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Old 10-05-2009, 09:00 PM   #751
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help... show title: 000000001071d9e0 ???

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It sounds like that's how they're actually stored on disk. The Finder may be obscuring this. Think of app bundles -- they're actually directories. This sounds like a similar thing.

What was the source of these movies?
I'm using Elgato EyeTV to record some programs off cable. I'd like to transfer those programs to the TiVo.

EyeTV puts all the recorded programs into a folder called "EyeTV Archive" and this is the folder that pyTivoX "Shared Directories" is pointing to. If I look at the "EyeTV Archive" folder with Finder, all the recorded programs have the program name with .eyetv file extention. The program name includes the episode title, as an example:

Two and a Half Men - Whipped Unto the Third Generation.eyetv

When I launch pyTivoX, "EyeTVshare" shows up at the bottom of Now Playing List on the TiVo. When I select "EyeTVshare" all the recorded programs are listed with a "Group" icon; each single recording is it's own Group since each program has the program "episode" as part of the program name making each recording unquiet, as an example:

(Group icon) Two and a Half Men - Whi... (1) Mon 9/28 edit: this the "Whipped Unto the Third Generation" episode

If I turn Group/OFF on the TiVo, I get no program names, just a list of big numbers.

A program that is scheduled to be recorded by EyeTV is listed in the Finder as:

Two and a Half Men - Mmm, Fish. Yum.eyetvsched

On the TiVo, this scheduled recording is listed as:

(Group icon) Two and a Half Men - M... (0) Mon 10/5

On the TiVo, when I select the Group "Two and a Half Men - Whi... (1) Mon 9/28" the TiVo displays 3 lines:

At the top: "Group (EyeTVshare)"
Below that: "Two and a Half Men - Whipped Unto the Third G..."
3rd line: (Green circle icon) 000000001071d9e0 Mon 9/28

I then select to transfer that program. It all looks OK (but for the name) and TiVo says the program is transferring. I didn't time it, but the transfer completes and the program does play.

I pulled up the pytivo.log and it's got a big LONG list of stuff, not sure what might be useful, this is some of the log (sorry this is so long), hope someone finds something useful:

INFO()pyTivo:192.168.1.101 [05/Oct/2009 15:06:59] "GET /TiVoConnect?Command=QueryFormats&SourceFormat=video%2Fx-tivo-mpeg HTTP/1.1" 200 -
DEBUG()pyTivo.video.transcode:CACHE HIT! /Users/mr_me/Documents/EyeTV Archive/Two and a Half Men - Whipped Unto the Third Generation.eyetv/000000001071d9e0.mpg
...
DEBUG()pyTivo.video.transcode:TRANSCODE=YES, container mpegts not compatible, /Users/mr_me/Documents/EyeTV Archive/Two and a Half Men - Whipped Unto the Third Generation.eyetv/000000001071d9e0.mpg
...
DEBUG()pyTivo.video.transcode()optres: False
DEBUG()pyTivo.video.transcode:File=/Users/mr_me/Documents/EyeTV Archive/Two and a Half Men - Whipped Unto the Third Generation.eyetv/000000001071d9e0.mpg vCodec=mpeg2video vWidth=1920 vHeight=1080 vFps=29.97 millisecs=1799520 TIVO_HEIGHT=1080 TIVO_WIDTH=1920
...
INFO()pyTivo:192.168.1.101 [05/Oct/2009 15:06:59] "GET /TiVoConnect?Command=QueryContainer&Container=EyeTVshare%2FTw o%20and%20a%20Half%20Men%20-%20Whipped%20Unto%20the%20Third%20Generation.eyetv&SortOrder =!CaptureDate&ItemCount=8&Filter=x-tivo-container%2Ftivo-videos,x-tivo-container%2Ffolder,video%2Fx-tivo-mpeg,video%2F* HTTP/1.1" 200 -
INFO()pyTivo:192.168.1.101 [05/Oct/2009 15:06:59] "GET /TiVoConnect?Command=QueryFormats&SourceFormat=video%2Fx-tivo-mpeg HTTP/1.1" 200 -
...

