Activate before cable card install?

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  1. Aug 3, 2007 #1 of 11
    aphexii

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    Should i activate my new TivoHD before the installer comes to install the cable cards?
     
  2. Aug 3, 2007 #2 of 11
    secondclaw

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    I dont think it matters - I activated it just fine a week before CC install. Just had to rerun the guided setup after cards were set up.
     
  3. Aug 3, 2007 #3 of 11
    alansplace

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    same here (activated last saturday, cable cards installed on the following wednesday).
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  4. Aug 3, 2007 #4 of 11
    jazmaan

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    The manual recommends that you go ahead and activate. I think its a good idea because it will help your troubleshooting process if you do have issues at some point along the way.
     
  5. Aug 3, 2007 #5 of 11
    jrm01

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    Activation will also give you the chance to get the software updated before the cc install. Could help troubleshooting.
     
  6. Aug 3, 2007 #6 of 11
    aaronwt

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    The software will still update. Mine gave me 6 or 7 days of service before it had to be activated, although I only waited two days. But the software updated before I activated it.
     
  7. Aug 3, 2007 #7 of 11
    mike_camden

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    My software updated last night, and I have not activated it yet.
     
  8. Aug 3, 2007 #8 of 11
    jrm01

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    New one on me, I thought you had to activate first. Then the only benefit would be that you could run guided set up and check out basic functions and channels before the tech got there. It may identify some problems ahead of time.
     
  9. Aug 3, 2007 #9 of 11
    litkaj

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    No, activation is not required for the first 7 days. You should plug in the TiVo a few hours ahead of time though and force it to connect and then reboot a few times so you make sure that you have the newest software.
     
  10. megazone

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    You should at least set the unit up and complete Guided Setup before the installer is there. In fact, I'd say it is a very, very bad idea NOT to do so.

    That way you know the unit works, and you know the cable connection is good, etc. And the first Guided Setup takes a while - and the installer is probably not going to wait around for that.
     
  11. rainwater

    rainwater Active Member

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    Yes, you can set it up for just the analog lineup initially (if you have one). I would do right away. Then you don't have the box taxing itself when doing the CableCard installs.
     

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