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TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 07/15/2012 - 21:45
Hello everyone,

I've decided I wanted to build a MythTV box, but decided I wanted to use a Humax DRT800 as the case. This is obviously going to be a challenge, seeing as there's space constraints that the average PC manufacture doesn't have to account for. I just wanted to share with you guys my progress on this mission and share some of my ideas for this. I'd also love to get some input from you guys on it.

Here's the starting point, with no modification at all.



Now, to start tearing into this thing.
Removed the drives and mounts:

The front panel.

Starting to solder some wires for what was a 24 pin ribbion cable connector.

This is a cheap Arduino Mega clone I got off ebay:
I removed the pins and will solder the 24 pin connector of the front panel to this. I'm not quite sure how to interface with the front LCD yet, it appears there's some kind of controller IC under it, but I don't want to desolder the LCD to be able to read it. If anyone has info, your comments would be appreciated.

I also plan to rig up something with some transistors so that when the computer is on the arduino will just write HIGH (+5V) to a pin and that will cause the signal from the TiVo button to go over the serial connection to the board and tell MythTV that the home button was pressed. But when the pin from the arduino is LOW, then I'm going to have it send the signal to the motherboard's power connector.

This is kind of how I plan to mount the arduino. I removed the board that had the firewire, and video inputs. I also plan to desolder the DC power connector and just tap into what is coming from the supply, assuming that is 7-12V. (Just need to know how much the LCD and it's components require.)

I don't think I'll be able to reuse the TiVo's power supply, so I'm going to take a normal ATX one and move it onto a PCB that'll fit into the TiVo's case better.

As for the motherboard, I'm not sure what I'm going to do yet. I'm thinking the DVD drive has to go, or I might can fit a laptop one inside it, not sure.

I plan to make some 'L' shaped PCI and (whatever else) adapters so that I can put cards in it too. I'm thinking about an HD tuner card and a video card with HDMI out. Not sure if the heatsink will be a problem either.

But that's my progress so far, I'll keep you guys posted on my progress.

Slingbox and a TiVo Premiere

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 07/15/2012 - 21:24
I have 2 TiVo Premieres with Comcast cable cards. All is working good and overall am pleased with the Premieres. I saw the announcement of the upcoming TiVo IP set top boxes. I was excited cause have been looking for a solution to get cable TV down to some basement TVs and thought this would be the solution. However, I am now reading that these IP set top boxes will only work with the 4 tuner Elite/XL4 and not my 2 tuner Premieres. BUMMER!!!!

Therefore, I thought about possibly getting a slingbox and investigate if there is maybe a way to use this device to get cable programming to my additional TVs. Plus, I would be able to watch a Premiere (live or recorded shows) when away from home. I also realize that with a Slingbox connected to a TiVo, if I change channels or play back recorded shows, it will affect the viewing of that particular TiVo.

Basically, is there any way of watching slingbox material to additional TVs in the house?

Remote code for AccessHD DTA1080?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 07/15/2012 - 20:25
Hope someone can help...

I have a digital TV converter box, model AccessHD DTA1080. Need correct remote code.


TiVo (Series 2) has a listing for Access, and 3 codes to choose from, but none change the channel correctly. (Will change okay to a 1 digit-something channel like 7-1 but NOT to a double digit like 28-3.)

Have tried troubleshooting with TiVo support and changing options (there is an advanced setting for 1 or 2 digits) but still does the same thing.

NOT a problem with IR cable (tested extensively) or the box or it's native remote (tested extensively and work fine).

Just looks like the ACCESS code is incorrect for this particular model.

Does anyone have it?

Explore Show 'Upcoming' Broken?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 07/15/2012 - 17:44
The "Upcoming" section inside the Explore Show page appears broken. It shows no episodes in the next two weeks for every single show. I have plenty of guide data available over the next several days.

Anyone else seeing this? Kinda makes it tough to schedule Season Passes.

non-subscription movie rental with closed captions?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 07/15/2012 - 15:52
I think I already know the answer to this, but I'm posing the question anyway just in case I missed something.

Are there any on-demand movie rental services available for TiVo that provides closed captions and does not require a monthly subscription?

I think the only service left for TiVo that is not a subscription service is Amazon, correct? (I'm not talking about Prime - I know that's not available yet)

Unfortunately they don't povide closed captions.

