Humax -> Tivo -> Humax TIRED OF IT

Discussion in 'DVD TiVo Units (Archive)' started by Maverik, Aug 13, 2006.

  1. TIV0addict

    TIV0addict New Member

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    My Humax DVD-R Tivo box is slow to respond too. Everything else seems to be working fine, but very slow to bring up the guide and change channels. So are we just SOL.
     
  2. ivyvine

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    Yes, I think it is only for windows, and I believe that Tivo Desktop is also only for windows. If you are using a mac (or any other OS), then I guess keeping your Humax DRT-800 would be the best call...


    And I am not kidding... I got used to watching a small screen with my portable 7inch LCD dvd player, and my laptop is only a 14.4 but its widescreen and I love the quality, it makes up for the small screen big time... If I could afford a 32-37" widescreen LCD tv I would totally get one...
     
  3. TiVoEvan74

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    The Mac does have TiVo Desktop, so we can stream photos, itunes (music only, no video podcasts) to the TV via TiVo.

    Hmm... I've really liked the LCD TVs we've seen in Circuit City. We have a small 13" CRT TV in our bedroom, but it's too small and too far away to read the closed captioning (which we like when the shows are playing songs at the same time there's dialog--whoever thought that was a good idea?). So maybe we should get a 15-17" LCD TV, that is, if they are reasonably priced! If it came on a pedestal it would even lift it up some to be seen more easily over the comforters! Appreciate the feedback.
     
  4. ivyvine

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    Well you should take a look at www.tigerdirect.com as they have really good prices for some items... I don't know how much you would trust a brand that is relatively unknown, as I am not sure I would, but they have some great deals on these items ($699 for a 32inch LCD, and I have seen 37inch models for $600-999 (final price) and sometimes you will get up to $150 mail in rebates for them... We just bought the Magnavox 27inch CRT last September (we only had a 19inch before that), and so I think it's too soon to try and convince my roommate (the one with the cash and lots of credit cards with high balance limits) to splurge on one, as he has mostly stopped watching tv lately, and is living his life on IRC chats every night and weekend... You could also look at the Apple Cinema Displays, as the 20inch is $699 but you would need to hook it up to a computer (mac or PC, the website gives the system requirements) but could be useful as then you have a nice large display for your computer (especially if you have a mac laptop). But then you would also have to deal with graphics cards and tv tuners etc. Dell has LCD TV's (and Plasma's), the smallest LCD they have is a 23inch and it is $699 as well, and its an actual tv, with 1 year warranty. I haven't really looked at many smaller LCD screens to know what the average compared to good price would be, but prices are going down quite quickly, and by next year they should be very reasonably priced for their size... Just remember that if you don't mind the bit of extra cost for graphics and tv tuner, LCD monitors can be the better bet as they can expand and upgrade your computer system as well while tv's can only really be used as tv's...

    I googled the results for "burn tivo programs to dvd for mac" and this link was the second hit listed, it actually tells you how to do this without tivo desktop and even with a series 1 box... The steps if using tivo dxesktop should make it easier as you will already have gotten the files off of your tivo, and there are a few suggestions on what programs to use to burn.. . One person comments that they bought the Humax DRT-800 and how much it simplifies things, so again, it may just be easier to keep that box if you have one, or at least wait until you have a good program and working process of burning your programs before selling it.

    Here is that link... http://www.hitormiss.org/2005/03/07/tivo-to-dvd-via-mac-osx/

    Hope this helps some.
     
  5. TiVoEvan74

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    Wow! Lots of good info. Much appreciated. We'll have to look into the bigger LCD TVs too, and the monitor/TV combos.

    At the end of the thread on TiVos and the Mac is a link to tivotool.

    http://www.tivotool.com/

    Looks interesting.
     
  6. dugbug

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    damn, my humax is doing the same thing. Agonizingly slow response times.

    -d
     
  7. Sniper_X

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    My Humax and all my freinds Humax DVD units are all DOG slow!

    This ballistic approach to software updates (by ballistic i mean shoot it out there without adequate testing) is unacceptable.

    I would overclock this thing if i knew where to start!

    I want to get the HD Tivo but this problem is keeping me from spending the $800 buck to do it, why WOULD I after all it seems that Tivo will simply bog this one down when they get antsy about adding software when this one becomes older.