INFO()pyTivo:192.168.1.101 [05/Oct/2009 15:07:02] "GET /TiVoConnect?Command=TVBusQuery&Container=EyeTVshare&File=%2F Two%20and%20a%20Half%20Men%20-%20Whipped%20Unto%20the%20Third%20Generation.eyetv%2F0000000 01071d9e0.mpg HTTP/1.1" 200 -
INFO()pyTivo:192.168.1.101 [05/Oct/2009 15:07:07] "GET /TiVoConnect?Command=QueryFormats&SourceFormat=video%2Fx-tivo-mpeg HTTP/1.1" 200 -
INFO()pyTivo:192.168.1.101 [05/Oct/2009 15:07:07] "GET /TiVoConnect?Command=QueryItem&Url=http%3A%2F%2Fa%2Fb%3FConta iner%3D%2FNowPlaying%26id%3D%2FEyeTVshare%2FTwo%2520and%2520 a%2520Half%2520Men%2520-%2520Whipped%2520Unto%2520the%2520Third%2520Generation.eyetv %2F000000001071d9e0.mpg HTTP/1.1" 404 -
DEBUG()pyTivo.video.transcode:CACHE HIT! /Users/mr_me/Documents/EyeTV Archive/Two and a Half Men - Whipped Unto the Third Generation.eyetv/000000001071d9e0.mpg
DEBUG()pyTivo.video.transcode:TRANSCODE=YES, container mpegts not compatible, /Users/mr_me/Documents/EyeTV Archive/Two and a Half Men - Whipped Unto the Third Generation.eyetv/000000001071d9e0.mpg
INFO()pyTivo:192.168.1.101 [05/Oct/2009 15:07:13] "GET /EyeTVshare/Two%20and%20a%20Half%20Men%20-%20Whipped%20Unto%20the%20Third%20Generation.eyetv/000000001071d9e0.mpg HTTP/1.1" 206 -
DEBUG()pyTivo.video.video:/Users/mr_me/Documents/EyeTV Archive/Two and a Half Men - Whipped Unto the Third Generation.eyetv/000000001071d9e0.mpg is not tivo compatible
...
DEBUG()pyTivo.video.transcode:transcoding to tivo model 652 using ffmpeg command:
DEBUG()pyTivo.video.transcode:/Users/mr_me/Documents/TiVo/pyTiVoX/pyTivoX.app/Contents/Resources/ffmpeg.bin -i /Users/mr_me/Documents/EyeTV Archive/Two and a Half Men - Whipped Unto the Third Generation.eyetv/000000001071d9e0.mpg -vcodec copy -b 13862k -maxrate 30000k -bufsize 4096k -ab 448k -ar 48000 -acodec copy -f vob -
FFmpeg version SVN-r19732, Copyright (c) 2000-2009 Fabrice Bellard, et al.
configuration: --shlibdir=@executable_path --arch=i386 --cpu=i686 --disable-static --enable-shared --enable-pthreads --enable-gpl --enable-libmp3lame --enable-libfaac --enable-nonfree --enable-libfaad --enable-libx264 --extra-cflags='-I/Users/yoav/src/lame/include -I/Users/yoav/src/faad2-2.7/include -I/Users/yoav/src/faac-1.28/include -I/Users/yoav/src/x264' --extra-ldflags='-L/Users/yoav/src/lame/libmp3lame/.libs -L/Users/yoav/src/faad2-2.7/libfaad/.libs -L/Users/yoav/src/faac-1.28/libfaac/.libs -L/Users/yoav/src/x264/'
libavutil 50. 3. 0 / 50. 3. 0
libavcodec 52.34. 0 / 52.34. 0
libavformat 52.38. 0 / 52.38. 0
libavdevice 52. 2. 0 / 52. 2. 0
libswscale 0. 7. 1 / 0. 7. 1
built on Aug 27 2009 10:32:06, gcc: 4.0.1 (Apple Inc. build 5484)

