivo box. We would therefore lose all our recordings (including all my 7 year old son's favorite dinosaur and wildlife programs). Obviously we are all unhappy about this situation.

Can anybody offer any help with this or advice?

Divorced Drive Comment/ Question

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 06/18/2012 - 13:22
I put a new drive in my Series 3 (original) this weekend (went from internal + external to a single internal drive). It was my understanding the recordings were striped across both drives when using an external drive. However, I had a number of shows on the internal drive after the divorce, some of them even recorded in the past couple months. There did not seem to be a pattern to the recordings left on the internal disk, but I had assumed only recordings from before the addition of the external drive would exist. I had the external drive for three years, has something changed or am I simply remembering wrong about how recordings are performed when you have an external and internal HD?

Just curious. I simply unmarried the drives to save the internal, but I do want to know what is going on here.

Lifespan of the Series3

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 06/18/2012 - 12:37
Hello, I'm considering buying a used Series3 or HD. Do these have a typical lifespan before they need work/replacement, or is it not possible to tell? Thanks for your help.

Eliminating Preview Window

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Mon, 06/18/2012 - 12:37
I could swear that I used to eliminate the Preview Window in the menus by hitting the Zoom button (toggle on and off). Now that button takes me back to the recording I was watching.

Did something change or is it just poor memory (me, not TiVo).


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