Cachecard installation

Discussion in 'TiVo Series 1 - UK' started by daveshawuk, Dec 3, 2006.

  1. Blitzed

    Blitzed New Member

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    Done it now, can't believe I missed that the drivers were already on the new boot disk. Thanks for the replies regardless.
     
  2. Blitzed

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    ok, Tivo is now back together, I got the silcondust screen. with two error (I have no cachecard yet)


    "ERROR: Driver failed to load"
    "ERROR: No Information in kernel.log"

    I assume these are both fine.

    I have turned the updates back to dailup, would I be right in thinking all I have to do now is pop the cachecard in when it arrives, wire it up and set the daily call back to network through ftp or something?
     
  3. Pete77

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    Once the card and RAM are installed telnet to the ftp address of the box from Windows (e.g. telnet 192.168.0.4) and run nic_config_tivo at the bash prompt. This lets you change the daily call to run via broadband and lets you set a username and password and Port number if you plan to access the box and TivoWeb across the internet and via your router (using port forwarding). Next step then is installing TivoWeb.
     
  4. daveshawuk

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    Pete, as you say the next step is installing Tivoweb. I believe that TIVOWebPlus is the preferred version and have downloaded it ( v1.3.1 ). To a Linux and Tivo hacking newbie the installation instructions look ever so daunting ( I don't even know how to connect to TIVO yet ! ). Can anyone recommend a good set of instructions or a specific hack to undertake first so as to get a feel for how it works ?

    Cheers, Dave
     
  5. Pete77

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    No TivoWeb 1.9.4 is what you need to install and run with day to day as TivoWebPlus 1.3.1 makes the Tivo unstable if run on the machine all the time from boot up. I ran TivoWebPlus 1.3.1 24/7 for 2 weeks recently and the Tivo started locking up in the Tivo box menus for no reason. Its probably fine on a newer, faster Tivo S2 or Tivo S3 but seems to do things our Tivo S1's don't like.

    www.steveconrad.co.uk/tivo has instructions on installing TivoWeb.

    The things is to take it all one step at a time and gradually add stuff.
     
  6. Duncan

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    Our recently upgraded Tivo (250Gb + cachecard) has been misbehaving today. :(

    Several recordings appear to be corrupt: when playing them back the picture suddenly switches to live tv, and sometimes a minute or so later it switches back to the recording.

    Also, after rebooting we lost the sound, which may or may not be related.

    My guess is that all this adds up to the PSU being unable to cope. Does that sound like the most probably cause? Anyway, in the meantime we have removed the cachecard and will see if the situation improves.
     
  7. Pete77

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    Have never had the symptoms you describe during over 4 years of Tivo use - 18 months of them with a Cachecard and 2 x 250Gb hard drives. My Tivo is still on the original power supply and seems to cope fine with the two 250Gb drives.

    If the symptoms you mention are a know scenario then I'm sure our resident expert blindlemon will probably be able to identify the problem, although of course he may have provided you with the upgraded drive?

    A power supply is only £8 or something so its probably worth changing just for the sake of peace of mind although I wonder if an inadequately large swap file or a failure to install the Kernel for hard drives over 137Gb in size isn't perhaps at the back of the problems you are experiencing.
     
  8. blindlemon

    blindlemon tivoheaven.co.uk

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    Lack of the LBA48 kernel could indeed lead to these symptoms as sector addresses past 137gb would wrap.

    If you didn't install an updated kernel when you did the upgrade then switch off the TiVo immediately and run copykern (kernel option 1) on the drive beofre starting it up again.

    If you did attempt to install the LBA48 kernel then it would still be worth checking the kernel log after a reboot for the following line
    If it says "buld@buildmaster" instead of "millert@xerxes.courtesan.com" then you don't have the LBA48 kernel.
     
  9. JudyB

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    Thanks - Duncan is out at the moment, but I have found my way through the logs and it says "build@buildmaster17 ... 2002", so I think that we have a case of user error here. Duncan certainly thought that he had run copykern, but it looks like it didn't work for some reason. One of us will post an update when it is clear whether or not running copykern has fixed this!
     
  10. Duncan

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    Pete77, no blindlemon didn't supply the disc. Dabs did, so I saved myself £££'s at the cost of some anguish and domestic unrest. :eek:

    blindlemon, thank you. The problem was indeed that I got distracted by the lines at the end of the output from copykern which said 'Kernel Updated!' and 'Have a nice day!' and didn't fully read the lines above which said '/cdrom/kernels/kernel-2.5/vmlinux-2.5.px.gz: file not found'. The problem was that the CDROM wasn't mounted on /cdrom. None of the instructions I'd read had said I had to mount the CDROM before running copykern, but at least we've got the right kernel now and I dare say we'll find out in time whether the file system was corrupted or just the recordings. We'll leave the cachecard out for a bit and probably buy a replacement psu for good measure.

