Do you still have a working Series 1?

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by aadam101, May 8, 2011.

Do you still use a Series 1 Tivo?

  1. Yes

    63 vote(s)
  2. No

    29 vote(s)
  1. lrhorer

    lrhorer Active Member

    Aug 31, 2003


    I have an un-subbed S1 SA Philips whose lifetime sub I transferred to my first S3. I still use it to manually record screen-shots from my S3 units and once in a while to archive content from a LASERDisc or a VCR. After I bought my S1, I bought my sister a Sony S1 DirecTiVo for Christmas in 1999. She still uses it daily.
  2. dgh

    dgh New Member

    Jul 24, 2000
    I have one that works except that it started crashing on data downloads in December and has been sitting in a closet since January. Lots (but not all) S1s started crashing back then so it's kind of mystery as to whether it is permanently unusable or could be brought back to life or might even start working again on its own. I keep planning to do something with it, but once I got my last standard def device unhooked, it was kind of an end to an era that I can't quite go back to.
  3. nlsinger

    nlsinger w00tever

    Feb 8, 2006
    Yes, but I'm not using for anything but holding up the series 2 I'm currently using.
  4. Davelnlr_

    Davelnlr_ N5GGG

    Jan 12, 2011
    Sony SVR2000 with Comcast digital transport adapter working great in the guest room.
  5. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2001


    You do realize that will take like 5 minutes, and only that long if you're blindfolded..

    Put Tivo #1 in standby (just as a "safety" measure)
    Move slider on remote to #2
    With hand or book in front of Tivo #1's remote receiver, navigate to the System Information page on tivo #2
    hold down Tivo + Pause for a few seconds until the sending light on the remote blinks
    hit a # key other than 1
    exit system information page

    Now your Tivo is set.
  6. unitron

    unitron Well-Known Member

    Apr 28, 2006
    semi-coastal NC
    You left out the "right arrow" step.

    You also forgot to allow for the very likely possibility that their HD, and "channel 1" on their remote, is set to remote address 0, which means that sliding the switch back to 1 and controlling the HD will reset the S1 to remote address 0 as well.

    They need to set the HD, and one side of the remote, to address 1 (or some other number besides 0), and then cover the IR receiver on the HD, slide the switch to position 2, plug in the S1, and set it and the other side of the remote to a number other than 0 or the number to which they set the HD.
  7. murgatroyd

    murgatroyd Don't stop believin'

    Jan 5, 2002
    Berkeley CA
    Unitron has described the difficulty we had before.

    Once the season is over and we have less stuff to watch, it'll be easier to make time to do it.
  8. appleye1

    appleye1 Active Member

    Jan 26, 2002
    Back From...
    I have a fully functioning S1 with lifetime that I got in late 2000. It is still in daily use and has been for almost 11 years. It's had no alterations but the modem got fried a few years ago, and since then it's been using an external modem.

    I keep thinking about putting in a bigger hard drive, but we only record a few things on it and it's really not necessary. If the one that's in there fails I'll do it then.

    I have another S1 that was pre-2000 and had grandfathered transferable lifetime. It also worked great, but a few months ago I transferred the lifetime to a Premiere and now it sits. I feel kind of nostalgic about it, but it really has little worth now. I'll keep it around to raid for parts.
  9. dredm

    dredm New Member

    Feb 16, 2002
    Sony S1 on Lifetime is still working. :D
  10. wedgecon

    wedgecon Just Plain Awesome TCF Club

    Dec 28, 2002
    Vancouver, WA
    I still have a Sony SAT T-60 Series 1 DirecTivo subbed on my account and still working in one of my bedrooms.
  11. lessd

    lessd Well-Known Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    This thread should be read by the people on this form that say after three years electronics is so out of date it has to be replaced, I admit 10 years or so is pushing it but as this thread shows a 10 year old electronic box can still be useful even if it doesn't have all the bells and whistles of a newer model.
  12. unitron

    unitron Well-Known Member

    Apr 28, 2006
    semi-coastal NC
    New question, how many working S1s still have working internal modems?
  13. murgatroyd

    murgatroyd Don't stop believin'

    Jan 5, 2002
    Berkeley CA
    Both of my S1s still have working internal modems.
  14. HerronScott

    HerronScott Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2002
    Staunton, VA
    2 working S1's here btu only 1 in use (Philips with 120GB hard drive and Sony with original 30GB hard drive) but both are unsubbed as we transferred the lifetime to the S3's. The Philips is in use in our son's game room, but the Sony is on the shelf in the basement. Both have working modems but i did add a Turbonet card to the Philips so we wouldn't need to use the phone line.

  15. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    I think both of my S1s have working modems.. The one that's still plugged in was using its modem until sometime last year (I had actually bought one of the network adapters a few years ago on eBay, but never started using it until I finally got a router to use upstairs as a bridge.. now I should have done it years ago!)
  16. emperor_wu

    emperor_wu New Member

    Jan 28, 2003
    My SVR-2000 is the primary source of family entertainment. It has a TiVoNET card and a large additional drive. I think the modem still works, but I haven't ever used the modem in it. It's able to drive the Comcast cable device through IR and continues to be a fantastic machine.

    I used to have it hacked -- I could Telnet to it and have it serve up a simple web-based GUI but somewhere along the way TiVo managed to "unhack" it and I can no longer telnet to it and it won't respond to HTTP. On that note -- is there any way to re-hack it without opening up the box? I just can't be bothered to remove the drive put it in a PC, etc. You know, I don't think I even have a PC with an IDE bus anymore.

    Someone in this thread lamented that the old TiVo units were bulletproof while the newer ones seem not to be. I don't know about the new ones, but my 11 year old SVR-2000 has never skipped a beat. The letters are completely worn off the remote, but we don't notice; our muscle memory, created through 10 years of continuous use, lets us know where to put our thumbs.
  17. Dawghows

    Dawghows Liberal Elitist

    May 17, 2001
    I have one that still functions, but I'm not using it at the moment. Our intention is to use it in our bedroom eventually, but we are having a hard time finding a cabinet/chest/amoire/something that will hold the TV, cable box, and TiVo, and that will also fit in the space we have for it.
  18. Corran Horn

    Corran Horn Member

    Feb 12, 2002
    yes. Same upgrade drive I put into it ~10+ years ago.

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