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  # 1887889 22-Oct-2017 20:42
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Jaxson: What the process after the hardware mod is done? Assume a drive mod?
Is there a how to for this available?

Thanks.

 

Yes. But the installer and instructions are not ready for public distribution yet.

 

 

Do you have it yet?





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  # 1887909 22-Oct-2017 22:03
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sonyxperiageek:

 

Skolink:

 

Jaxson: What the process after the hardware mod is done? Assume a drive mod?
Is there a how to for this available?

Thanks.

 

Yes. But the installer and instructions are not ready for public distribution yet.

 

 

Do you have it yet?

 

 

Yes and used it on 4 TiVos so far.


 
 
 
 


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  # 1887910 22-Oct-2017 22:27
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Was there an unofficial or official list of features for the new software update?





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  # 1887915 22-Oct-2017 22:49
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As I understand it, at this stage it offers an additional menu option for developers, which allows for the guide source to be redirected to another IP address.

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sonyxperiageek:

 

Was there an unofficial or official list of features for the new software update?

 

 

It hasn't been a simple task getting to this stage, but the first obvious change will be the 30 second forward skip now works. That was removed by Hybrid to keep the advertisers in NZ and Aussie happy.  There will be some additional menu items relating to connecting to the new mothership and connecting to the Tivo via Telnet etc. Once this is all working well, work will likely start on adding additional features, but these are not being discussed yet.  





Tivo upgrades to operate with the new OzTivo EPG, support and service. Over 300 performed here so far. See: www.hillcrest.net.nz


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Thanks for that @Spong. Also, do you think the developers will start charging for extra features in the future?




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sonyxperiageek: Thanks for that @Spong. Also, do you think the developers will start charging for extra features in the future?

 

Absolutely not. This is very much a community effort being done for the love of the Tivo. It's basically a carry on from what was done back in 2002 when the Tivo 1 was imported from USA with no support here. Enthusiasts figured out how to get EPG data onto that, and there are still many NZ and Aussie Tivo 1's getting data from there. It's had a much better up time than Hybrid's Mothership, and we hope the Tivo Series 3 will live on for a long time. Once it's all working, it should need minimal maintenance.  





Tivo upgrades to operate with the new OzTivo EPG, support and service. Over 300 performed here so far. See: www.hillcrest.net.nz


 
 
 
 


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Spong:

 

sonyxperiageek: Thanks for that @Spong. Also, do you think the developers will start charging for extra features in the future?

 

Absolutely not. This is very much a community effort being done for the love of the Tivo. It's basically a carry on from what was done back in 2002 when the Tivo 1 was imported from USA with no support here. Enthusiasts figured out how to get EPG data onto that, and there are still many NZ and Aussie Tivo 1's getting data from there. It's had a much better up time than Hybrid's Mothership, and we hope the Tivo Series 3 will live on for a long time. Once it's all working, it should need minimal maintenance.  

 

 

However you will be welcome to donate your time to correcting or improving guide data once everything is up and running.


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Just a quick update on progress with the post 31st October Tivo project. 

 

Great progress has been made over the weekend with the NZ EPG guide. BTW, the new guide includes data for Chan 5 (Maori TV) and Chan 15 (Te Reo), These have been missing from the official Tivo EPG since they moved to HD I believe?  Everything's going well, and everything's on track. Don't throw your Tivo away. I personally believe it will be better than ever.

 

By all means have the PROM chip replaced now as it won't affect normal operation in any way, and when the software is released to the public, this is an easy upgrade for most people here. I'm really impressed with the community spirit involved with this project, with some pretty cleaver people involved.   

 

One interesting fact that became apparent over the weekend was that we get exactly twice the recording hours from our Tivo drives compared to the Aussies, due to our more efficent MP4 streams. We get (estimated HD hours) 120hrs from the standard 320GB drive, 400hrs from 1TB, and 800hrs from 2TB drives. 





Tivo upgrades to operate with the new OzTivo EPG, support and service. Over 300 performed here so far. See: www.hillcrest.net.nz


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Anyone in the Hamilton area can do this ??





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Afternoon fellow TiVoers,

 

Replaced the PROM chip over the weekend and thought I'd post some pics to show how I did it, in case it's of use to others.

 

Having checked out the price of the suggested Chip Quik product, I decided to do this a different way.
I just cut the existing ROM chip legs off, using a strong/controlled downwards pressure with a sharp craft knife.

 

The risk of this approach is slipping and cutting other components/tracks/yourself, plus a definite risk to the tracks/mounting points under the chip.
However, in practise, this worked surprisingly well.  Overall this approach can minimise the heat put into the board too, if done quickly and efficiently.

 

With 3 sides cut, I could pry the chip up and away from the board:



From there I initially started removing the existing legs, by desoldering one at a time and lifting lightly with fine pliers:



After a short while I realised that I could simply push the remaining pins off directly, rather than having to involve the pliers.
The iron would melt the leg pins, and they'd stick to the iron when slid off the pads.

 

 

I used a pretty fine soldering tip, one with a flat side that could be applied straight down on the pins.
Clean regularly and tin the end slightly (crusted up whilst waiting to take this photo for you).
I use one of those copper twisty cleaner containers. 
Keeping things clean is definitely your friend here, and keep the temp down to something sensible too.


From there it was plain sailing, with the board chip space cleaning up really well:



I don't think the chip can be remounted easily on it's own, as the pins wrap around and under it's body.
This would be incredibly hard/impossible to do without a hot air rework type approach, so highly recommend using the socket.

I agree with removing the centre of the socket also, as this impedes the pins from being soldered back on.
I cut this out and glued the piece back in place afterwards as a packer, to ensure the PROM would sit at the right height when inserted into the socket.

Take your time and tack two pins down on opposite sides to hold it in place, ensuring the alignment is perfect.
Then work slowly around the pins, ensuring each is soldered nicely.
Don't freak out of any cross runs, as these can fairly easily be worked out later, pulling the solder along in the direction of the pins to clear the spillover.




Then the new PROM finally gets installed, the unit reassembled and a moment of fear/relief when it starts up again properly!



Overall the unit is really really nice to work in.  Remove the drive bay, via 4 screws, and you'll have a lot of room to work in.
Mine was dusty as anything, but cleaned up really well.  It's a T-10 or T-15 'security' screw, but these are pretty common.

 



Now just waiting on the software to patch the drive.

A huge congrats and thank you to all in the community for their work on this.
Despite us needing a PVR less and less now, it's nice to not have to junk this, and I expect the new developments will likely lead to a better unit than we originally had anyway.

Hope the above is of use to some?

Jaxson.


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  # 1888545 24-Oct-2017 13:35
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old3eyes:

 

Anyone in the Hamilton area can do this ??

 

 

I am also interested...


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sxz:

 

old3eyes:

 

Anyone in the Hamilton area can do this ??

 

 

I am also interested...

 

 

Ditto


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  # 1888681 24-Oct-2017 15:47
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Woo! This is getting exciting! Just waiting for some soldering stuff I bought from ebay to arrive and should be able to replace the chip soon!





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BlueShift:

 

sxz:

 

old3eyes:

 

Anyone in the Hamilton area can do this ??

 

 

I am also interested...

 

 

Ditto

 

 

 

 

Ok. Are you all in Hamilton, or just want your Tivo's modded? I have stock of the new modified PROM chips, and will do a small number of mods, but I'd rather someone else does the actual work as my eyesight is not what it used to be. Happy to do the software mods and/or hard disk upgrades at any time when ready. PM me for details. 





Tivo upgrades to operate with the new OzTivo EPG, support and service. Over 300 performed here so far. See: www.hillcrest.net.nz


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