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Discussion in 'TiVo Underground' started by ktg5, May 5, 2021.
Are you able to use it to watch any TV at all (or get guide data)? I'm curious what you can use it for nowadays. Can it even connect to DIRECTV anymore?
The backup I have of a DSR704 is on v6.4a, from an old InstantCake image I found on Usenet, lol.
It'll most likely be able to get guide data if plugged into a Phone line or using that wireless USB thing. I'm not sure about it being able to communicate with modern TV or DirectTV since I don't have the correct equipment, nor do I use DirecTV.
First, please read the last post in this thread. You're definitely better off getting a TiVo with lifetime (anything but a Series 1, as those no longer get guide data). Sorry about that.
If you persist...unfortunately, TiVo discontinued the option to use a phone line in late September 2018. (probably because less and less people are still using landlines).
You can try getting a TiVo Wireless G adapter from eBay, it can be yours for about $10. (Don't get it from WeaKnees, they have it for $40).
Huh, interesting... I wasn't planning to use it in the modern days, but it's good to know this information. I already have a Series 4 TiVo anyways if I ever wanted to watch live TV -- CableCARD, Lifetime and everything.
Although I used to have the USB adapter, but I believe it got thrown out for some reason.
I tried the WinMFS version that was provided to me and attempted the restore on the drive for the TiVo Series 2 again -- it still crashed at "Restoring media partitions" in the restore and then I tried to select the drive to try and restore it again but I wasn't able to select the drive as it would crash. No message -- nothing -- it would just crash without anything.
Is this just normal for WinMFS to be doing this?...
No, its not normal for the drive, may have died.
Well then -- maybe dropping a hard drive on carpet could cause some issues.
I'll try and find another IDE hard drive sometime later, but that might be the only one that I have laying around and doesn't have some installation of something I'd like to keep.
Using SATA drive will work but only with a few SATA-to-IDE adapters. (For Series 2)
That would do it, dropping it on any surface no matter how cushiony and you may have the drive heads crash damaging the disks and/or the heads.