Hacking your Series 2 DTivo just got a WHOLE lot easier...

Discussion in 'TiVo Underground' started by Gunnyman, Oct 16, 2005.

  1. Jan 8, 2009 #11601 of 11850
    Porterx

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    No it isn't. The service connection is failing. I think the service data connection is when the guide data is d/l'ed from the satellite and has nothing to do with the phone line. The service data download is for sending pay per view to directv, i think weekly, via the phone line.

    Porter
     
  2. Jan 9, 2009 #11602 of 11850
    Luv2DrvFst

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    Porter,

    Okay, now I'm totally confused. If it's the Service Connection that's failing (which has nothing to do with fakecall) why are you worried about fakecall? Hmmmm.

    Anyway, the path to your crontab file is:

    /var/spool/cron/crontabs/root (the name of the file is root)

    Check this file to be sure there is something in there like this:

    # Run fakecall every night at 10:20pm cst
    20 4 * * * tivosh /busybox/fakecall.tcl

    If you type:

    cat /var/spool/cron/crontabs/root

    You will get a dump of the file on your screen.

    Hope this helps.

    EDIT: see correction in post #11605 I stated this info backwards
     
  3. Jan 9, 2009 #11603 of 11850
    FentonMcD

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    check the location of fakecall.tcl. Mine is in /enhancements, so I had to substitute /busybox with /enhancements.
     
  4. Jan 9, 2009 #11604 of 11850
    Luv2DrvFst

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    Sorry, my bad. My memory had things backwards.

    There are two types of calls listed in System Information. The first is "Service Connection" and the second is "Service Data Download". Fakecall.tcl is used to fool the FIRST one. The second one is the call to DTV for billing purposes (to use PPV from your remote).

    So, Porter, it's likely that your problem is as FentonMcD stated. Double check the location of fakecall.tcl on your box and be sure the correct path is listed in your cron file.

    Sorry for any confusion I caused.
     
  5. Jan 11, 2009 #11605 of 11850
    Porterx

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    My cron file (root) is in:
    Code:
    /enhancements/varhacks/spool/cron/crontabs
    It thought fakecall.tcl was in /busybox like yours but it was in /enhancements like yours.

    Here's my cron file (root):
    Code:
    # Sample below creates a test file and updates it with current time and date
    # every 5 minutes -- use this for troubleshooting.
    # m h dom mon dow	command
    */5 * * * *	date >> /var/log/cron.test.out
    
    # Wipe the logs every Sunday night at 3:18am cst
    18 9 * * 1 /busybox/wipelogs; echo "`date` logs wiped" >> /var/log/cronlog-main
    
    # Run fakecall every night at 10:20pm cst
    20 4 * * * tivosh /enhancements/fakecall.tcl
    
    # Delete the crond log files every 3 months
    22 9 1 */3 * rm /var/log/cronlog-main; echo "`date` cron logs wiped">> /var/log/cronlog-main
    
    # Delete cron.test.out every night at 3:24am cst
    22 9 * * * rm /var/log/cron.test.out; echo "`date` cron.test.out deleted" >> /var/log/cronlog-main
    
    # Weekly reboots.  Cleans things out for better performance if you have several hacks running
    # Also restarts logs, and allows fakecall to reset the last successful call indicator,
    # so your Tivo won't call home (fakecall doesn't update mfs entries without a reboot).
    # This allows you to keep your phone line connected for callerID and PPV ordering.  
    # Use a forced reboot (no safereboot)
    25 9 * * 1,4 echo "`date` SCHEDULED REBOOT"; reboot >> /var/log/cronlog-main
    
    # Display 0n-screen warning messages before scheduled reboots
    5 9 * * 1,4 cd /var/hack/bin; echo 'SCHEDULED REBOOT IN 20 MINUTES...' | /var/hack/bin/out2osd -c1 -fblack1 -byellow -d3
    15 9 * * 1,4 cd /var/hack/bin; echo 'SCHEDULED REBOOT IN 10 MINUTES...' | /var/hack/bin/out2osd -c1 -fblack1 -byellow -d3
    
    # Make a backup of season passes and wishlists every Sunday night at 3:30am CST
    31 9 * * 1 cd /TivoWebPlus; sh backup_run.sh; echo `date` season pass backup made >> /var/log/cronlog-main
    
    # Delete season pass backups every month to save on space
    29 9 1 * * mount -o remount,rw /; rm -r /seasonpass_backups; ro
    
    # End of crontab
    Does it look ok? Everything in the cron file is where they should be on my tivos. I'm thinking maybe it got messed up because I had to run ptvnet first to get it to see my usb adapter (Xterasys) which wasn't in the zipper, then I ran the zipper to get the hacks.

    Thanks, Porter
     
  6. Jan 12, 2009 #11606 of 11850
    bengalfreak

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    I finally figured this out. After scouring this forum, and the web, in general, and coming up empty handed, I was able to solve the problem by making my CDROM drive the slave and the new Tivo drive the master. Worked like a charm.
     
  7. Jan 12, 2009 #11607 of 11850
    Luv2DrvFst

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    Cron file looks fine. The fakecall command line is correct and the system is set to reboot regularly. If the System Information for Service Connection now shows a successful call then you're ok.
     
