hi, i am still happily using an HDR212 as a DVR-only--i do not subscribe to service and i am happy with that. i just got U-verse and intended to record via s-video input on the TiVo but that option is not available--System Info says my Source Input is Coax RF in and Program Source is Cable without Converter box. how can i get s-video as a choice for recording?
1) will running guided setup let me choose to use s-video as a recording source? alternatively, can i get a U-verse channel line-up? is it either/or, or can i get both? i've only ever had analog cable and i haven't run setup for, like, 4 years, which leads to my next question
2) i think i recall from way-back-when that upgrading software versions would turn the unit into a brick until i subscribed to service. or maybe it would lose 30-second skip, i don't really remember. anyway, i am on software version 1.3.0-04-037-000. will upgrading software versions prevent me from using it as a standalone DVR? if so, isn't there some trick about pulling the phone line at a certain point during setup to prevent the software download?
3) i intended to use s-video input for recording (changing channels manually) but i've been reading about using an IR blaster to control the Motorola VIP1200 box. apparently i need (a) the channel line-up (question 1) and new firmware that contains some codes to control the Moto box. if i do have to prevent the software upgrade (question 2), will i not get the firmware upgrade and thus cannot use the IR blaster) (i'd have to buy a blaster, i long ago lost the one with the HDR212)
4) this has nothing to do with U-verse, but i though i'd ask... is there a way to clear scheduled recordings that are in the past? e.g. i scheduled a recording for Friday 2/24 (TWO YEARS AGO!) and lost power during the record time so it wasn't recorded and it's been hanging around on the To Do List ever since. i have a few others, too. i used to clear them by changing the date but i lost shell access on my last upgrade and can't do that anymore
sorry for all the questions, thanks for any help!