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Don't Trust the B in Apt 23 S1E2 "Daddy's Girl" OAD 4/18/12

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 04/19/2012 - 13:32
OK, They got me. Didn't expect Scott to be her dad! Nor was I expecting the wheel chair! I loved when he got all "I'm the adult here" right before being pushed into traffic.

Mark (the coffee house guy) looks like a black Andy Samberg.

My Terrible TiVo Experience

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 04/19/2012 - 11:45
Last Wednesday I purchased a Premiere to replace my Series 3 box from a private seller; unopened box. After setting everything up, including installing my CableCARD, transferring all content and Season Pass from the old box, everything was running well. Easy Breezy. Loved my new Premiere and its iPad companion. Thursday afternoon I sold my Series 3 with Lifetime, as I no longer had any use for it.

Then Friday afternoon I'd noticed I wasn't receiving some of my subscribed HD channels. I made a phone call to Verizon to have them add the channels to the card. After a reboot, the Premiere went into the dreaded startup loop. Then soon after, the green screen of death. I then went online and researched the issue. After many hours and a phone call to TiVo, we determined the hard drive had failed. This was less than two days up and running.

TiVo issued an RMA and hit me for a temporary charge of $108 to ship me out another box the same day. Meanwhile, I transferred the content from my Series 3 to my Mac, as I hadn't yet boxed and shipped it to its new owner.

I received the new Premiere yesterday. One week to the day that I'd purchased the first one. Upon its arrival, I opened the box and got started with the setup. Things seemed to be going well, but after the setup process the UI wasn't in HD, and there was no option to switch to it in Settings.

I made another call to TiVo and was initially told that I was using old software even though Settings showed I was on 20.2.0a. After many attempts at correcting the issue, I was told that my box hadn't received many required packet(?) updates, or something along those lines. It was going to be a day or so before I was to receive them because there were some known issues TiVo was having at the time. Ok. Fine. I could wait some more, if this was in fact an issue.

While on the phone with TiVo customer support, I had rebooted the box and consequently lost access to the CableCARD. We had no idea how this occurred. Now not only was I not able to use the HD UI or use any of TiVo's on demand services (the box was telling me I wasn't connected to the internet, though I was) but now I wasn't receiving any channels. This same box was broadcasting my channels just moments before, prior to the reboot.

The CSR told me that the card had to be paired and that a call to Verizon would be necessary. I called Verizon and was told the card was paired and looked fine on their end. I called TiVo back and explained. They said Verizon was wrong and suggested I call Verizon back. I did. Same story. By this time, I'm pretty much siding with Verizon on this issue, because TiVo'd been failing me big time. Who, in their right mind, would think that it may not be the box?

After calling TiVo again, it was suggested that we call Verizon together. We were on hold waiting for the CableCARD department to pick up, when I was told by the TiVo CSR that he couldn't wait any longer; their policy was to only hold with cable companies for a maximum of 5 minutes.

It was now just passed 7 o'clock. TiVo support was closing for the day. I had placed my first call to TiVo at 2:30. This fruitless process took nearly 5 hours and I was still without TV. I'd also had to stay home to receive the delivery from UPS, so I hand't left the house all day.

I called TiVo first thing this morning, requested a return, and cancelled service. I've been a TiVo subscriber since 09 and have suggested the service to others, but I was not going to spend another 5 minutes setting up yet another TiVo box. I will not be having another Premiere shipped and I no longer own the Series 3. It's back to the horrible Verizon box. At least it works. This was an awful and unfortunate experience I felt like sharing. Better luck to you.

Tivo HD HDMI port not working

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 04/19/2012 - 11:32
I get no signal when hooking up my Tivo HD via HDMI cables. It worked in the past but since moving the unit to a different room the hdmi port is not working, I have tried different cables and no luck. If I wiggle the cable the pictures appears for a second.

Is there a DYI to replace the HDMI connector? If so where do I get the part.

If I need to send it out how much might it cost and wheer are some places that do the repair because I wish to keep the lifetime service I have on it.


Tivo HD XL Fresh Hard Drive Help

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 04/19/2012 - 11:27
Hi guys, looking for some help.

