Humax DRT800 Owner's Club

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

  1. Puttchen

    Puttchen New Member

    Jan 14, 2005


    Just got off the phone with Humax who was very helpful. They told me that it is a common problem with DVD players in general that the laser just goes bad. He told me to buy the DVD cleaner with spray preferably and if that didn't work, it's the laser. I'm hoping this works and will post again after I verify this. I AM now able to play regular store bought DVDs, just not burn DVDs or play the DVDs that were burned with the Humax. He said that was because the bought DVDs are a different format than the burned ones. We'll see...
  2. birdman3

    birdman3 New Member

    Jan 16, 2011
    Hey all, I just inherited a DRT800 with a lifetime subscription from my father-in-law. After plugging it in, it is getting hung up on the Starting Up screen, which seems to indicate a dead hard drive. After running seagate's seatools, drive has 58 unfixable errors. Next step is to try the MFStools drive repair. If that doesn't work, I assume the next best thing to do is to get the $20 InstantCake cd. I know I am a there another option that makes sense?
  3. birdman3

    birdman3 New Member

    Jan 16, 2011
    Just finished with the dd_rescue from MFSTools and it seems to have just time to make a backup in case it happens again. Also have to check to see if the extra space in the new hard drive has registered.
  4. Feb 4, 2011 #924 of 962

    jhend67 New Member

    Jul 20, 2010
    My DRT800 is having trouble changing to channels 121 through 139 on a Motorola DCT 2224. The DRT800 is 7 to 10 years old and has always worked well with the same Motorola DCT2224 until now. The DRT will input the channel and it will show up on the cable box but after about 1 second the cable box display shows the channel changing up or down. This continues until it gets up to channel 140 or down to channel 120. I have covered up the Motorola IR Receiver with foil based on my readings of other post but it had no effect. I can get to the channels if I bypass the DRT800 and just use the cable box with its remote.
    DRT800 connected with serial cable to Motorola DCT2224. My Cable provider in Wisconsin is Charter.
    Any Help would be appreciated.
  5. gauctituetbal

    gauctituetbal New Member

    Feb 15, 2011


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  6. chakk

    chakk New Member

    Mar 27, 2008
    You don't mention in your inquiry if you are changing channels on the Motorola DCT2224 with a serial cable or IR blasters. I've heard that some providers are doing firmware updates of their cable boxes (such as yours) that disables the serial cable approach for reliably changing channels. The only workaround I've heard so far is to switch to IR blasters. Or maybe see if you can replace the Motorola box with another model that still supports serial cable?
  7. dj999

    dj999 New Member

    Nov 30, 2009
    I am having the same problem changing channels. I have a Humax series 2 and a motorola cable box provided by comcast. The cable box has a serial port and I have tried to use either the serial cable or the IR blaster. Both methods give the same problem: A few seconds after the channel is changed, it will jump up one channel. The Tivo shows (on the TV) the channel to which it was supposed to switch but the signal from the comcast cable box (and the display on the cable box) is the wrong channel and the recorded program is the wrong program. What is even more peculiar is that very often, after the recording is finished, the cable box switches automatically to the correct channel (the one it was supposed to switch originally). This happens often when I set up a recording to start at a specific time. If I use the Tivo remote to change the channel, the cable box goes to the correct channel and the problem occurs very rarely. Sometimes the cable box will interpret only one of the digits sent by the Tivo and also go to the wrong channel. Also in this case, The Tivo shows (on the TV) the channel to which it was supposed to switch but the signal from the comcast box (and the display on the cable box) is the wrong channel. The peculiar behavior started a few months ago and I have been told that it happens because comcast changed their software to all digital. I am not convinced with this explanation since it does not explain why the IR blasters do not work properly either. Comcast changed the cable box twice but the problem persists. Is there anybody who found a way around this problem.
  8. PuxicoRG

    PuxicoRG New Member

    Feb 26, 2011
    I've been looking for the answer to this question with no luck.

