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post #61 of 110
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Originally Posted by hdonzis View Post

So did you!

Is there something different in those two questions than what I posted it my previous two posts?

No.

Remembering your 'new' / donated 2K/3K, I figured might ask well as you, the current 'extract_rtv' maintainer.

And, if we get PV-HS2000 to try writing to BOTH partitions, we may have our first 2K/3K 'Success Story'.
post #62 of 110
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Originally Posted by ClearToLand View Post

I believe we may have discovered Susan G's problem!

Possibly...

I don't know if The Robman or FlipFlop ever posted about upgrading IRBlaster codes on ShowStoppers. I know there are posts about using extract_rtv instead to overwrite the files, and they mention about not knowing which is the active system. That's the advantage to FlipFlop's upgrade CD, that it overwrites the IRBlaster files in the active system...

I know that when this whole thing with Susan started (actually, before Susan), I was trying to figure out how to do it through extract_rtv for a ShowStopper. I got myself a 3K just so I could play with it and have it hooked up to a DTA and WiRNS so I can play with it. I have looked and looked, and I haven't found a way to tell which is the active system. It's probably something simple, but I haven't found it yet. Of course, if I upgrade the IRBlaster files via WiRNS, then it will be the same as FlipFlop's CD and will just magically overwrite the active system. I was thinking if I could get it working through WiRNS, that would make it much simpler for everyone, but that would only be for Ethernet connected 4Ks and 5Ks and dialup users with phone line simulators (or equivalent). It still might make some good information for helping dialup users who can't simulate the Ethernet connection, though. At least I would know how to do it and could comment...

Henry
post #63 of 110
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Originally Posted by ClearToLand View Post

And, if we get PV-HS2000 to try writing to BOTH partitions, we may have our first 2K/3K 'Success Story'.

That would be nice!

If I wasn't so lazy, I could try it all with my 3K. However, I have a hard time getting myself motivated to take it all apart and try it. I had a pretty nice setup when I was getting WiRNS operating with the 3K. I was thinking that I could probably get my IRBlaster codes upgraded using WiRNS exclusively (no more copying any files or running shell commands) and that would help out the vast majority of the people since more have Ethernet connected 4Ks and 5Ks and are bogged down with the details of the current method. So, I was thinking that I would get IRBlaster upgrading working through WiRNS first (I've talked to Ryan about it), and then that would let me use the same technique to IRBlaster upgrade my 3K, and that would help me figure out how to do it manually and help out Susan and others in her situation...

Henry
post #64 of 110
I just SEARCHed Adding new IR Blaster codes to the Replay unit (2k/3k) for sys2/OS and got no hits so this may be the missing 'key'...

No 411-Zones back then, eh?
post #65 of 110
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Originally Posted by ClearToLand View Post

I just SEARCHed Adding new IR Blaster codes to the Replay unit (2k/3k) for sys2/OS and got no hits so this may be the missing 'key'...

Yeah, I think I've had some better luck back in the past, but I don't recall finding anything revealing...

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Originally Posted by ClearToLand View Post

No 411-Zones back then, eh?

That was a great idea! Unfortunately, not very informative. I tried some other Zone commands, but couldn't find anything that revealed the active system...

Henry
post #66 of 110
WOW! YOU GUY'S ARE AMAZING! Boy you all read me like a book
Just got home & pulled the SS HDD from XP Pro. I am going to try all offered advice. Long story short YES I AM A: not a "Command / DOS Prompt" kinda guy... GUI helps us neophites...
I used Extract & Explore RTV both to get the OBJ file on the SS HDD. Will advise on sucess or more hair pulling.
post #67 of 110
Made up this hack for 2000/3000/showstoppers. Connect replay drive to XP PC then click on install batch file. Readme file should help explain install. This code 0392 along with an IR blaster will control the Pace Thompson Comcast DTA box.

Edited: sorry for all the confusion. My earlier hack was built up from previous IR blaster compilations. It appears many of the files weren't needed. I've uploaded what should be all that's needed to copy code 0392 into the 2000/3000/showstopper software to control the comcast DTA box. I hope it works for you.

Update: I heard from PV-HS2000 on 04/15/2010 who said the hack worked for him. The key to getting it to work is while in setup, right arrow on code 0392 until you see the asterisk appear. You might have to right arrow on a few other codes then go back and right arrow on 0392 to get the asterisk to appear. Then save changes and it should control your Comcast Pace/Thompson DTA.

 

Simplified Comcast DTA S0392.OBJ for 2000 3000 and Showstopper.zip 53.837890625k . file
post #68 of 110
HEY All! FYI I over-wrote C0015 to >>> sys1/OS/IR Blaster/C0015_OBJ using the RTV_Exlpore GUI [I am hoping that it does EXACTLY the same as the dos version of RTV_Extract]! I did see C0015 in the sys2/OS/IR Blaster folder; but no-where did I see any mention to over-write that file. As I do have a virgin 2k, I can make a "brick" out of the 1 that is attached to the POS Comcast DTA and experiment at will & if all else restore it to a unit that records ONLY if you "pretune" the DTA to your desired station. I was trying to avoid a lot of down missed "Remember it's only" TV favs. Yes I should run spell check a lot more.

