WeaKnees Interactive Online TiVo Upgrade Instructions

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  1. Nov 26, 2005 #701 of 1023
    azitnay

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    Does it just hang (requiring you to break the command), or does it immediately return to the prompt without displaying anything?

    Have you verified that the old drive is definitely connected as primary slave, and the new drive is definitely connected as secondary master? What happens when you run:

    mfsinfo /dev/hdb

    ?

    You could always try the PTVupgrade CD instead.

    Drew
     
  2. Nov 26, 2005 #702 of 1023
    Fezzix

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    It was just going right back to the prompt. So I burned the PTVupgrade disc and it went through ok. 282 hours :). The best part was I got the drive changed before it failed, as I could hear it clicking and the TiVo was hanging at times. Seems to have full functionality, so it seems to be fine now. Thanks for the advise, not only directly but in all the previous posts.
     
  3. Nov 28, 2005 #703 of 1023
    jd043053

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    I am having trouble getting my weeknees boot CD to boot up. I keep getting a boot failure notice.
    I may have not burned it correctly (ie .iso)
    I have another upgrade disc from 'TIVO Companion'. It boots up fine, but is not set up for large drives. I used it previously and it cuts off at 137GB. Only 161 hrs on 250GB drive.
    Anyone have suggestions on either using 'Tivo Companion' to get full 250GB or help with weeknees Boot problem?
    BTW - I have BASIC computer skills - take me gently- thanks
     
  4. Nov 28, 2005 #704 of 1023
    azitnay

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    Did you burn the .iso as a file to a data CD by mistake? You can find out by putting the CD in while you're in Windows, and seeing if the .iso is just sitting on it as a single file.

    If a Linux-based boot CD has only utilized 137GB in the past, it most likely uses a non-LBA48-compatible kernel, and thus it isn't worth worrying about how to make it LBA48-compatible.

    Drew
     
  5. Nov 29, 2005 #705 of 1023
    jd043053

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    Ok Thanks!

    Now I have a bootable CD of weaknees, recognizing my 250GB HD, but now I am getting a 'No CD-ROM Found' after "trying to mount CD-ROM" tries 1-5. ??????

    also, the linux commands printed from the upgrade site show spaces in the commands (mount /dev/hdw1 /mnt) I am just guessing NO spaces, right?
     
  6. Nov 29, 2005 #706 of 1023
    SteelersFan

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    Type the commands exactly as they are shown in the instructions, including spaces.
     
  7. Nov 29, 2005 #707 of 1023
    hawkeye1991

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    Hi,

    HDVR2. Tryting to replace the 40G drive with 120.

    Trying to maintain only one drive

    I connected the 120 drive to the primary master (to which my C drive was attached b4)

    I'll boot from the CD and instruct to restore to hda. I'll have the jumper on the master (will cable select work?)

    Will this work, or do I need to have the C drive on my computer acccesible?

    Thanks for the patience.

    chuck.
     
  8. Nov 29, 2005 #708 of 1023
    azitnay

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    Assuming you're just doing a direct copy from the 40 to the 120, you don't need your C drive connected for anything in particular.

    If you have an image stored on the C drive, though, that's a different story.

    Drew
     
  9. Nov 30, 2005 #709 of 1023
    hawkeye1991

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    Thanks FOr your response

    The only image I have is for the SD dVR-80 ona cd. How dO I go about it? Do I need a HDVR2 image or will I be able to use the image I have.

    If I can use the image I have, how do I do it. Transfer to a C drive and then move it over?

    If I can't use the image what are my options for a image which I can add some bells and whistles (no phone line requirement, usb activation etc to?)
     
  10. Nov 30, 2005 #710 of 1023
    azitnay

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    You said you're simply replacing the 40GB with a 120GB. You don't need an image -- just do a direct copy (mfsbackup | mfsrestore type of command) from one to the other.

    Drew
     
  11. Dec 2, 2005 #711 of 1023
    alexgav

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    No problems. Followed the instructions provided in the first post of this thread, did "Replace a drive with a new drive" thing including a backup, and everything worked great. I also saved all of my recordings from the old drive. Went from 40+ hours to 228 hours!

    One iteresting bit of info: I set my drive to do "Cable Select" thing - and it booted up and is working fine.

    I had a problem with a 160GB Western Digital drive two month ago where I tried the same thing and couldn't get passed the second screen "Almost there, just a few more minutes...". I tried to set that drive to both Master and Single mode (which are different for WD drives), and neither would work. I don't think I tried Cable Select though. Maybe that was the problem...

    Anyway - everything worked perfect! The drive is kinda loud when seeking though, but I can live with it. I tried the IBM/Hitachi utiliy, and it reported that Acoustic Management was not supported. I've read somewhere on the web that Seagate may have their own utility, but haven't contacted them yet. If anyone has any 411 on that, lemme know please.

    I am a happy camper!!! Thank you WeekNees. :up: :up: :up:
     
  12. Dec 4, 2005 #712 of 1023
    khyberman

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    I want to upgrate from fatory installed version of 5.4 to 7.1 which I beleive is necessary for recognising the USB wireless card from netgear.