    I have an old Humax Tivo (40 hr) with a lifetime subscription. It's just been sitting in my basement for teh last 3 years doing nothing right now, but I'm considering turning off Dish Network and just going with an antenna. BUT I'm not willing to give up on HD TV recording.

    I know I could install a larger hard drive in the unit, but is there a way to install an HD tuner on the old girl?
  9. ThreeSoFar

    ThreeSoFar FourNow...WaitFive

    May 24, 2002
    Use your current lifetime to upgrade to a new Premiere. You may have to have it "call home" first, not sure. The Premiere lets you do two tuners worth of OTA HD goodness. Upgrade it with a cheap $80 2TB drive (see Premiere upgrade thread), and it's 300 hours of HD goodness.

    The upgrade offer should be c. $470 for a lifetimed Premiere.
  10. CuriousMark

    CuriousMark Forum Denizen

    Jan 13, 2005
    you can get a CECB (I think that is what they are called) converter box at Radio shack or Best buy. It will pick up the digital signals and output them as standard definition signals to your DVR using red, white, and yellow cables. The DVR can change channel on the CECB using the IR blasters. You can get guide data too.

    You may want to call TiVo and see if the lifetime is still good. I recall some discussion about possibly losing it if the unit does not connect for six months. I could be very wrong about that, and hopefully I will be corrected by the next poster if I am.
  11. Mar 6, 2011 #931 of 962

    ilovereality New Member

    Jan 22, 2007
    1st I've heard of that. I've seen posts from people that have turned them on after more than a year and they still worked - but I don't have an 'official' post to point to.
  12. MrSinatra

    MrSinatra New Member

    Oct 20, 2009
    hi guys,

    i just got a DRT800 off ebay, that does NOT have a lifetime sub.

    i already have an XL and a series2 both with lifetime subs.

    my idea was to get this so i could xfer stuff from them to the 800 to burn to dvd, and to set up a third set as a place to watch what the other two have.

    will i run into any problems with this? i was told i would not need any kind of subscription with the DRT800 to do this, is that correct?

    thx for any replies!
  13. classicsat

    classicsat Astute User

    Feb 18, 2004
    Ontario Canada.
    The Humax DVD recorder models need a sub to do much of anything.

    You cannot transfer over network and write to DVD. You can only make DVDs from "locally" recorded content. On any model TiVo, network transfers require it have an active full subscription.
  14. iwbyte

    iwbyte Member

    Dec 2, 2002
    @MrSinatra - your only workaround would be to hook the output cables of the other DVRs to the input RCA jacks on the HUMAX and record it that way - it would be real-time, and certainly won't match the quality, but it may work. I'd only do this as a last resort since its pretty clunky.

    We did it for transferring video from our mini-tape camcorder to the HUMAX, then to DVD.

    I don't know if it will work w/out a subscription, tho.
  15. shwru980r

    shwru980r Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2008
    Look for another used one online with lifetime service and keep this one for spare parts.
  16. bajabingo

    bajabingo New Member

    Jul 12, 2011
    i want one
  17. Hank

    Hank AC•FTW TCF Club

    May 31, 2000
    Boston, MA
    I'll sell you mine. Works perfectly. Needs subscription. Make me an offer.
  18. nlazarow

    nlazarow New Member

    Nov 25, 2005
    Got a HUMAX DRT400. Has anyone else had problems with the unit
    crashing during a DVD write? Is it a power supply problem?
  19. nlazarow

    nlazarow New Member

    Nov 25, 2005
    My (Series 2 DRT400) box has an s-video input on the rear, so HD channels can
    be transmitted from the cable box to the tivo that way.
  20. Hank

    Hank AC•FTW TCF Club

    May 31, 2000
    Boston, MA
    I'm pretty sure that s-video and HD are two completely different things. These HUMAX tivos (in fact, all "Series 2" tivos) only know about SD video, so regardless of the incoming s-video signal, it will only record and playback SD video.

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