Humax DRT800 Owner's Club

Discussion in 'DVD TiVo Units (Archive)' started by deputydog95, Nov 23, 2004.

  1. cdeckert219

    cdeckert219 technogeek

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    I've burned about 200 DVDs using Sony (-R) media on my DRT400 with very few problems. The problems were caused by a bad file, not media. I tried using generic discs and the failure rate was horrible.
     
  2. eloquintet

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    i am thinking about buying a drt 400 from weaknees and am not sure if i should buy a refurbished or new one. there is a big difference in the price and i want to know what is the catch. this would be the first drt 400 i purchase so on one hand i'm not sure how much money i want to invest. i think i would like to have 80 hours of recording time and think it's best to buy the extended warranty. i'm just contemplating buying a refurbished one with 40 hours recording without warranty to try it out or just plunge in and buy a new one with 80 hours and warranty. does anyone have any advice?
     
  3. gulbane

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    I have the Humax DRT 400. It has always played copies of DVD's that I have made with my PC.

    Magically, suddently, miraciously, it has ceased to playback these copies. I put the disc in, it loads, and I get a message that the disc I have inserted is not in a valid format. Dozens of discs that USE to work now don't.

    Amazingly, it WILL play 'real' DVD's purchased from stores as well as it's own DVD copies made by the Humax.

    What could have happened? I have rebooted and it still doesn't play these discs....
     
  4. azitnay

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    Personally, I wouldn't invest too much more money in SD technology, so if the price difference is that great, I'd go the cheaper route.

    Regarding the larger hard drive, if you're at all proficient with computers, you can drop a new hard drive in without too much trouble. This is often a much cheaper route than paying someone else to do it.

    Regarding the extended warranty, the main thing that goes bad is the hard drive (although that's certainly not the only thing that can go bad). Since it's so easy to replace, I don't see a ton of value in the warranty.

    Drew
     
  5. eloquintet

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    ok so my first question is what is sd technology? and how does it differ from the current technology? i see sd memory cards but that looks camera related, not sure i know what you mean. i know this unit has been around for awhile and newer maybe better technology may be available. this doesn't mean it works better and less people know the tricks to getting it to work as it should so in some ways it can be more of a pain having the latest gadget. i'm pretty proficient with computers so i think i will take your advice and just buy the 50 dollar unit and playing with it. i was looking for a way to bring recordings on the go with me but i have been seeing more complaints than praise regarding this technology so I'm not sure if it's reliable yet. i was looking at the archos models in particular but it's hard to tell on forums what type of people you are dealing with. some people know how to troubleshoot or figure out workarounds while others expect a device to work the way they invisioned it and do so out of the box which is often not the case. i will ponder this for awhile thanks

    dan
     
  6. azitnay

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    Sorry, I was referring to standard-definition TV (as opposed to high-defiintion TV). If you haven't gone HD yet, Series2's like the DRT400 are still fine machines. If you have, you probably won't be happy with the picture you get from them.

    Regarding taking recordings on the go, TiVoToGo coupled with TiVo Desktop Plus (a $25 add-on to the free TiVo Desktop) works very well in conjunction with many portable media players, such as my Blackberry 8820 and my fiancée's iPod Video. There are, of course, free ways to convert TiVo recordings to formats compatible with such devices.

    Drew
     
  7. eloquintet

    eloquintet New Member

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    yeah i just got a job in nyc and take the train to work everyday and am looking for a device that would do the following:

    telephone
    at least 10gb for music
    maybe 20 gb for video

    i would like to have some internet capabilities but there is no signal in the train so that's kinda useless.

    i was looking at slingbox but think you need a signal for this so i think i would need to transfer recordings to a device.

    so you are saying you can transfer video to your blackberry. could i do this with the humax and tivo to go and if so how?

    i basically need an upgrade for my phone, dvr setup and mp3 so i'm trying to figure out what device might be able to do everything.

    the iphone just doesn't have enough storage for my needs and i don't feel like it offers enough bag for it's buck.

    i was looking into the blackberry/ pda route but don't really know that much about these.

    any recommendations?
     
  8. azitnay

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    Yes, you can transfer recordings from the Humax to your computer via TiVoToGo and TiVo Desktop. You have to then convert the recordings from TiVo's format to a format recognized by your portable device. If you purchase TiVo Desktop Plus for $25 from:

    http://www.tivo.com/mytivo/domore/tivotogo/windows.html

    you'll end up with an application that can transfer recordings to your computer and convert for use with your portable device automatically. You can then copy the recordings to your portable device. There are certainly free methods to perform the conversion, but I can't speak for any of them.

    As for what device to get, I can only speak for the ones I've personally used: my BlackBerry 8820 and my fiancée's iPod Video.

    My BlackBerry 8820 only has 64MB of internal memory (obviously not very useful for video), but it has a microSD slot that can be used for expansion. I currently have a 6GB microSDHC card in mine. I believe the largest-available microSDHC card is currently 8GB. (although 12GB cards are due out soon, and 16GB cards should be out by the summer). Not quite the 30GB you're aiming for, but I'm not sure you're going to find many phones that have more (could be wrong though). Of course, I've found that an hour of video only takes up about 350MB, so 8GB could still hold over 20 hours of video.

