How-To Upgrade your TiVo

Discussion in 'TiVo Upgrade Center' started by hinsdale, Dec 21, 2001.

  1. May 11, 2002 #241 of 1590
    hinsdale

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    You will need to unlock the TiVo drive as you mentioned.

    Dont worry about the BIOS recognizing the 120GB drive.. the linux Boot CD should recognize the full size of the drive - check the readouts when booting up the linux disc to verify the size is reported correctly.
     
  2. May 11, 2002 #242 of 1590
    BrianRTS

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    Hmm ok.. booted off a dos floppy.. ran qunlock 2.. got a response back of "Unlock command send, power cycle the machine and check capacity"

    rebooted server and the tivo drive still reads 9MB.


    Ill poke around thre bios to see if there are settings there that could be doing it.,
     
  3. May 11, 2002 #243 of 1590
    BrianRTS

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    woohoo.. never mind.. had to run the command twice for some reason... now on to the rest of the procedure.. thanks for the help hinsdale
     
  4. May 11, 2002 #244 of 1590
    BrianRTS

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    Ok... blessed my 120 gb drive... blesstivo sees it as 111GB.. is this around what everyone else is getting?
     
  5. May 11, 2002 #245 of 1590
    BrianRTS

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    woohoo.. thanks again for all the help guys... I now have a sony svr2000 w/ 49 hours at best qual and 180 at basic! Process went smoothly once I got my own hardware issues banged out. Here is a question tho.. I now have a 30gb "A" and 120 "B". Is it possible to at some time in the future add another 120 gb as the A drive and keep the shows?
     
  6. May 12, 2002 #246 of 1590
    ParadiseDave

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    That's exactly what I got on my 120Gig that was installed yesterday. I also have a 180 hour standalone (Philips) now!

    Dave
     
  7. May 15, 2002 #247 of 1590
    NathanJr

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    TiVo Mad, Tiger, Kazymyr, and Hinsdale, especially: THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!

    I have been lurking around this forum for a long time, wondering if I had what it takes to do one of these upgrades. Your instructions are excellent, detailed, and easy to follow, but I was worried that I could screw up my baby (DSR6K) and be TiVo-less.

    You see, I just spent like three weeks with no TiVo while Phillips was swapping mine out. The withdrawals were horrible (first denial, then realization with lots of tears, then deep depression, and finally the anger stage). While it was gone, I discovered this little corner of the forum and decided that I would take steps on my own to prevent another separation, i.e. upgrade and BACKUP!

    My problem is that I barely qualify to do this kind of thing. I understand most of the BIOS stuff and HD installation, but when it came to the code entries and Linux in general, I was CLUELESS. I can follow directions, but what if something unexpected happened? Luckily, nothing did, and with Hinsdale's instructions in hand and the Upgrade Forum as a fallback, I felt confident that I could have tackled any unforeseen snags.

    The upshot is: I now have a 106hr DSR6k (w/ backup image) AND the gratification of having made it so myself (with your help, of course). Also, I am no longer dependent on the good (but slooooow) people at Philips should I have another HD failure.

    You guys are kings-among-men and I thank you again.

    Mike a.k.a. NathanJr
     
  8. May 16, 2002 #248 of 1590
    Semore

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    Long story short I successfully upgraded my Hughes with a second 80 GB HD and now want to upgrade the original 40GB HD to a 120GB and upgrade the 80 GB B-Drive to 120GB as well.
    I used Mfstools to backup (divorce) the drives, but when I restore the backup to the 120GB A-Drive and reinstall it sticks on the powering-up screen.
    If I connect the original 80GB B-Drive the system boots fine. I then removed the drives and ran the Mfstools script to expand the A-Drive and Bless the B-Drive and it continues to stick on the Almost There Screen. I am assuming I need to start with a virgin Hughes A-Drive to re-upgrade. Can someone either tell me how to fix the above problem or tell me where I can download a Hughes Drive Image.
     
  9. May 17, 2002 #249 of 1590
    llogan

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    Is there any reason whatsoever to save my old hard drives so long as I have the backup image? (i.e. I'm going to reformat them and use them elsewhere)
     
  10. May 17, 2002 #250 of 1590
    hinsdale

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    Some people go under the "belt and suspenders" theory of having a CD backup and hard drive backup, but I hate to see perfectly good drives sitting on the shelf if you have a verified backup image already.
     
