Series 2 upgrade - conflicting info from Weaknees & other retailers

Discussion in 'TiVo Upgrade Center' started by jpn2579, Oct 11, 2005.

  1. Sir_Jeeves

    Sir_Jeeves New Member

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    RE: Pioneer 810h, 7.2, replacing/using larger hard drive.

    I originally had 5.x on a 200GB in my Pioneer. Upon upgrading to 7.2, I had nothing but freezing issues all over the place (oh, my TSN starts with 275). Tivo pointed the finger and Pioneer and they pointed back saying that there might be something wrong with the HD.

    I took the WD 200GB out, performed a extensive test (with their software), which revealed no problems. I put my original 80gb in the unit, let it upgrade to 7.2, and no matter which iso/software/commands I use, I have problem - no background (transparen screens), warm reboots while switching between any screen, even when attempting to view Information or download and organize programming information.

    Something is diffferent in 7.2 - partition layout, checking of hard drives or something else, but I am really frustrated. I'm glad I purchased a Best Buy Extended warranty, because I've also had problems burning to KNOWN GOOD DVD-R media.

    I'm getting ready to either use Macintosh software to accomplish the same goal, or return the unit for a DVR and get DISH (I can't stand DirecTV).
     
  2. c3

    c3 TiVoholic

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    If the person can do that, might as well leave 7.2 alone and just run mfsadd.
     
  3. c3

    c3 TiVoholic

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    WHAT???

    If TiVo wants to, they can disable practically all of the non-factory units with a few lines of code.
     
  4. richhop

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    I've been reading along here searching for a reason my TiVo started malfuntioning (stopples, and stutters). I have a 160 GB HD purchased from Weeknees to replace my 'A' drive after my 'B' HD failed. No attempt was made to save programs or schedules, I started from scratch. The 160 'A' drive worked beautifully on 7.2 software until I added another 160 'B' drive to boost capacity. I used the mfsadd procedure. It seemed to work well for about a week then it started stuttering (moreso on some shows than others). And sometimes repeatable segments and other times not repeatable, suggesting that the stutters happen during recording sometimes.
    I am quite disappointed, especially after reading the above. I was ready to claim the HD was bad, but now fear a deeper problem.
    Is the Kernel or the swap-space modifications something to try? Or, should I read along here to hope that someone comes up with a patch? Should I assume that the HD is okay and the problem is in the software?
    Thanks guys !!
     
  5. c3

    c3 TiVoholic

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    Stuttering is not related to this thread.
     
  6. JamieP

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    Is the new B drive a Maxtor? Many people have had stuttering problems with new maxtor drives. Search around a little and you should be able to find a number of threads about it.
     
  7. ashu

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    Especially if it's a Maxtor DiamondMax 10. Ugh.
     
  8. richhop

    richhop New Member

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    It is a Maxtor 160, DiamondMax 10 -- which I got because it is the exact drive that Weeknees sent to me proclaiming that it would not stutter. It is the same exact model #.
    Their drive in position 'A' works perfectly, but the one I bought elsewhere in position 'B' seems to be stuttering.

    Is there no doubt that it is the drive?

    Thanks, Rich
     
  9. c3

    c3 TiVoholic

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    I thought Weeknees is using QuickView drives. DiamondMax 10 has very high probability to have stuttering problem.
     
  10. JamieP

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    It's possible that the two drives have different firmware in spite of having the same model number. Some (c3?) have conjectured that the diamondmax 10 problems are specific to only recent firmware versions.
     
  11. c3

    c3 TiVoholic

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    Yes, only recent versions (manufactured this year?) of DM10 have the stuttering problem. I have two older DM10 drives in my TiVos without this issue.
     
  12. jshorr

    jshorr New Member

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    Was this BlessTiVo issue fixed by any chance?
     
  13. weaknees

    weaknees Active Member

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    We are selling "add" kits for Series 2 standalone units again. We can't get into the details yet, but we'll post them on our blog as soon as we can.
     
  14. jshorr

    jshorr New Member

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    that's cool....
     
  15. Stainless Steele

    Stainless Steele Wake-Maker!

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    Sweet! I need to upgrade my pioneer units!
     
  16. weaknees

    weaknees Active Member

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    Actually, Pioneers really can only take one drive since there's only room inside for one, although a second drive is technically feasible if you have it located externally. It's pretty complicated, and we don't recommend it.
     

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