Isn't there a law requiring closed caption support?

How to get video from TiVo 2 floors up

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 07/15/2012 - 12:30
I have a TiVo Premiere (with Cablecard) on the first floor. I just added a TV on the third floor. I can control the TiVo from the 3rd floor with the iPhone app, now I just need to figure out how to get the video out from the TiVo up to the third floor.... inexpensively ($100 or less would be nice) .... without having to run wiring. I understand TiVo has a solution coming sometime this fall, but likely it will have a subscription attached to it and I'd prefer not to wait anyway.

Some transmission medium options are 802.11n or perhaps MoCA. I think we're essentially talking about HDMI over WiFi or MoCA.

Thanks for any ideas!

Control XL4 Remotely?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 07/15/2012 - 12:00
Setup proposed:
S3 in viewing room connected to home network, via eithernet cable to wireless bridge.
*(yet to be purchased)*
XL4 in another room connected to home network, via eithernet cable to wireless router.

Can I operate* the XL4 from the viewing room through the S3 TiVo?

Complete initial (guided) setup
Create season passes
Access SP Manager
Create single recordings, etc
Access to do list
Access now playing list
Watch programs recorded (on XL4) in viewing room via S3

A simple yes or no answer or a link to the information, is all I seek.

Thanks for the help

Why Manual Recordings NOT IN Folders??

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 07/15/2012 - 11:14
Thanks to every1 in the community, I was able to finally acquire a cablecard from Commiecast for my Premiere XL.

However, prior to that, I had to manually record a show for a couple of weeks. It was the only show I was recording while I waited to get the cablecard.
I had GROUPS turned on.

I was expecting these recordings to be put into a folder.
But when I go into the MYSHOW menu - they are just listed there one by one in date order - not in a folder.

Can the T(i)V(o)C(ommunity) shed some light please?

Louie Season 3

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 07/15/2012 - 10:47
The show is already on EP 4. I can not figure out why I am drawn to this show., but I am. I think it is the lack of shows I like. To me it is like Wilfred....I watch, but I do not know why. Anyone else tuning into Louie?
Wow, television sure is vulgar.

80 Hour Dual Tuner Series 2

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 07/15/2012 - 10:08
Just listed this item for 99 cents. Original Hard Drive. This unit does not have lifetime, does not include a remote and does not include the IR cables. Auction closes on Jul 22, 2012 08:03:04 PDT

I figured I'd throw it on ebay to see if someone else could use it. Otherwise it was just going to be thrown out.

Auction #200793081138

Tivo Series 3 w/ Lifetime, OLED, THX - Model TCD648250B

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 07/15/2012 - 09:08
OLED Display, THX certified with lifetime and Glo Remote. So far it has 1 bid for $100. Auction ends Jul 21, 201213:15:25 PDT.

Item number: 200792701938

Tivo and New FCC Law on cable cards

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 07/15/2012 - 04:52
I was a former Tivo user but since the FCC, passed the new law's about cable cards I can see a rapid decline in Tivo customers! since The service is actualy free I wont post how but these new laws just gave the US consumers the right to record and access the EPG free of charge using what a lot of people already own! plus one purchace, I see the forum has not been very busy since this law was passed and other companys started selling hardware that allows free recording and access to the EPG and the Cable co can't block access to your recordings even if you cancel your account or move, if you already paid to watch and or record the show you shold have access to it at anytime! I am curious how Tivo will resond to the loss of customers?

TiVo Lunchbox?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sun, 07/15/2012 - 02:40
I didn't know TiVo made lunchboxes and other odd stuff. They should open a store for these things.


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TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 07/14/2012 - 23:01
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Was so excited about getting my XL4

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 07/14/2012 - 14:24
Got it yesterday early afternoon. Ive been messing with the cable co (mediacom) trying to get the XL4 to pair with their cable cards. Ive got a stack of them and none will work to authorize channels despite multiple signals being sent by the cable company.

The XL4's tuners must be picky about the signal strength. It wont work in my basement at all with the QAM channels that come through the cable unencrypted, but works in one of my outlets upstairs. My S3 HD XL has been hooked up in the basement with no issues for over 2 years.