Seems stream 0 codec frame rate differs from container frame rate: 59.94 (60000/1001) -> 29.97 (30000/1001)
Input #0, mpegts, from '/Users/mr_me/Documents/EyeTV Archive/Two and a Half Men - Whipped Unto the Third Generation.eyetv/000000001071d9e0.mpg':
Duration: 00:29:59.52, start: 12089.652922, bitrate: 14246 kb/s
Program 4
Program 7
Program 5
Program 1
Stream #0.0[0x48]: Video: mpeg2video, yuv420p, 1920x1080 [PAR 1:1 DAR 16:9], 65000 kb/s, 29.97 tbr, 90k tbn, 59.94 tbc
Stream #0.1[0x49](eng): Audio: ac3, 48000 Hz, 5.1, s16, 384 kb/s
Stream #0.2[0x4a]: Data: 0x0006
Stream #0.3[0x4b]: Data: TVG1 / 0x31475654
Stream #0.4[0x4c]: Data: TVG2 / 0x32475654
Output #0, vob, to 'pipe:':
Stream #0.0: Video: mpeg2video, yuv420p, 1920x1080 [PAR 1:1 DAR 16:9], q=2-31, 65000 kb/s, 90k tbn, 29.97 tbc
Stream #0.1(eng): Audio: ac3, 48000 Hz, 5.1, s16, 384 kb/s
Stream mapping:
Stream #0.0 -> #0.0
Stream #0.1 -> #0.1
Press [q] to stop encoding
[vob @ 0x1809a00]buffer underflow i=0 bufi=234735 size=250396
[vob @ 0x1809a00]packet too large, ignoring buffer limits to mux it
[vob @ 0x1809a00]buffer underflow i=0 bufi=234735 size=250396
Last message repeated 1 times
[vob @ 0x1809a00]packet too large, ignoring buffer limits to mux it
[vob @ 0x1809a00]buffer underflow i=0 bufi=234735 size=250396
[vob @ 0x1809a00]buffer underflow i=0 bufi=236759 size=250396

...

DEBUG()pyTivo.video.transcode:transcoding to tivo model 652 using ffmpeg command:
DEBUG()pyTivo.video.transcode:/Users/mr_me/Documents/TiVo/pyTiVoX/pyTivoX.app/Contents/Resources/ffmpeg.bin -i /Users/mr_me/Documents/EyeTV Archive/Two and a Half Men - Whipped Unto the Third Generation.eyetv/000000001071d9e0.mpg -vcodec copy -b 13862k -maxrate 30000k -bufsize 4096k -ab 448k -ar 48000 -acodec copy -f vob -
FFmpeg version SVN-r19732, Copyright (c) 2000-2009 Fabrice Bellard, et al.
configuration: --shlibdir=@executable_path --arch=i386 --cpu=i686 --disable-static --enable-shared --enable-pthreads --enable-gpl --enable-libmp3lame --enable-libfaac --enable-nonfree --enable-libfaad --enable-libx264 --extra-cflags='-I/Users/yoav/src/lame/include -I/Users/yoav/src/faad2-2.7/include -I/Users/yoav/src/faac-1.28/include -I/Users/yoav/src/x264' --extra-ldflags='-L/Users/yoav/src/lame/libmp3lame/.libs -L/Users/yoav/src/faad2-2.7/libfaad/.libs -L/Users/yoav/src/faac-1.28/libfaac/.libs -L/Users/yoav/src/x264/'
libavutil 50. 3. 0 / 50. 3. 0
libavcodec 52.34. 0 / 52.34. 0
libavformat 52.38. 0 / 52.38. 0
libavdevice 52. 2. 0 / 52. 2. 0
libswscale 0. 7. 1 / 0. 7. 1
built on Aug 27 2009 10:32:06, gcc: 4.0.1 (Apple Inc. build 5484)

