Ok..it takes me a while to accept things
I now accept that a complete re-build of my TiVo from a 'stock' image is my only
However... (you knew that was coming
It kept bugging me that I would lose all of my wishlists, season passes, & the season-pass priorities.
After all, that kind of stuff is built-up dynamically over many months/years...and it's not easily
It also kept bugging me that my previous attempt at salvaging my settings (I gave up on salvaging the
recordings) resulted in a drive that DID boot up..but hung and finally rebooted 1/3 of the way through the
TiVo introduction clip.
I figured if I could interrupt that clip-playback, maybe I could get to the menus and see my to-do list and
other stuff (before it rebooted again).
My plan was to:
-hook up the video output to my Series2 TiVo, and start recording. Since I didn't know how much time
I had 'till the TiVoHD rebooted again, I wasn't going to try to write everything down on paper!
-since the HD wasn't responding to IR commands from the remote, I figured it *might* respond to
the bluetooth Slide remote+USB dongle.
-hopefully the slide remote would be able to interrupt the introductory-clip and prevent a (quick) reboot
-since the output was being recored, all I had to do was go through the menus and "view" the season passes,
their priorities, wishlists, to-do, and cable-card settings.
That plan worked! After boot-up, and while the introductory-clip was playing, I hit TiVo-button on the slide
remote and got to the TiVo Central menu!! But- instead of interrupting the clip playback, the TiVo menus were
superimposed over the playback... very weird, but I can live with it to "collect" my settings.
It took about 4 iterations of this before it dawned on me that since the introductory-clip (which is damaged)
kept playing 'under' my attempts at traversing the menus, when it reached the damaged part of the clip- it would
So- to 'force' it out of this cycle, I went to "Now Playing" (while the intro-clip was still playing...) and
started playing one of my recordings. That worked, and bought me valuable time- since the TiVo didn't reboot
at it's regular point in the process.
I then forwarded to a "blackout" spot in my recording and hit "pause". That gave me a good background with
high-contrast for viewing the settings.
I "recorded" my to-do list, season passes, season-pass manager listing, and just for kicks- my now-playing list.
I couldn't reveal my wishlists-listing -until I did a program-guide update, since this drive-image hadn't been
"up" since ~Jan. 4th. The connection to the TiVo service went fine, and it was "Loading..." when I went to bed.
This morning, enough of the program guide had updated for it to allow me to access my wishlists.
I then "recorded" my scrolling-through that list, all while live TV was playing "underneith" simultaneously!
The program-guide update didn't "take" however...and it wanted me to connect to the TiVo service again.
As I left for work, it was still "up" (overnight) and hadn't rebooted. It's by no means stable, but at least I
was able to extract a video of my settings, so I can re-set up a re-imaged drive.
I hope by sharing my long-winded description of this experience, someone who finds themself in the same
situation, can gleen some ideas for salvaging their settings/season-passes/wishlists/etc. from a damaged drive.
Again- thanks for listening and giving me advice & support