  11. May 18, 2002 #251 of 1590
    llogan

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    Yeah, that was my thinking. Going to take the former primary (30 GB) and add it to one of the other tivos to replace a 15. Going to take the former secondary (15 GB) and use it in my computer. of course I'm building a new HTPC so....who knows
     
  12. May 19, 2002 #252 of 1590
    One Way

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    What's an HTPC? A High-Tech PC?

    Anyway, can someone tell me how long it takes for the TiVo System Information to correctly report the newly upgraded capacity? I have a couple of Sony SVR-2000 (standalones) and just tried to upgrade them about ten times. (It was so many times that I have all of Hinsdale's HOW-TO commands memorized!) The first nine times or so, I tried the single drive upgrade with a proper eleven partition backup (v2.5.1). Each time at STEP 11 of Hinsdale's HOW-TO, after putting the drive back inside TiVo the second time, System Information still reports 9-Best/32-Basic hours of capacity. Finally, in frustration, I gave up after simply adding a B drive and System Info still reported 9-Best/32-Basic... grrrr! Even restarting the unit didn't help. I unplugged the unit from AC power and just let it sit for a day. After plugging it back in to AC power, I checked the System Information just out of curiosity, and it FINALLY showed 32-Best/120-Basic!

    Now I'll have to find time to go back and retry the A drive upgrade to see if it takes it properly. However, it's NBA playoff time and finale week in the U.S. My wife is on my case to record all the season finales. I'll probably have to wait until next week to try again. :)

    Anyway, is there a way to see the increased capacity sooner? Or is it just wait and see?

    Also, does anyone have any recommended easy way to gracefully shut down the TiVo instead of simply unplugging it? I felt bad unplugging the unit each time while I was performing those upgrade attempts. I know one way is probably to go through the serial port and tell it to dismount / shut-down. Anyway, thanks for the input, y'all!
     
  13. May 19, 2002 #253 of 1590
    One Way

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    If I may ask another quick topic/question regarding Hinsdale's HOW-TO...

    Is STEP 9 mandatory or just advisory? If you know that the backup you're restoring from is good, can you skip this step in the future and just apply TiVoMad?

    Thanks again!
     
  14. May 19, 2002 #254 of 1590
    llogan

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    One Way, this link will tell you more than you ever wanted to know about HTPCs (Home Theater PCs).

    http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/forumdisplay.php?s=&forumid=26

    In a nutshell, a home theater PC allows you to take incoming video/audio signals from devices such as your DVD player, DirecTivo, etc., enhances the signal and outputs the improved signal to your display device (computer monitor, plasma screen tv, rear projection tv). I personally don't think such a device is warranted unless you have an HD ready TV capable of displaying the higher resolutions.

     
  15. May 20, 2002 #255 of 1590
    threshar

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    This past weekend I put an 80G maxtor drive into my at&t tivo. It went very smoothly except for a couple of snafu's - #1: my 80 pin cable had 39 pin ends. Had to use a normal 40 pin cable. This works, but I am gonna replace with a proper 80 pin cable. It seems to work fine with 40 pin though. #2 - didn't jumper the tivo drive to slave right. read the diagram backwards. oops. but after that I boot up and voila! 143 hours of joy!
     
  16. May 20, 2002 #256 of 1590
    EricG

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    Just finished adding an 80G drive to my DirecTiVo. Man was that easy! Thanks Hinsdale, what a great set of instructions. It took longer to disassemble and re-assemble the PC than the TiVo upgrade.
     
  17. May 21, 2002 #257 of 1590
    One Way

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    Thanks to the link for HTPC, llogan...

    I just wanted to thank Hinsdale for his HOW-TO. It is a great piece of work. It seems like he updated it again today! :)

    Should I ask questions about STEP 9 outside of this thread?
     
  18. May 23, 2002 #258 of 1590
    nmiller855

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    I took the easy way out. I sent my first SAT-T60 to Hinsdale with a pre-purchased hard drive. I already got it back and sent the second one to him. I kept trying to talk myself into doing it myself but the thought of screwing it up was more than I could stomach. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
     
  19. May 24, 2002 #259 of 1590
    granoff

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    Ok, here's a silly question.

    I have a Sony SA SVR-2000 (30 hours), unmodified.

    Is it an absolute, guaranteed, foregone reality that my unit has ONE drive in it?

    I am really tempted to upgrade, the biggest hassle being wrestling the unit out of my A/V cabinet, but I am afraid of what, if any, surprises await me (even with what appears to be a 100% fool proof procedure from Hinsdale).

    Thanks,
    -Mark
     
  20. May 24, 2002 #260 of 1590
    hinsdale

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    100% - SVR2000's have only been manufactured with single 30 or 40GB drives.
     

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