    I also saved myself some more £££'s buying the cachecard memory from ebuyer, but it only identifies itself as 256Mb rather than the 512Mb I ordered, so since I've removed the cachecard anyway they can have it back. I guess you get what you pay for.
     
  11. blindlemon

    blindlemon tivoheaven.co.uk

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    Good stuff, glad to hear you are sorted now :):up:

    Hopefully, as you say, you caught it in time to prevent any serious corruption occuring so fingers crossed that all will be well...

    FWIW, I have plenty of experience of the eBuyer RAM and although, like most budget RAM, you do get a few duds, over 95% have been perfectly good IME, so I guess you've just been unlucky there. Nevertheless, eBuyer's RMA procedure is now much better than it was (although still not lightning fast) so you should get a replacement without too much trouble.
     
  12. Duncan

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    I hope so. Their online returns system says "Unfortunately the return period for this item has now expired." which is wrong as it is well within the 28 days they state. I'll try to contact a human.
     
  13. blindlemon

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    If you're not in a rush, send them an 'eNote' - they normally get round to responding in less than the stated '7 working days' ( :eek: ), and once they've got your note in their workstream will respond to replies and follow-ups within hours.
     
  14. Pete77

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    I have the Ebuyer 512MB of RAM here and have had it installed and in use in the Cachecard since June 2005 with no problems. On a Tivo reboot the DIMM Is always identified correctly as being 512MB during the startup screens.

    However Ebuyer regularly change source for their own brand memory and buy wherever its cheapest. As the product was Dead on Arrival strictly speaking you are entitled to a full refund I believe under Sales of Goods Act and other trading standards laws. Perhaps for your own piece of mind you would be better off exchanging it for the Kingston Class 1 512MB DIMM which is only another £10.25 extra (they have a Cl 2 Kingston DIMM for £2 less but if I was you I would stick with the Cl 1). As the Kingston memory costs more money I can't see Ebuyer quibbling too much.

    See http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/29659

    I would avoid phoning Ebuyer if possible as they use an expensive 10p per minute at all times 0871 number and its a lot more than that and excluded from bundled minutes on a mobile phone. As Blindlemon suggests using their Notes system is probably cheapest and most effective. If you want the memory before Christmas perhaps you could get the Kingston memory somewhere else for much the same price and then go through the slow and long winded process to eventually get the Ebuyer refund. If you go for the exchange with Ebuyer then your memory probably won't show until the New Year.

    I think if I were you for my own piece of mind I would actually reformat the hard drives and go through the whole install process again, as ultimately its less distressing than losing a load of recordings three months down the road. Also while you are waiting for the memory you can use the Cachecard as a network card to install TivoWeb etc. Its just that without the memory it won't speed up the Now Playing menus etc but that only becomes an issue once you have more than 150 or so recordings.
     
  15. Duncan

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    I intend to ask them for a replacement while reserving my legal right to reject it if the replacement isn't satisfactory.

    Stuff peace of mind. It crashed again last night while recording Hogfather: the recording stops 7 minutes in, but rather bizarrely it kept on playing the recording we were watching at the time, so the first we knew there was a problem was when we couldn't skip the adverts. So now we've got the old 40Gb disc back in, and the 250Gb one is waiting to be reformatted, but alas no Hogfather :(

    I know I could put the cachecard drivers on the old drive, but having messed up once I'm actually quite keen to keep that drive untainted as an emergency backup, so I guess we either wait now until we've caught up again, or we do another two hour transfer of the complete contents.

    Is there any easy way to pull a recording off the corrupted disc without the palaver of putting it back in the Tivo? I think there is just one thing on the disc that we hadn't watched, so it isn't critical.
     
  16. Rob Randall

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    According to the TiVo EPG Hogfather is repeated 1pm Christmas Day and part two is 1pm Boxing Day :)
     
  17. Pete77

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    Probably unwise to pull anything off the corrupted disk I would have thought.

    blindlemon could advise better than me.
     
  18. Duncan

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    But it clashes with Dr Who.
     
  19. Rob Randall

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    It clashes with Dr Who Confidential. The main Doctor Who episode is at 7pm.

    Dr Who gets repeated a few times into the New Year so I'm sure "Confidential" will be also. Or you can just fire up the VCR to handle the conflict :eek:

    I think Hogfather gets repeated again but I don't have access to any listings at the moment to check.
     
  20. JudyB

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    This is strange - unless Duncan and I were both hallucinating this morning the printed Radio Times (which arrived this morning) contradicts the Radio Times and Sky websites.
    The printed copy showed Hogfather at about 6PM and not earlier, but the website shows it only at 1PM as you say... If it is that way then we should be OK, since I think that we have only seen things we want to watch on in the evening of Christmas Day.

    :rolleyes: P.S. Are hallucinations another symptom of a failing Tivo?
     

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