One more note I KNOW the 2K works b/c I swaped it out w/the virgin 2K is on a Comcast supplied Motorola DCH70 & both works perfectly on code 0476. ARGH! I am so close but yet so far.....I wanna pass Go & get my $200 !
post #69 of 110
Darn! Mikeyboy just posted a new [to me at least] hack & my SS is doing the 30 to 40 min update [gotta love dial up!]. 1 of these days I WILL attempt to get @ least 1 of the 2K 's on to Ethernet. Has any one determined if sys/1 & sys/2 need to be over-written? [not sure if / or \\ syntax is correct but you all get the jist]
post #70 of 110
Mikeyboy if this works you are GOD or at least or me you are. I am not sure if this will work on a "deflowered" 2K [I have loaded C0015_OBJ & C0276_OBJ on to it via RTV_Explore]. If it does not I will re-virgin"ize" from an unadulterated PVHS2000 [way to much alliteration] & attempt your/below solution again.

Why couldn't I find this "fix" I am DUMB!!! But not toooooo stoopid !


To install Pace/Thompson IR codes to Replay2000/3000/Showstopper. Answer "y" for yes then press your keyboard Enter key to each of the six file writing prompts.
pause

To install hack. Connect 2000/3000/Showstopper drive to PC secondary IDE ribbon. Start Windows NT, 2000, or XP (administrative privileges required). Will not work with win95,98 or ME. Click on "InstallPaceFiles.bat" to start upgrade. Answer "Y" and press the enter key at each overwrite prompt. Now the required files have been installed to the replay drive. Reinstall drive in recorder.

To make the hack work. Boot the recorder. Go into setup/network and input settings. Go to appropriate input the Comcast DTA is connected to and select Cable Box, then Digital Cable. Go to OTHER and right arrow onto any IR code number, then do the same to any other IR code. Now choose 0392 and save changes. The recorder will dial in and download the digital guide. The reason you had to select several randomly chosen IR codes, is there is an association problem with this hack. Selecting several other IR codes before 0392 appears to correct the association and result in 0392 being able to control the Comcast DTA box.
post #71 of 110
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Originally Posted by Mikeyboy View Post

Made up this hack for 2000/3000/showstoppers. Connect replay drive to XP PC then click on install batch file. Readme file should help explain install. This code 0392 along with an IR blaster will control the Pace Thompson Comcast DTA box.

Interesting! Mike's install batch file copies the IRBlaster files to BOTH sys1 and sys2! So, looks like it takes care of not worrying about which system is active...

There's also some files that need to be copied to the user file system, so it's possible that step got skipped by PV-HS2000...

Henry
post #72 of 110
OK willing to write to both sys folders/partitions but 1st going to try http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/attac...3&d=1270600543 I know I'm close..but yet so far...no luck. Dealing w/a small form-factor Dell & an ancient Gateway XP Pro....& 2 little guys [7&6 who know way more than me & way to many cables not to mention a vocabulary they didn't teach me in 2nd grade...[you have no idea how many times I have looked up IIRC, PITN, PITA, ect...
post #73 of 110
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Originally Posted by PV-HS2000 View Post

OK willing to write to both sys folders/partitions but 1st going to try http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/attac...3&d=1270600543 I know I'm close..but yet so far...no luck. Dealing w/a small form-factor Dell & an ancient Gateway XP Pro....& 2 little guys [7&6 who know way more than me & way to many cables not to mention a vocabulary they didn't teach me in 2nd grade...[you have no idea how many times I have looked up IIRC, PITN, PITA, ect...

I would just go with using Mike's package and not worry about doing it manually. I was just making an observation that Mike's batch file updates the IRBlaster files in both systems...

Henry
post #74 of 110
Have read almost all if not all your posts on 2K's. Your patients&guidance w/ Susan "G" was not only informative but instructive; however you can see that I to have hit a glitch. BUT! I am nothing if not persistent & I WILL get this task figured out! Good thing I have 2 so I can record while I make "bricks"! The wife is PO'ed [Hey I'm learning!] re no House [is that a program?]
Still working w/Mikeyboys_Thompson S0392.OBJ for SS file.
I can not agree more; if this works why try any thing else! Still cant figure out why I could not find this file until 4.6.10 but rather use and solve than wonder why I am such a DA
post #75 of 110
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Originally Posted by hdonzis View Post

...I don't know if The Robman or FlipFlop ever posted about upgrading IRBlaster codes on ShowStoppers. I know there are posts about using extract_rtv instead to overwrite the files, and they mention about not knowing which is the active system. That's the advantage to FlipFlop's upgrade CD, that it overwrites the IRBlaster files in the active system...

Ever since I joined the 'ReplayTV Fan Club', I was aware of 2 sub-groups:
  1. 2K/3K
  2. 4K/5K
And, I always 'assumed' that Showstoppers were part of group 1.

I just looked around at: Panasonic Support and I found:
  • PV-HS1000 - ShowStopper®
  • PV-HS2000 - ShowStopper®
  • PV-HS3000 - ShowStopper®
Are the PV-HS2000 and PV-HS-3000 considered as 'Showstoppers' or '2K/3K' in the AVS forum?

