Refurb TivoHD @ $179.99+$5.00SH @ Woot

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  1. Mar 11, 2008 #61 of 154
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    have you called TWC about cablecard(s) yet?
     
  2. Mar 11, 2008 #62 of 154
    Eccles

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    Nope. I work just across MoPac from TWC's head office, so I plan on heading over there at lunchtime. I'll be hooking up my "rabbit ears" and setting it up for "Antenna only" at first if I can't get a truck roll for this week.

    I plan on retaining my existing S2/Cable box for SDV content, but the S2 must know I'm up to something - it threw a hissy fit last night and now refuses to connect to the TiVo servers, but that's another thread in another part of the forum.
     
  3. Mar 11, 2008 #63 of 154
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    mine just got here

    i hooked it up in my office to my monitor for now.

    Almost there. Just a few minutes more...
     
  4. Mar 11, 2008 #64 of 154
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    How long should the "Almost there. Just a few minutes more..." screen be up here? (it's been 15 minutes)
     
  5. Mar 11, 2008 #65 of 154
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    Yikes. It does not sound good.

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  6. Mar 11, 2008 #66 of 154
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    I rebooted it and it sorted itself out.

    Seems to be going properly now
     
  7. Mar 11, 2008 #67 of 154
    Eccles

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    FedEx says mine's still on the truck. Methinks it's time to go work from home for the rest of the afternoon. :)
     
  8. Mar 11, 2008 #68 of 154
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    maybe I'll pick up a set o' rabbit ears for this thing so i can at least get a little HD while I'm waiting for TWC
     
  9. Mar 11, 2008 #69 of 154
    ATXFrog

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    Did you call FedEx? Whats it show on the tracking page? I'm sitting here in anticipation for mine to get here in south austin.
     
  10. Mar 11, 2008 #70 of 154
    JYoung

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    I think it's a good idea to set up your HD and make sure it works before calling the cable company.
     
  11. Mar 11, 2008 #71 of 154
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    Mine is working fine, although honestly it is completely useless since all i ever watch is HD.
     
  12. Mar 11, 2008 #72 of 154
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    Mine just came in today. Got my CableCard before coming home, but the damn thing won't load. I get the "Welcome, Powering Up" screen then it flicks off and comes back to this screen. It's been doing this for about 15 minutes. Anyone ever seen something like this before?
     
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    JohnnyO

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    Well - it -was- refurbished. I'd unplug it, let it sit for a minute, then plug it back in and see what happens. I hope mine is OK. My woot order is expected later this week.
     
  15. Mar 11, 2008 #75 of 154
    Meanee

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    Looks like mine got delayed a day and will be coming in on Friday. I am in Brooklyn, NY. And appointment is scheduled for Sunday to install m-card...

    I just hope FedEx won't screw up shipping any more. In the morning, tracking page said it will be delivered on Thursday
     
  16. Mar 12, 2008 #76 of 154
    JYoung

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    I record HD on my TiVo HD just fine without a cablecard.
     
  17. Mar 12, 2008 #77 of 154
    gotdurnrite

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    I called Tivo and they are going to exchange it, but they tell me the turn around time is a 3 to 4 weeks. *sigh*
     
  18. Mar 12, 2008 #78 of 154
    brettatk

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    I guess you let it sit for a pretty long time before unplugging it? If not then I'd plug it back in and let it sit for atleast and hour. If after that it hasnt budged from the Powering Up screen then I'd go through with the exchange.
     
  19. Mar 12, 2008 #79 of 154
    Eccles

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    I got the delivery notification from FedEx at about 4pm yesterday, left work, and hit the TWC office. After waiting in line for about 15 minutes, I spoke with a counter agent who knew exactly what I was talking about and what I needed, and scheduled me for an installation between 8am and noon the next day (today). More woot!

    Got home, unpacked, and installed the THD with rabbit ears and a split cable drop for analog cable channels. Worked like a charm, and I was able to force the TiVo service update (from 8.1 which it shipped with, to 9.2) and verify that everything was working and ready for the CC installer. I also noticed that I was able to receive HBO on analog Ch98 - apparently they had never installed a blocking filter on our line.

    This morning, the installer arrived at about 10:45. He was a TWC employee, not a third-party contractor. He explained that they had been having so much trouble fixing failed installs done by contractors, that they are now sending their own people out in the first place. He spent a while working outside the house where the cable comes in and splits, before coming back into the house to install the actual card. (When I asked him, he said that he had been checking the levels, etc, to avoid having to come back out again if I had trouble later, but after he left I discovered that HBO Ch98 is now dark, so I guess he rectified the missing filter situation. :( )

    The actual card install took about 10 minutes, most of which was spent on the phone waiting on a TWC agent to activate and authorize the card. Everything went smoothly, and the box is now up and running with everything except the SDV channels. I'll be hanging on to my old Explorer 2100 and TiVo S2 so I can continue to get SPEED until the channel resolver eventually hits the market. The installer knew what I was talking about, but had no information on any arrival date.

    So all in all, I'm one happy camper!
     
  20. Mar 12, 2008 #80 of 154
    Eccles

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    Oh, I forgot to mention the one small issue I had with the refurb: after it had been running for a while, I noticed that the System Status was showing an internal temperature of 67C, "High, but still ok - check vents," and further investigation revealed that the rear fan was not turning. I pulled out my trusty penknife and turned the blades manually to check if it was seized, and it started up and had been running fine since then - it just seemed to need a little kickstart. I'll keep an eye on it, but if it stops again I'll probably replace it myself - I'd be loathe to return the entire device (and be without it for several weeks) for something as simple as that.
     

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