    I want to roll my unit BACK to 2 years ago!
    it was FAST then.

    this is an appliance! I dont build windows or Myth TVs becuase I want to have a dedicated box that doesnt bog down/crash require mainenance, etc...

    Humax and Tivo have ruined that with this load of software!

    Im NOT getting a HD Tivo only to have it mucked up when Tivo developers get a bright idea to include more ""features".

    Are you listening Tivo?!
     
  8. magnumis

    magnumis New Member

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    My DRT800 is also real slow after the last software upgrade.
     
  9. ivyvine

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  10. tai-pan

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    Mine varies between slow and real slow but is your freezing on a screen for upwards of 2 hours at a time? Mine has twice this weekend.
     
  11. monkeybutler

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    I remember complaining half a year ago that my Humax tivo seemed slow and I've subconsciously trained myself to just work in slow motion. Press the guide button, wait... press down, wait... etc. Combine that process with a completely useless forced comcast cable box and changing channels literally takes minutes. Its sick but i got used to it.

    But here's what got me furious. I visited my dad and his tivo was incredible. I'm sure its no faster than everyone elses but to me it was just amazing that i've been living with a crappy experience for so long.

    This is under warranty with best buy but i want the DVD function and nobody makes something similar. So i'm in the boat where i just want them to fix the problem or upgrade me to something substantially better. Because this thing just plain sucks.
     
  12. bicker

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    My understanding is that TiVo's and Humax's perspective on this is, "Get over it." They're not going to publicly declare that they screwed over thousands of customers. They're not going to do anything in the short term to address it with a hot fix or anything like that. In some unspecified future release they may do something, but no guarantees.
     
  13. TiVoEvan74

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    Does BB sell the Toshiba RX series? If so, and you could swing it, you could return the Human DVD and try the Toshiba. There seem to be fewer complaints about T's model. Or complain enough and get your money back-- or a store credit--perhaps your state has a lemon law of some sort. Then buy a Toshiba DVD from someone else.

    Note: we have both and have experienced no slow down with either... but I do feel your pain. The delays described are inexcusable and the software/hardware should be fixed!

    Ah, I should correct one thing... there are two places where I don't like the response time... the new "feature" where it puts in an X when you delete a show is simply a confusing delay (yes I know I can move along, but if one's not careful one can mess up the cursor location). The other is the time for the guide to show up... but then we virtually never watch live TV and even more rarely use the guide so that doesn't matter.
     
  14. HoustonRage

    HoustonRage New Member

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    I chose "clear settings and programming" and it helped alot. Still hangs a bit when trying to bring up the programming menu. I have read that a complete reset will solve this as well but I have a lot of stuff that I am not ready to lose.
     
  15. rkester

    rkester a rkester says what?

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    The only thing we do have on our side is being able to back eveyrthing up to DVDs.

    Still havent had time to do this myself here. I need to make a list of SPs I wanna keep, backup anything that needs backing up, and reset mine too. But its way low on hte list of priorities right now. Busy schedule, etc keeping me from even catching up on the programming on it ive recorded.
     
  16. monkeybutler

    monkeybutler New Member

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    Has anyone verified this? I have alot of stuff I'd lose, but considering the new tv season is coming up then now is probably a better time than ever to do a reset. IF it works...
     
  17. rkester

    rkester a rkester says what?

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    Too bad there isnt a way to "burn" all of you settings, SPs, etc onto a DVD and restore it on these. Or dump it ot your computer and use it later when resetting it all up.
     
  18. TiVoEvan74

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    Agreed! Being able to capture one's SPs on line or transfer them from one unit to another would be really helpful!
     
  19. monkeybutler

    monkeybutler New Member

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    If anyones interested, i took a quick video of my Humax delay off my camera. It was actually pretty snappy compared to how it usually runs so it seems to run much slower at night during primetime.

    YouTube - Humax Tivo

    I tried to make my button pressing obvious so you see the delay but you can also see the light go off and how long it takes to react. Who knows, maybe this is normal and I'm just whining, but I know all the other Tivo's ive seen are very quick.
     
  20. rkester

    rkester a rkester says what?

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    monkey - while not as slow as some, thats still sluggish. i notice yours seems to be a bit faster than mine when going to the Tivo menu and NPL. I need to try again and compare to your speeds.

    ANyone know if they slealth sneaked a speed fix in on 7.31? seems like mine suddenly got faster one day. Even tho its still about 2-3x behind my S1 in speed. And probably near that to its self when it was new in speed.
     

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