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  Reply # 1893528 1-Nov-2017 11:20
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Anyone in the Wellington area able to help with a PROM swap?


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  Reply # 1893553 1-Nov-2017 12:09
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techricky:

 

I have a programmer here which I have tested, so if anyone has blank or removed proms they would like to reprogram I can do that.

 

 

 

It was pretty easy to remove, reprogram, and resolder the existing prom in mine, so could possibly do this too if needed.

 

 

I have also done this on one unit to test - couldn't see any side affects from heat after removing the chip booted fine with the new modified rom but I've only been using new chips when doing work for other people to avoid issues down the road.

 

I've been thinking of making a harness by modifying a PLCC32 socket so I can slip it over in reverse/upside down and program the PROM in-place instead of having to remove the PROM chip each time.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1893559 1-Nov-2017 12:20
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lucasnz:

 

Anyone in the Wellington area able to help with a PROM swap?

 

 

graemeh offered in this post you just need to obtain the PROM and holder from Spong who has a supply of new proms.

 

For anyone who is willing to pay return postage costs I'm willing to help you from Auckland.  I have a PROM writer and also a smaller quantity of new PROM's that have just arrived.


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  Reply # 1893716 1-Nov-2017 16:25
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rphenix:

techricky:


I have a programmer here which I have tested, so if anyone has blank or removed proms they would like to reprogram I can do that.


 


It was pretty easy to remove, reprogram, and resolder the existing prom in mine, so could possibly do this too if needed.



I have also done this on one unit to test - couldn't see any side affects from heat after removing the chip booted fine with the new modified rom but I've only been using new chips when doing work for other people to avoid issues down the road.


I've been thinking of making a harness by modifying a PLCC32 socket so I can slip it over in reverse/upside down and program the PROM in-place instead of having to remove the PROM chip each time.


 


 


 



Would programming in place be possible? Or would pins be grounded/affected by other connections etc

Very cool idea for a reverse design harness/socket plug etc 👍🏻

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  Reply # 1893722 1-Nov-2017 16:40
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I looked at programming in situe but you need to apply 12v on a pin to programme so unless you know what is on the other side ( hopefully nothing ) otherwise you may do some damage.

 

I did look for a jtag interface but there does not seem to be one for the series 3 Tivo.

 

It is a really good idea and would be really fast and worth investigating if you have more than one tivo and are not too worried if the test one does not survive.

 

Cheers

 

John





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  Reply # 1893763 1-Nov-2017 18:05
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The Community Developed Software to enable your Tivo to keep running with an EPG has now been released to the Public. 

 

Please do your best to connect your Tivo using the Network setting if you haven't recently, because it's advantageous for your Tivo to be running the latest 11.3b10.2017-1506-01-Z-663 software before installing this patch. You can check the System Information menu item to see which software your Tivo is running. Despite the official mothership being "closed" we suspect this software update may still be coming down, and if your Tivo has been connected over the last week, it should have received it automatically already. 

 

The current version of the community software is ver 0.6. Note: You must have had your PROM chip replaced with a new modified one before you can use this software/patch.

 

Please take the time to read TivoInstaller.pdf in detail before starting. There are links in there for some files you'll need.

 

Here is the document.  http://hd.oztivo.net/twiki/pub/S3FAQ/S3HowToKeepUsingTiVo/TivoInstaller_0.6.pdf

 

The actual installer files you'll extract onto the USB drive created above are here: http://hd.oztivo.net/twiki/pub/S3FAQ/S3HowToKeepUsingTiVo/tivo_installer_0.6.zip

 

As of today, you should have around 2 weeks of EPG data from your Tivo's last trip to the official mothership, there's no need to rush into this. The new EPG data may not be perfect and will be a work in progress with some help from the community. Scraping data from certain websites would have been nicer, but lawyers tend to leap out with cease and desist notices when this happens. From memory Sky used to be like this. 