My second point of confusion, although I still haven't read the Adding new IR Blaster codes to the Replay (2k/3k) thread in its entirety yet, is why, since Jun 6, 2003, haven't I stumbled across any messages stating that The Robman's method doesn't work?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mikeyboy View Post

Made up this hack for 2000/3000/showstoppers. ..

Thanks!

Contents of InstallPaceFiles.bat: (for reference only - questions to Mikeyboy will be in a separate post)
Code:
@ECHO OFF
ECHO "To install Pace/Thompson IR codes to Replay3000/Showstopper. Answer "y" for yes then 
press your keyboard Enter key to each of the six file writing prompts". 
pause

ECHO "Installing S0392.OBJ code"
extract_rtv -p1 -w user/mirror/system/data/S0392.OBJ S0392.OBJ
extract_rtv -p1 -w sys1/OS/IRBlaster/S0392.OBJ S0392.OBJ
extract_rtv -p1 -w sys2/OS/IRBlaster/S0392.OBJ S0392.OBJ
extract_rtv -p1 -w sys1/OS/IRBlaster/IRBTable.txt IRBTable.txt
extract_rtv -p1 -w sys2/OS/IRBlaster/IRBTable.txt IRBTable.txt

ECHO "Installing ircodes"
extract_rtv -p1 -w user/mirror/sys-setup/data/Irbdata/ircodes ircodes

ECHO "BATCH FILE HAS CONCLUDED. Reinstall hard drive into recorder"
PAUSE
EXIT
Originally, The Robman's instructions indicated one could OVERLAY an existing code (OBJ file) in sys1/OS/IRBlaster and be done. Years passed and no one, that I'm aware of, complained. Yesterday Henry mentioned sys2/OS/IRBlaster. And that led to Mikeyboy (no insult intended) 'SHOTGUNNING' everything in site.

I'm confused... (more to follow in next post)
post #76 of 110
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Originally Posted by ClearToLand View Post

Ever since I joined the 'ReplayTV Fan Club', I was aware of 2 sub-groups:
  1. 2K/3K
  2. 4K/5K
And, I always 'assumed' that Showstoppers were part of group 1.

I just looked around at: Panasonic Support and I found:
  • PV-HS1000 - ShowStopper®
  • PV-HS2000 - ShowStopper®
  • PV-HS3000 - ShowStopper®
Are the PV-HS2000 and PV-HS-3000 considered as 'Showstoppers' or '2K/3K' in the AVS forum?

Read this page in the section called "ReplayTV naming convention", and the comment near the top about ShowStoppers...

By the way, in case you haven't noticed, the forum on PlanetReplay is called "Showstopper & ReplayTV 2000/3000"...

Henry
post #77 of 110
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mikeyboy View Post

Made up this hack for 2000/3000/showstoppers. Connect replay drive to XP PC then click on install batch file. Readme file should help explain install. This code 0392 along with an IR blaster will control the Pace Thompson Comcast DTA box.

First of all, thanks again for helping out.

For so many consumer products, the 'Hackers' make things so much more interesting for the 'Tinkerers'!

Now, on with the questions:
  1. Why did you switch to S0392.OBJ instead of sticking with the existing C0015.OBJ or C0276.OBJ?
    .
  2. Except for the 2 'Identifier Bytes', is S0392.OBJ identical to C0276.OBJ (or C0015_OBJ)?
    .
  3. Why did you switch from a Cable Box (C) code to a Satellite Box (S) code?
    .
  4. Does it matter that the new code begins with 'S' and the ReadMe instructions refer to 'Cable Box'?
    .
  5. Why does IRBTable need to be overlaid?
    - I used WinDiff to look and the only differences I see between 12/28/99 and 06/17/2003 are the spelling of '0f' in line 8 and the addition of code C1165.OBJ.
    .
  6. Was anything changed in file 'ircodes'?
    .
  7. What are your thoughts regarding the 'Association Problem' and how selecting several random codes first overcomes it?
    .
  8. IIRC, 'years ago', I ran extract_rtv on a Win98 PC. Why is there now a restriction?
    EDIT: Oh yeah! 'Linux boot disk method with RTVPatch'
    .
  9. Did the 'Original Instructions' from 2003 work for 3K and/or 2K machines and is this thread the first attempt to apply a change to a Showstopper?
    .
  10. Since you're a 'ReplayTV Guru', I'm assuming it's implied that you tested this on a Showstopper and it works?
Thanks!

Contents of ReadMe.Txt: (for reference)
To install Pace/Thompson IR codes to Replay2000/3000/Showstopper. Answer "y" for yes then press your keyboard Enter key to each of the six file writing prompts.
pause

To install hack. Connect 2000/3000/Showstopper drive to PC secondary IDE ribbon. Start Windows NT, 2000, or XP (administrative priveledges required). Will not work with win95,98 or ME. Click on "InstallPaceFiles.bat" to start upgrade. Answer "Y" and press the enter key at each overwrite prompt. Now the required files have been installed to the replay drive. Reinstall drive im recorder.

