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Discussion in 'DVD TiVo Units (Archive)' started by deputydog95, Nov 23, 2004.
Yeah, it can take input from your HD receiver via either s-video or composite video.
Thanks Drew.....my next question is will it work as the channel changer?
Currently I have it hooked up with Dish Network and the Humax is my channel changer so I am able to utalise all the functions of the "Tivo Central".
If I go with a HD Receiver will I lose the functionality of the "Tivo Central"?
Optimally I'd just like to swap out my receivers and have it work that way with the additional HD channels showing up on the guide but I am a bit troubled over losing the "Tivo Central" (Season pass, to do list...etc) if I upgrade to HD.....
I want the best of both worlds........
Love my Humax DR800, but I've got a problem.
Starting two days ago, I couldn't change channels. Thought originally it might be the cable box, so I replaced it with a new one. Then I found out that I CAN change channels using the cable remote, but can't with the Tivo remote.
So began my journey...
Went through the channel changing sequence several times but could never complete it because it never found a method to successfully change channels.
Checked to see my IR cord was plugged in and IR emitter lined up correctly. Rebooted the Humax. Went through Channel Lists and Guided Set up again. Tried Advanced Set Up using the codes listed for Motorola and three others that Humax suggested with no success.
Since the problem preceded the new Motorola box, I don't think it's related to that. A suggestion was made that it MIGHT be the IR control cable gone bad, but I can't find a way to test it and neither RadioShack nor Blockbuster had one that I could buy (Blockbuster did try and sell me a $100 device that controls lots of things and ought to also respond to my remote, but I passed on that; all I want is a simple IR control cable, and I don't even know if that's the problem!).
I've spoken with Humax support four times, including once when their techie guy called me back directly today (4th of July). Love those people, but I'm still no closer to getting my problem solved. I've sent an email to Motorola to see if they have any other codes I might be able to use on the new box but I'm skeptical that that's the issue, since my problem preceded the new box.
Yes, it will change the channels on the DirecTV box via either the serial or IR cable (which you're presumably already using for your Dish box).
A quick way to see if anything is being emitted by you IR blaster is to observer the LED at the end with a digital camera or camcorder. The light, invisible to your naked eye will show up on the LCD viewfinder. This will only happen on channel changes of course. If this isn't happening, then try a new IR blaster if possible. If that fails the unit will need to be sent out for repair.
I use 10035 medium for a General Instument/Motorola Starchoice satelite receiver. I don't know if that'd be your code or not....
I have a Humax DRT800 and want to connect it to my Comcast HD cable box and to our LCD TV that has R-G-B video inputs and Black and Red audio inputs. I had everything hooked up so I could see the TiVo Guided Setup but when I get to the step where a TV show is supposed to appear in the background, I don't see anything.
Would someone provide me the connections from my Comcast box to the TiVo and the TiVo to the TV? (R-G-B and Black/White) Thanks very much.
You most likely want to connect the red, white, and yellow cables from the output of the cable box to the input of the TiVo. Perhaps this will help:
Depending on what input source you chose during Guided Setup, you may have to repeat Guided Setup to re-choose the input.
I've had an interesting glitch with my DRT800 and a few DVDs lately. The last three DVDs I've had that were shot on digital video, have all had an issue where the bottom quarter of the screen or so flickers and pixelates for pretty much the whole movie...it is still somewhat watchable, but tends to give me a headache. They seem to work fine in my laptop DVD player.
I can't think of any reason that the original source that the movie was filmed in would change the way that the DVD player reads the film, but thought it was too big of a coincidence since "normal" filmed shows haven't had this problem as of yet. (BTW, I'm probably getting the terminology all screwed up, by digital I mean the somewhat lower budget films that look like they were filmed on a digital camcorder, Torchwood and The Fast Runner were 2 of the three and I can't recall the name of the third right now, but they have been spread out over 3-4 months.)
Anyone else ever see this?
Both of those that you can recall are UK productions, perhaps the Humax is having problems with 2:3 pulldownForget that, The Fast Runner appears to be Canadian originally entitled "Atanarjuat". But it still might be pulldown related.