 

When using the Season Pass feature with new guide data, you may need to use the default option of "Repeats and First-Run" rather than "First Run Only". Check the ToDo list to see if your choices will be recorded. You will almost certainly need to re-create your season passes after existing "official" EPG data is used up - around 14th November at present. You may also need to flush your current EPG data using the "Restart or Reset System"menu, then choose the option to "Clear program information and To Do list" then reconnect via the Network setting, to download new EPG data from the new OzTivo mothership.

 

The new software/patch should not harm your existing recordings. It does little more than patch the existing Tivo app on the hard disk and add some useful utilities. One new feature is the 30 second forward skip, which has been disabled until now. 

 

Here is the OzTivo site where this can be found: http://hd.oztivo.net/twiki/bin/view/S3FAQ/S3HowToKeepUsingTiVo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1893772 1-Nov-2017 18:39
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A little more info about the newly released Mod Software/patch

 

Big thanks go out to all the people working behind the scenes and testing on this. There has been a lot of activity from a lot of hard working people to get it to this stage.

 

Note you need to have the PROM chip installed for this to work. If you apply these mods to a non chipped TiVo it will not boot and you will have to restore from a backup.

 

The software mod has been pretty bulletproof to date and does a number of sanity checks before applying the update but to be safe you probably should make a backup with WinMFS in the rare chance that something goes wrong.

 

There are plenty of guides on the net for using it like this one for example: http://www.cdata.com.au/kb/a285/how-to-upgrade-your-tivo-hd-with-winmfs.aspx

 

Season Passes
You will need to redo all of your season passes. There is no way to migrate them across to the new OzTiVo guide data.

 

Ongoing Support
The OzTiVo forums will be revived soon for more targeted support so a link to that will be coming soon. 

 

Patience
As mentioned previously this will be a work in progress from a number of unpaid volunteers so please be patient. This is a community effort and the people working on this behind the scenes are doing this out of the desire to keep the TiVo in Australia & NZ alive. Be respectful of them and if things don't look perfect or get fixed immediately know that they will be dealt with in time. Agro directed at those giving up their free time to help will only make them want to help less. 


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  Reply # 1893870 1-Nov-2017 21:17
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Big thumbs up to those doing the hard yards to keep the tivo's alive. That's pretty cool.

I would be interested in giving mine a new lease of life, and happy to pay someone for the service. (That prom looks a bit small for my paint brush sized soldering stick) I will watch here with interest for further details about this.

A tiny bit concerned though about the potential longevity for the community mothership - it just seems it might be a bit fragile if it's not a commercial operation.


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  Reply # 1893897 1-Nov-2017 21:29
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TonyS071: A tiny bit concerned though about the potential longevity for the community mothership - it just seems it might be a bit fragile if it's not a commercial operation.

 

I wouldn't worry about that if I was you.  OzTivo ran for many years supporting the old Series 1 TIVOs.  It really only slowed down (a little) when the Series 3 was launched here.  There are a lot of geeks who love their Tivos so plenty of people with the skills to keep things going.


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  Reply # 1893938 1-Nov-2017 22:03
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TonyS071: Big thumbs up to those doing the hard yards to keep the tivo's alive. That's pretty cool.

I would be interested in giving mine a new lease of life, and happy to pay someone for the service. (That prom looks a bit small for my paint brush sized soldering stick) I will watch here with interest for further details about this.

A tiny bit concerned though about the potential longevity for the community mothership - it just seems it might be a bit fragile if it's not a commercial operation.

 

How many products have you bought that have been abandoned by the big corporates? Plenty I bet.

 

I feel that exactly the opposite will happen with the Tivo series 3. The big guys, in all of 8 years have failed to bring something to NZ that's significantly better, and our small market is of little interest to them. There's plenty of love and passion there for the Tivo and I'm sure there will continue to be.  There's more support there than there has been for any TV box, and many will supplement it with a Chromecast, Roku or similar streaming box for internet based material. 


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Earlier this year I wrote this column voicing my despair at the death of Tivo:

 

http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/90531598/max-christoffersen-invisibles-pull-the-plug-in-tale-of-electronic-woe

 

 

 

Last night I screamed ''...it's alive!!!.."

 

Pictures attached of one of the most remarkable technical stories I've ever seen. EPG detail being loaded from AusTivo site and then displaying.

