Originally Posted by tabrech
Well I'm in a bad mood now.
My final test included obtaining a DCH3416 DVR box, I connected it to the Mitsubishi via firewire, tried to record off it, and it didn't work.
Everything looked good up until I tried to playback my recording through the T165.
When I went back into the DCH's menu for current channel status, for CCI, and everything else, it says "N/A"
My conclusion is that Comcast will never allow this type of firewire recording to ever happen from this point forward. You guys who have success must have older boxes, because I have tried EVERYTHING and failed every single time.
I could actually try one more thing. Throw all my crap five stories down onto the concrete. I'm sick of wasting my time with this stupid vcr. To hell with comcast, to hell with mitsubishi.
Yes-something is wrong here.
First make sure you are using the correct firewire port-there are 2.
It would be good to get your windows PC hooked up to the DVR and try capping a local channel using CapDVHS/TSReader. If no packets come through then you have affirmed the firewire interface is inactive. Actually I dont think you will even be able to install the drivers, since the DVR will not show up as a device to windows.
If you verify the firewire port is disabled by Comcast, call them and tell them your JVC D-VHS deck is prevented from recording from their DVR because the port is disabled. They wont have a clue what you are talking about. Get it elevated to a supervisor or better yet their engineering staff. When they tell you it is disabled and they dont have to enable it, remind them the FCC requires them to provide to you a fully functioning firewire port to allow you to record to DVHS UPON REQUEST. Be adamant with them, and within 2-3 days I bet your DVR's firewire ports will be actiavated.
If they do not activate them, then file a complaint with the FCC.
Others here on Comcast use firewire recording daily to DVHS and computer.
I had a situation where comcast was encrypting the CBS HD feed. I called in and complained. They accused me of stealing their HD channel. I reminded them they were not allowed to encrypt the locals and told them I would be filing a formal complaint with the FCC. The next day the CBS HD feed was in the clear and my TV picked it up after re-scanning the channels.
Silly question, but are you sure the firewire cable you are using is not defective.
Are you using a straight 6 pin (Motorola DVR)- 4 pin (DVHS) cable, less than 15 feet long? Ideally the cable should be as short as possible.
For your PC you would likely need a 6 pin - 6 pin cable. Or a 6 pin - 9 pin if you have firewire 800 on your computer.
Try another firewire cable and make sure you are not using gender adapters or pinout adapters (link 9 pin -> 4 pin -> 6 pin or some other silly combination)
I have had occasions where a cable with adapters would not work, but a straight through cable would work fine.