Seems stream 0 codec frame rate differs from container frame rate: 59.94 (60000/1001) -> 29.97 (30000/1001)
Input #0, mpegts, from '/Users/mr_me/Documents/EyeTV Archive/Two and a Half Men - Whipped Unto the Third Generation.eyetv/000000001071d9e0.mpg':
Duration: 00:29:59.52, start: 12089.652922, bitrate: 14246 kb/s
Program 4
Program 7
Program 5
Program 1
Stream #0.0[0x48]: Video: mpeg2video, yuv420p, 1920x1080 [PAR 1:1 DAR 16:9], 65000 kb/s, 29.97 tbr, 90k tbn, 59.94 tbc
Stream #0.1[0x49](eng): Audio: ac3, 48000 Hz, 5.1, s16, 384 kb/s
Stream #0.2[0x4a]: Data: 0x0006
Stream #0.3[0x4b]: Data: TVG1 / 0x31475654
Stream #0.4[0x4c]: Data: TVG2 / 0x32475654
Output #0, vob, to 'pipe:':
Stream #0.0: Video: mpeg2video, yuv420p, 1920x1080 [PAR 1:1 DAR 16:9], q=2-31, 65000 kb/s, 90k tbn, 29.97 tbc
Stream #0.1(eng): Audio: ac3, 48000 Hz, 5.1, s16, 384 kb/s
Stream mapping:
Stream #0.0 -> #0.0
Stream #0.1 -> #0.1
Press [q] to stop encoding
[vob @ 0x1809a00]buffer underflow i=0 bufi=234735 size=250396
[vob @ 0x1809a00]packet too large, ignoring buffer limits to mux it
[vob @ 0x1809a00]buffer underflow i=0 bufi=234735 size=250396
Last message repeated 1 times
[vob @ 0x1809a00]packet too large, ignoring buffer limits to mux it
[vob @ 0x1809a00]buffer underflow i=0 bufi=234735 size=250396
[vob @ 0x1809a00]buffer underflow i=0 bufi=236759 size=250396
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Old 10-05-2009, 09:37 PM   #752
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/Users/mr_me/Documents/EyeTV Archive/Two and a Half Men - Whipped Unto the Third Generation.eyetv/000000001071d9e0.mpg
wmcbrine was right. Your eyetv files are actually bundles which the Mac Finder is showing as a single file, but on disk they are represented as folders with an mpg file inside.

If you right click on an eyetv "file" in Finder, you should get a choice to "Show package contents" which will display the contents of the bundle including the mpg file will the long name.
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wmcbrine was right. Your eyetv files are actually bundles which the Mac Finder is showing as a single file, but on disk they are represented as folders with an mpg file inside.

If you right click on an eyetv "file" in Finder, you should get a choice to "Show package contents" which will display the contents of the bundle including the mpg file will the long name.
Thanks, I forgot to look using the "Show package content."

But, I still don't understand why TiVo lists all the program titles correct as long as the TiVo "list by Group" option is ON.
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Thanks, I forgot to look using the "Show package content."

But, I still don't understand why TiVo lists all the program titles correct as long as the TiVo "list by Group" option is ON.
So each eyetv "file" is really a folder. The folder has the name of the "file" so those have the names you expect. When you go into the folder, it lists the individual mpg file by the number name because pyTivo supports looking inside subfolders. When you turn grouping off, the whole hierarchy is displayed as a flat list and since each mpg is really named by number in the subfolders, that's what you see in the flat list.
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So each eyetv "file" is really a folder. The folder has the name of the "file" so those have the names you expect. When you go into the folder, it lists the individual mpg file by the number name because pyTivo supports looking inside subfolders. When you turn grouping off, the whole hierarchy is displayed as a flat list and since each mpg is really named by number in the subfolders, that's what you see in the flat list.
That's not quite correct:

The TiVo Folder has the correct, expected name. Selecting that Folder displays that program name as "big number."

The "show package" in the Finder indicated the file name as big_number.mpg and the actual "expected name" of the program is one level up. So:

1. Why is TiVo displaying each single program as a "Folder?"
2. With TiVo Folder/ON, why is TiVo displaying "the name" that is one level up from the actual .mpg file?

Is this a bug in pyTivoX? How would I report a potential bug?

