Tivo wont change channels unless I sit with it!

Discussion in 'TiVo Series 1 - UK' started by Phoebe, Aug 17, 2007.

  1. Phoebe

    Phoebe New Member

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    My tivo has started behaving very oddly. Unless I sit within 4 feet of it, it will not change channels - it does not send anything to the IR wand. It is an expanded Panasonic Tivo which I have had for about 6 months now and this is the first time I have had this problem. Have rebooted both the Tivo and the Sky box several times.

    There are no other remotes in the room that could be sending conflicting signals.

    Can Tivos get lonely?

    Phoebe.
     
  2. Automan

    Automan Ex TiVo User

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    low energy lamps, video senders, laptop IR and of course double check for a remote under a cushion etc with a button stuck down.

    Automan.
     
  3. Mike B

    Mike B Senior Munkee

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    Panasonic TiVo? All of the UK units (as far as I know) were Thomson Scienum PVR10UK models.

    As for your problem, have you got it set to use the 'Front IR Blaster' or the IR Wand?

    Has any furniture significantly changed in the room that could be affecting things?
     
  4. TCM2007

    TCM2007 New Member

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    Sounds like you are using the front blaster and it's bouncing of you - switch to using the wand instead.
     
  5. Phoebe

    Phoebe New Member

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    Mike B - yes Thomson (senior moment). Have taken out all electronics of any sort I can find. Had changed the furniture about a week prior to the problem starting and tried putting it back the way it was, but to no effect.

    I'm using the wand (the little black things?) and tried each wand separately, wrapping the other in silver foil. No difference.
    Interestingly, if I put a piece of silver foil in front of the wand and around the front of the sky box, so no other interference is possible, it won't change channels at all, even with me right in front of it.
    Is this more likely to be the Sky Box? Sky box works fine with it's remote and every other aspect of the tivo works fine, so am a bit baffled!
     
  6. threadkiller

    threadkiller Dark side Nrth Devon

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    It still sounds like your using the front blaster. The wands may be plugged in, but unless they're switched on in the TiVo software they wont work. have you checked the TiVo option for wand/blaster? its in recorder & phone setup >set-top box control. If you skip through the settings till you get to use/dont use front blaster
     
  7. Phoebe

    Phoebe New Member

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    Sorted! Turned off Front IR Blaster AND found the wands were plugged into the seriel port. A mystery how it ever worked!

    Thanks everyone for your help, life can return to normal. :)
     
  8. mikerr

    mikerr TiVoCentral.co.uk

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    Yes, a bit silly having the serial port and the IR port using the same type of connecter and so close to each other IMO
     
  9. iankb

    iankb New Member

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    Almost as silly as somebody designing a USB port that allows you to try and connect it upside down 50% of the time.

    Maybe somebody will design a connector that allows you to connect it either way, and autosense which way it is. At least network hubs now tend to sense whether a connected cable is straight-through or crossed.
     
  10. Pugwash

    Pugwash New Member

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    The SCART sockets give me grief. They're so fiddly to get in when you're hanging over the top of a large TV or something. Not so much of a problem not I can turn my flat TV around, but still the most difficult plug to insert in the dark.
     
  11. Ashley

    Ashley Aibo nut

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    And they have the annoying habit of working loose so you lose one sound channel or one colour.
     
  12. Ashley

    Ashley Aibo nut

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    The ideal connector would be a sexless co-ax connector. :)
     
  13. Pugwash

    Pugwash New Member

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    Yes! There's few things more annoying than coming to watch your favourite programme and having no sound because a kitten has been behind the TV! Even worse when you find out it was 2 days ago too. :thumbsdown:
     
  14. blindlemon

    blindlemon tivoheaven.co.uk

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    Reminds me of the numerous times I tried (and succeeded) to plug a USB cable into the 'front' USB socket of three on the side of my laptop but then found that the USB device didn't show up. This was always correctable by removing the USB cable and plugging it into the 'middle' socket so for a while I just assumed the front socket was dodgy.

    It was only after a few months when I actually bothered to look at the sockets rather than plugging the cable in by feel that I realised the 'front' socket was actually an RJ45 network socket - doh!

    Try it sometime - you'll be amazed what a good fit a USB cable is in an RJ45 socket!! :p:D
     
  15. blindlemon

    blindlemon tivoheaven.co.uk

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    Were you wearing this at the time?
    [​IMG]
     
  16. ciper

    ciper Active Member

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    He is right. If inserted at the right angle the USB cable fits BETTER in the network jack!
     
  17. iankb

    iankb New Member

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    One of my old work colleagues had managed to fully-insert a VGA plug upside-down, flattening most of the pins to do it. Apparently, it was quite a tight fit. :D

    Even a D-type plug is not invincible.
     

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