To make the hack work. Boot the recorder. Go into setup/network and input settings. Go to appropriate input the Comcast DTA is connected to and select Cable Box, then Digital Cable. Go to OTHER and right arrow onto any IR code number, then do the same to any other IR code. Now choose 0392 and save changes. The recorder will dial in and download the digital guide. The reason you had to select several randomly choosen IR codes, is there is an association problem with this hack. Selecting several other IR codes before 0392 appears to correct the association and result in 0392 being able to control the Comcast DTA box.
________________________________________
Re-formatted:

To install hack:
  1. Connect 2000/3000/Showstopper drive to PC secondary IDE ribbon.
  2. Start Windows NT, 2000, or XP (administrative priveledges required). Will not work with Win95, 98 or ME.
  3. Click on "InstallPaceFiles.bat" to start upgrade.
  4. Answer "Y" and press the enter key at each overwrite prompt.
    - Now the required files have been installed to the replay drive.
  5. Reinstall drive in recorder.
To make the hack work:
  1. Boot the recorder.
  2. Go into setup/network and input settings.
  3. Go to appropriate input the Comcast DTA is connected to and select Cable Box, then Digital Cable.
  4. Go to OTHER and right arrow onto any IR code number, then do the same to any other IR code.
  5. Now choose 0392 and save changes.
    - The recorder will dial in and download the digital guide.
The reason you had to select several randomly chosen IR codes is there is an association problem with this hack. Selecting several other IR codes before 0392 appears to correct the association and result in 0392 being able to control the Comcast DTA box.
post #78 of 110
Quote:
Originally Posted by hdonzis View Post

Read this page in the section called "ReplayTV naming convention", and the comment near the top about ShowStoppers...

Quote:
Originally Posted by ReplayTVUpgrade.com View Post

...(ShowStoppers were sold under 3 different model names, all of which are hardware equivalent to the 3000 series ReplayTVs.)...

Reaffirming my current confusion...

Patiently awaiting an update from PV-HS2000...
post #79 of 110
Quote:
Originally Posted by PV-HS2000 View Post

...I over-wrote C0015 to >>> sys1/OS/IR Blaster/C0015_OBJ using the RTV_Exlpore GUI...

That should have failed since the correct filename is C0015.OBJ. Did you clear the checkbox in your Windows Explorer View?

BTW, I believe the reason for the 'odd' naming convention was another JP1 program wouldn't accept .OBJ files but would accept them as _OBJ. (I did a bit of reading on JP1 Forums yesterday.)

Quote:
Originally Posted by PV-HS2000 View Post

...Yes I should run spell check a lot more...

I recently 'upgraded' from Firefox 1.5.0.12 to 2.0.0.20 and it appears that a spellchecker is built-in; dotted-red underlines appear under all the words it doesn't know. Then, if I'm not sure, I just GOOGLE define:word to quickly check.

Quote:
Originally Posted by PV-HS2000 View Post

...I KNOW the 2K works b/c I swaped it out w/the virgin 2K is on a Comcast supplied Motorola DCH70 & both works perfectly on code 0476...

If you also have another STB that works with the EXISTING codes in the ReplayTV / Showstopper, that's a good test of the IRBlaster.

Quote:
Originally Posted by PV-HS2000 View Post

...ARGH! I am so close but yet so far.....I wanna pass Go & get my $200 !

It's nice / rewarding to see your enthusiasm and good humor. Unfortunately, I don't think Susan G felt the same way:
Quote:
Originally Posted by Susan G View Post

Hi CleartoLand-

Your assessment of the problem was incorrect, but thanks for your attempts, anyway.

I appreciate your help, but your attitude -- not so much.


-Susan

Hopefully, with Mikeyboy's input, we may be close to a solution!

As I stated in my other recent post, I find it hard to believe that this thread is the FIRST attempt to change a code in the 2K/3K/Showstopper group of ReplayTVs.
post #80 of 110
[quote=ClearToLand;18448405]First of all, thanks again for helping out.

For so many consumer products, the 'Hackers' make things so much more interesting for the 'Tinkerers'!

Now, on with the questions:
  1. Why did you switch to S0392.OBJ instead of sticking with the existing C0015.OBJ or C0276.OBJ?

    S0392 was my personal choice and I believe it's one of the larger .obj files so extract_rtv could successfully overwrite it.

    .
  2. Except for the 2 'Identifier Bytes', is S0392.OBJ identical to C0276.OBJ (or C0015_OBJ)?

    It is Robmans C0015.OBJ. with bytes 2 and 3 modified to match the original S0392 file. I have no knowledgeof C0276.
    .
  3. Why did you switch from a Cable Box (C) code to a Satellite Box (S) code?

    It simply is a large and presumably expendable stock file, so overwriting wouldn't be a problem. Makes no difference if it's S or C code when picking the IR code number from the "Other" folder.
    .
  4. Does it matter that the new code begins with 'S' and the ReadMe instructions refer to 'Cable Box'?

    No. The readme walked you through how to configure the input to use a DTA since it acts as a Cable box and sets up the tuner to receive cable box output. Nothing more to it.
    .
  5. Why does IRBTable need to be overlaid?
    - I used WinDiff to look and the only differences I see between 12/28/99 and 06/17/2003 are the spelling of '0f' in line 8 and the addition of code C1165.OBJ.

    Probably doesn't. This was a remnant from earlier IR addition works in which an IR code was actually added, not just overwriting an existing code. Skip it
    .
  6. Was anything changed in file 'ircodes'?