The 1 TB hard drive on my Tivo HD XL has burned out (TCD65800).
I cannot get it to be seen by winMFS or any other tools (not spinning), so I think I have to start fresh.
I picked up a 2 TB WD green drive and I have a forum .tbk image for the TCD65800.

Can anyone recommend a specific procedure for getting that image onto the new 2TB drive and any tips for optimizing?
I't not clear to me how to use winMFS to do this, if at all possible.
Is there some other way or tool to get that drive prepared?

All of my PCs are Win7 and I have admin rights.

Thx for your help!


South Park 04/18/2012 S16E06 "I Should Have Never Gone Ziplining"

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 04/19/2012 - 07:43
I have to say to me at least it was one of the funniest episodes I've ever seen. The narrator's gravely voice slowly and accurately recounting what was going on in Cartman's stomach was insane. And of course the dramatization on the boat ... wow.

I am still laughing at the Magical Helicrapter, 7-turdy-7, and Poo-Choo Express ...

RIP - Dick Clark

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 04/19/2012 - 07:31

I know he's "only" a celebrity, but being a child of the 60's/70's, having a household that loved music and dance, and having the television be my babysitter for prime American Bandstand years, I am truly saddened by the death of Dick Clark.

Watching the various clips, artists, Dick's expressions, tone and introductions just put me right back there.....

He, and American Bandstand were truly, not only a backdrop to my life, but also part of it and a foundation for loving and living a life filled with music.

I've posted before, on this thread about possible availability of episodes of AB from late 50's through the 60's and early 70's. Most of you thought they didn't keep episodes, but that some clips were available.

Does anyone have any news or updates on possible availability of AB episodes (early ones)?

I'd like to re-live my youth...somewhat.....and watch them.


Failed S2 6.4a slice upgrade, best way to recover now?

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Thu, 04/19/2012 - 01:32
I was following notes from my old post to manually upgrade my HR10-250 from 6.3e to 6.4a with the DVRUpgrade slices from here. I double-checked that installSw.itcl had reboot changed to exit, but I must have been looking at or running the wrong one, because it decided to reboot anyway.

So, my TiVo restarted and it did boot to the main menu, but I hadn't swapped kernels (with dd from hda6 to hda3), I hadn't copied over any of my hack directories or rc.sysinit.author and I had not made any of the tivoapp patches. So, I've lost all my hacks and telnet on the booting system.

I hooked the drive up to a PC and booted the MFSLive CD. The first thing I tried was to switch the bootpage back to the old working system (root=/dev/hda7 ...) and tried to power on, but the power on message just stayed on screen for a long time without moving to the next boot screen.

So, I took the drive out and looked at it with MFSLive. I made dd backups of each kernel /dev/hda6 and /dev/hda3, then copied 6 over 3. I was going to try to manually copy all my hack folders from /dev/hda7 to /dev/hda4, but looking at the /dev/hda7 files and folders, I noticed many of the files are missing or not visible (even with ls -a). For example the old /busybox is empty. Most of the old folders and subfolders are there, like /enhancements, but the files seem to be missing.

I wonder if the files are possibly still there, but just not visible to MFSLive? Would starting up with the bootpage pointing to the old root /dev/hda7 have caused the files to be deleted?

What is the best way to proceed? The current state of things is that an unpatched 6.4a system is on /dev/hda4 with the hacked kernel on /dev/hda3. Telnet is not working, so I have the drive connected to a PC with MFSLive.

Can I rollback and get my 6.3e system working on /dev/hda7 again (even though switching the bootpage back didn't work)? Then I would be able to telnet in and could try to copy all my hack folders over and patch the 6.4a system on /dev/hda4 from the old system with telnet.

Or would it be possible to use MFSLive or another CD to run Superpatch on the 6.4a system on /dev/hda and get telnet working from scratch?

I'd like to keep all my recordings if possible.

Please let me know the best way to proceed without getting into more trouble.

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DSR6000 Stuck at 100% complete

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 04/18/2012 - 23:18

Two of my three DSR6000's are behaving badly. I've swapped drives, cables and versions to no avail. I've tried the original drives and have made 2 new tivo drives from scratch. Each and every time everything works as its suppose to. I get live tv, recording works and it successfully can be rebooted without disconnecting the sat cables. Then for no apparent reason it drops out of live tv and has to re-acquire information. It gets to 100% and just stays there. I can get to any of the tivo central menus, but no live tv. Any ideas?