    Please advice on how I cna upgrade? thanks,
     
  13. Dec 4, 2005 #713 of 1023
    weaknees

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    Simply dialing the unit in should accomplish that. Do you have it connected to the TiVo service somehow?
     
  14. Dec 4, 2005 #714 of 1023
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    emanuel

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    I successfully upgraded my TiVo series 4 from a 40 to a 120 drive. I am now trying to upgrade from the 120 to a 200. Everything looks ok except I get an error message for the kmod command.

    When I give the command;

    mfsbackup -Tao - /dev/hda | mfsrestore -s 127 -r 4 -xzpi - /dev/hdb

    I get the message that the backup target isn't large enough for entire backup.

    Any ideas what I did wrong? I have the 120 TiVo drive on primary master and the new 200 gig drive on primary slave.
     
  16. Dec 5, 2005 #716 of 1023
    weaknees

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    The problem is that you can't add another partition to the A drive here - you have already expanded it once. You'd need to do a backup without recordings so that mfstool can re-size your partitions.
     
  17. Dec 5, 2005 #717 of 1023
    emanuel

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    ok, thanks for the fast answer!
     
  18. Dec 7, 2005 #718 of 1023
    Lacaramba

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    I'm new to this discussion group and I must admit I am amazed that you seem to have taken on the world's problem when it comes to updating Tivo's. Your patients is wonderful and I really appriciate it a lot.

    Now to my question. I am about to upgrade a HDR212 using my XP service pack 2 NTFS computer and when reading the how too you mention right after the warning about booting into XP and harming the hard drive to hit CTRL + ALT+ Del. On my machine it only brings up the task manager and does not shut down my XP machine. I guess I am confused because I think you meant to say boot the machine from the CD, not shut the machine down since your next statement is to type in a command. Hard to do that when the machine is down. I guess that part is kind of confusing to me.

    WeaKnees, Michael, you guys are fabulous.

    Here is what it said....

    Windows 2000 and XP Notes

    Booting into Windows 2000 or XP with a TiVo drive connected to your PC will overwrite key information on the TiVo drive. The TiVo drive then won't work in a TiVo. If you do run into this problem, you may be able to fix the drive using software called MakeTiVoBootable.

    Also, if your boot drive is a Windows 2000 or XP drive, it may not have a FAT32 partition on it, and you'll need that for making a backup.

    Hit CTRL-ALT-DELETE, wait for the shutdown sequence to finish, and power down your PC.
    Issue backup and restore commands

    At the prompt, issue the following command with hdZ as the location of the drive with the temporary FAT partition:

    mount /dev/hdZ1 /mnt

    etc.
     
  19. Dec 7, 2005 #719 of 1023
    azitnay

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    The instructions do look to be a little flawed with respect to the CTRL-ALT-DELETE instructions... Typically, when you do a CTRL-ALT-DELETE in Linux, it immediately initiates a system shutdown, which stops all running processes, etc. It looks like the first CTRL-ALT-DELETE instructions may have been simply copied and pasted from the second CTRL-ALT-DELETE instructions (which pertain to shutting down the CD-booted Linux after performing the upgrade).

    I know for a fact (because I just tried it) that Windows 2000 gives you a "Shut Down" option on the window that comes up after you CTRL-ALT-DELETE, so that is one legitimate way to shut down, and I'm pretty sure Windows XP has something similar. Regardless, you have to shut down Windows and boot into Linux via the boot CD to perform the upgrade.

    Drew
     
  20. Dec 10, 2005 #720 of 1023
    rickbird

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    I am stumped. I bought a new TiVo box with a 40 GB hard drive. I paid my $299 lifetime subscription. Then, I bought a new Maxtor 300 GB PATA hard drive, a new Seagate 300 GB PATA hard drive, and a Weaknees bracket.

    I ran through the Hinsdale instructions but the software recommended would not copy the image to my Windows XP hard drive. After carefully reading, I realized that I needed a FAT32 drive so I flipped a new hard drive in my PC and formatted it with FAT32. The software copied the TiVo backup perfectly.

    I then copied the files to the two 300 GB hard drives and installed the bracket with the hard drives in my new 540 Series 2 TiVo box. The system goes through the "Welcome..." screen, and then the "Almost there..." screen, then it shows a green error screen for about 30 seconds and then it reboots.

    After reading the threads, I figured that one of the two hard drives was bad, even though both passed the hard drives' utility tests. So, I copied the image on the Maxtor drive alone and installed it in the TiVo box. It worked perfectly. I then copied the image on the Seagate hard drive alone and installed it in the TiVo box and *it* worked perfectly. Both hard drives work perfectly if they are installed alone.

    I re-installed the image on the two drives with the Maxtor as the A drive and the Seagate as the B drive. The rebooting started immediately after I installed the drives. I re-installed the image on the two drives with the Seagate as the A drive and the Maxtor as the B drive. The rebooting continued...

    I flipped the jumper to be Master/Slave and the rebooting continued... I flipped the jumpers to be Cable Select/ Cable Select and the rebooting continues...

    I am at my wits end. My wife thinks that I am nuts for devoting so much time to upgrading the new TiVo box. I guess that I just want to brag about having over 600 hours on my new machine... Maybe I'm just nuts... :eek:

    Any ideas?
     

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