    This also was a remnant from earlier IR addition works. Does not need to be changed.

    .
  7. What are your thoughts regarding the 'Association Problem' and how selecting several random codes first overcomes it?

    Unknown why the hack sometimes works without selecting another code and other times it doesn't. This can probably be skipped using the simplified hack posted earlier in this thread, as that one may work correctly from the get go.
    .
  8. IIRC, 'years ago', I ran extract_rtv on a Win98 PC. Why is there now a restriction?
    EDIT: Oh yeah! 'Linux boot disk method with RTVPatch'
    .
  9. Did the 'Original Instructions' from 2003 work for 3K and/or 2K machines and is this thread the first attempt to apply a change to a Showstopper?

    IR codes have been changed for many years now, thanks to flipflop and The Robman. I put the previous 0392 hack together based off those early works.
    .
  10. Since you're a 'ReplayTV Guru', I'm assuming it's implied that you tested this on a Showstopper and it works?
Thanks!

The Hack is proven to work on my 2000 and showstopper.
post #81 of 110
So this is the text from the install attempt:

"To install Pace/Thompson IR codes to Replay3000/Showstopper. Answer "y" for yes
then press your keyboard Enter key to each of the six file writing prompts".
Press any key to continue . . .
"Installing S0392.OBJ code"
ReplayTV drive detected: \\\\.\\PhysicalDrive2
Overwriting a file on the ReplayTV drive is VERY RISKY!
Are you sure you want to do this?
Confirmation failed. Aborting.
ReplayTV drive detected: \\\\.\\PhysicalDrive2
Overwriting a file on the ReplayTV drive is VERY RISKY!
Are you sure you want to do this?
Confirmation failed. Aborting.
ReplayTV drive detected: \\\\.\\PhysicalDrive2
Overwriting a file on the ReplayTV drive is VERY RISKY!
Are you sure you want to do this?
Confirmation failed. Aborting.
ReplayTV drive detected: \\\\.\\PhysicalDrive2
Overwriting a file on the ReplayTV drive is VERY RISKY!
Are you sure you want to do this?
Confirmation failed. Aborting.
ReplayTV drive detected: \\\\.\\PhysicalDrive2
Overwriting a file on the ReplayTV drive is VERY RISKY!
Are you sure you want to do this?
Confirmation failed. Aborting.
"Installing ircodes"
ReplayTV drive detected: \\\\.\\PhysicalDrive2
Overwriting a file on the ReplayTV drive is VERY RISKY!
Are you sure you want to do this?
Confirmation failed. Aborting.
"BATCH FILE HAS CONCLUDED. Reinstall hard drive into recorder"
Press any key to continue . . .

I am guessing I did it wrong b/c code 0392 does not work, tried changing code 3 times [several] before I tried 0392. All seems to work, I hear the SS whir and see channel # & show info appear on the TV but the actual channel does not change in the Thomson box. I am now trying to overwrite S0392, IRBTable in SYS1\\OS\\IRBlaster w/ RTV Explore, but I don't see "ircodes" in that folder. Should I over write that file when I find it? Should I overwrite these same files in SYS2 if they are there? Mike is there an easier way to do this? Your program looks like the way to go. Do I have to run it under DOS? I am a real scared'y'-cat when it come to DOS I believe I am getting all the failures/aborting messages b/c my working folders &/or directories [if that is the correct terminology] are wrong. 1 thought I have is that the install instruction state to put the SS drive on cable 2 but when I do that my XP Pro does not see the drive, I have to put it on the same cable as the master & set the SS HDD drive to slave via the correct jumper setting. Is my issue the cable or just me being a dumb-a** & not running the fix correctly?

I am more than likely over thinking this thing & not logically troubleshooting the situation the way I should be but I am easily confused and thus off in another direction.

Close But No Cigar or $200.00!

Brooks A.K.A. PV-HS2000
post #82 of 110
Quote:
Originally Posted by PV-HS2000 View Post

"To install Pace/Thompson IR codes to Replay3000/Showstopper. Answer "y" for yes
then press your keyboard Enter key to each of the six file writing prompts".
Press any key to continue . . .
"Installing S0392.OBJ code"
ReplayTV drive detected: \\\\.\\PhysicalDrive2
Overwriting a file on the ReplayTV drive is VERY RISKY!
Are you sure you want to do this?
Confirmation failed. Aborting.

Well, it's pretty clear that you didn't answer "y" for any of the confirmation prompts, so it didn't copy any of the update files to your RTV hard drive, which would absolutely account for it not working. So, I don't know if you ran the batch file in a strange way such that it didn't even allow you to answer "y" or if you didn't answer "y". But, until you run the batch file in a way that you can answer the questions affirmatively, you won't get the updated files installed on your RTV...

Henry
post #83 of 110
Quote:
Originally Posted by PV-HS2000 View Post
..."To install Pace/Thompson IR codes to Replay3000/Showstopper. Answer "y" for yes
then press your keyboard Enter key to each of the six file writing prompts".
<--- This is what you should respond for EACH extract_rtv prompt
Press any key to continue . . . <--- This is the PAUSE prompt
"Installing S0392.OBJ code"
ReplayTV drive detected: \\\\.\\PhysicalDrive2
Overwriting a file on the ReplayTV drive is VERY RISKY!
Are you sure you want to do this? <--- I don't see the 'Y' here
Confirmation failed. Aborting.

