TivoHD menus SLOW and "please wait"?

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by brianlees, Aug 31, 2007.

  1. brianlees

    brianlees New Member

    Apr 16, 2007


    I'm a new Tivo owner - got my TivoHD last week and FINALLY a grueling CableCard install yesterday.

    I have an observation and a question. I'm an IT manager by day (been one for 10 years), so I understand a bit about computers and OSes. I'm quite shocked how slow my TivoHD is in some menus. Although I can't remember most of the spots off the top of my head, one that sticks out in my mind is adjusting the Season Pass priority order. When I back out of that screen, I get a please wait for at least a full minute, perhaps longer.

    What's up with that? Has the Tivo OS always been that slow? Is the S3 this slow and will the HD get faster when they get to the same build level?

    Don't get me wrong, I love my Tivo. It is fascinating to see what it will "Suggest" for me. Just find the speed issue a bad selling point at the moment. I went from a SLOW Comcast DVR (It's CRAP-TASTIC!) to a SLOW Tivo. I'm not winning any points in the WAF right now. (For those of you that don't know what WAF is, take a gander on the Google).


  2. bkdtv

    bkdtv New Member

    Jan 9, 2003
    DC Metro Area
    The menus are slower than usual for the first 48-72 hours as the Tivo indexes guide information in the background.

    Tivo dramatically improved menu and guide responsiveness in the v8.3.x software released back in April for the Tivo Series3.

    The new $299 TivoHD ships with the older 8.1.x branch software. It doesn't yet have the 8.3.x software with these performance improvements. Hence, as of today, the TivoHD is not nearly as 'fast' as the Series3. Its menu and guide navigation is much slower. Note there are no delays with DVR functions like pause, instant replay, rewind, fast forward, and 30-sec skip.

    The TivoHD is expected to get 8.3.x (or later) this fall. In addition to various optimizations, a big reason for the performance improvement in 8.3.x is the change in indexing:

    Note the TivoHD hardware is just as fast as the Series3 and has twice the available system memory. The TivoHD has a 300MHz CPU with 256Mb DDR400 memory and a new 7200rpm SATA hard drive.
  3. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Wow, ONLY a minute?

    Series 1s can go 10-20 minutes sometimes with a lot of SPs..
    (I have an S3 also.)
  4. bkdtv

    bkdtv New Member

    Jan 9, 2003
    DC Metro Area
    When arranging season passes, make sure you change the order of everything you want before you save the changes or attempt to change settings for a specific season pass. That will minimize your wait time while the Tivo processes priority changes.

    1) Change non-order-related settings for a any season passes.
    2) Change priority order for all season passes at once (move local network shows to top, cable shows below that, etc).
    3) Save changes.

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