Toshiba sd-400

Discussion in 'DVD TiVo Units (Archive)' started by raider68, Apr 26, 2006.

  1. Oct 4, 2006 #141 of 163
    Tersanyus

    Tersanyus New Member

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    Yeah, that's one thing I noticed a long time ago about this unit. This was my first TiVo and then when I got a "normal" S2 TiVo I thought how slow it seemed. The SD-H400 is quite a bit faster and more responsive.

    And just to update that my SD-H400 is still going strong even on 7.3.1. I don't keep this unit doing much since there are no season passes on TiVo Basic.
     
  2. Oct 7, 2006 #142 of 163
    rcurrlin

    rcurrlin New Member

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    Just wanted to note my Tivo has been reborn for over a month now.

    I bought a 40G hard drive on ebay for $25 and installed myself, even though I'm only computer semiliterate...all I needed was a Philips screwdriver. It works better than it did during its last year when it was freezing upand stuff as the drive was dying.

    It seems that to most here, size matters, so downgrading to 40G may not be for you, but I don't mind cuz I usually watch what I record quickly, and didn't want to risk spending more in case it wasn't really the hard drive. Plus, the sd-h400 has a kick ass dvd player that only works if the TiVo works. Double plus, it's TiVo Basic and no-fee works great for me.
     
  3. ebeighe

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    I didn't think it was possible to restore and image to a drive that is smaller than the drive the image was made from. How did you do that?
     
  4. ebeighe

    ebeighe New Member

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    I have an SD-H400 image available for download (it is approx 200MBytes) -- so long as demand is not too great.

    If restoring it yourself is beyond your level of geekiness, I can arrange to have your drive re-loaded with my image for a nominal fee.

    EMAIL me (see http://azbikelaw.org/computer/tivo.html#broken for the email), I probably won't see pm's very often.
     
  5. ashu

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    Nice gesture :)

    One of these days, I'll finally get around to reviving my long-dead (3 months, and still paying the monthly fee!) SDH400. Let me know if you need help or a mirror ftp/http download location for the image :)

    Oh, and I need it myself (duhh) ... will email you to set up an ftp upload if convenient! (I actually have already requested someone else for it too, maybe they already uploaded an image ... haven't checked my ftp server in a while!)
     
  6. Character Zero

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    I have had my SD-H400 for a little over 2 years now and I love it. I have been putting off getting an HD DVR from my cable company (2 tuners) because I love the TIVO interface too much. But I am wondering if my TIVO is on its way down. While I am watching Live TV or recorded (i think, i know for sure on Live) sometimes it will stutter. Almost like when you are watching a DVD and it hits that second layer and there is a brief pause. I dunno if this is a sign of impending doom, or just maybe the cable feed.
     
  7. ashu

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    That IS a sign of impending doom. Back it up before the drive dires completely.

    I ignored mine for weeks, and now when I do revive my SDh400, I won't have a working source disk, nor all the shows on it :(
     
  8. Character Zero

    Character Zero New Member

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    Well I am caught up on everything on there. Mostly what I keep is stuff I can watch when I am bored, like a bunch of Law and Orders they show while I am at work. They only shows that pile up are my wife's recordings, which, in the grand scheme of things, don't really matter (she doesn't read these forums, so I am safe). When I does die its a good excuse to move on to an HD DVR which I really want anyway.
     
  9. edved10062

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    I'm having an issue with my Toshiba SD-H400. I've had it for going on three years now and it is definitely past its warranty. My problem is it will no longer make the call to download the schedule info.

    I've recently switched to Vonage and I've used it for 3 months with no problems. I've ruled Vonage out as the issue because I've gone through troubleshooting the whole thing with Vonage CS and they've even sent me a replacement box, and it still won't work. I've tried dialing prefixes and different numbers...none of it worked. Just get the 'Could not connect' error.

    I've considered doing the network set up, but as I understood it, you can't use networking with the free Tivo service, you'd have to use the subscription service. Is this correct or would I have to start paying the subscription to use this option?

    Any help on this is much appreciated, I'd like to keep using our unit for as long as I can and it looks like I missed the boat on the Toshiba exchange. (I've had a few HD issues as well, but one thing at a time right now)
     
  10. ashu

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    I thought i would dial out over the network even unsubbed ... just MRV/HMO/HME/TTG/TTCB etc would be disabled. (I say 'just' in jest ;) )
     
  11. majinbuu147

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    i have mine networked with the wireless adapter that they sell. mine downloads everyday no problems at all. I have the Free basic service and i dont think u can do anything else besides get updates and schedule information with the free service. unless im just over looking that feature somehow.
     