I did make progress on a workaround:

I renamed the "big_number.mpg" to "expected_name.mpg" and low and behold, the program transferred with the (correct) expected name. Unfortunately, the program actual recording date is not correct and the program caption is missing.
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Old 10-07-2009, 11:52 AM   #756
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That's not quite correct:

The TiVo Folder has the correct, expected name. Selecting that Folder displays that program name as "big number."

The "show package" in the Finder indicated the file name as big_number.mpg and the actual "expected name" of the program is one level up. So:

1. Why is TiVo displaying each single program as a "Folder?"
2. With TiVo Folder/ON, why is TiVo displaying "the name" that is one level up from the actual .mpg file?

Is this a bug in pyTivoX? How would I report a potential bug?

I did make progress on a workaround:

I renamed the "big_number.mpg" to "expected_name.mpg" and low and behold, the program transferred with the (correct) expected name. Unfortunately, the program actual recording date is not correct and the program caption is missing.
I'm trying to digest this but I'm getting a little confused. Could you take a couple screenshots and post them or PM them to me?

I think the point is that "bundles" are an illusion that the Mac Finder maintains. The actual way the OS stores the files on disk is that each bundle is a folder. pyTivo lists files and folders using the more basic Unix methods so it sees the raw folders and files, not the "bundle" abstraction.

If it is a bug in pyTivo (the core running inside pyTivoX), then reporting it here is fine because wmcbrine reads this thread.
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There is no bug, AFAICT, and I don't know why clark_kent says "that's not quite correct", but then goes on to describe the exact same thing you did.

I guess we could consider adding special support for EyeTV bundles. Of course that would be easier if I had EyeTV...
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I'm trying to digest this but I'm getting a little confused. Could you take a couple screenshots and post them or PM them to me?
I've seen post's with photos, but I don't know how to embed photo's into a post...
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I've seen post's with photos, but I don't know how to embed photo's into a post...
Ok, your photos show EXACTLY what I described and as wmcbrine said, it's NOT a bug. Let me try to explain this again.

The Now Playing list supports grouping based on seriesID. When grouping is on, shows from the same series with proper metadata will show up in folders with the series name as the name of the folder. When you navigate into those folders, you get individual episode names on each recording with the green circle. If you turn grouping off for the Now Playing list, then all the recordings show in a flat list (i.e. no folder hierarchies) with their individual episode names.

Now when you navigate a Tivo share provided by a computer, similar grouping applies but the grouping is based on the folder structure on your computer. You can actually have multiple levels of subfolders and they will show up as folders inside folders inside folders when navigated from the Tivo.

Your EyeTV recordings are created by the EyeTV software as Mac "bundles". These "bundles" are an illusion that the Mac Finder presents to you for convenience. If they were real individual files, then when you right click on them there would be no "Show Package Contents" option. They are really stored as a folder having the recording name as the folder name and with the real MPG file inside the folder having some unique number as the file name.

So when you navigate to a pyTivo provided share on your Tivo, each EyeTV recording will be treated as a sub-folder of the share (with the name of the EyeTV bundle as the name of the sub-folder) and inside each subfolder will be the real mpg file with the number name.

If you want pyTivo to special case your EyeTV bundles, then you'll have to convince one of the developers to code it into pyTivo. Translation - donate an EyeTV to wmcbrine or figure out how to write Python code and do it yourself
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I might even be able to do something if I just had some .eyetv bundles to look at...
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Ok, your photos show EXACTLY what I described and as wmcbrine said, it's NOT a bug. Let me try to explain this again.
Thanks for the explanation. Sometimes it's hard to visualize a description. I guess that's why a picture is worth 1,000 words.
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I might even be able to do something if I just had some .eyetv bundles to look at...
Well, I don't have a spare EyeTV to send, but I'm up for (trying to) send you the .eyetv bundle. "Show Package Contents" has 5 files:

00000000107a758f.eyetvp (about 4kb)
00000000107b0ce0.eyetvi (about 56kb)
00000000107b0ce0.eyetvr (about 148kb)
00000000107b0ce0.mpg (about 3.17gb)
00000000107b0ce0.tiff (about 1.3mb)

I'm not a Mac expert and I don't know how to send you something, but if you explain the process, I'll try. I could record something (SD) for 2-3 minutes or so to keep the .mpg file size small.
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Strip out the .mpg, and the .tiff, zip it up, and it should be small enough to email me as an attachment (at gmail.com).
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I have tentative support for EyeTV bundle metadata in my repo now. Needs more testing, and I'm only using the title, episode title and description so far.
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Question Share folder on Mac keeps disappearing from Now Playing menu.

