What was your reason for hacking your Tivo?

Discussion in 'TiVo Underground' started by Tracy RainH2o, Nov 24, 2005.

  1. Gunnyman

    Gunnyman Just a boring dude

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    I would look for units with access cards.
    They don't have to be activated to use mrv, but they do have to be valid.
     
  2. Tracy RainH2o

    Tracy RainH2o Photo Man

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    Thanks Gunnyman.

    I assume that by "valid" you mean matched with the reciever.
     
  3. Gunnyman

    Gunnyman Just a boring dude

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    yep
     
  4. mlnc248

    mlnc248 New Member

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    Gunnyman,

    Did you Hack your TiVos with your Macs? Or does Zipper only work with a PC?

    I've tried using Loki's port of Tiger's mfstools on my MacG4, but ran into problems.

    I'd like to try it again with Zipper, but I didn't see mac support.
     
  5. lew

    lew Well-Known Member

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    The rules for this forum state:

    so at least one of the reasons some people network their tivo with a PC can't be discussed in these forums. I'm certainly not suggesting anyone is stealing service.



     
  6. Gunnyman

    Gunnyman Just a boring dude

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    Zipper is PC only.
    look at tivotool.com for a tried and true method to hack a tivo with a Mac.
     
  7. Mokequin

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    Hi all. New to this forum. Just wondering if the D* HR10-250 is capable of being networked?
    If it is, does that require opening of the machine?
     
  8. SteelersFan

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    Mokequin New Member

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    Thanks SteelersFan, appreaciate the quick reply.
     
  10. Diana Collins

    Diana Collins Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    Actually, they don't need to matched at all.

    I have a Philips DSR-7000 that is connected to my Slingbox (no other TV attached) that has an old HU access card that was originally in one of my Series 1 DirecTiVos. In fact, I have inserted a DISH NETWORK access card into this TiVo and not received a single error message or complaint. All it needs it for the microswitch in the card slot to be closed and continuity through the interface contacts.
     
  11. Diana Collins

    Diana Collins Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    What I get from my hacked Tivos:

    One "virtual DVR" with 8 tuners, 5 outputs, and over 1 TB of storage (thanks to MRV)
    Ability to view home movies and photos stored on my PC on any TV, on demand (thanks to JavaHMO)
    Ability to play MP3s through any TV, on demand (Thanks to JavaHMO)
    Ability to stream TiVo recordings to any PC on my network (using TWP and tools that can not be discussed here)
    Ability to backup and restore season pass information (thanks to TWP)
    Ability to check local weather and the 5 day forecast (JavaHMO)
    Ability to browse movie theater schedules (JavaHMO)
    Ability to check traffic cams and the local traffic report (JavaHMO)
    Caller ID on all my TVs and computers (NCID)
    Display of disk usage stats (TWP)

    Plus a few other TWP features I use less often, like Season Pass editing, ToDo list review, etc.

    Hacking my DirecTiVos has opened up vast new areas of functionality that have, honestly, spoiled me for any other DVR technology.
     
  12. bengalfreak

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    Amen to that brother.
     
  13. stevecon

    stevecon Wicked Awesome!

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    Dan - what can you tell me about JavaHMO? I see there is also Galleon - but it's for 7.x Tivo software. Is the 2.4 ver of JavaHMO the version you run on Directivos? Any caveats I need to know about if I decide to try it out? Does it work on H10-250 HD Tivos?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  14. classicsat

    classicsat Astute User

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    AFAIK, JHMO is a M&P server for the HMO features of a pre 7.x software TiVo. The HD-DVR excluded, as it doesn't have HMO.

    I never used JHMO, and never played with M&P until I got 7.2.1 and Galleon, and at that MP3s only.

    Galleon completely doesn't use M&P functions, but serves music and Photos with HME applets.
     
  15. Diana Collins

    Diana Collins Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    I use JavaHMO 2.4 (http://javahmo.sourceforge.net/)

    It runs on a PC running Windows or Linux (or a Mac), not on the TiVos. It creates a set of "Music and Photo" servers, that can supply a variety of information to the TiVo. It takes a while to set everything up (not all web pages can be served, for example). But it works pretty well. I have an old PIII notebook that I use as my JavaHMO server.
     
  16. atlynch

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    The _killer_ app for the unleashed TiVo is endpad plus which implements soft padding for the TiVo. Soft padding (if you don't already know) is where the DVR pads the beginning and/or end of each recording by a small amount, if it can without causing recording conflicts.

    I have had Ultimate TV's for years, and the automatic soft padding really helped with the channels that move their shows around a little. When I tried to switch to TiVo a year or so ago, I got a lot of complaints from my family that the end of their favorite show was cut off. If you use hard padding, it can prevent the TiVo from recording consecutive shows on different channels.

    All the other stuff is nice to have too, but this really makes the TiVo work for me.

    It's also fun to be able to program your Tivo from your Treo!

    -Drew
     
  17. tall1

    tall1 New Member

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    I love endpadplus too. I didn't really know what it was until I saw it in action after I zippered. What a cool feature. I have mine set to 5 mins before/after; works great.
     
  18. alert5

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    I did not see mention of "merge". That module is a real time saver if you archive stuff like an entire series from your TiVo to a standalone DVD recorder with HD.

    MRV and caller ID have huge wife approval too.

    A bit off topic, but I just ordered a Slingbox from Amazon and I'm a bit clueless as to which box to connect it up to. I have two, subbed 250GB zippered DirecTiVos and one 80GB unsubbed (MRV only) DirecTiVo. The subbed boxes are connected to an DLP HDTV and a Dell 23" LCD TV respectively.

    Dan Collins said,

    Just curious as to why you hooked up your Slingbox this way.
     
  19. willardcpa

    willardcpa QUASI-OMNISCIENT

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    I'm not Dan, but I'll take a shot at it. I've got a slingbox too, and also an unsubbed MRV box for "storage". If you have it hooked to that box you can watch anything that is already recorded on any of the other boxes (or it). You stand zero chances of either messing someone elses viewing up at home while you are on the road, or vice-versa. Whereas if you hook it up to one of the active boxes (hooked up to a tv) there's a chance that you will try watching the "Sports illustrated swim suit revue" when you're all alone in a Holiday Inn somewhere, while your wife is at home with her book club trying to watch Oprah. :eek:
     
  20. alert5

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    DOH!

    Thank you for that. It simplifies the connection with no TV in the mix as well.

    I'm eagerly awaiting the new toy.
     

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