...I am guessing I did it wrong b/c code 0392 does not work... ...I am a real scared'y'-cat when it come to DOS ...

...I am more than likely over thinking this thing & not logically troubleshooting the situation the way I should be but I am easily confused and thus off in another direction.
Yep. You're flailing your arms every which way.

From Mikeyboy's responses to my "10 Questions", combined with my own personal research into the topic, I believe that I have a fairly good understanding of 'How' I would approach this.
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For MANY years, The Robman's instructions to OVERLAY an existing code (OBJ file) in sys1/OS/IRBlaster/ worked for many folks. I'm going to guess that was because many of those ReplayTVs/Showstoppers were currently using sys1. I'm also going to guess that during BOOT, the contents of the 'Active' system (sys1 or sys2) are copied to user/mirror/system/data/. Thus, on the off chance that YOUR ReplayTV is using sys2 and you overlay the file(s) in sys1, it's not going to work.

To add to the confusion, there's this currently unexplainable 'Association Problem'. Even if you picked the right sysX directory, the new code still *MIGHT* not take effect until you first select two random codes. Black Magic... I never heard of this before, but since I don't have a 2K/3K, I also haven't read the entire Adding new IR Blaster codes to the Replay (2k/3k) thread. So, maybe it was mentioned in there. THANK YOU to Mikeyboy for bringing it to everyone's attention.

2K/3K/Showstopper Users: Please post your results.
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So, to replace one OLD code with one NEW code, all you have to do is:

To install hack:

OVERLAY the existing OBJ file in THREE places using whatever method you're comfortable with.
Code:
extract_rtv -p1 -w sys1/OS/IRBlaster/C0015.OBJ C0015.OBJ
extract_rtv -p1 -w sys2/OS/IRBlaster/C0015.OBJ C0015.OBJ
extract_rtv -p1 -w user/mirror/system/data/C0015.OBJ C0015.OBJ
To make the hack work:
  1. Boot the recorder.
  2. Go into setup/network and input settings.
  3. Go to appropriate input the Comcast DTA is connected to and select Cable Box, then Digital Cable.
  4. Go to OTHER and right arrow onto any IR code number, then do the same to any other IR code.
  5. Now choose 0015 and save changes.
    - The recorder will dial in and download the digital guide.
The reason you had to select several randomly chosen IR codes is there is an 'Association Problem' with this hack. Selecting several other IR codes before 0015 appears to correct the association and result in 0015 being able to control the Comcast DTA box.

If you're currently using code C0015 for something, you can choose to overlay ANY of the other existing codes. For a list of the codes currently on your ReplayTV, run: extract_rtv -p1 -e sys1/OS/IRBlaster/

Sample output:
Code:
C:\\Documents and Settings\\Henry\\Desktop\\ReplayTV\\ss\\sys\\OS\\IRBlaster>dir
 Volume in drive C is ACER
 Volume Serial Number is 14AE-E28A

 Directory of C:\\Documents and Settings\\Henry\\Desktop\\ReplayTV\\ss\\sys\\OS\\IRBlaster

01/11/2008  09:29 PM    
. 01/11/2008 09:29 PM
.. 01/11/2008 09:29 PM 48 C0015.OBJ 01/11/2008 09:29 PM 71 C0160.OBJ 01/11/2008 09:29 PM 21 C0276.OBJ 01/11/2008 09:29 PM 22 C0525.OBJ 01/11/2008 09:29 PM 48 C0533.OBJ 01/11/2008 09:29 PM 23 C0877.OBJ 01/11/2008 09:29 PM 24 C0899.OBJ 01/11/2008 09:29 PM 1,710 IRBTable.txt 01/11/2008 09:29 PM 48 S0392.OBJ 01/11/2008 09:29 PM 138 S0847.OBJ 01/11/2008 09:29 PM 55 S1005.OBJ 11 File(s) 2,208 bytes 2 Dir(s) 22,180,347,904 bytes free
UPDATED!
NOTE: There are currently *ONLY* TWO 'Pace DC-50X / Thomson DCI-1011 / Comcast' OBJ files available. They are C0015.OBJ and S0392.OBJ. Thanks to Mikeyboy ALL of the ambiguity has been removed!
  1. C0015_OBJ (208 Bytes) - by The Robman - BAD
    (JP1 Forum: Showstopper with Comcast Pace DTA)
  2. C0276.OBJ (217 Bytes) - Modified C0237fi.rid (4K/5K) by dontcareavs - BAD
    (Pace DC50X SOLVED - ReplayTV (4K/5K RID, 2K/3K OBJ))
  3. C0015.OBJ (208 Bytes) - Modified C0015_OBJ by Mikeyboy - GOOD
    S0392.OBJ (208 Bytes) - Modified C0015_OBJ by Mikeyboy - GOOD
    (Here is a batch file IR code hack for Comcast DTA boxes)
If you need another choice, you'll need to do your own 'homework'. ReplayTV Guru Mikeyboy verified that this procedure works. So, if you're having problems, go back and check your work.