First off, thanks to the creators of pytivo & pytivox for doing such a great job & providing us with these programs.

Secondly, I'm having a problem—somewhere. (I'm using pytivox, but really only the pytivo part). My shared folder keeps disappearing from the Now Playing menu on my tivo. My mac (where the share folder is located) has not been turned off or gone to sleep. It also hasn't lost a network connection. But the share just randomly disappears. It'll be there for days on end without issue & then just go away. I can restart the tivo & it'll show back up, but it'll disappear again mid-transfer after that. Restarting my airport or computer sometimes solves the issue, but not always. I can't figure out what is causing it to disappear. Are there logs or something somewhere that I can post that would help anyone to see my problem? Is this a common problem?

Also, sometimes when the folder does show up, when I open it I'll get a message saying there are no recordings in the folder. Which isn't the case. They're all there.

I've skimmed through all 26 pages of this thread & haven't seen a similar issue. If I missed it my apologies. But I'd appreciate any and all help that someone could give me. Thanks!

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It is fairly common, I'm sorry to say. I don't think there's anything we can do about it. If any of your connections are WiFi (computer to router or router to TiVo), try replacing them with wired Ethernet. That's my only advice.
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But what's causing it? Just the fact that the tivo is wireless on the network? It's bizarre; it'll be perfect for a week, then spotty for 4 days in a row. Thanks.
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Nothing strange about it -- WiFi sucks. I mean, yes, it's convenient, but it's intermittent by nature. That means dropped packets. And since both beacon systems are broadcast UDP-based, pyTivo doesn't even know when the beacons aren't being received, so it doesn't know to resend them.
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Old 10-12-2009, 03:00 PM   #769
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Nothing strange about it -- WiFi sucks. I mean, yes, it's convenient, but it's intermittent by nature. That means dropped packets. And since both beacon systems are broadcast UDP-based, pyTivo doesn't even know when the beacons aren't being received, so it doesn't know to resend them.
Or for crying out loud...for as much as we've paid for this program you'd think someone could get it to work perfectly every time! I'm thinking class action lawsuit here! Anyone want to join me?
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Old 10-12-2009, 05:04 PM   #770
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Thanks wmcbrine. I can't wire in the tivo b/c it's in a different room than the router & modem. I guess I'll just keep doing restarts & hope that stupid Comcast can be more reliable. (You know, the thing I pay way too much money for that's totally unreliable & crappy?)

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I have wired Ethernet covering three floors, so... I also have a wireless netbook that I'm typing on right now, which spends most of its time about six feet away from the WAP -- and it still loses connectivity at least once a day.

In truth, although it's a good guess that dropped packets are resulting in disappearing shares (since others have reported this), I don't really know why that happens. And even when they disappear, the shares should reappear later, once the connection is back. But I'd have to see the TiVo-side code to really know how it's handling the beacons.
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Old 10-13-2009, 01:49 AM   #772
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Wow, I must just live right or something, since my wireless network has been pretty darn reliable for me over the past several years. The one period I had sporadic trouble it was specific to a Series 2 Tivo "forgetting" about its Tivo wireless adapter - I'd have to pull the USB connector out and then reinsert it (or restart the Tivo). But the network was still fine in those cases, just the Tivo's connection to it was wonky.

