Were the phone numbers for "DVR Service" disabled?

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  1. Doomster

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    I have a DirecTivo DVR. Model is Hughes SD-DVR40. SW version is 6.4.

    If the hard drive of the DVR is rebaked, the DVR has to make a phone call to the DVR Service.

    I might need to rebake another SD-DVR40, which had its HD die.

    So to verify that the phone numbers for "DVR Service" work, I tested it on the SD-DVR40 that works.

    Based on my zip code, I was given a list of phone numbers to select from when I go to this menu choice:

    Messages & Settings -> Settings -> Phone -> Change Phone Settings

    I've tried over 15 of the numbers and none of them connect. The DirecTivo can dial the number but not make a connection.

    Were these numbers disabled by AT&T or Tivo?

    Is there a phone number I can use for DirecTivo for the 408 area code?
     
  2. HerronScott

    HerronScott Well-Known Member

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    I seem to recall TiVo disabled dial-up service a few years ago.

    Phasing out dial-up modem service

    Scott
     
  3. Doomster

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    So if I have to replace a balky HD on a Series 2 DirecTivo, how can I activate the Tivo service for the new HD if I don't use a network adapter and I can't make a phone call to activate it?
     
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    HerronScott Well-Known Member

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    I think you would have to use a network adapter if there is some activation process for a DirecTivo model. Hopefully someone who has DirecTivo experience can respond.

    Scott
     
  5. lhvetinari

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    Dial up doesn't work anymore. Guide data does not require the phone, it comes down off the dish like other DirecTV receivers. If you have to re-run GS you'll need a network connection - it's been about a hundred years since I've messed with an original DirecTivo but I recall there being some USB adapters that were supported under 4.0 and newer OSs (but this may have requred PTV hacks?). Try one of these? LINKSYS ETHERFAST 10/100 USB Network Adapter * USB100TX | eBay
     

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