A good deal? Philips HDR612BK's for sale

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by jmace57, Feb 13, 2009.

  1. Prestond

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    Well the unit now is pixelating and it sounds like the hard drive is chugging about every 30 minutes. You can pull the plug and reboot.

    Not sure if these units come with a warranty, will have to start troubleshooting, hopefully its just the hard drive.
     
  2. sanderskm

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    This reply is way, way late for this thread, but I do appreciate your responses. Just my belated update:

    I did try running msadd from mfstools, and it didn't work. The 120GB Platinum drive seems locked at 9MB. I tried qunlock and diskutil (and one or two other things I can't remember now) to unlock it but none worked. This is my first venture into linux so it took a few tries for me to get it right.

    Any other suggestions?
     
  3. jmace57

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  4. nuuby101

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    Hi,

    My apologies - I have to cross post since I am not allowed to post URLS - this is my exact post from a related thread:

    I have already searched this forum for the surplus computer offered box.

    Just as the OP, I am also considering buying the surplus tivo without HDD. I realize it is most likely a Series 1 and what that means. However, I have the following questions which are too technical for me:

    Will any HDD work (EIDIE, 250GB or 500GB)?
    Will I have to purchase a separate software to format a brand new HDD with, before this thing even boots up ?
    Is there anyone who has successfully set this particular unit (with no HDD in it) with a large HDD ?

    For the record, surplus is charging $15 + $25 Shipping + say $40 for a new HDD = total of $80. If new software is also needed the cost would be about $100.

    I am trying to determine is the jump from a list price of $15 to actual cost incurred of $80 or $100 is worth it or not.

    Any suggestions will be appreciated.

    TIA
     
  5. timckelley

    timckelley run of the mill TCFer

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    The nice thing about these older TiVos with smaller drives is that you don't have to burn a CD with MFStools on it to do the expanding. You can use a 3.5" diskette instead.
     
  6. mattack

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    Read the Tivo hacking FAQs. IDE hard drive.. You will need to update the kernel to go above ~137 gigs (IIRC). If you want to use it as 'only' 137 gigs, you can do the standard upgrade.

    But yes, legally you would need to purchase the OS. I forget, I believe there's one company besides Tivo authorized to sell the Tivo OS images.

    For me, it was showing $11.something shipping.
     
  7. timckelley

    timckelley run of the mill TCFer

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    Sweet deal. You don't have to subscribe those to make them work.
     
  8. Grandpapi

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    Hello, i too have done some business with surplus computers with good results. i'm interested in the tivo they're offering now they say it's part# CES11994. What is this? Is it suitable to use as a standalone recorder, replacing a vcr? Thanks for the help.

    Dan
     
  9. classicsat

    classicsat Astute User

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    That is the Philips Series 1 this thread is about.

    It can be used as a recorder to manually record like a VCR, or subbed to get guide data and recording features.
     
  10. Grandpapi

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    Thanks, gonna give it a go. Look for my posts, i'm sure i'll need some guidance.

    Dan
     
  11. budies3

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    Im going to buy one:) If its ok to ask, I would like to put a 250GB drive in it. So I guess 3 questions come to mind, and would anyone care to point me to the right area to read on it please;) Can I put that big of drive in it? What software do I need to make the drive work? What do I have to do, to make the unit take that size of drive? Thanks for any info:)
     
  12. camivo

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    The guides all reference creating a backup form the original Tivo drive, so if the refurb Tivo does not come with a drive, where do you get the backup to configure the new drive?
     
  13. camivo

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    Moreover, I know that the InstantCake is available to purchase, but I was wondering if it is possible to obtain a generic "tivo.bak" file complete the process outlined in the DIY tutorials using Mfs tools.
     
  14. timckelley

    timckelley run of the mill TCFer

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    Once when I upgraded the hard drive on my S1 TiVo, there was a person here on these boards who was sending TiVo images for free (I think by email). He nicely gave me the image I needed, so I didn't have to make my own backup.
     
  15. jmace57

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    I just wanted to say I am dieting and your avatar makes me hungry...
    Jim
     
  16. timckelley

    timckelley run of the mill TCFer

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    Actually my avatar changes every few weeks, but as my sig explains, it's only there like that because of a Fun House game I'm playing. (The avatars we pick there are supposed to match the themes of the games we're playing.)
     
  17. budies3

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    I guess Im not suppose to ask this, or has it been asked to many times already? Thank you.
     
  18. timckelley

    timckelley run of the mill TCFer

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    When installing hard drives into TiVo, I've found This website to have helpful step-by-step instructions for doing it.
     
  19. budies3

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    Thank you:)
     

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