Motorola DCT 6412 compatability

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  1. gsutkin

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    I searched most threads and the compatability FAQ, but could not get an answer:

    Comcast wants to replace my cable box with a Motorola DCT 6412. I understand the serial port has been disabled, and so I will need to use the IR cable. Any one out there use their TiVo with this cable box, and can you tell me about your experience?

    Thanks.
    Gary
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  2. JimSpence

    JimSpence Just hangin'

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    That Motorola box is a dual tuner HiDef DVR. Don't bother trying to use a TiVo to control it. I'd revert the TiVo to record the analog channels on the cable.
     
  3. smithken31100

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    I currently have a 6412 and it works fine with the Tivo and the IR blaster.
     
  4. dianebrat

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    I believe the 6412 and several other Motorola's can be run in a non-DVR mode, I know in the past I had identical units, one was a DVR, the other didn't have a HD.
     
  5. JimSpence

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    Why waste the DVR function of the 6412? I ask rhetorically. :D
     
  6. dianebrat

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    If you don't pay for it, they don't enable it... I have a friend with a "non-dvr 6412"
     
  7. gsutkin

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    Thank you - a quick question for each of you:

    JimSpence, how do you revert the TiVo to record the analog channels on the cable? I assume this means bypassing the cable box, ie: plugging a split cable line directly into the TiVo?

    smithken31100, how reliable is your IR blaster at chaging channels? Did you have to build an "IR tent"?

    dianebrat, what is the advantage of running the 6412 in non-DVR mode?

    Gary
     
  8. classicsat

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    Redo GS, and choose cable, no box.
     
  9. gsutkin

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    That makes sense.

    Could I run a splitter from the wall with 1) one line going directly to the TiVo box with the above settings and 2) a second line going to the 6412? I would then feed each one into a separate input at the TV.
     
  10. JimSpence

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    Yes, that split should work just fine.

    I guess the cable company is hoping that users will eventually pay for DVR service.
     
  11. dianebrat

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    You can't (or more appropriately *shouldn't*) be running DVR's in series, and if all the cableco will give you is a 6412, then having it in non-dvr mode so it works as a cable box would be a good thing. (I believe a HD-less 6412 or similar works this way)
     
  12. gsutkin

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    Thanks for all of the advice!

    Why not run the two in series?

    How do you convert a 6412 to non-dvr mode?
     
  13. smithken31100

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    It hasn't missed a channel change yet and I don't have a tent.
     
  14. smithken31100

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    Because I can't stand the 6412 DVR. Right now I'm getting the DVR service, and a few other services, from the cable company for free, this will run out in February. I don't want to cancel the DVR service because that might stop the other services from being free. The deal with the cable company runs out in February and I'll drop their crappy DVR service since I won't pay for it. At that time I don't know if the cable company will make me change boxes or disable the DVR function in the 6412.
     
  15. dianebrat

    dianebrat wait.. I did what? TCF Club

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    Running 2 DVRs in series is always a recipe for disaster, it cause more issues, and for that matter.. *why* even think of running a DVR off a DVR? what if you pause the moto DVR and the Tivo wants to change a channel? just don't do it ;)

    And how do you get a 6412 in non-dvr mode? umm don't pay the bill for it? I honestly can't answer that since I haven't had one in years.

    Diane
     

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