Corrupt Startup Video

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 04/18/2012 - 21:36
I have a Sony Series 2 SVR-3000 that had a bad hard drive. I was able to migrate the system to a new drive but the opening video got corrupted. It skips twice every time I reboot and being the IT guy it just bugs me! Is there any way to restore the opening video to it's original status? I am getting ready to replace the drive again because I think the new drive may be developing bad sectors again. Some of the recordings lately have been skipping and I seem to remember it rebooting and doing the blue screen fix on this unit.

Quick second question going to upgrade it to a 250 gb drive any slow down problems? I would rather have a faster system then a slow system with a lot of tivo suggestions. :)

American Idol - Top 7 Perform Redux - 04/18/2012

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 04/18/2012 - 21:30
Well, it is safe to say that unlike last year, when I was rooting for Casey and James, this year the girls are the ones I am rooting for.

Hour 1 - Where the girls totally smoked the Guys

Top 4 - The Girls (Judge's Standing ovations = 0)
Jessica - Damn the girl can sing.
Skylar - I think she has become my favorite performer and I am not even a country fan.
Hollie - Her best performance, even if I am tired of Adele songs in singing competitions
Elise - I love Elise and this performance was very strong.

Bottom 3 - The Guys (Judge's standing ovations = 2 (does not compute))
Colton - I liked it but not his best.
Phillip - I don't know the song at all and he seemed to perform it well but I was kind of bored with it.
Joshua - Meh

Hour 2 - Where The girls win again

Top 4 (Judge's Standing ovations = 0)
Jessica - I liked this one better than the first song. She came with some attitude.
Skylar - She is really fearless up there on stage. Great Performance
Hollie - Two very strong songs in one night! Good job Hollie
Elise - I am not sure what the judges saw but I really enjoyed her take on the song and loved the growls.

Bottom 3 (Judge's Standing ovations = 1)
Phillip - Perfect song choice but it almost seemed like the song got away from him at the end.
Joshua - Good performance but not standing ovation worthy
Colton - I thought this one was just bad

A few random thoughts

I found myself fast forwarding past the lovefest non-critiques of Joshua and Phillip.

Elise - needs an identity. I don't understand why she didn't follow up her best week singing Led Zepplin with more rock. I consider her "Whole Lotta Love" to be the highlight of the season and one that won't likely get topped.But she has not done any more rock since and just seems to be meandering through different genres

Joshua - Despite 2, in my opinion undeserved, standing ovations I just don't think he will last much longer. In fact I think the two standing ovations might go against him this week as people revolt against the praise.

Skylar - She is definitely a front-runner and a Top three performer. She could win it all as long as the teen girl votes don't dominate.

I think Joshua and Elise are locks for the bottom 3. The question is who will the unpredictable fans put there with them. Is it time for Phillip or Colton? I think they are the only 2 to not yet be in the bottom 3. My guess is that Joshua goes home and the judges lament that they have no more saves.

Wings. The Sitcom. Spoilers. It's almost 20 years old, so yeah. Spoilers.

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 04/18/2012 - 20:52
I have watched Wings, the sitcom, so many, many times. But not for years. Probably at least seven or eight.

It's on Reelz, so I've been recording a couple a day and watching them.

It's still completely awesome.

Anyone else a fan?

Survivor One World 4/18/12

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 04/18/2012 - 20:49
I'm really confused now, so someone needs to explain this to me. Why would the girls bother straying from the flock just to vote Tarzan? And WTF was Tarzan thinking voting Leif?

The Borgias - 4/15 ** Spoilers **

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 04/18/2012 - 17:02

A pretty good series. Not quite as good at The Game of Thrones but still pretty good.

Its also kind of confusing (but not as much as GOT!)

There was one scene that I didn't follow at all. There was a man tied up on a rack and was being either tortured or was dead already but being cut up by some official. The guy doing the cutting was talking to some other official. Did we meet any of these men before? If so I completely forgot about them.

Could some one please explain the meaning of this scene?


Another TiVo competitor.

TiVoCommunity Forum Recent Threads - Wed, 04/18/2012 - 16:38

Should be interesting to see what they have and at what price?


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