Originally Posted by eeng
I have a few questions on my Tivo premeire. Is it possible for cable cards to be bad? I have had issues receiving all my channels since it was installed. I have called the cable company and walked through their steps only to have the channels go out a day or so later. I get the blue window on the tv that says "channel is temporarily unavailable press select to try tuning again"
on average 10-20 channels are like this. so HD some standard channels.
any advice would be great! very frustrating.
Regarding the expander I found this at BB.com
Model #WDBABT0010HBK-NESN For $99.99
But after reading here they/you recommend model# WDG1S10000N
BB.com reviews "claim it works great" but would like your thoughts
Thank you for taking the time to read this and look forward to your advise!
Allow me to advise you that the original Series 3 TiVos came with an eSATA port but no official support for using it for anything.
They were planning on doing that in a later software update.
But in the meantime people figured out how to get it to use an external eSATA drive.
So they got forced into not being able to specify which drives were "allowed" because doing that would have "broken" TiVos already out there.
But, when the second version of the Series 3s came out, the HD and HD XL, there was a very short list of approved raw drive models.
The external eSATA drives made by Western Digital which are authorized to display the TiVo logo have a drive inside which is one of those few models on the list.
So every TiVo from the S3 HDs on has this list and checks any external drive against it, and will only work with the ones on the list.
If someone says an external works great with a TiVo, but that external is not one of the 2 WD TiVo-specific externals, maybe they mean it works great with an original Series 3 TiVo.
Which is meaningless if you're a Premiere owner. You get to choose between the 500GB approved model and the 1TB one. And that's it.
Remember, if there's no TiVo logo on the retail box, it won't work with a Premiere.
And you should consider replacing the internal drive with a 2TB one and not bothering with an external at all.