Comcast DTA unboxing

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by rv65, Dec 3, 2008.

  1. timeispassing

    timeispassing New Member

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    Thanks for the response!

    I told the Tivo that it was connected to a cable box, but there is no option to specify RF or Composite.
    (The following screen asks about connecting a splitter and setting up Dual Tuning, using both an RF and Composite connections, to which I answer, "No, I do not wish to set up Dual Tuning.")

    Both the DTA and the Tivo are set to Channel 3, although the Tivo never asks about this setting during Guided Setup.
     
  2. MikeAndrews

    MikeAndrews Registered abuser

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    The trick is that the TiVo is trying to detect what input you're using and doesn't ask first. If you don't have the input LIVE when it scans the inputs during Guided setup it won't ask the right questions.

    SOOOOOOOO...I bet you have something on the composite input. UNPLUG IT.

    Connect the RF from the DTA to ANT/Cable IN and make sure the DTA is powered up. Run Guided setup. It should see the RF input with no composit input...and eventually detect the channel or give yuou an error message that it doesn't see the box.

    If you get no joy try changing the channel out on the DTA and try again.
     
  3. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Well-Known Member

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    You might want to look at this post and the immediately following posts.
     
  4. Sep 1, 2011 #304 of 308
    timeispassing

    timeispassing New Member

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    I originally set it up without any composite input involved and it didn't work then. I repeated Guided Setup at least 3 times during this setup and still never could get a picture. I even tried using the Comcast DTA Remote to change the channel. When that didn't work, I unplugged the DTA from the Tivo and instead plugged it directly into the TV (to make sure the remote was working and actually changing the channels) and I got a perfect picture. I also plugged the DTA into the Tivo and the Tivo into the TV using RF and got a signal on the TV from the DTA when the Tivo was not on. So the DTA works while plugged into the Tivo, but only as a bypass.


    I did read this post, and I did try the Guided Setup like this, more than once, but never ever got a picture. Not even a snowy one.

    Could this be a defective unit? The fact that it works with the basic/local channels leads me to believe not... but this issue with the DTAs shouldn't be happening... right?
     
  5. Sep 1, 2011 #305 of 308
    RonC

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    I have a series 2 single tuner in the bedroom with a DTA. The unit works fine. I picked up a cable from eBay that replaces the IR and have had no problems.
     
  6. Sep 1, 2011 #306 of 308
    shwru980r

    shwru980r Well-Known Member

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    I had to do the following to get a comcast DTA to work.

    Run guided setup and tell the Tivo you have both cable and satellite TV and that you are using a cable box. This will force the tivo to look at both the RF input and the composite input and let you select the RF input for the cable box. Since you don't have satellite tv, just lie to the tivo about all the settings for satellite.

    Once guided setup is complete, go back into channels under messages and settings and tell the Tivo that both lineups are incorrect and then reselect only the cable box. This will get rid of the satellite channels permanently and let the Tivo update only the cable channels.
     
  7. Sep 1, 2011 #307 of 308
    lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Well-Known Member

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    Looks like the s/w mod to make S2DT's work with a DTA has a few bugs.
     
  8. Sep 2, 2011 #308 of 308
    timeispassing

    timeispassing New Member

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    Hm, this is something I haven't tried yet! I'll give it a shot this weekend and let you all know how it goes!! :)
     

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