  12. edved10062

    edved10062 New Member

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    That's exactly what I needed to know. Is there a certain adapter that works best, or does anyone know of ones to avoid. I'm using a D-link wireless router, but I also have the router right near the Tivo, so a wired option would also work if possible.
     
  13. ashu

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    Check the tivo.com list (sorry, I'm not too lazy to post responses, but AM too lazy to post links).

    I have Linksys USB200M's on all m TiVos (well, except the S3 that has ethernet) but I know that newer ones don't work :eek:

    ledshoppe.com and a plethora of those cheap front-end-for-Taiwanese manufacturer stores sell dirt-cheap USB-ethernet adapters that may be worth trying, given the (sub-$10) price! I've had good luck with their white LED products :)

    Yours local Frys/Microcenter should have a bunch of them as well ... easy to return if they don't work. The Linksys/Belkins are in the $20-30 range, usually.
     
  14. edved10062

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    I just picked up a Linksys USB200M tonight...everything automatically switched over and is working great! :D

    I was expecting at least a little bit of a setup fiasco, but it did everything itself! Thanks for everyone's input...now just have to work on that HD. :(
     
  15. Nov 2, 2006 #155 of 163
    lafos

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    I think with v7 software, it'll use the network even with TiVo basic. IIRC, when I first got mine, I had to do the initial call over phone, then network could work. I won't swear to that as it was about 3 years ago.
     
  16. cgilly

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    Is there any place that will try to fix my Toshiba for me? I don't have the time/skill to do it myself, but I have the new drive (larger) and the Instant Cake as recommended, but so far, no one can do it for me. I can't send it to Weaknees, even if I bought their drive, because the unit must be in working condition.

    The person I have working on it now has an issue because she has SATA cables only. She might try a work around, but I'd like to find out if there is any other options for repair for me, because I know it will take a lot of time and effort on her part.

    The reason for wanting to revive this box (I've given up on the shows on my old drive - no big deal), is that I have the $6.95/rate on this box - which won't transfer (per Tivo) to a new box. Also, we like the dvd feature of this unit, due to space constraints in our entertainment center.

    Please let me know if anyone knows of any other repair options out there. I am in the central OH area.

    Thanks.
     
  17. Chester_Lampwick

    Chester_Lampwick Well-Known Member

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    I don't know why a new box wouldn't be charged the same rate. It's $12.95 if you only own one TiVo, then $6.95 for each additional TiVo.

    As for doing the InstantCake, any old PC will work. I'd say anything from PII to P4. Most new systems do have regular ATA as well as SATA. You could buy a used PC at a thrift store, suitable for the task for less than $50 if you rummage around.
     
  18. cgilly

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    Thanks for the suggestions!

    I have the reduced monthly rate of $6.95 for one box - I called Tivo a long time ago and asked if they would price-match my cable company's rate for their DVR, and they did. If I get a new box, I would go up to the higher monthly rate. If I'd add another box, yes, that box would be the $6.95 for the additional Tivo.
     
  19. ashu

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    Well, you've been (IMO, unfairly) saving $6 a month ... send it to weaknees or someone for a paid repair :p

    Have I mentioned I'm opinionated?
     
  20. cgilly

    cgilly New Member

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    I respect your opinion, however I don't understand it. Why is it unfair to ask a company to price match a competitor's price for a similar product? I see that as a huge plus for Tivo - to satisfy their customer's wants to keep their business. Trust that Tivo is getting their money out of me - I've kept paying my fee since June, even though my box isn't working, on the hopes that I can get it fixed and keep this lower rate. If you have other options for DVR service through your cable co, I don't see why you wouldn't contact Tivo regarding a price match. I enjoy the services Tivo provides, but I also work very hard and support a family of 5 (wow-that sounds like a lot - I just had twins 5 wks ago :eek: ), and pride myself in being wise with my money.

    I would send it to weaknees, but as I mentioned, the unit must be in working condition for them to work on it. That is why my original post above asks if anyone knows of a place for me to send it that will work on a unit that is not working.

    Does anyone know of a reputable, established company that will repair a Tivo that is not in working order?

    Thanks!
     

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