Originally Posted by Hyrax
So I'm new to Tivo and just setting it up for OTA recording. One concern is making sure that SD recordings look as good as the original if I use the 'Best' setting. This may not be much of a concern, because most of the SD material I want is on PBS, and it is broadcast as SD on their HD channel. I assume this recorded 'SD on HD' will look exactly the same as what was broadcast.
The "recording quality" settings only apply to analog channels. With digital channels, the TivoHD records the original digital bitstream (100% original quality).
Originally Posted by Hyrax
Where should I go to get the best TivoHD info? I want to find out things like adding a 750GB hard drive (noise, heat issues?) or even simple things like the 30 second skip.
Be aware there are mass posts on that forum about the pixelization issues with Scientific Atlanta CableCards. Tivo has said they have a software fix in its testing now, but until that is out, users will continue to complain about that, as they should.
To enable 30-sec skip with the ->| button, enter the following key sequence while watching a recording: Select-Play-Select-3-0-Select
. Note you will need to re-enter this code after a Tivo software update, and any time you unplug the TivoHD (or lose power).TivoHD Upgrade Instructions
- Remove the outer case and existing drive using a torx screwdriver in the T10 size. If you don't have one of appropriate length, you can purchase the Star Driver T10 Ampro (9014713) from Advance Auto Parts for about $4.
- Download WinMFS here.
- Shut down Windows and attach original TiVo drive. You can open your computer and attach it with a SATA cable, or attach it externally using a SATA->USB adapter like this.
- Boot to Windows XP (SP2) or Vista, run WinMFS, and click 'Select Drive' to select the drive you attached.
- In WinMFS, click the 'Backup' option. Save the file to your hard drive.
- Shut down the computer and attach the new, larger drive. You can disconnect the original Tivo drive.
- Turn your computer back on, run WinMFS, and click the 'Restore' option. Select the file you saved to your hard drive in step #5.
- You're done. Install the new drive in the TivoHD.
Note that won't backup your existing recordings. The "Backup" option in WinMFS just backs up the Tivo software and your configuration, not the recordings.
If you want to backup your recordings too,then you need to choose the MFSCopy option in WinMFS which requires that the original Tivo drive and new drive be connected at the same time -- in which case you may want 2x SATA -> USB adapters
Be sure to purchase a hard drive with appropriate noise output and heat dissipation. Many retail drives will make your TivoHD sound like a jet engine. You can buy the same quiet Seagate DB35 drives used by Weaknees right here
. For the TivoHD and Series3, you need the SCE
version, available in 500Gb ($150) and 750Gb ($265) sizes.Detailed Instructions