Humax DVD "Saving Failed"

Discussion in 'DVD TiVo Units (Archive)' started by sirrob1, Dec 29, 2004.

  1. Jan 7, 2007 #121 of 130

    Chester_Lampwick Well-Known Member

    Jul 19, 2004
    My luck with Memorex is not good. The DVD-RWs didn't work at all. I had a 100 spindle of DVD-Rs and had 6 or 7 coasters. They sound like a truck idling when burning. Same with Fujifilm and TDK DVD-Rs. Maxells are great though.
  2. Jan 8, 2007 #122 of 130

    DrKaraoke New Member

    Mar 5, 2005
    Because it would be easy to figure out if the lid were open. :D
  3. DrKaraoke

    DrKaraoke New Member

    Mar 5, 2005
    I've been conducting several burns looking for a common point on these burn problems which I have not seen posted here (I've gotten around the 1.15 firmware issue). I have set my TX20 on the "medium" setting for quality (next to lowest). I can successfully record anything by itself or in combination with another show as long as the disk usage does not reach 50% (approximately 2 hours on this 4 hour setting). The same shows record by themselves or in combinations that do not reach 50%. This has been a common (and the only common) situation with all of my burns, even at other levels of quality. That is to say that I believe if you reach 50% of DVD disc capacity at any level, the burn will end in an error. This involves only DVD-R's, the RW's do not seem affected by this. Someone with more programming knowledge than i will have to figure out why.

    This makes me think that this is a software issue, I assume with TiVo. I'm going to contact them with this information. I'd be interested in your results if you try this.

    Follow up:

    OK, I've tried several Value Disc DVD-R's and they are burning 100% in two different units so far. One has 1.15 firmware. Seems like it might be a media problem. Got these "Value Discs" from a friend since i was out of DVD-R's (previous were Memorex). Hope I can find more if this holds true. :rolleyes:
  4. charmster

    charmster New Member

    Mar 30, 2007
    another failure report ---

    i have a Series 2 Tivo, a Toshiba RS-TX60. a couple of weeks ago i started having the same problem of saving to DVD failing.

    in my case the problem is associated with the program i'm trying to save. a particular program causes the problem if it's included in the "mix", or even if i try to save it by itself. saving of other programs works fine. several episodes of Battlestar Galactica are unsaveable, as is one episode of Inuyasha. the episodes all seem to play fine.

    i'm using the same type of media i was before, which is FujiFilm 8X DVD-R. the system is shown at Software Version 8.1-01-2-565 and the DVD Firmware as DVD-RW DVR-108RZ 1.15.

    i guess i'll go buy some TDK media and see if that fixes the problem. you'd think if the Tivo was that particular that the DVD save screens would remind you that TDK is the only supported media.

  5. jjmg

    jjmg New Member

    Feb 3, 2002
    Hm. I was hoping to try the pause - 5 - 7 dance but the instructions don't seem to match the way my Humax works. They say specifically to press pause when the Humax first comes on and the DVD light is red. and then to let go of pause when the two lights come on orange.

    Unfortunately for me both lights come on orange from the first moment the Humax comes on. There is no time (during startup) when just one light is red.
  6. Jul 4, 2007 #126 of 130

    bird-mom Lady Beatrice

    May 6, 2005
    AZ, USA
    I'm not such a techie as some of you younger people, but I've generally had good luck with my Humax Series 2 TiVo- for over 3 years now. I was just doing a search because I tried a save to DVD-D of 2 French films recently on IFC and TCM -failed 3 times although each was 43% at medium (fine for my 32"TV). It occurred to me that one of those channels may have added blocking software recently. Any comments?

    I also saw that Tivopete has eliminated the commercials before copying- would like to know his wiring setup- back in the start of pre-cable days (ON-TV etc) I gave guys instructions and diagrams to block stuff for their kids. I'll be 70 this year and still love all kinds of stuff-hard for my 2 TiVos to figure out.
  7. fdelia

    fdelia New Member

    Feb 17, 2011
    A while back I started getting Saving Failed errors, Your program(s) could not be saved because of an internal error. I read this thread where people were experiencing similiar problems. I tried several things without success: 1) restarting recorder through the message and settings menu, 2) Hard Reset: unplug phone cord and power cord from the back of the recorder for 10 minutes 4) While doing a hard reset, I followed pushing the pause button with the only the DVD light became red, release the Pause once both HDD/DVD lights are both orange then punch in numbers 5 and 7 (No success, it did say it found a problem and would try to fix it could take 3 hours, it took 15 minutes) but still could not copy recordings to DVD 3) Different DVD-RW recording media: Office Depot brand (0% saved), Memorex brand (0% saved), Imation (11% saved). I finally got repeatedly good recordings using TDK-RW media (100% saved!!!) Wish HUMAX was more forthcoming with solutions to this problem. I haven't been able to save recorded programs for quite a while. Hope this post will help someone else and save them considerable time and end in success. I know I'm smiling now:)
  8. tiv0pete

    tiv0pete Member

    Oct 26, 2006
    If some channels are using the Macrovision copy protection signal to prevent burning their content to DVD, just buy yourself a Macrivision filter if you can afford it, and hook it between your signal source and your recorder. See my post elsewhere about that.

    Re: editing out the commercials, it's been so long since I owned a Humax TiVo that I can't even remember whether they had any decent editing capabilities or not. I may have been referring to either my Toshiba or Radio Shack boxes (both of which still work fine, btw, after burning hundreds or thousands of disks). They both have good editing capability--especially the Toshiba--that allows me to remove commercials and then join the commercial-free parts back together in sequence. It's handy because it also makes it possible to get a single over-two-hour-long program/movie onto a single DVD by removing the commercials.

    And btw, for anyone who thinks this or other posts by me in this thread are OT, let me remind you that I was demonstrating the good points about alternatives to owning those balky Humax boxes, in case the original poster could return the unit and get their money back and buy something else. Unfortunately, the content producers/providers have since intimidated the DVR industry so that no DVD recorders w/built-in hard drives are made in the U.S. any longer. I believe the only one you can buy is a cheap one sold at Wal-Mart, etc., that's made in China. But the DVD burning portion is really balky. I bought one a while ago but returned it for a refund. I'll just try to keep my Toshiba and Radio Shack boxes running as long as possible.
  9. TiVoEvan74

    TiVoEvan74 Active Member

    Sep 11, 2004
    I was running into this problem last month (see another thread on this) and found that a massive deletion of recorded shows did the trick.

    I even tried one of those DVD cleaner products, but it doesn't work for this ($20--not worth it--or at least to solve this problem).

    After doing that, I was able to record on DVDs that had been unrecordable before (I always buy DVD-RWs just in case). I have some different brands floating around and was going to try something new (Ridata worked fine in the old days, Memorex, too).

    I would definitely avoid generic-- not because they won't work--they sometimes do, but because they come looking pretty beat up, dusty, even fine scratches. They look like rejects from quality DVD production runs. It's not as bad as I'm making it sound (you have to hold the DVD at a certain angle), but I will never buy them again.

    I'll keep the TDK in mind in case my Toshiba or Humax start acting up. (Humax has never had an issue; it was the Toshiba.)
  10. tiv0pete

    tiv0pete Member

    Oct 26, 2006
    FYI, I've always had good luck w/Taiyo Yuden brand DVD-R. I found a site where I could buy 1,000 in bulk for about 25 cents apiece. They work fine in all the DVD recorders I've ever had. The only problem w/my Toshiba is that I really need to use a cleaning disk fairly often, otherwise it might start rejecting disks. But if I keep the lens clean, there is never a problem.

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