Cable guy coming tomorrow morning (didnt know they worked on sunday) and if he cant get it to work, its getting packed up and going back. Hopefully it all ends well, i'd love to have those 4 tuners but i dont have much patience for wasting time on something that should work out of the box.

HD Menus

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 07/14/2012 - 13:06
I'm a new tivo owner and i have wht might be a stupid question. Actually 2 of them.
1 My Tivo menus, only some of them come in hd. Others such as my wishlist and recording options pages are in sd. I have the setting to hd. Any suggestions or is that the way it is? In the manual the hd screens that i get in sd look great and i would like to get those.
2 Is there just a 1 button option to get to my recorded shows menu? Ive had cable dvr's for a long time and you could just push the dvr button on remote and your recordings menu came up.

Thanks for your help. Amazing forum with a lot of good answers. Almost got my pytivo to work.

extracting files from external hard-drive

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 07/14/2012 - 12:29

My Tivo HD died recently (power just went kaput), and I have some personal recordings on the external HD that I'd like to recover. I replaced the HD with another Tivo, but when I connect it, the new Tivo wants to format the drive. Is there anyway to get access to the files on the drive, either via Tivo or other methods? If I connect the HD to a laptop,will that work?

TiVO not changing cable box channel

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 07/14/2012 - 12:16
I have been through all of the channel changing troubleshooting. This TiVo has been working ok for years, then 36 hours ago, it stopped. My TiVO seems to connect around 7pm at night and the issue appears to have started between 5 and 11pm, so it looks like something with the update. I have rebooted etc, the IR transmitters are putting out, verified multiple remotes and extra cables. I switched cable boxes and the same thing happens. I have identified the software that communicates the channel change. The cable box works with the cable remote, the TIVO acts like it is changing channels but the cable box does nothing. I appears that the TIVO is spitting the wrong info. The frame on the screen shows the channel change, the screen makes a shift as if changing, but the channel does not change.

OLED S3 with lifetime/1.5 TB drive $400 shipped

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Sat, 07/14/2012 - 04:03
Tivo S3 (OLED) with lifetime and 1.5 TB drive 213 HD hours - $400 shipped or $350 pickup at North bay/ bay area Novato California
Includes manual, all cables, original box. Also includes stock Tivo 250 GB drive as back up.
Bonus- new glow remote that came with my XL S4 Tivo, + 25 ft Ethernet cable. I'll also throw in my old Direct TV Tivo remote that has a handy short cut to now playing menu that newer remotes don't.

This is the best S3 version with OLED display. Shows clock as well as title of shows being recorded on display. Other reasons making this better than the other HD S3 Tivo:
* THX certification
* Faster transfer of shows from tivo to PC with Tivo to go app on your PC
* compatible with a wider range of E-sata external hardrives.
** Note that this Tivo requires two cable cards to enable both tunners from your cable provider. For me using Comcast this was a monthly extra cable card fee of $1.50.

With lifetime subscription you'll never have to pay Tivo for service. Tivo policy states lifetime subscription is attached to box not user so it would be to your advantage to fix box if it ever becomes problematic. Almost always when problems occur it's the hard drive which can easily be replaced. Box is also fully functional without paying for cable. Tivo lifetime sub. includes channel guide/ recording abilty for local channels with OTA antenna as well as web video downloads and other apps such asPandora ect.. with an internet connection.

I will help you put the Tivo onto your own tivo account if you want. (though Tivo will work fine without doing) This would be in your advantage if you don't currently have any Tivo subsciptions and you ever decide to buy lifetime service in the future you'll be eligible for multi service discount. = $400 for future lifetime box instead of $500. Another advantage of having Tivo linked to your own account is you'll be able to manage your recordings remotely online.

Internal drive is 1.5 TB WD EARS I installed myself after buying new May of last year so drive is barely a year old. Here is link to upgrade harddrive thread page # 254 post#7612 made by me user name leiff showing the 1 year old date I installed drive.
Should the 1.5 TB drive fail in the future you can save yourself some $ by doing the following:
Use the included 250 GB backup drive in this sale to copy the tivo image from it onto your PC and transfer that image onto a new hardrive you buy yourself at any store. Otherwise you will need to buy a special hardrive that someone has prepared with an image for you at much greater cost. The directions for imaging your own drive can be found on page 1 of thread I link to above.
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