How-To Upgrade your TiVo

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

  1. Jan 31, 2002 #61 of 1590
    hinsdale

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    If its a single large primary partition on your drive then you will use hda1.. however if you have other partitions or the destination is other than the first primary partition on the drive then you will make adjustments. Run fdisk to display your partition table and then make adjustments as necessary based on the partition info.
     
  2. Feb 1, 2002 #62 of 1590
    Agent86

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    Hey everyone,

    My AT&TiVo came in today and I am looking to upgrade it.

    Can someone please tell me how to boot the floppy in "noswap" mode? I can't figure that part out.

    Thanks!

    - Agent 86
     
  3. Feb 1, 2002 #63 of 1590
    kstuart

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    So, if "C:\" is the first partition on my hard drive (of 2 total partitions on the HD), and it is FAT32, then even though I am running WinXP, I should be able to follow the normal directions. Is that correct?
     
  4. Feb 1, 2002 #64 of 1590
    Agent86

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    kstuart: Yes. You're ready to roll! :)

    I might be wrong, and you might want to wait up for someone else to answer. But as far as I know, the mounting commands will mount the first partition on the drive. In this case, yours is FAT32.

    Since you are just backing up, if it doesn't work, you'll know. When you mount the drive per the instructions - just do the following

    cd /mnt/dos
    ls

    If that looks like your C drive, you are all set!

    - Agent 86
     
  5. Feb 1, 2002 #65 of 1590
    uclamz

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    Hi Out There...

    I have already successfully backed-up, restored, blessed and upgraded my Sony Standalone using the Hinsdale guide by adding an 80gig.

    Now, I am attempting to upgrade both of my DirectTivos ... One is the Sony the other a Philips.

    Using the same exact process, as all of my units are factory single drive units, I have run the MFSTools 1.1 backup. Then I attempted to restore it and I am stuck in the endless "Powering Up" loop.

    I've tried it with both DirecTivos and no dice! Same thing. I've tried it about 5 times each .. checking and double checking all cables, connections and jumpers .. with no success. I know I did everything right as I was able to upgrade the Sony stand alone without a problem.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks
    -Mike
     
  6. Feb 1, 2002 #66 of 1590
    SteveSD

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    Hi everybody -

    I've got a Philips HDR112 and a Maxtor 120 GIG 5400 RPM drive that I want to install as my "B" drive. The computer I'll use for the upgrade has only a SCSI CD-ROM which can boot from the CD (the IDE CD ROM is dead). Is there any reason why I can't run the programs from the SCSI CD reader? Do I need to copy the programs to floppy and boot from floppy?

    My Tivo "A" drive and new "B" drive can still be connected using the IDE bus as master/slave.

    Thanks all for your input - this forum is awesome!
     
  7. Feb 1, 2002 #67 of 1590
    hinsdale

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    You will most likely have problems with the SCSI cd-rom. If you look at Step 4 of the How-to you will find very simple floppy instructions to perform the upgrade of your standalone (almost as easy as using the Boot Cd).
     
  8. Feb 1, 2002 #68 of 1590
    Agent86

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    Just wanted to drop the forum a line to say that my AT&TiVo upgrade was successful. I added a 120GB drive.

    I followed Hinsdale's instructions, with the changes PoopBeast posted, and it was easy as pie.

    I did need to purchase a longer ATA66 cable.

    - Agent 86
     
  9. Feb 2, 2002 #69 of 1590
    disco

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    I used the Hinsdale How-To, too :))), and upgrading my 14 hr TiVo to a 94 hr, was easy. Thanks!
     
  10. Feb 2, 2002 #70 of 1590
    jeremy Parsons

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    Hi Thanks for an excellent piece of documentation I upgraded my
    40GB system single drive to 2 x 120GB Maxtor Daimondmax Hard Drives giving me 84Hrs Best Quality and 299 basic.

    A couple of points came to mind.

    The computer was a P III and needed a BIOS upgrade to recognise the hard drives

    The harddrives needed the utility downloading to disable the power monitoring

    i experemented with the maxtor noise setting (downloaded util)quite settings and quite gave the best noise settings (you would expect it to) and tivo seemed happy with it.

    I ordered the bracket from 9th tee and it arrived within 1 week

    I was able to backup the disk to an image and copy the entire image to the new 120GB A Drive. This took about 1hr on my PIII 600MHZ with 640MB Ram

    This version of the maxtor 540X requires the turbo option to be set to false.

    The quantum drive that came with tivo has a confusing diagram for the jumper settings , downloading the pdf installaiton manual from www.maxtor.com/quantum helped a lot.

    The only thing that I had a problem with was the turbo setting to false. I did not do this initially and the system did not power up , once I made this change everyting worked fine.
     
  11. Feb 5, 2002 #71 of 1590
    puppypuppy

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    If anyone decides to use a Sony Vaio for upgrading a TiVo ... beware.

    I did an upgrade this past weekend and the only significant problem I had was with the enhanced keyboard on the Sony Vaio. The Linux boot cd just does not handle this keyboard properly. The first problem is that the "page up" keys (all three of them) didn't work so it was impossible to scroll back through the boot log to confirm disk sizes. After struggling for about 30 minutes total trying to figure out how I could be reading Hinsdale's instructions wrong, I decided to just run several boots and try to "catch" the data as it scrolled by :(.

