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Stuttering in parts of the picture, not my TV.

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 06/10/2012 - 22:30
Hey folks.

I'm wondering if anyone has encountered this issue before. I recently purchase a new Sony TV and replaced my 3 series with a Premier model. However, I noticed over awhile that I could see hiccups if you will within the picture itself. It never seems to be the frame, just part of the image. It looks like the image is stuttering and not smooth.

It's really noticeable sometimes and drives me bonkers. The good news is, it's not my TV. I thought maybe it had something to do with my 120 mhz picture, but I ended up trying it on my old TV and the problem was there. Another obvious tip off was I could rewind the Tivo, and still had the issue, so the hiccup seems to actually be recorded.

So, that makes me believe it's the Tivo itself, or could it possible be the cable providers compression? I never noticed this issue ever on my 3 series, and my Premiere is only 45 days old. Has anyone seen this problem?

I've tried to capture this on video using my iphone, but no luck.


TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 06/10/2012 - 21:18

I have tried to look in other threads to see if anything there will solve my problem but I didn't find anything. Here is the situation:

I have several Series 1 Tivos running 3.0-01-1-000
They have 500GB drives in them that were all created from the same image.
This image has been working well for years on various drives.

Today I bought a new 500GB drive and formatted it. I put it in a Tivo to make sure it was working before installing it in the Tivo it would eventually go in. But to do this I had to disconnect the drive that was already in that Tivo. After the new drive booted I reconnected the drive that is normally in that Tivo and it entered a GSOD.

The drives were formatted using the following commands:
mfstool restore -s xxx -r4 -xzpi <source file> <target drive>
tpip --verbose --series1 --mkswap <target drive> --swaptype=1

(I'll explain the xxx below)

mfstool is v 2.0
tpip is v 1.2

Here is where I think the problem is. My notes say to use a swap space of 511if the drive is larger than 274GB, but it looks like when I formatted the GSOD drive I accidently read an older note which said 127.

So the drive that has the GSOD loop has a swap of 127 and the new one has 511.

I put both drives in a computer to look at the sizes in pdisk and confirmed that. The differences in size are as follows:

Partition 8 Swap/Linux Swap
New: 511.0M
GSOD: 127.0M

Partition 13 MFS/New MFS Media
New: 452.6G
GSOD: 452.9G

Interesting note - when I put the new drive back in the Tivo it GSODed!!! But it was not in a quick loop like the other. It stayed on the GSOD screen for a few minutes, rebooted, went back to a GSOD for a few minutes, rebooted and it came up.

So it seems like the swap is working on the new drive which has nothing on it (I plan to reformat it anyway just to play it safe since), but not the old drive which I have been using for the last 2 months.

To make matters more complicated, the image was based on a previous drive that had GSODed and had a small swapspace. I was able to restore it by reducing the size of the alternate boot partitions and adding it to the swap partition. As a result, the alternate boot partitions do not have any room.

Here are the sizes of the partitions:
1: -
2: 2.0M
3: 2.0M
4: 128.0M
5: 2.0M
6: 2.0M
7: 128.0M
8: 127.0M
9: 128.0M
10: 512.0M
11: 11.8G
12: -
13: 452.9G
14: 2.0M

Is there any way to fix this?

The drive has alot of things on it but I don't think it was full to the point that it was deleting anything yet.

If I were to get a new drive and format it with a swap space of 511 and dd copy everything but the swap, will that work? I realize that partition 13 which has most of the program data will not have enough room but its only a .3G difference and hopefully theres nothing in that space since the drive isn't full.

I've also had problems copying large drives, even using the boot CD that recognizes large drives.
Is there a specific way I would need to copy them?
Should I use vmlnodma when I boot?
Should I use bswap?

Can anything be done to save the programs on it?


