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post #811 of 845
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Originally Posted by plplplpl View Post

As the kids say, sux 2 b u.

Tell me about it! Now buttons on my remote are not working! AHHHHHH!

Play and the yellow "exit button" aren't working!

BTW, I tried to insert a DVD to back up my recordings before the hard drive data was corrupted. It wouldn't read ANY dvd be it recorded or blank! So how am I to back up if it doesn't work! I now don't bother saving on the hard drive any longer and format it frequently.

I also have a Motorola cable DVR. Even though it doesn't lose data it had recorded pixilated garbled garbage. It also is unresponsive at times freezing up when pressing a command on the remote. When it feels like working again all of the commands get executed at once!!

Technology crap!
post #812 of 845
I have mine connected to analog cable and it has not had any listings for several days. My recorded data is still there and I've been recording manually w/o a hitch. I've done a re-boot and unplugged it for 5 minutes, still no listiings even after leaving it for 24 hours. Should I try to go back to the start menu and re-set my settings or should I just live with it since everything else is still working fine? Might the listings come back on their own? A minor inconvenience compared to the other problems listed here to be sure...
post #813 of 845
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Originally Posted by nwowasp View Post

I was wondering if anybody else is having this problem.....when I try to load a DVD it takes many times of closing the door before it loads. Any ideas of what the problem may be and better yet any solutions?

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Originally Posted by Me3 View Post

Just make sure it is seated correctly i.e., those two small detants on the front the drive should properly align with the disc. The drive was made to handle DVD RAM cartidges so seating regular DVDs takes a special "touch."

It is even happening when there is no disc in.....any suggestions?
post #814 of 845
FYI, TVGOS service has been restored for Shaw Calgary customers.
post #815 of 845
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Originally Posted by nwowasp View Post

It is even happening when there is no disc in.....any suggestions?

I can see how it would be hard to load a disc when you do not put one in. I am assuming this is a joke?
post #816 of 845
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Originally Posted by Me3 View Post

I can see how it would be hard to load a disc when you do not put one in. I am assuming this is a joke?

It is a not a joke....when I try to close the tray, it will close and then open right away. It will do this a couple of times with no disc in the tray. When there is a disc in the tray this will happen about 3 or 4 times if I'm lucky and if I'm not it can take 20 times before it closes and reads the disc. I did email toshiba and all they suggested was to unplug the recorder and see what happens. I have done that in the past and nothing seems to change. I can live with it when it is 3 or 4 times but the 20 or more times is more the norm now, so any suggestions would be great.....
post #817 of 845
My RD-XS34 is still working fine. When over the air TV goes away, is there a way to manually set the time. I am currently using a Zenith DV converter to record over the air digital programs.

Thanks
post #818 of 845

If you guys ever need to order a brand new remote for your XS34/35 recorder I would highly recommend!
Part Number: 79102865

They accept credit cards & PayPal, have fast terrific service and it couldn't be easier!

I've heard about fixing it yourself, by prying open the remote to get to the circuit board, but you cannot do it with these! They will not open up!


Edited by Willie G. - 4/10/13 at 1:04pm
post #819 of 845
I just got a new HDTV (a Christmas gift to myself). This new set will display the resolution of incoming signals (something my old HDTV didn't do).

Anyway...

It displays "480i" for my XS34 !

I went back thru my settings, and I can't seem to find something that switches the output from 480i to 480p. BTW, I am using the component (Y,Pb,Pr) output jacks.

Did I missing something?
post #820 of 845
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Originally Posted by rcflyer View Post

My RD-XS34 is still working fine. When over the air TV goes away, is there a way to manually set the time. I am currently using a Zenith DV converter to record over the air digital programs.

If you have the updated firmware (and the firmware hasn't been updated in years), you will be able to do a master reset. After the master reset, if you don't setup TVGOS, the "set time/date" option will be un-grayed-out, and you can select it.