Drew - thanks so much for your suggestion. I connected the Red-White-Yellow outputs from the cable box to the Red-White-Yellow inputs of the Humax. Then what I saw was the Guided Setup Welcome page but it was blurry and scrolling across the TV from left to right. It's possible in all the connecting and reconnecting I've done in the past few days that I blew something in the Humax... Next, I tried connecting the S-Video out of the cable box into the s-Video input of the Humax. No change. FYI: Yesterday, I had also tried to use a HF splitter with the input from the cable line and outputs to the cable box and the Humax. Saw the same srolling Welcome screen. Any more suggestions?
Thanks, I think the other thing was a BBC show as well, so maybe that does have something to do with it. The link was interesting, but my eyes started to glaze over after about 3 lines.
So I just got a used Humax DT800 from my boss as a gift and I spent the last couple of hours setting up a wireless network and setting the machine up, etc. only to find out that it is not a dual tuner. (I wrongly thought all Series 2 TiVos were dual tuners.)
1) Did Humax ever make a dual tuner machine?
2) Can I link this box to my regular old Series 2 Tivo somehow so that I can still record two shows at once AND burn them to DVD?
Thanks for any help.
1 - No.
2 - No. You can use both, and transfer shows from the other to the Humax, but you can't burn them. Really, I don't need dual tuners. Two separate, setups one in the living room and one in the bedroom for example is handier anyway. Just make sure whatever you may want to archive, is recorded by the Humax.
Thanks for the info, Chester. Sucks that I can't burn programs transferred from the Series 2 Dual Tuner to the Humax DRT800... Knew it was probably too good to be true.
The problem I am having now is related to the cable box and HD. The Humax only has component OUT ports, so what do I connect the cable box to the DVR with if I want the best possible quality? S-video? Is what I am watching on my TV even close to HD at that point?
Nothing about the DT Series 2 or the Humax is HD.
DVD video isn't even HD quality.
Anything you record or burn on your Humax is in SD.
And yes, S-video is the best choice available.
The crazy things we'll do in a recession. I bought my first Series 1 in 2001 and used to be quite active here. Anyway, I have a DRT-800 with lifetime service that I haven't used in over 3 years. I'd upgraded all my TVs to HD and have been using SA DVRs. I realized that I only watch network TV when I'm on the treadmill so decided to get rid of the SA box and break out the old DRT-800.
I've got a couple of questions, though. I've read through as much of the forum as possible, but catching up on 3 years worth is quite a challenge, so I appreciate your patience. I've run setup and connected quite a few times to make sure everything is up to date, but stil have the following questions:
1. I'm now running 9.3.2a-01-2-595...is this the most current version I'll receive near-term or should I expect additional updates in the next few days?
2. DVD Drive Firmware Version is DVD-RW DVR-108RZ 1.15. Is this the most up-to-date version? If not, how do I download a more recent version? Never had problems writings DVDs previously, but want to make sure I've got the "latest and greatest" before I try.
3. Am I correct in my understanding that my lifetime service on the DRT-800 CANNOT be transferred to a Tivo HD or any other device? The prices are now quite reasonable to me for the hardware, but I can't stomach just trashing this box and buying lifetime for a new box.
Thanks in advance!!
Just had to say, had my Humax DRT800 since December 24, 2004. Not one problem. ever. Upgraded 2 times, 350gb then in August to 750gb. I love this unit. It is my baby. 2 year magic number does not exist with my Humax. Greatest electronic product I have ever bought. Just wanted to give props to it. Also, what a great tool for converting old VHS tapes into DVD's. So great to be able to turn old family video digital with just a few clicks.
Sounds like the latest to me.
I don't know what the latest version might be, but the typical rule with firmware is "if it ain't broke, don't fix it", which I'd say applies here.
Unfortunately, the window for transferring an existing lifetime subscription to a TiVo HD has long since passed. It's possible they'll make a similar offer in the future, so definitely don't trash it.
I've done some searched but have not found an answer yet. Anyway, I have a Humax DVD burner and wanted to know if I can still record to the dvd if I have terminated tivo service? Will it use the composite or cable inputs or both? I believe it is the 400 model.