Roamio OTA cable card slot?

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by RonH, May 11, 2015.

  1. hokietivo

    hokietivo New Member

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    I got a bracket installed, a bit tricky but got it in. Also listed a couple extra brackets on ebay search PCMT-134-02-L-D-RA-02-SL there are multiple one now 19.99 shipped
     
  2. JBinSD

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    Interesting, there is a "used" bracket on ebay that has the sides completely removed, is that an easier way to do it?
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    I know there are helpful posts here, but someone should do video. If you guys bought a bunch and are trying to resell to make a few bucks, I might consider buying one thats already fabb'd to drop into the box. . .
     
  3. hokietivo

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    I think the cable cards can vary some, it was a bit tricky, but not that bad. I dont think I would want a "fabbed" one... look at those pins... some are uneven bent. I just used the bottom cover of the tivo and levered over the pins. You can see on that pic that the inner pins are bent in to close the gap
     
  4. elorimer

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    I got one of the $20 brackets on ebay. It wasn't at all like the picture as it has the Samtec piece soldered to a phenolic board that has a straight pin header on it. It was a little tricky to seat so that it registered, but it seems to work now.
     
  5. etiger13

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    I have two more brackets left. I can ship them out USPS priority tomorrow. $18 each shipped.
     
  6. TK978

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    Do you still have the brackets....maybe interested in one of them?
     
  7. Dave1291

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  8. Schwa

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    In case anyone else was procrastinating like I was, AVNET now has a $0.17 shipping promotion going on through January 31st. Total price only $12-13 based on tax.
     
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  9. ph7

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    That photos does not show the PCMT-134-02-L-D-RA-02-SL. It's a different part. I would be interested to know the part no., as an alternative part source. But I can confirm the PCMT-134-02-L-D-RA-02-SL, which is currently $12 shipped from Avnet, does work perfectly.
     
  10. Dave1291

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    Ask the seller.. But this thing was plug and play. Pretty sure he just modded the bracket. Well worth the $30 if you ask me.
     
  11. sfhub

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    It look like he soldered onto a board used as a bridge instead of doing the mods on this thread.
     
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  12. Mikeguy

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    Thanks for pointing this out! Gets away from the high shipping charges (/high reseller offers, for whatever the reason) one sees. ;)
     
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  14. Dave1291

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    No screws, but none are needed. I think it lined up where it could be screwed, but I wasn't worried about it.
     
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  15. TK978

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    Wondering is someone could help me out, I recently bought a
    PCMT-134-02-L-D-RA-02-SL bracket from
    etiger13 from this thread. He sent the bracket with the feet already moded. I moded the rail bump-outs using a
    dremel as previously mentioned earlier in this thread. I think I got it seated and mounted properly. Here is my question, I have a Comcast M-card that is activated to a Roamio(call it Roamio 1) I took that card and placed in Roamio 2 with the moded cablecard bracket. Long story short- I cant get Roamio 2 to see it? Does anyone know if a M-card from Comcast that is activated and placed into another Tivo will show up ( Pop up diagnostics page with card #, serial number, etc,,,) The Roamio 2 shows "no cablecard inserted" . Just wondering if it is a card issue or is the bracket not seated right or does a activated card just not show up? The M-card works perfectly in the Roamio 1. Dont know if the moded bracket is somehow corrupted ...bent pin, all pins not seated...etc... Anyone got an educated guess on this? Thanks
     
  16. fcfc2

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    I believe you should get some channels and the Tivo should detect the cable card no matter what if it is connected properly. I think your guess that the issues is that one or more of those darn pins are not making a good connection. I would remove the bracket and very carefully check that none of the pins appear to be tweaked in anyway and try reseating it, then test. And then continue to rinse and repeat until you get success....or give up.
     
  17. TK978

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    Thanks...it took a half an hour to get it seated the first time ...giving up might be an option...lol
     
  18. JBinSD

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    OK, its stormy in San Diego today, and my fringe OTA signals are driving me nutz (NFL playoffs), I'm going cable again tomorrow and will pick up a cable card. I only bought one bracket from Avnet, so I better get it right. I'm going to dremel off the feet, and wait for the card to shave the inside of the sleeve, but I was trying to bend the pins together, is there a certain way to get a uniform angle? That seemed to be the major challenge when I did a dry-run before. . .
     
  19. TK978

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    Seamer.jpg Yes ...I spent a half an hour trying to seat the bracket. When I thought I had it, when tested, it showed no cablecard. ****OBSCURE TOOL WARNING!!!!!*** I used one of these hand-held metal seamers from Harbor Freight, I know not many people have these lying around but I had it from a sheet metal project. I would not buy one specifically for the pins on the bracket but if you know a welder or sheet metal guy they might have something similar. The one I used is not that well machined but it seemed to sqeeze the pins down in a uniform fashion. [​IMG]
     
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  20. ph7

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    As you know, there are two rows of pins. The goal is to slowly bend each row towards each other, until they align with the spacing on the Tivo receptor.

    To make sure all the pins in each row bent in alignment, I simply put one row of pins evenly on a hard table, and while grasping the bracket, apply pressure. The entire row of pins will bend slightly. Then flip the bracket over and do the same to the other row. This has the effect of making the two rows of pins move slightly toward the other. After each cycle, check the alignment against the Tivo receptor. Each time you check, you will see the pins getting closer to alignment with the Tivo receptor. Be patient, don't attempt to force the pins down into the receptor holes before the are in full alignment with the receptor. Just go slowly; for me, it took 5-6 cycles of pressing the pins against the table. The pins in each row remained in perfect alignment after each cycle, and eventually, the pins will align perfectly with the Tivo receptor, and the bracket pins will essentially drop in their receptor holes with almost no pressure. No special tools needed. Once the pins fall into the holes, then you can use a tool to push the pins deeply into the holes to make sure they are seated and secure. I used a bamboo skewer, which allows you to apply pressure to both the upper and lower level pins (the skewer fits between the two rows).
     
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