BTW, not everyone will loose TVGOS next month. If your "analog converter" correctly re-builds the analog VBI data, TVGOS will continue to work. Yea, I know, that is a big "if".
post #821 of 845
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Originally Posted by WaltA View Post

I just got a new HDTV (a Christmas gift to myself). This new set will display the resolution of incoming signals (something my old HDTV didn't do).

Anyway...

It displays "480i" for my XS34 !

I went back thru my settings, and I can't seem to find something that switches the output from 480i to 480p. BTW, I am using the component (Y,Pb,Pr) output jacks.

Did I missing something?

Open the flap on the remote and push the Progressive button.
post #822 of 845
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Originally Posted by Nascar Dog View Post

Open the flap on the remote and push the Progressive button.

Much thanks!

Yea, one of those "duh" moments. I had to dig out the original remote, and yep, there is that button!
post #823 of 845
Does anybody know another way to access the content menu (list of programs recorded) besides using the Content Menu button on the remote control??The button stopped working on my remote I tried the Library but its not exactly the same. I can't believe Toshiba would one make this accessible thru the controller
post #824 of 845
If your XS34 is like my XS35 and the remote has an Easy Navi button, press that then select Play Contents. Presto, you're in the Content Menu!

post #825 of 845
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Originally Posted by plplplpl View Post

If your XS34 is like my XS35 and the remote has an Easy Navi button, press that then select Play Contents. Presto, you're in the Content Menu!


That is the exact same remote as my XS34.
post #826 of 845
I shall try that but please help me out I have antoher problem!
Last night while playing arund with the setup options I accidentally changed the IR code from DR-1 to DR-2. Now the cotnrol doesn't respond to anything, whenever I press a button the screen displays DR-2. I tried what it said on the manual of holdign Easy Navy + 1 to change it back to DR-1 but it doesnt work
What can I do??
post #827 of 845
Does anyone know what the latest/last firmware version was, and if it still available for download anywhere?

I think I am one level behind.
post #828 of 845
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Originally Posted by Jintty View Post

What can I do??

Leave the batteries out for a while?
post #829 of 845
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Originally Posted by Jintty View Post

I shall try that but please help me out I have antoher problem!
Last night while playing arund with the setup options I accidentally changed the IR code from DR-1 to DR-2. Now the cotnrol doesn't respond to anything, whenever I press a button the screen displays DR-2. I tried what it said on the manual of holdign Easy Navy + 1 to change it back to DR-1 but it doesnt work
What can I do??

Try holding down the Easy Navi button while you press 1.
post #830 of 845
So now the DVD will not open at all.....any suggestions?
post #831 of 845
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Originally Posted by WaltA View Post

Does anyone know what the latest/last firmware version was, and if it still available for download anywhere?

I think I am one level behind.

Last version I have is YG1200.

You can download an update through Toshiba's website although I don't know what version this is.

Burn the ISO to a CD-R disc. ImgBurn is an excellent free burner.
post #832 of 845
Well, this morning, my XS-34 is displaying "ER 00 0C".

I tried pressing and holding the power button. That is resulted in a VERY long "WAIT", eventually followed by the "ER 00 0C" again.

The manual says this is "Turning on the power failed", tough, obviously, there is enough power for the error code to be detected and for the display to show it.

Has anyone had any experience with this? Is there a "most likely" point of failure?

Gosh, I wish Toshiba still made DVR's. I would certainly get a replacement if I could. Instead, fixing this unit has become a priority.
post #833 of 845
Sorry to hear about your problem with the Tosh. It certainly is an unreliable product!

I'm currently having problems with the XS34 to format some DVD-RAM discs and Memorex is no help on the matter!

I had to do a "hard reset" just to get it to stop flashing the loading icon after inserting the RAM disc. I was afraid it wouldn't turn back on because I had a long WAIT as well. Luckily no error code showed up.

I was just reading this thread which may (or may not) be of help to you.
post #834 of 845
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Originally Posted by Willie G. View Post

Sorry to hear about your problem with the Tosh. It certainly is an unreliable product!

