Backup files / image requests (UK TiVo's only)

Discussion in 'TiVo Series 1 - UK' started by RobbyBoy, Apr 22, 2003.

  1. Sep 23, 2003 #61 of 1510
    nerfman39

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    I'm sorry to ask this, but I wouldn't if I weren't absolutely desperate. Could someone please send me a link where I can get a disk image for my extremely dead Tivo.

    My backup doesn't work and everything I have tried has failed.

    yours in desperation

    Ian
     
  2. Sep 24, 2003 #62 of 1510
    ruperte

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    Hi,

    I tried to connect my DVD player though my Tivo last night - which has proved to be something of a bad move.

    I unplugged the Tivo before I started along with the TV and juggled SCART cables. Once I was finished and plugged everything back in - Disaster!

    My beloved Tivo won't boot. It gets as far as the Welcome, Powering Up screen and then stays there.

    From what I've read, this means that it's unlikely that Tivo is reading the linux kernel from its harddrive.

    The drives (the original 30 + 15 Gb) seem ok and can be read fine with the various mfstools cd's - so I'm mystified.

    I've tried performing a mfsbackup and restoring onto a spare 80 Gb drive I've got, but I get the same result. I guess because I'm restoring the same corrupt kernel image.

    I'm out of ideas at the moment.

    I ask, no I beg of you - have any of you kind souls got a UK image, I could try restoring.

    Many many thanks

    Rupert
     
  3. Sep 25, 2003 #63 of 1510
    blindlemon

    blindlemon tivoheaven.co.uk

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    Check your PMs - but are you sure it's a problem with your backup rather than with your TiVo?

    Have you tried restoring your backup to another drive and using that?
     
  4. Sep 25, 2003 #64 of 1510
    ruperte

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    Yup I'd tried restoring onto another drive so it wasn't that

    It turned out that for some reason my /etc/rc.d/rc.sysinit had lost it's executable flag. Why - well I have editted it in the past, but I've not had a problem before now. Anyway, I've now got a nice fresh backup on CD just in case and have refreshed my knowledge about the Linux booting process.

    Just for peoples info the booting process goes something like this:

    Power On.
    CPU reads the PROM and executes code.
    The PROM's code tells Tivo to read Sector 0 of the Primary HD and then execute it.
    The Sector 0 code tells Tivo about partition tables and which one it should boot. I believe that access the PROM's config for this info.
    Once it's worked out which partition contains the kernel, it reads in the contents of the kernel (hda6 in my case) and the runs it. Tivo is now running Linux.
    The linux kernel reads its boot parameters and looks what root partition it is to mount. In my case it is hda7.
    The kernel mounts hda7 in read-only and runs the /sbin/init program. This then starts processing the /etc/rc.d/rc.sysinit script. In my case this wasn't happening because it has lost it's +x flag, so when /sbin/init tried to execute it, the kernel said - not a valid executable and that was that.
    Normally the file is +x and therefore the kernel looks at the first few bytes, see's the "#!/bin/bash" and then runs the /bin/bash /etc/rc.d/rc.sysinit.
    This contains all the programs that tivo and changes the TV output to the next message and flashes the RECEIVING light on the front to orange and then back to green.
    It goes on to test the /var partition (hda9) and if its ok mount it in read-write mode.
    Then it loads the modules and starts MyWorld etc.

    I hope all this makes sense and helps some one else out at some point! Through a bit of duduction of the difference between a working setup and mine, I worked out why it was broken and managed to fix it :))

    This means I've not lost my Season Passes or recorded programs too. There were only 68 to recreate if I'd failed.

    Anyway l'm blathering - all the best and thanks to those who offered help :)

    Rupert
     
  5. Sep 25, 2003 #65 of 1510
    Robert S

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    Exactly right. Another useful thing to look for is 'almost there' which is printed very early in rc.sysinit. If you see that, then Linux is running correctly (this is not necessarily a good sign as it means your problem is more complicated than a dead drive).

    The TiVo also seems to need a drive present to print 'welcome', but hasn't actually loaded anything off the drive at that point.
     
  6. Sep 27, 2003 #66 of 1510
    Markj

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    Can anyone piont me in the dirrection of a uk drive image?
     
  7. Sep 27, 2003 #67 of 1510
    cwaring

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  8. Sep 30, 2003 #68 of 1510
    m3geezer

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    hi everyone, i have my new hard drives, serial cable, tivonet etc etc, but i don't have a backup of my tivo, basically i couldn't get one as my a: drive crashed and died before i could save anything, i have tried by it is knackered.

    anyway can anyone please please please PM me a link to a backup image of a uk tivo?

    many thanks in advance, it is so annoying that everything is here on my desk ready to roll, but no image [:(]
     
  9. Sep 30, 2003 #69 of 1510
    Bravo24601

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    Can someone please PM me a location to download a new image please...
     
  10. Oct 1, 2003 #70 of 1510
    m3geezer

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    thanks chaps, i now have a working tivo, :)
     
  11. Oct 1, 2003 #71 of 1510
    Darren P

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    And another request for a PM'ed link to a 2.5.5 image...

    Thanks in advance.

    DP
     
  12. Oct 5, 2003 #72 of 1510
    mcderyl

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    My A drive has failed in my Tivo.

    It's a Thomson Scenium, bought approx 3 years ago.

    I've got a 120gb hard drive as a replacement, but (surprise, surprise) my backup is corrupt!

    Been searching on the web for a backup image to no avail.

    Could anyone possibly PM me a 2.5.5 backup image link?

    Cheers (in advance).
     
  13. Oct 8, 2003 #73 of 1510
    Spikey

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    My TiVo started making nasty noises with picture break up and crashing also on the menu, assuming the hard disk(s) were on the way out I ordered another.

    Unfortunately it arrives tomorrow and my TiVo didn't have the decency to wait, getting stuck in a reboot loop last night.

    Can anyone help me out with an image.

    Cheers, Ian
     
  14. Oct 11, 2003 #74 of 1510
    Spikey

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    Just like to say a public thank you to Paul for his help.

    Thanks mate I'm now in full working order, be nice if there were more like you about.
     
  15. Oct 11, 2003 #75 of 1510
    Darren P

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    Any chance you could help me as well Paul... I need an image for my new 120GB drive and can't find one on the net...

    TIA.

    Darren
     
  16. Oct 11, 2003 #76 of 1510
    pukka

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    darren they is a PM for you


    Paul
     
  17. Oct 17, 2003 #77 of 1510
    ngourju

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    Have just got a green screen and it's failed to go away after the 24hours.

    I have long run out of warranty and have just purchased one of the 120 GB Samsung drives I've heard so much about. One catch I have no image to put on the new drive.

    Has any one got an image they would be able to pm a location to
     
  18. Oct 17, 2003 #78 of 1510
    Robert S

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    Try using dd (with conv=noerror,sync) to clone the drive on to the new one and then give the GSOD another 24 hours. There's probably a bad block in an awkward place.
     
  19. Oct 17, 2003 #79 of 1510
    ngourju

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    Thanks for the reply.

    Sorry forgot to mention that after opening tivo the primary drive was not spinning. So it looks like I'm not going to get any joy with getting stuff off the old drives.

    So if anyone has one of those images I would be most gracefull.
     
  20. Oct 17, 2003 #80 of 1510
    pukka

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    ngourjn PM waiting for you. if anyone needs a image PM me and i will send you the link..



    Paul
     

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