For 'Everything-in-One-Place' convenience, I'm attaching the 3 2 OBJ files to this post. vBulletin doesn't allow the OBJ extention, so I'm renaming them to _OBJ.TXT (i.e. C0015.OBJ -> C0015_OBJ.TXT).

The LINK for extract_rtv is: ReplayTV Upgrade Patch

 

C0015_OBJ.TXT 0.203125k . file

 

S0392_OBJ.TXT 0.203125k . file
post #84 of 110
Title says it all. Got this "read-out" after re-doing installl the correct way.
"To install Pace/Thompson IR codes to Replay3000/Showstopper. Answer "y" for yes
then press your keyboard Enter key to each of the six file writing prompts".
Press any key to continue . . .
"Installing S0392.OBJ code"
ReplayTV drive detected: \\\\.\\PhysicalDrive2
Overwriting a file on the ReplayTV drive is VERY RISKY!
Are you sure you want to do this? y
Replaced file user/mirror/system/data/S0392.OBJ with S0392.OBJ
ReplayTV drive detected: \\\\.\\PhysicalDrive2
Overwriting a file on the ReplayTV drive is VERY RISKY!
Are you sure you want to do this? y
Replaced file sys1/OS/IRBlaster/S0392.OBJ with S0392.OBJ
ReplayTV drive detected: \\\\.\\PhysicalDrive2
Overwriting a file on the ReplayTV drive is VERY RISKY!
Are you sure you want to do this? y
Replaced file sys2/OS/IRBlaster/S0392.OBJ with S0392.OBJ
ReplayTV drive detected: \\\\.\\PhysicalDrive2
Overwriting a file on the ReplayTV drive is VERY RISKY!
Are you sure you want to do this? y
Replaced file sys1/OS/IRBlaster/IRBTable.txt with IRBTable.txt
ReplayTV drive detected: \\\\.\\PhysicalDrive2
Overwriting a file on the ReplayTV drive is VERY RISKY!
Are you sure you want to do this? y
Replaced file sys2/OS/IRBlaster/IRBTable.txt with IRBTable.txt
"Installing ircodes"
ReplayTV drive detected: \\\\.\\PhysicalDrive2
Overwriting a file on the ReplayTV drive is VERY RISKY!
Are you sure you want to do this? y
Replaced file user/mirror/sys-setup/data/Irbdata/ircodes with ircodes
"BATCH FILE HAS CONCLUDED. Reinstall hard drive into recorder"
Press any key to continue . . .

I can not test unit until later in the day. Will post results. Also I was trying code 0392 instead of 0015. Will input 3 "false' codes then try 0015 & 0392. One final ? every time I set a new code my SS skips connection so I have resorted to 243>Zones & force a net connect [which is actually a modem connect b/c PV-HS2000 are modem/dial-up] Wouldn't I love to put an ethernet port into this puppy! If that fails I will attempt to overlay the following files:
extract_rtv -p1 -w sys1/OS/IRBlaster/C0015.OBJ C0015.OBJ
extract_rtv -p1 -w sys2/OS/IRBlaster/C0015.OBJ C0015.OBJ
extract_rtv -p1 -w user/mirror/system/data/C0015.OBJ C0015.OBJ
via RTV_Explorer
Thanks for all the hand holding...Boy do I feel SIILY
post #85 of 110
Quote:
Originally Posted by PV-HS2000 View Post

Title says it all...

A round of drinks for everyone involved, courtesy of PV-HS2000!!!

In appreciation, you've now VOLUNTEERED to be the 'Point Person' for the next newbie.

Quote:
Originally Posted by PV-HS2000 View Post

...I can not test unit until later in the day. Will post results...

HAS to work!

Quote:
Originally Posted by PV-HS2000 View Post

...Wouldn't I love to put an ethernet port into this puppy!...

Henry will be able to point you towards the instructions for doing exactly this (using a PC)!

Quote:
Originally Posted by PV-HS2000 View Post

...Thanks for all the hand holding...

post #86 of 110
Okay all Update @ 9
Mikeyboys install did indeed install but did not work/solve my issue; so I overlay-ed the following:

extract_rtv -p1 -w sys1/OS/IRBlaster/C0015.OBJ C0015.OBJ
extract_rtv -p1 -w sys2/OS/IRBlaster/C0015.OBJ C0015.OBJ
extract_rtv -p1 -w user/mirror/system/data/C0015.OBJ C0015.OBJ
via RTV_Explorer

Then re-installed HDD in SS & it would not boot!?! Seems like its not getting any power to MB/unit, but not sure, so I then tried swaping power cable & no luck, put HDD back in XP unit to make sure HDD spins/is detected [it is/was] & replaced it in SS w/no luck. then reinstalled in SS w/same results. So now I am really stuck! I SO wanted to figure this out! Any one know how to diag a down SS. Is/are there any fuses I can check? Bummer! It is starting to look as if I may have to possibly upgrade to a newer unit unless someone has a solution to my brick! Aw SHUCKS......
post #87 of 110
Quote:
Originally Posted by PV-HS2000 View Post

Okay all Update @ 9
Mikeyboys install did indeed install but did not work/solve my issue;...

You're going to need to supply MUCH more detail than 'did not work/solve my issue' for ANYONE to be able to help you with this.