I'm currently having problems with the XS34 to format some DVD-RAM discs and Memorex is no help on the matter!

I had to do a "hard reset" just to get it to stop flashing the loading icon after inserting the RAM disc. I was afraid it wouldn't turn back on because I had a long WAIT as well. Luckily no error code showed up.

I was just reading this thread which may (or may not) be of help to you.

Update the firmware of your RD-XS34 to the latest one and use Taiyo Yuden DVD-RAM and this should take care of your problem. I know it's impossible to find THAT'S brand DVD-RAM in the U.S., which is Taiyo Yuden's own brand in Japan, but check the CDfreaks forum for threads on what U.S. brands may be TY DVD-RAM. Top grade Maxell or Victor-JVC DVD-RAM may also be Taiyo Yuden, at least in Japan.
post #835 of 845
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Originally Posted by Clevor View Post

Update the firmware of your RD-XS34 to the latest one and use Taiyo Yuden DVD-RAM and this should take care of your problem. I know it's impossible to find THAT'S brand DVD-RAM in the U.S., which is Taiyo Yuden's own brand in Japan, but check the CDfreaks forum for threads on what U.S. brands may be TY DVD-RAM. Top grade Maxell or Victor-JVC DVD-RAM may also be Taiyo Yuden, at least in Japan.

Thanks for the advice. How do I go about getting the latest firmware and what version number might that be?

I just ordered some TDKs and will see how they work out.
post #836 of 845
The HDD on my RD34 has been giving me headaches for a while, and today I'm getting a new error message as soon as I turn the unit on - "Data is corrupted. Try reformatting HDD. Warning: this will erase all data" (paraphrased slightly)

If I hit "OK" on that message, will that immediately start reformatting, or will I at least have a chance to dub a few things I want to keep over to DVD? Anyone had experience with this? Or with replacing the HDD with a new one?

Thanks in advance...
post #837 of 845
The bad news: Your data is basically gone for good. You have no choice but to go ahead and reformat.

The good news: Your HDD will probably be OK after this and you won't have to replace it.
post #838 of 845
So if I hit "OK" on that screen (it comes up with "ALERT" on the LED display, not any of the numerical "ERROR-xx" messages), it'll start reformatting right away, then?

I've been reading with interest the thread about someone using a hex editor to recover video in chunks from one of the Panasonic models...has anyone tried that with the Panasonic? I'm not at all averse to sticking a different HDD in this unit to get it going again, and then taking my time trying to salvage the existing HDD's content.
post #839 of 845
That message occurred with me once and I think I said OK and the next time I looked on my HDD it was blank . However it happened on another occasion (could have been a different model RD-XS) and I cancelled out of it and was able to back up my stuff before doing a reformat manually. Usually you just can't dub anymore stuff to DVD-R when you see that message.

To avoid this in the future do all your editing with playlists. I may delete the beginning and end off the original recording but any internal deletions and editing I do on playlists. I can get 1-1.5 years of service out of a HDD before having to do an all titles delete or reformat voluntarily to 'defrag' the drive.

I also make sure I archive stuff promptly every week, just to be safe.

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Originally Posted by fybush View Post

I've been reading with interest the thread about someone using a hex editor to recover video in chunks from one of the Panasonic models...has anyone tried that with the Panasonic? I'm not at all averse to sticking a different HDD in this unit to get it going again, and then taking my time trying to salvage the existing HDD's content.

Nah for me. I don't have anything super important on my HDD that I have to go that length to recover it.
post #840 of 845
I shall have to try that once I get this machine working again, one way or another. Thanks for the suggestion! Two new questions:

1. Has anyone tried GRC's SpinRite recovery software? It gets good reviews among some engineers of my acquaintance, and it claims it can recover "TiVo hard drives," which is at least a close cousin of what we're dealing with here.

2. On a more basic level, has anyone actually tried to remove the HDD from the XS34? I've got the top off mine, and the drive seems to be secured by four screws, two on each side - but only one of the screws is easily accessible without further dismantling of the unit. Any suggestions?
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