  8. Jan 16, 2009 #11608 of 11850
    Phe0nix

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    I have a Phillips Directv Tivo S2 . Two years back i bought a PVT CD for my system and added this image off this cd to the zippper if my memory serves me correct.

    I would like to update my tivo to the latest software. I was looking through the tivo and saw a software version of 6.2 something. I have all the hacks on it that were available 2 years ago. I posted in a different thread as i don't remember my static ip addess and was told i may be able to edit this in the phone settings but this isn't an option in my s/w ver.

    My goal is to update the tivo s/w and defrag the hdd and make an image of it as this drive is the orignal.
     
  9. Jan 19, 2009 #11609 of 11850
    kprinkki

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    I have been working on this for too long, so I need help. I have created an .iso image for Zipper without an Instacake image ~27MB. This CD burns and works great.
    Now, when I go to create an .iso image with Instacake, it will not create a full image and it is only ~12MB. I put the IC6.2 .iso image in the zipper_tools directory and it starts copying the image to the zipper directory, but then it won't make the full .iso file.

    Thanks in advance and any help is appreciated.
     
  10. Jan 28, 2009 #11610 of 11850
    eyepoppin

    eyepoppin Program Default User

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    I have a philips dsr704, i am wondering, is there a way to do the backup and copy all the recorded shows/movies? I want to burn them to dvd.....
     
  11. Jan 31, 2009 #11611 of 11850
    mdawg223

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    New to this...i have series 2 with old version 5.2 i think....anyway to upgrade to 7.2 so i can use my wireless??
     
  12. Feb 8, 2009 #11612 of 11850
    Nidisa

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    Newbie trying to learn how to hack my rca dvr40. I have followed the Zipper instructions to the best of my ability and have run into an issue that I need clarification on please. I followed the unzipping instructions to create the Zipper CD, and my directory does not look like the one shown in the instructions. I have the following

    custom kernels (folder)
    drivers (folder)
    bootpage (file)
    busybox (winrar archive, not .tar)
    gawk (file, not listed in the example shown)
    instantcake-IC2-dvr40-6.2a
    network.tcl
    ptvlba48-4.04DD (ISO file, not a zip file as shown)
    rbautch files (winrar archive, not .tgz)
    rc.sysinit.author
    sapper.sh (not listed in example)
    tivopart
    tweak.sh
    tweark uninstall.sh
    zipper
    Zipper installation instructions
    Zipper Version History




    I have stopped until someone helps me know why this looks so different than the example given at http://www.mastersav.com/tivo_zipper.html and whether I should proceed.

    My second question is : I have purchased a used rca dvr40 with 2 120gb hard drives. Do I complete the zipper installation on both drives? If not, how do I know which drive to use to install the Zipper?


    Thank you for your assistance :)
     
  13. Feb 9, 2009 #11613 of 11850
    Nidisa

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    *bump* Forgive me for the bump, but I'm holding on proceeding with this project 'till I receive your wisdom. Thanks!
     
  14. Feb 9, 2009 #11614 of 11850
    rbautch

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    You should be fine. I expect that your Windows settings have "hide file extensions of know file types" enabled, which is why busybox.tar shows up as only Winrar archive. Also, the ptvlba-48 should be an iso and is indicated as such in the instructions. Run the Zipper on the master drive only.
     
  15. Feb 9, 2009 #11615 of 11850
    Nidisa

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    Thank you for the response :)

    When I right click on the busybox icon in the folder, it does say it is a winrar file. And when I unzip it, it is full of files....none of them are the busybox.tar.

    ??
     
  16. Feb 9, 2009 #11616 of 11850
    qwertypo

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    Hey--- little help. I have a zippered series 2, 6.2; I ran the uninstall, and then reinstalled cause I wanted to remove the chron reboot schedule, was rebooting while recording Conan everynight.

    But now I have a problem, it hasnt scheduled any new recordings past the 19th, since I zippered. I the guide data is missing for most channels(not all surprisingly) after the 18th. I have been watching it for like a week since I re-zippered, hoping it would fix it.

    Any suggestions?

    Oh, and is it possible to stop recording suggestions?

    Thanks!! gunnyman.... you have made my TV for the past 2 years... love this thing.
     
  17. Feb 10, 2009 #11617 of 11850
    bengalfreak

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    You are right clicking on the busybox.tar file. Windows is hiding the .tar extension because you have told it to. If you uncheck the box next to 'Hide extensions for known file types' under folder view options (in the tools menu of winXP) you will see the proper extensions.
     
  18. Feb 10, 2009 #11618 of 11850
    Nidisa

    Nidisa New Member

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    Thanks so much for the assist :)

    Last question: rbautch, you said to run the zipper on the master drive only. How do I know which drive that is inside the tivo please? TIA
     
  19. Feb 10, 2009 #11619 of 11850
    unclemoosh

    unclemoosh I Wish I knew Then..

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    It would be the one strapped as Master and the one connected to the end connector on the ribbon cable.
     
  20. Feb 13, 2009 #11620 of 11850
    Nidisa

    Nidisa New Member

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    Never mind :) I fixed it myself. Now to put the drive into the tivo. *crosses fingers*
     

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