We all know it works, following the instructions I stated / summarized in Post #83, since Mikeyboy verified it.

Quote:
Originally Posted by PV-HS2000 View Post

...so I overlay-ed the following:

extract_rtv -p1 -w sys1/OS/IRBlaster/C0015.OBJ C0015.OBJ
extract_rtv -p1 -w sys2/OS/IRBlaster/C0015.OBJ C0015.OBJ
extract_rtv -p1 -w user/mirror/system/data/C0015.OBJ C0015.OBJ
via RTV_Explorer

So now, either C0015 or S0392 should control your DTA. Do you also have the FREE Motorola DCT-700?

Let's review your past actions:
  1. Quote:
    Originally Posted by PV-HS2000 View Post

    ...Then re-installed HDD in SS & it would not boot!?!

  2. Quote:
    Originally Posted by PV-HS2000 View Post

    ...1 thought I have is that the install instruction state to put the SS drive on cable 2 but when I do that my XP Pro does not see the drive, I have to put it on the same cable as the master & set the SS HDD drive to slave via the correct jumper setting..

Did you remember to reset the HDD jumper from SLAVE back to MASTER?

I hope you're not going to become a "Nervous Nellie" and go getting all panicky on us now...

I'll be down in my "Basement Computer Center" for another hour or two paying bills. Let's try to get this running tonight - OK?
post #88 of 110
Quote:
Originally Posted by PV-HS2000 View Post

Okay all Update @ 9
Mikeyboys install did indeed install but did not work/solve my issue; so I overlay-ed the following:

extract_rtv -p1 -w sys1/OS/IRBlaster/C0015.OBJ C0015.OBJ
extract_rtv -p1 -w sys2/OS/IRBlaster/C0015.OBJ C0015.OBJ
extract_rtv -p1 -w user/mirror/system/data/C0015.OBJ C0015.OBJ
via RTV_Explorer

Then re-installed HDD in SS & it would not boot!?! Seems like its not getting any power to MB/unit, but not sure, so I then tried swaping power cable & no luck, put HDD back in XP unit to make sure HDD spins/is detected [it is/was] & replaced it in SS w/no luck. then reinstalled in SS w/same results. So now I am really stuck! I SO wanted to figure this out! Any one know how to diag a down SS. Is/are there any fuses I can check? Bummer! It is starting to look as if I may have to possibly upgrade to a newer unit unless someone has a solution to my brick! Aw SHUCKS......

My guess is the power supply fuse may be blown. That is known to happen when the top cover or the hard drive comes in contact with the power supply while the power cord is plugged in.

You are best off downnloading the simplified hack I uploaded to replace the more cumbersome hack I posted a few days ago.

Keep in mind. The Robmans C0015.OBJ will not work as he created it because bytes 2 and 3 do not match the original C0015.OBJ bytes within the software. In other words, you can copy it to the drive but the operating system can not find it. My S0392.OBJ inside my hack is an edited version of Robmans C0015.OBJ and will work when you set the replay to code 0392. You may have to right arrow on several different IR codes to set the association straight if need be.

Other possible reasons your comcast box doesn't respond to my 0392 code is it isn't the Pace or Thompson box you're trying to control or the IR blaster is too close to the Pace or Thompson IR receiver window. It is difficult to tell if an IR blaster is outputting a signal.
post #89 of 110
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mikeyboy View Post

...Keep in mind. The Robmans C0015.OBJ will not work as he created it because bytes 2 and 3 do not match the original C0015.OBJ bytes within the software. In other words, you can copy it to the drive but the operating system can not find it. My S0392.OBJ inside my hack is an edited version of Robmans C0015.OBJ and will work when you set the replay to code 0392...

Wow! The bad news just doesn't want to stop this evening. First C0276.OBJ is NG; now C0015_OBJ is also NG. How sad.

Since you're already 'setup' (and knowledgeable ), would you mind 'fixing' C0015.OBJ and attaching it to a post? I'll then follow-up and get the broken C0015_OBJ on the JP1 Forum replaced.

Thanks!
post #90 of 110
No not a "N.N." yet, I just cant get the SS booted so I am having a hard time "suppl-[ing]" MUCH more detail. I am trying to find a [hopefully] blown fuse so I can provide detail. Yes, I switched jumper; Mike will try your fix ASAP; can you point me to the fuse location? I don't see it on a quick glance at the MB, I know its there just don't know where exactly !
All, please don't worry...I have NOT given UP...I just need to get the SS booted/power/running & then apply the correct the FIX!

Mike: "Other possible reasons your comcast box doesn't respond to my 0392 code is it isn't the Pace or Thompson box you're trying to control or the IR blaster is too close to the Pace or Thompson IR receiver window. It is difficult to tell if an IR blaster is outputting a signal."
Do you have any knowledge of "g-gray"'s cable he designed for a TIVO that he sells on EBay? I am swaping it w/a know good IR Blaster cable but to no avail. I have moved "good" cable to many many different locations & the only "output" I get is the channel & program info changes on the TV screen but the actual channel stays put/doesn't change...thus leading me to think I still do not have the right codes loaded. All this is of course moot until I get the SS up again. My fingers are X-ed!
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