 

 

 

Hats off Aussies you did it!!

 

 

 

My Tivo is working like nothing has changed. The update instructions if followed to the letter (extract files to USB - don't copy and paste) will mean your Tivo too will come back complete with all EPG details.

 

 

 

Are there likely to be bugs - sure! But I am so delighted that my Tivos continue to work. 

 

 

 

Tivo is still alive in New Zealand/Oz thanks to the volunteer work of many, many people and a few talented folks here who are doing the EPROM upgrade.

 

Don't throw Tivos out. They are working.

 

 

 

It's Tivo business as usual - thank you to all who have made this possible.

 

 

 

I used a Unitek SATA/USB adapter Y-1039 bought from PB Tech (yesterday!) 

 

 

 

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  Reply # 1894149 2-Nov-2017 11:18
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Maxcat:

 

Earlier this year I wrote this column voicing my despair at the death of Tivo:

 

http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/90531598/max-christoffersen-invisibles-pull-the-plug-in-tale-of-electronic-woe

 

 

 

Last night I screamed ''...it's alive!!!.."

 

Pictures attached of one of the most remarkable technical stories I've ever seen. EPG detail being loaded from AusTivo site and then displaying.

 

 

 

Hats off Aussies you did it!!

 

 

 

My Tivo is working like nothing has changed. The update instructions if followed to the letter (extract files to USB - don't copy and paste) will mean your Tivo too will come back complete with all EPG details.

 

 

 

Are there likely to be bugs - sure! But I am so delighted that my Tivos continue to work. 

 

 

 

Tivo is still alive in New Zealand/Oz thanks to the volunteer work of many, many people and a few talented folks here who are doing the EPROM upgrade.

 

Don't throw Tivos out. They are working.

 

 

 

It's Tivo business as usual - thank you to all who have made this possible.

 

 

 

I used a Unitek SATA/USB adapter Y-1039 bought from PB Tech (yesterday!) 

 

 

 

 

Great column, exactly how I felt.    I heard that more than likely we will only be able to transfer recordings from tivo to the pc and vice versa and not from tivo to tivo.  Since you have done the mod and put the new software on your tivos, can you still transfer recordings  from one tivo to the other?  Have you given it a go yet?  I have the HNP and the multi room viewing is one of tivo's features that I really really like.

 

Also were you able to download the WinMFS beta 9.3G software to backup your original tivo drives for safe keeping, if so what website did you go to to download the WinMFS as I have googled everywhere trying to find it to no avail.

 

 


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  Reply # 1894155 2-Nov-2017 11:27
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Yes I have been able to transfer programmes from each Tivo the HNP was used solely for this and it still works, as it always has.

 

I didn't bother with a backup as I too, couldn't find a site with a safe download.

 

So far, it is as if my TIVO has never stopped..

 

I now have a couple of others to get chipped.

 

The great news is TIVO lives on.

 

Please help keep them alive, if you have older relatives or friends who don't know and want to ditch them, then please donate to the guys in NZ that are gdoing the EPROM upgrades.

 

 


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  Reply # 1894178 2-Nov-2017 11:39
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At the age of 71 now I'm not sure if I can be bothered doing this mod.  Will watch and see what happens over the next month or two before I decide..





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  Reply # 1894179 2-Nov-2017 11:39
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need2noy:

 

 

 

 

 

Great column, exactly how I felt.    I heard that more than likely we will only be able to transfer recordings from tivo to the pc and vice versa and not from tivo to tivo.  Since you have done the mod and put the new software on your tivos, can you still transfer recordings  from one tivo to the other?  Have you given it a go yet?  I have the HNP and the multi room viewing is one of tivo's features that I really really like.

 

Also were you able to download the WinMFS beta 9.3G software to backup your original tivo drives for safe keeping, if so what website did you go to to download the WinMFS as I have googled everywhere trying to find it to no avail.

 

 

 

You only had to ask when we had that very long discussion, and I'd be happy to give you a link to winmfs beta 9.3G in my Dropbox. I won't post the link here for obvious reasons. Just PM me. 


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