Is TiVo going to fix the slowness issue introduced in 7.3?

Discussion in 'TiVo Help Center' started by neilio, Sep 9, 2006.

  1. Oct 2, 2006 #61 of 109

    mtshipp New Member

    Mar 6, 2006


    I have already decided to kick Tivo to the curb once my 1 year "contract" is up. The slowness is unbearable!
  2. Oct 2, 2006 #62 of 109

    Darrelpr New Member

    Mar 28, 2003
    The lack of a response to this issue from any Tivo representative speaks volumes.

    Unless there is a fix for this issue - or at least a public response from one of the Tivo reps who frequent this forum, I plan to replace my two Tivo units (240 and Humax) with a Vista-based media center solution. I am well aware that I'll be giving up the friendliest UI and the appliance-like stability of the standalone Tivo but I refuse to keep paying monthly service fees while the quality of the Tivo "experience" deteriorates with each new OS update.

    In my opinion, Tivo is jumping the shark.
  3. Oct 3, 2006 #63 of 109

    perrykperry New Member

    Feb 16, 2003
    Burbank, CA
    Both my 240 S2 w/300Gb drive and 540 S2 w/200Gb drive are extremely slow since 7.3.0
  4. Oct 3, 2006 #64 of 109

    ayches New Member

    Jan 1, 2006
    For months I thought it was me, but now I'm glad to hear that the problem is tivo related.... They need to fix this
  5. Oct 3, 2006 #65 of 109

    vasilemj Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    Chicago, IL


    To those of you who have been suffering since the latest software rollout I have a suggestion that may accelerate TiVo's response (and acknowledgement) to this issue.

    I handled a similar issue back with the rollout of version 7.2 (remember the "stuttering" problem?) by printing out the entire thread ( and mailing it in to them. Yes, I know that snail mail is frustrating and it may take some work but believe it or not, this simple action actually seemed to get a reply from their "executive support team".

    On page two of the thread you can see the letter that I composed to them and their suprisingly timely response.

    If one or multiple people experiencing this "slowness" glitch follow the same procedure I did (coincidentally, exactly one year ago to the day), this issue may get resolved quicker than expanding this thread one post at a time.

    Customer Support
    TiVo Inc.
    2160 Gold Street
    P.O. Box 2160
    Alviso, CA 95002-2160
  6. Oct 5, 2006 #66 of 109

    cliffdunaway New Member

    Apr 5, 2006
    Richmond, VA
    vasilemj ,

    I just did as you suggested in #65. Heading to the post office now to mail my letter. :)
  7. Oct 5, 2006 #67 of 109

    vasilemj Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    Chicago, IL
    That's great. Hopefully others will follow your lead and maybe, just maybe, we'll get some sort of acknowledgement.
  8. Oct 6, 2006 #68 of 109

    rcorzo New Member

    Nov 24, 2003
    This post would be more helpful if I was able to include the URL in the quote above. Instead you'll have to search the beginning of this thread for unixb0y's post for the actual URL.

    Just wanted to let others know that following the Pause 57 procedure mentioned in unixb0y's post solved the slowness problem for me. I got the green screen that indicated that a serious error was detected and would take three hours to fix. In fact it took less than half an hour (maybe less than 15 minutes) and I didn't lose any recordings, Season Passes, or Wish Lists. I am now getting normal response to my TiVo remote. No more 5-second delays in response to pressing the Info or Guide button, for example, which is what was happening after I got the 7.3.1 update on my Series 2.

  9. Oct 6, 2006 #69 of 109

    MMG early adopter

    Dec 11, 1999
    You are a brave man, sir. Many a TiVo doesn't make it past that green screen of death. (GSOD) Mine didn't and I had to get a new hard drive. :(
  10. Oct 6, 2006 #70 of 109

    alansplace ------ Alan ------

    Apr 30, 2006
    i just did the same with both of my 540s and they finished in about 1/2 hour as well. i can't say that it 'solved' the slowness problem as they're still not a quick as my 649, but they are faster than they were before doing the 'Pause 57 procedure'.
    Alan :D
  11. Oct 6, 2006 #71 of 109

    stevel Dumb Blond TCF Club

    Aug 23, 2000
    Nashua, NH
    My understsanding is that TiVo is well aware of the problem and is working towards a resolution. The difficulty is that there is wide variation, with two seemingly identical TiVos behaving in very different ways, making it hard to track down.
  12. Oct 6, 2006 #72 of 109

    dkirby7 New Member

    Dec 2, 2002
    Kansas City, KS

    Just came to the forum to research this issue. Like many others have reported, I was chalking it up to dying batteries in my remote. However, I just tested the batteries and they were OK. So now I was starting to expect the worst (dying HD) and came to the forum for a little research and solace.

    Looks like I found my solace. Although my S240 is now almost 3 years old, the behavior I'm experiencing seems much more consistent with what is described as post 7.3.1 behavior than HD dying.

    All the same, I think I'm going to put my TiVo into maintenance this weekend and put the HDs through a Spinrite cycle to be certain...

    I can certainly appreciate that the problem is difficult to track down. I do this kind of deep dive support work for my day job at a telecom company... but I'm a little surprised the TiVo (and especially TivoPony) are pretty mum on the subject or in responding to this thread.

    I have to say I've certainly been less and less satisfied with my TiVo as it has grown slower and slower lately. Had I been a new subscriber I may very well have cancelled my service and eBay'd the box. As it is, when my S240 does bite it I'm probably switching to MythTV where I'm a little more in control of software upgrades and their impact, timing, etc...

    An increasingly dissatisfied TiVo owner...
    Dkirby7 :mad:
  13. Oct 7, 2006 #73 of 109

    dbranco Active Member

    Nov 20, 2003
    Thanks for the info, Richard!

    Here's the URL:

    Haven't done it yet; got a bit worried after reading MMG's post...


    edited this post and attempted to fix URL; forum automatically put ellipses in the middle. --->Go to the first tab of this thread and navigate to the 5th posting from the bottom to find the full URL link
  14. Oct 7, 2006 #74 of 109

    NewYorkLaw New Member

    Dec 9, 2005
    New York City
    I'm going to do the same, thanks for the suggestion!
  15. Oct 8, 2006 #75 of 109

    evossman New Member

    Oct 8, 2006
    You can add my Tivo Series 2 to the list of really slow machines. It's getting to be very very annoying.

    I am going to try and mail something out tomorrow.

    I'm getting set to give it the boot and switch to time warner DVR with digital cable, it'll give me an excuse to get an HD tv
  16. Oct 8, 2006 #76 of 109

    spepin Member

    Apr 12, 2002

    The included URL is invalid. Looks like it was truncated. Can you PM it to me?
  17. Oct 8, 2006 #77 of 109

    lafos Well-Known Member

    Nov 7, 2004
    Sioux Falls, SD
    Better yet, repost it, please.
  18. Oct 8, 2006 #78 of 109

    dbranco Active Member

    Nov 20, 2003
    I attempted oto edit my posting to contain the full URL. When editing, it has the complete URL. After saving, it has an ellipses (...) right in the middle of it, which renders it invalid. This is probably the same problem Richard was having in posting the URL.

    Go to page 1 of this thread and navigate to the 5th posting from the bottom. Click directly on the URL there.

  19. Oct 8, 2006 #79 of 109
  20. Oct 8, 2006 #80 of 109

    lafos Well-Known Member

    Nov 7, 2004
    Sioux Falls, SD
    Thanks, Gene. That worked.

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