Very frustrating problem with new Netflix App

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 06/10/2012 - 21:15
I'm not sure what to do about this one. I have my TIVO setup so it is linked to two TVs, in two different bedrooms, one through the multicolor cables, one through HDMI. Everything worked just fine (except for very minor audio drops on the HDMI) until the latest update. But now, the netflix application drops video (but not audio) completely on the TV connected by the HDMI cord. Note that the rest of the applications and functions work just find on both TVs. Has anyone heard this issue? I've tried to restart the TIVO, but I don't really know what else could be done.

Display; bottom of screen with pause

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 06/10/2012 - 20:03
When I am watching a movie with occasionally captioned dialog the caption often disappears too fast; so, anticipating this, I hit the pause button. But immediately the green time lapse indicator bar pops up and covers the text so I have to hit the exit button to clear it out of the way. It's annoying :mad:

Is there a way to stop that bar from poping up automatically, or making it pop up at the top of the screen instead of at the bottom?

Community Fans: Gillian Jacobs, Jessica Alba, Justin Lin Promo

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 06/10/2012 - 20:02
Justin Lin, who directed the wonderful first "Community" paintball episode, is starting a new YouTube series. He got his actor and crew friends to donate their time to create a promo for the channel. It's a bit weird but also has quite a few chuckles. (Gillian Jacobs shows up at the end.)


Food Network Star

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 06/10/2012 - 19:59
The title changed for tonight's episode. Check your To Do list to make sure it is picking it up.

Fixed TiVo slide remote

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 06/10/2012 - 19:36
I did not see another post...

My TiVo slide remote broke again, second one.

Does not handle dropping well.

Bluetooth was working but ir stopped, then everything stopped, very frustrating!!!

I opened it, removing one screw. There was a loose module that fell out, i plugged it back in, remote fixed!!!!

I will try to post photos later

Any way to eliminate the crawler at the bottom of the screen?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 06/10/2012 - 18:36
Is it just me, or does anyone else dislike the update crawler at the bottom of the screen on ESPN, Golf Channel, etc? Hello, a large percentage of sports TV viewers have DVR's of some make or model. We are probably recording that event you're spoiling at the bottom of the screen.

It would seem in this day and age of internet and DVR's the sports channels would get we don't want them to spoil our viewing.

First, what do you think?

Secondly, any way to eliminate the crawler with a filter? It must be a specific part of the broadcast. Wishful thinking on my part I suppose.

Factory renewed Premiere XL questions

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 06/10/2012 - 16:33
I'm considering dumping the Comcast DVR and going to Tivo as my primary unit. (I have recently obtained an older Series 2 in the garage, so I'm familiar with Tivo's capabilities.) There is an offer to upgrade to a Factory Renewed Premiere XL for $149 plus 399 for the MSD lifetime.

Is it worth it to buy lifetime for an older renewed XL?

Also, how happy are you all with Tivo as a company and their support?

Thank you!

USB extensions known to work with Slide remote?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 06/10/2012 - 14:16
Anyone know of a USB extension that will work with the slide remote? I've tried a 32' 'active' extension from monoprice but the Tivo HD would not recognize that a remote was present. Likely because the cable acts as a hub, I guess. I'd like to be able to use the remote from a room 2 floors up from where the Tivo is located. I'll be using in-room IR extenders to handle getting regular IR remote signals back to the Tivo. But in the master bedroom I'd like to be able to use the Slide. Thus my interest in an extension.

So has anyone found a USB extension that the Tivo will recognize the remote receiver properly?

Cajun Justice A&E season thread (if anybody else is watching it).

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 06/10/2012 - 11:47
Link to new show that started this past week:

I watched both episodes and found it pretty interesting. No signs of any staging or fakery.

I did love that the Sherrif was driving around in some drug dealers mazaratti!

3 Free Tivos

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 06/10/2012 - 11:25
I've now cleared the decks and have 3 series 1 Tivos ( with 120 GB discs I think ) to give away for free :) to anyone who can collect them. They were all working under ALTEPG ( 1a or 1c I think ) 2 via network and 1 via PPP.
There are also 3 remotes, 1 IR wand and 1 serial cable. The network cards and rf2Link's are on ebay.
I would like them to go in 1 group ( there are also 2 sky+ boxes if you want them as well ) and I live near Oxford.

