Valid Tuner Release Method

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  1. missingwings

    missingwings Member

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    Question: Is there or is there not a definitive method to instantly release a tuner from a client mini?

    I’ve tried the two times press of the TiVo button, but have never found it to work. Here’s a recent test of that method:

    A. First, I scrolled down through the Diagnostics screen at the Host Roamio (21.9.7.v7.-840-6-840) with the following results (all tuner strengths and SNR’s within good-to-excellent range):

    Tuner...Channel..... Frequency
    ...0..........730..........435000
    ...1..........760..........417000
    ...2..........794..........207000
    ...3..........688..........471000
    ...4..........740..........483000
    ...5..........730..........435000

    B. Next, I cycled through the available channels using the [LiveTV] button for the Roamio host with these results:
    1:760 / 2:794 / 3:688 / 5:730 (i.e. two “missing” channels).

    C. I then checked my two mini’s and, as expected, one was on 0:730 and one was on 4:740 (the two “missing” channels).

    D. At the first mini, I pressed the [TiVo] button once and “MY SHOWS” was highlighted. Then, I pressed the [TiVo] button a second time and the list of “MY SHOWS (TIVO ROAMIO PRO)” was displayed. Finally, I pressed the [TVPwr] button to turn off the mini.

    E. Next, I repeated the ‘D’ steps at the second mini.

    F. I returned to the Roamio and repeated the ‘B’ steps, with the same results (i.e. still only four available channels).

    I would like to label each of my mini’s with a workable method, even if it takes several key presses on the remote.

    Does anyone have a solution?
     
  2. CinciDVR

    CinciDVR Contentious Member

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    Putting my minis into "sleep" mode has always worked to release their tuner. It also has the added benefit of preventing the mini from claiming a tuner whenever an Emergency Alert System message is sent out weekly.
     
  3. DeltaOne

    DeltaOne Mount Airy, MD

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    Try TiVo Home and then pressing "Slow." (Slow is under the Pause button.)

    When I press TiVo Home I see the "Live" window in the upper right corner of the screen. Pressing Slow makes that window disappear, indicating the Mini has released the tuner it was using.
     
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  4. slowbiscuit

    slowbiscuit FUBAR

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    Yep, hitting the Tivo button is the easiest way assuming you don't have video preview enabled.
     
  5. missingwings

    missingwings Member

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    Thank you! It worked! I can now access all six tuners at the Host Roamio. Thank you.
     

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