Originally Posted by hershey4
I tried re-initializing the network share and creating different mount points (i.e. share mount directly to the Tivo folder). Some peculiar results, but no success with seeing the 2 new .Tivo files. I found on the router there is a setting to "automatically scan for new files" which is checked.
I disconnected the drive from the router and put it on my PC to take a closer look. The 2 new .Tivo files are definitely there. Privs and sizes look good. I found a .ReadyDLNA folder with a log file of the startup and scanning. The only thing scanned for was music and videos -- no .Tivo files.
I read a router help popup (RTFP?) about Netgear/Tivo support, which referred me to a page in readynas.com, but the link was stale. However, that site has lots of interesting info. I think I will have to move my problem there. I don't believe my router is a ReadyNAS device though. What's the diff between ReadyNAS and ReadyDLNA.
BTW, the router's help popup mentioned a selection to Rescan Media Now to generate a fresh DB, but that selection does not exist. But if the DB only has music and videos, that wouldn't help anyhow.
Oh, in the readyNAS forums, someone had a similar but different problem. THere was mention of a recent Tivo update causing some compatibility problem. It was about ReadyTivo which I don't think I have, but still... the layers and spaghetti in action!!!
I also have some very old archive non-Tivo things on that drive. I am going to relocate them to try to simplify this problem (and reduce the size of the scanning log). Maybe putting all the .Tivo files at the root level may help visibility. That is the default share mount point.
I may have to do a lot of reading before I fully understand what you're saying that your problem is.
In the meantime, some of this will be worded for the benefit of future searchers as well.
That TiVo update they mention on the readynas forum may actually be the "expired cookie" bug that disabled TiVo Desktop on Feb 16, 2013.
A couple of TCF'ers beat TiVo to it finding out what the problem was and coming up with a workaround, but TiVo issued a patch that does the same thing
and then later issued updates of the software on the TiVos themselves (which is where the boneheaded coding that caused the problem was actually located) to fix the problem.
Series 2s got updated from "b" to "c" (9 point something c point something) and Series 3s went from 11.0k to 11.0m
Any copying you did from TiVo to either PC or that drive hanging off of your router after the 16th of February, 2013 (or as I referred to it at the time, the Saint TiVo's Day massacre) may have been screwed up.
With TiVo Desktop running, or at least the TiVoServer.exe part of it, which uses either Bonjour or Beacon to make the PC visible to the TiVos on the same network, there should be a folder at the bottom of the Now Playing list on whatever TiVos are on the same account, use the same Media Access Key, and are on the same network--for example, if the router's IP address is set to 192.168.1.1 (a common default setting), anything in the house connected to it wirelessly or by wire and using an IP address between 192.168.1.2 and 192.168.1.254, inclusively, is on that same network.
That folder will have the name of the PC, but the contents of the folder will only be whatever .tivo files are in* the PC's My TiVo Recordings folder (and maybe .mpg files as well).
The .tivo files have to have been encoded with the same MAK as the one the TiVos and the TiVo Desktop installation are using.
I suppose it's possible for there to be more than one folder on the PC named My TiVo Recordings, but Desktop can only be set to use one of them at a time (and it really needs to be on an NTFS partition, because of the file size limit on FAT32 partitions that cuts everything off at about one hour and 55 minutes if it's a best quality analog cable recording).
*Actually, you can put shortcuts to other folders inside the MTR folder, and the TiVo will be able to see .tivo files inside those folders as well.
Those shortcuts can point to folders on other partitions on the same drive, folders on partitions on other drives connected to the PC, or in some cases folders on network attached drives (like my Buffalo LinkStation Pro) if Windows will let you create a short cut to it.
I haven't tried a short cut to a folder on a different PC (on the same network) to see if that works, because it's less messy to just be running Desktop on that PC as well.
So, for the TiVo to be able to see a .tivo file (a show), it has to be contained in the My TiVo Recordings folder which Desktop is set to use, or it has to appear to be in that folder via a shortcut in that folder to a folder where it really resides.
All that is to do with making .tivo files on the PC visible and accessible to the TiVo, and not .tivo files on the router-connected drive.