PM me if you're interested


Trouble with cablecard and antennae on Premiere

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 06/10/2012 - 11:22
Had a Tivo premiere set up with a cablecard today. After the installer left i decided to plug in a set of rabbit ears to pull in some OTA channels that were missing. When I go to the menu to scan for channels, I get the message that I'm not allowed to scan when a cable card is installed. Is there any way around this?

Re-post???? Help!

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 06/10/2012 - 09:55
Not sure what happened to my original post but somehow it never made it here??

My setup is thus:

A Dell PC running Tivo Desktop Plus.

A Tivo HD connected to my network.

The Dell and original Tivo can see each other and transfers programs between them just fine.

I added a second Tivo HD and it connects to the internet just fine except that for the Dell PC it shows no shows available. The new Tivo doesn't see the original Tivo at all..

The Original Tivo HD sees the new Tivo but again it too shows no shows available. (It still shows the Dell just fine with the programs.)

Also how do I get Tivo Desktop to see the SECOND Tivo.

Any suggestions, please??

Problem with newly added Series 3

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 06/10/2012 - 08:43
I just added a second Series 3 to my home network which WAS a Dell Desktop PC with Tivo Desktop Plus and my original Series 3. I hae no problem with them recognizing each other and transferring programs between them.

I added a second Series 3 to the same network and it connects to the internet just fine. The problem is, in the Now Playing list,it sees the Dell desktop but shows no programs available. It does not show the original Series 3 at all.

The original Series 3 shows the Dell Desktop with all available programs and the new DVR but with nothing available.

I also can't see where to add the new Series 3 to the Tivo Destop Plus program.

Anybody have any suggestions!

THD RS corrected/uncorrected errors

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 06/10/2012 - 08:43
I have a Tivo HD on Cox (Rhode Island). I have a problem with some channels accumulating RS errors in the tens of thousands. If one of these channels is buffering, the tuner eventually 'freezes' and just sits on a grey screen until I change channels. This only happens on higher-frequency channels, however; seems to be above 650MHZ or so. Channels in the 400's, for example, are fine. It happens with both tuners, so I know it's not that one of them is bad. Also, I recently upgraded the hard drive and power supply so those are both fine as well. The thing I was wondering about, is that Cox is now using tuning adapters in our area but I haven't gotten one yet. Could that be the cause?

No kurplunk with my XL4

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 06/09/2012 - 22:04
I was using the RCA jacks on the back of my XL4 and decided to switch
to the HDMI cable. The picture is much better but now I don’t hear the
tivo kurplunk sound anymore. Is that normal? I kinda like that sound:)

Is my premiere dying?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 06/09/2012 - 21:54
Hi folks. I am wondering if my Tivo is on the way out. Here are the issues I am having

1. When I swap from 1 tuner to the other ( I like to watch 2 shows at once pausing and swapping ) there is a large flicker when doing it on the tv. I never noticed anything like that with my Tivo HD. It also, quite often, will lose sound when I do this and I have to either power my TV or swap a couple more times.

2. The system has begun rebooting itself about once a week. This just happened tonight when I was watching a downloaded video podcast and went into the tivo menu while watching.

3. The system is just dog slow. I am using HD menu's so I contribute some to that, but there are times when bringing up the menu takes 5-10 seconds. This does not seem right to me.

I bought it in February and got an extended service plan on it. So is it just me or is something not right here? Are there any things I could try?


Weak channel signal strength

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 06/09/2012 - 21:51
Looks like most channels are in the 40's. SNR is about 29 or 30. They all work, but occasional are lost or get pixelated. I have a rather poor cable set up with a lot of splitters.

Should I spring for a signal booster/amplifier? Looking at a four port Motorola that seems to get good reviews I can put it in a outside box and energize it through an unused cable connection on the inside of the house.


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