    My fiancée's iPod Video has 80GB of storage space... But since it doesn't include a phone, it's probably a non-starter for you.

    So, I don't personally know of a device that satisfies all your criteria, but perhaps someone else does.

    Drew
     
  9. Feb 5, 2008 #849 of 962
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    There have been a lot of posts about replacement DVD Burners for DRT400/DRT800 (Humax) and Toshiba RS-TX20/RS-TX60 TiVos.

    If you are looking for a factory replacement and don't want to search eBay or online, we have decided to offer a coupon code for TiVo Community readers to take $40 off the cost of the factory burner (bringing the cost of the burner down to $59 shipped if you install the part). For now, we're making the coupon expire 6/30/08, but if you're reading this after the expiration, send us an email and we'll see if we can help.

    Coupon code is "TIVOBURNER" (no quotes). Enter it below the checkout buttons on our website.

    Here's where you'll find the product:

    Replacement TiVo DVD Burners

    I know there are a lot of threads out there discussing burners; I'll post this in the Toshiba thread, but none of the burner threads. Feel free to pass it along or link here if you think it will help someone else.
     
  10. mmmelpomene

    mmmelpomene New Member

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    Anyone else discover lately that NO brands of media work to burn, starting just recently?

    I've been through every brand I can buy in-store at Staples (Sony, Memorex, Staples' own brand) and a couple spindles of mail-ordered PlayO. First it started burning discs I was told were invalid after completion of the burn, but when I plugged them into my standalone DVD player, they played fine. Then all of a sudden, nothing works. With my last 2 spindles, for the majority discs have burned no problem, and then all of a sudden got complete and total fail rate after 40 or so out of 50 discs on the spindle. Just tonight I got new sets of TDK -R16X and Taiyo Yuden -R8X, both act like they're saving until it hangs on "Saving 0%" for several minutes and then finally quits with a "saving failed, internal error". (Which I'm sure I've seen before, but not for a long time.)

    I've tried restarting, cleaning everything out of the saved programs folder, resetting suggestions, re-running guided setup. Bought a replacement dry-brush DVD cleaner when the audio instructions on the first one "skipped", thinking it was scratched and causing more damage, ran the replacement cleaner disc 10-12X with only a tiny improvement (I was able to get a partial burn which then quit with the "saving failed"). I'm tempted to try Verbatim before giving up entirely, but my place is starting to look ridiculous with all the mail-order-only useless spindles (I don't have a burner on my computer). Oh, and it can still play any manufactured discs it wants, including Netflix.

    Anyone experiencing the same problem lately? Or have any hints/suggestions as to what else I might try? It would be appreciated.
     
  11. oldradio99

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    That is exactly what my machine was doing before a complete DVD burner failure. In fact my unit is at Weaknees for a burner replacement right now.
     
  12. mmmelpomene

    mmmelpomene New Member

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    Thanks for the independent confirmation. Looks like it might be Weaknees for me too....
     
  13. netserf57

    netserf57 New Member

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    recently started a Tivo Shuffle - I bought a Tivo HD and put it where I had a Humax installed then moved the Humax to my BR. After wiring it up and plugging it in, I did not see the Tivo screen though the unit booted - I kept seeing the Cable Box as a pass through The BR video is using RF cause the TV only has that. The previous used component

    is there a way to reset to have Humax Tivo detect the video out setting?
     
  14. azitnay

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    The Humax doesn't have an RF output, it only has RF passthrough. So, you will have to purchase an RF modulator (if you don't already have one), and connect the Humax to the TV using composite cables and the RF modulator.

    Drew
     
  15. JCB1

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    David (or anyone else) -

    It looks like after 3 years my DVD recorder has given up the ghost - it actually has done pretty well since I record a couple of DVD-RW's everyday to watch in my office while I am working -

    You say that to replace the DVR is easy but you need "fancy secure screwdriver heads you can buy from Sears" - just wondering what type of secure screwdrivers I will need so I can buy them before I tear everything apart!

    It will be kind of scary to open it up - if something goes wrong I would have to watch TV without Tivo and I am not sure I could handle that after all these years!

    Thanks -

    John
     
  16. azitnay

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    You will need Torx screwdriver heads to work with TiVo units... If you have a screwdriver set, you may already have them. They look like this:

    [​IMG]

    If not, plenty of places sell them... I think T10 and T15 are the sizes typically needed for work with TiVos.

    Drew
     
  17. Gerhard

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    What is the latest version of the Tivo OS for the Humax DRT800?

    The hard drive went on a friends unit and I just built a new one using instantcake. However, the OS is 7.2, and I'm wondering if it will update to 9.x?

    Gerhard
     
  18. Claus

    Claus New Member

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    Not sure if it's the latest but I yhave 9.3c-01-2-595
     
  19. azitnay

    azitnay Active Member

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    Yes, 9.3 is the latest... Your unit should upgrade after a few service connections.

    Drew
     
  20. Weapon X

    Weapon X New Member

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    I am not interested in recording HD but is this unit compatible with Direct TV's HD "receiver" to record SD programs?
    I won't be using Direct TVs DVR.......
     

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