Dogs dislike Tivo

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by gcsheph, Oct 10, 2007.

  1. gcsheph

    gcsheph New Member

    May 13, 2005


    We're first time, new owners of S3HD. However, the various sounds that Tivo makes when using it (especially when amplified through the home theatre speakers) drive the dogs crazy. Sometimes I remember to mute the amp first but that's not very helpful when skipping through a commercial. Is there some way to silence all of the "tivo sounds"?

    Secondarily, does it hurt (power consumption, heat, etc.) to leave Tivo on all the time. If you set standby, you see the record lights but can't monitor what's taping.

    Many thanks once again.
  2. ah30k

    ah30k Well-Known Member

    Jan 8, 2006
    In the options screens there is a control for the 'bloop bloop" volume. i Have mine turned off completely.

    At risk of starting religious wars, I think most people would advise on leaving the TiVo on all of the time so it can be sure to capture all of your recordings (and suggestions if you have them turned on).
  3. moyekj

    moyekj Well-Known Member

    Jan 23, 2006
    YES!! Personally I hate the Tivo UI sounds and was the 1st thing I searched for to turn off:
    Tivo Central->Messages&Settings->Settings->Audio->Sound Effects Volume->Off
  4. Joybob

    Joybob New Member

    Oct 2, 2007
    You can lower the volumes of the effects, no need to shut em off :(
  5. jtkohl

    jtkohl Member

    Feb 6, 2004


    Not low enough, though. They need another volume quieter than the quietest current setting.
  6. wmcbrine

    wmcbrine Well-Known Mumbler

    Aug 2, 2003
    Well, if you're talking about unplugging it (which is the only way to really turn it off), yeah, that's bad. But the OP was talking about Standby, which doesn't affect recordings... and with the Series 3/Tivo HD, you're really better off leaving it in Standby when not watching, because your recordings won't be interrupted by Emergency Broadcast System tests.

    There is also some power savings in Standby, but it's probably negligible.
  7. MrTangent

    MrTangent *insert title here*

    May 17, 2007
    I was stumped (actually bordering on being pissed off) trying to figure out how to turn off my TiVo when I first got it. Read through the manual, tried every setting, googled the crap out of it... I still can't believe TiVo didn't put an on/off button on the TiVo. Granted I can see why they would want the TiVo to be always-on but there's times (like when you're moving it) that it should have one. Most people are so ingrained to turn electronics off before unplugging them that TiVo should have put one in or at very least give ample instructions on the first few pages of the manual to tell the user that it's not necessary since the TiVo has a robust, journaled filesystem that is unaffected by power loss.
  8. bizzy

    bizzy New Member

    Jan 20, 2004
    i still want a 'shut down'

    ive been adminning unix boxes for a decade and a half and the concept of yanking the plug on one irks me beyond belief- no matter what filesystem it's running.
  9. mick66

    mick66 Dirty Burger

    Oct 15, 2004
    The 'verse
    OK, why should it have an on/off button when you are moving?
  10. demon

    demon BURNINATOR

    Nov 15, 2006
    Western SD
    Do what I do - use the restart feature, and right after it restarts pull the power. It's as close as you can really get...
  11. Pab Sungenis

    Pab Sungenis Member

    Apr 13, 2002
    Vineland, NJ
    It's safer to move a hard drive when it's not spinning.
  12. CCourtney

    CCourtney Member

    Mar 28, 2006
    El Dorado...
    I hate having to pull the plug to power off the unit, but TiVo isn't the only one - most DVRs (and VCRs for that matter) never power off, they are put in a standby mode which disables the video output but doesn't stop recordings even ones like the SA8300 HD. Only like other AV Equipment TVs, AV Receivers, DVD Players, HTPC's, etc all have the ability to fully power down before unplugging the devices from the wall.

    VCR's it's not a big deal as there's nothing really to be damaged by pulling the cord when it's in standby (recording setup is stored in EEPROM or some sort of static memory that doesn't require external power and wont be erased/corrupted by yanking the power cord.)

    DVRs are more like PC's, you do have a HDD that you're potentially recording to when you have the device in Standby mode. It could be downloading guide data from the head end. And other potential activities. HDD should quickly 'park' the head when power interruption is detected, but this still gives me a bad feeling.

    The reality is TiVo and other DVR makers seem to have done a fair amount of due diligence and making sure there is no ill effects from yanking the power cord with the unit powered on (whether in standby mode or not) but it still makes me feel uneasy doing it.

    A button on the back that would allow the board to take things down in stages would be nice. But not given that a simple I/O switch in the back to physically disconnect the AC from the power supply would be effectively the same thing as pulling the plug, but I'd still prefer that as the transients are much shorter lived with that type of scenario.
  13. ZeoTiVo

    ZeoTiVo I can't explain

    Jan 2, 2004
    A power button on the remote is a bad idea - what if it is pressed accidentally right in the middle of a favorite show recording

    a power button on the TiVo also offers the same chance for bad timing - though obviously with less chance depending on where it is located.

    I assume a shutdown feature is not in the menu as that is more parts in the TiVo to faccilitate an APC shutdown. EG - need something better than the cheap unshielded power supply in there now. Cost to make is always high on TiVo's priority list.

    So TiVo saves some manufacturing money and we all pull the plug. Ironically I bet we would see more angry threads if there was a shutdown feature when someone did accidentally power off the Tivo ;)
  14. bizzy

    bizzy New Member

    Jan 20, 2004
    Why not have one that works exactly like the restart function- thumbs down three times, then enter?

    Even without a full power-off, if it halted the OS and left me at a screen that said 'Its now OK to pull the plug' I'd be much happier..
  15. mick66

    mick66 Dirty Burger

    Oct 15, 2004
    The 'verse
    Tivo hard drives don't spin when they are unplugged.
  16. bdlucas

    bdlucas Right side up again.

    Feb 15, 2004
    I'd be irked beyond belief (or more accurately beyond opening my wallet :)) if doing a shutdown made one iota of difference, meaning that it wasn't robust against power failure.
  17. Krenath

    Krenath New Member

    May 14, 2002
    Dunno about dogs, but the TiVo UI sounds drove me crazy back when I bought my Series 1 a majillion years ago.

    Haven't turned 'em back on since and disabled them first thing when I bought the S3.
  18. Bodie

    Bodie Member

    Mar 12, 2003
    S1's had a standby button. Tivo got rid of it, presumably because all standby really does is turn off the video output (and apparently EBS messages, I haven't seen one of them in ages though).

    The sounds aren't that bad, at least they are rather short duration. My wife doesn't even say "fast forward" anymore, she just makes the sound herself when I'm not paying attention and a commercial comes on...

    SCSIRAID Active Member

    Feb 2, 2003
    Vero Beach, FL
    LOL!! My wife does exactly the same thing.... If I dont immedietely start to FF she looks at me and says padoop padoop....
  20. Bodie

    Bodie Member

    Mar 12, 2003
    Now that's funny right there!

    Should we start a poll: How many people "talk" in Tivo-sounds? LOL

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