WeaKnees Interactive Online TiVo Upgrade Instructions

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  1. Sep 14, 2004 #201 of 1023
    garymarshall

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    Ok - I completed the updgrade and added 2x200 Seagate drives ($89.00 5 year warranty at CompUSA) to a TCD5400XXX drive without a hitch on a series 2. Everything went fine and the extra space is great. I am now ready to buy the bracket - is the extra fan and the delayed start on one of the drives worth the extra money - does it actually cool anything down or just blow around the hot air - Does the delay start actually benefit the power supply.

    Im anxious to put the new bracket in and make my strapped in drive a little more professional.

    The second question I have is now that I am upgraded, where can I find the procedures to add ftp and telnet to the new drives. I have read a variety of threads and it seems I need a special FTP to the series 2, Correct?
     
  2. Sep 14, 2004 #202 of 1023
    weaknees

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    As far as the bracket, fan, and PowerTrip: we think they all are pretty important. The unit has a 38W power supply, so it can use the help to lessen the load for the PowerTrip. The fan definitely reduces the temperature inside the unit, and it needs the bracket as a mounting spot.

    Michael
     
  3. Sep 14, 2004 #203 of 1023
    garymarshall

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    great, I will order the bracket/fan/delayed start. Can you give me some pointers on which progam to use for the s2 ftp/telnet and where to find them?
     
  4. Sep 15, 2004 #204 of 1023
    Carioca_FL

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    I thought one couldn't use a >120GB HDD on a Series2 Tivo due to the LBA addressing size issue, where only the first 137GB would be seen.

    Is there a (easy) way to use a 250GB HDD on a Series2?
     
  5. Sep 15, 2004 #205 of 1023
    LarryInAz

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    The "new Series 2" 5400xx series TiVo's have a newer Linux Kernel and it will recognize the larger hard drives. Be certain you use the "large drive TiVo" image.
     
  6. Sep 15, 2004 #206 of 1023
    Carioca_FL

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    I wish I knew this before... I received two 160GB HDDs to replace the two 120GB HDDs that I had in my server just to put them in the Tivo.

    Say, am I looking at too much difference between a 120GB and 160GB, hours-wise?

    Thanks for the info, btw!
     
  7. Sep 15, 2004 #207 of 1023
    LarryInAz

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    the 80gb difference would be nice but if you've already done the upgrade IMHO it's not worth changing. However if you get a good price on some 250gb drives it would be worth it.

    250gb drives are the "sweet spot" price wise on large hard drives.

    If you live near a Fry's Electornics they've been as cheap as $79.95 [after MIR] for Hitachi and $119.95 2 weeks ago on Maxtor drives - no rebate hassles.

    Just my .02 ;)
     
  8. Sep 15, 2004 #208 of 1023
    Carioca_FL

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    Yeah, no Fry's here in SoFla, and I've already got the two 160GBs in the server and RAIDed them, so I don't think I'm pulling them out...

    I guess I'll content myself with 2x120GB. Heck, that's a whole lot more than the original 40hrs I get now.

    Say, would you be able to give me a ballpark of how many hours (on medium, high, whathaveyou) I would get with 2x120GBs HDDs?

    Thanks again!
     
  9. Sep 15, 2004 #209 of 1023
    weaknees

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    Carioca_FL

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    The two 160GB HDDs I got were from Outpost ($50 after MIR). Thanks for the screenies, btw!
    I don't have a FAT32 partition on any of my machines, and I don' t plan on doing a backup of my Tivo HDD (I don't really mind losing shows).

    But what if disaster strikes? Is there a way to get a hold of a Tivo image or is the image tied to my specific Tivo unit?
     
  11. Sep 15, 2004 #211 of 1023
    weaknees

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    The image can be moved between similar units. So you could use any image from a TCD540XXX TiVo.
     
  12. Sep 20, 2004 #212 of 1023
    RoscoeH

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    I spent a few hours over the weekend upgrading my TIVO Phillips 212 from two 75G IBM deskstar drive to a pair of WD 120G drives. I used the interactive link. DUH? Too simple for words. OUTSTANDING job!

    I also noticed someone remarked that the Western Digital drives run hot. Any one reported any failures?

    Finally, I order the DirecTV 'special' deal for $99. But, I don't know what the model of the TIVO unit is. Has anyone else bought into the deal? Any 'gotchas'?
     
  13. Sep 20, 2004 #213 of 1023
    weaknees

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    You'll get one of four units from them: RCA DVR40, Philips DSR704, Hughes SD-DVR40, or Samsung S4040R. All are really fine.

    Michael
     
  14. Sep 21, 2004 #214 of 1023
    RoscoeH

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    Can these units be upgraded with 250g dirves. I'm considering an upgrade after the warranty expires.

    Roscoe
     
  15. Sep 21, 2004 #215 of 1023
    weaknees

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    Many newer units can be. We're working on updating the instructions to that effect. What model do you have?
     
  16. Sep 22, 2004 #216 of 1023
    ruc2827

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    My TiVo was freezing up during playback and on the menus, requiring a reboot, so I assumed the hard drive was bad. I replaced the hard drive per weaknees instructions, restored the old drive to the new one, and TiVo kept freezing up on the menus with the new hard drive. I assumed the image itself was corrupt, thus causing problems, so I backed up a healthy TiVo and restored it. Same problems with the new drive and the good image. It has frozen up on the menus again. Has anyone heard of TiVo freezing up with good hard drives? Is this problem possibly caused by something else (faulty memory, processsor, etc)? Any ideas?
     
  17. Sep 22, 2004 #217 of 1023
    weaknees

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    Pretty strange - what model TiVo? Have you tried a new IDE cable?
     
  18. Sep 22, 2004 #218 of 1023
    ruc2827

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    TiVo Series 2 240080. I haven't tried a new cable. I'll try that. It is wierd. I was convinced it was a bad HD. It used to stutter during playback and occasionally freeze and spontaneously reboot on the menus. With the new HD and new image it freezes and spontaneously reboots or hangs on the menus like it going out of style. So, I figure its hardware related.
     
  19. Sep 22, 2004 #219 of 1023
    weaknees

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    You might also just have another bad HD - chances are low, but it happens.
     
  20. Sep 25, 2004 #220 of 1023
    ruc2827

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    I was getting the following error when attempting to restore an image to a drive of identical size:
    Restore failed: Backup target not large enough for entire backup by itself.

    Since the drive is the original size of the backup drive, you have to remove the "-s 127" and x parameters. Weaknees, please update your instructions with the following note:

    "Note: Remove the "-s 127" and "x" from the following command line if restoring image to a drive the same size as the original (otherwise the image will not fit)"

    I found this answer by looking at the Hinsdale instructions. The correct command when restoring an image to a drive of the exact same size is:

    mfsrestore -zpi /mnt/backup.bak /dev/hdZ
     

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