    So after about 10-15 boots (I lost count) I did finally get my disk size info so I proceeded on only to encounter my second problem. I logged in only to find that the some of the other minor keys like "delete" didn't work. So after trying to dredge up my rusty UNIX knowledge about how to remap the keys I was about to give up when, in a flash of brilliance, I finally tired a different keyboard thinking "it can't be that can it?!?!?" and "Viola!" all my problems went away.

    Sony Vaio's may be nice machines with lots of slick features but ..... they do a lot of non-standard stuff that can bite one in the butt (even on WindoZZZZZ).
     
  12. Feb 5, 2002 #72 of 1590
    TwinCityTVHound

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    Just wanted to say "thanks" to Hinsdale and all the other contributors here. Thanks to your efforts, I'm now cruising into "sweeps month" with a 106 hr. DirecTiVo.

    Upgrade was easier than easy; took a little longer than estimated, however (ca. 75 mins.).

    Color me overjoyed. Thanks again!
     
  13. Feb 5, 2002 #73 of 1590
    Junon

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    Just wanted to say thanks to Hinsdale for his VERY helpful guide and special boot cd.

    Just about everything went smoothly except that I was upgrading a 2 drive machine that I had upgraded previously to a one drive machine with a much larger A drive. As many people reported, my two drive backup image resulted in an endless reboot loop when I restored it to the new A drive. My solution of course, was to restore a virgin 14 hour A drive image to the new 80gb drive. I lost my season passes and such but I needed an excuse to clean everything up anyway. Once I did that, everything booted as it should.

    I'll probably crack it open again soon so I can use that maxtor utility to quiet down the drive, anyone have any negative experiences with that? Reduces performance or anything?

    Thanks again.
     
  14. Feb 5, 2002 #74 of 1590
    JohnW

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    I'm attempting to upgrade my UK 2 drive Tivo but have run into the problem mentioned earlier in this thread by cyberjef28.
    After using MFSTools to backup and restore to a maxtor 120G drive, I experience a continual booting loop.
    I have tried using MFSTools 1.1 to restore as suggested but still get the same problem.

    Can anyone suggest where I go now??
     
  15. Feb 5, 2002 #75 of 1590
    uclamz

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    Good luck getting anyone to reply to your post. Mine has been up there for a week, and nothing.

    I wish someone would just say, "Nope.. nothing can be done." But I have found this forum to be LEAN ... no, downright worthless ... on information from anyone other than Hinsdale.

    Thanks Hinsdale for your input .. but most others just rehash what you have said.

    This forum really isn't about solving problems, it seems more to be about people not fully understanding what Hinsdale VERY clearly wrote in his help-file.
     
  16. Feb 5, 2002 #76 of 1590
    DaMightyJ

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    I just wanted to say I have recieved help from quite a few people :)
     
  17. Feb 5, 2002 #77 of 1590
    hinsdale

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    This isnt really the thread to post a problem.. most experienced upgraders (who may assist you) have no need to check this thread. I would suggest posting a new thread in the fourm.

    As far as your reboot problem. If Mfs tools 1.1 doesnt solve the problem, some DirecTiVo upgraders have used the System Reset and as it goes down, unplug to powerdown before attempting to create an Mfs Tools backup. This may help with the log files that could be the cause of such a reboot loop. Mfs Tools is not perfect , although I must admit that in my 100+ upgrades I have never run into the reboot loop so may be a PC hardware issue. Try performing the backup/restore without compression (leave the 6 out of the -6so) - you can always use winrar or winzip later to compress when you are ready to burn the image to CD. If all else fails.. Tiger's Mfs Tools has allowed for creation and storage of small backup images that are fairly easily exchanged. You will most likely get some positive results by requesting an image. This forum has some very generous and knowledgeable contributors.. although since the How-To has been posted there havent been nearly as many needing assistance and therefore the numbers of those providing assistance have dwindled also.
     
  18. Feb 5, 2002 #78 of 1590
    uclamz

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    Thanks Hinsdale ...

    Perhaps it is a hardware issue, but I don't think so. I'm a QA Manager and have access to an entire lab of 40 different configurations of PCs. I've tried this, like I said in my post at least 10-15 different times in different systems to no avail.

    As for trying the -6so without the 6 .. that was one of my first troubleshooting attempts as I know compression/decompression can screw things up from time to time .. no go.

    The only thing I do notice is that my two DirecTivo systems were both produced in the last 3 months (Nov 2001) ... a friend of mine here who was able to back up their direcTivo has one that is almost a year older.

    Also .. as for posting this as a separate problem ... tried that FIRST ... I put it up on the main forum and had over 150 views with ZERO replies. I'm sorry, but for the most part on this forum, you are about it when it comes to quality info. Like you said, most of those with any knowledge have left with those who needed knowledge.

    Thanks .. and I'll keep pluggin' away...
     
  19. Feb 5, 2002 #79 of 1590
    JohnW

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    I have just tried the these suggestions (no -6) .

    I still get the boot loop.

    I have posted a new thread hopefully someone will reply with a solution

    Thanks
     
  20. Feb 6, 2002 #80 of 1590
    neonleon

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    I did a back up of a two drive directivo. It has a 30 and a 15 gig in it. I did a restore of the tivo.bak file to an 80 gig quantum/maxtor using mfstool just to test the back up..Now the the drive is reported as a 30 gig drive. I've used qunlock, tried partition magic all to no avail.. I even did a low level format with powermax. How do i get my 80 back ????
     

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