Oh, I guess I'm forgetting to mention the Averatec laptop my wife had that frequently had to have its network connection "repaired" (in XP parlance); but again, the network itself was fine, since none of the Macs had problems.
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... but again, the network itself was fine, since none of the Macs had problems.
I think that has something to do with it. I can wander all over our house, upstairs, downstairs, even the backyard and my MacBook never looses a connection with our wireless router (D-Link DIR-655) but the semi-retired HP laptop (good for VideoReDo and a couple of other programs until Mac versions are available) has trouble on a regular basis, even when it's in the same room as the router.
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Old 10-13-2009, 11:04 AM   #774
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Nothing strange about it -- WiFi sucks.
Concur. One thing that people forget about 802.11b/g is that it can have a great signal right up until someone uses it to actually transmit something. Devices can interfere with one another and, given the unlicensed nature of 'Wi-Fi,' it could be pretty much anything knocking out your connection. Lots of devices use 2.4 GHz.

Cordless phones (2.4 GHz) can be very frustrating because they're on the air for a while, just long enough to screw things up, then the user hangs up and things look great again. A device nearer the access point can 'hog' it due to its stronger signal. It's the nature of the protocol to be erratic at times.

If you regularly have this problem try switching to another channel. Use a sniffer program to find the (non-hidden) signals in your area and try a channel far from the strongest signal detected.

FWIW, I take the time to carefully aim my wireless adapters at my AirPort Base Station to get maximum signal. Six DVRs, all wireless, very few network-related problems. But I'm not an apartment dweller surrounded by lots of nearby networks and I've ensured that my own network is on a different channel from my neighbor's (unsecured) linksys router.
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And even when they disappear, the shares should reappear later, once the connection is back. But I'd have to see the TiVo-side code to really know how it's handling the beacons.
They don't re-appear. It's usually a combination of restarting pytivox on my computer, resetting the tivo from the settings menu, or unplugging my Airport & modem for a few minutes to cycle that get it to work again. Is there TiVo code somewhere I could send you to peruse in your leisure? To help you in future or something?

But, I fully know wifi sucks, & I've done everything I can to make it better. We've got a closed network on an odd channel with a small range & no cordless phones/microwaves/etc. in the area that all the tech is set up, but still... I live in an apt. building in the middle of Chicago; if I look at the Airport dropdown on my mac I see 17 networks. And those are only the ones broadcasting their names. That and my airport is old & drops the network could absolutely contribute. BUT: The network disappearing due to old Airport has never happened at the same time as the pytivox share disappearing from the tivo.
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Old 10-14-2009, 12:32 AM   #776
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They don't re-appear.
How long do you give it?

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But, I fully know wifi sucks, & I've done everything I can to make it better. We've got a closed network on an odd channel with a small range & no cordless phones/microwaves/etc. in the area that all the tech is set up, but still...
An odd channel for 802.11g/b is bad. Only 1, 6, and 11 are non-overlapping frequencies. You should try for the one that has the least contention among higher power signals.

I've found that configuring a closed network sometimes tickles driver bugs in the clients. I'd make sure you're using the highest encryption type the hardware is capable of, but leave your SSID broadcast turned on.

And are you using an official Tivo wireless adapter?
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Old 10-15-2009, 02:13 AM   #778
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Hi
I have 2 issues that I need help with.
Issue #1:
I have the issue of broken image icon when I view photos. I tried the Beta version and the release version but still no go.
Music and Video work fine. I have 2 macs one works and one does not.

Problem number 2:
I used Handbrake to put my DVDs on iMac for streaming. I use different setting but recently mostly Quicktime preset in handbrake. I do run into sometime streaming not working for some of my movies. It seems it might have to do with certain files or file size. Is there a certain setting in handbrake that would work better for streaming from my Mac to TiVo? I know I am not describing the isssue well but it is not easy to figure out.
My setup: iMac-Snow Leopard
TiVo HD

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CORRECTION:
None of my Macs show the photos anymore. The one that used to work is not working any more. Maybe after Snow Leopard update it stopped showing photos but I can not be sure. But it certainly used to work on the first iMac.
Please help.
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Old 10-15-2009, 10:46 AM   #780
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I'd recommend just getting yourself some ethernet over power adapters. I use these with my TiVo HD's and they work *great*. I get all the benefits of wireless (no wires to run), and all the benefits of wired (reliable and speedy).

You can find them on eBay for pretty cheap if you look carefully.
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