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Our TiVo died
I have an out-of-warranty Series 2 Humax TiVo DVR with DVD recorder. The drive failed; I think it failed because the fan became marginal and the box was overheated. I'm trying to figure out how to proceed. I do have the original [small] drive for backup purposes, so I could probably re-constitute the box, but I'd need to buy a new drive and find a vendor for the suspect fan, at a minimum.

There are other options. Please vote here and also discuss in the comments.

Poll #1359828 DVR dilemna

I think the following are reasonable options:

Buy a replacement drive and restore the TiVo
1(4.5%)
Buy a new TiVo
0(0.0%)
Build a MythTV box
0(0.0%)
Buy a Media Center box
0(0.0%)
Other
1(4.5%)

I think the following is the best option

Buy a replacement drive and restore the TiVo
2(9.1%)
Buy a new TiVo
11(50.0%)
Build a MythTV box
6(27.3%)
Buy a Media Center box
0(0.0%)
Other
3(13.6%)

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From:bikergeek
Date:March 5th, 2009 03:30 am (UTC)
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I'd be inclined to build a Myth box but only because I like mucking with that sort of thing. If your goal is to have a no-muss, no-fuss, turnkey DVR, TiVo is it. I'd just go out and buy a new one, *UNLESS* the old one has a lifetime membership attached to it that you can't transfer to a new unit. (If you tried to revive it and it failed, would you have a use for the drive you bought?)
From:technoshaman
Date:March 5th, 2009 04:02 am (UTC)
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Ummm... what he said. (Which is why I chose "other" as best, 'cause you've got to *decide* whether you want to build a Mythbox or if you don't want to fsck with it.
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From:happypete
Date:March 6th, 2009 11:56 am (UTC)

I want to...

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but I think to buy the components I'd really want [ATSC tuner & HDMI video out] it might end up being too expensive.
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From:kimeepower
Date:March 5th, 2009 04:24 am (UTC)
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Do you have lifetime service? That is what happened to ours. It died after 5 years of faithful service but it has the lifetime service on it. Because of that Tivo will sell you a newer one for I believe $149, with the service. Otherwise if you buy a new box, it's a new service fee. How are you surviving without Tivo? Are you ok? When we lost TIVO my dad was moping around the house like he lost his best friend. You can get an RMA & they will send it right out to you.
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From:happypete
Date:March 5th, 2009 12:28 pm (UTC)

No, we're month-to-month...

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I wonder if an HD TiVo works with an SD set in the same way an HDTV converter does--I don't want to have to buy a new set for upstairs just yet.
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From:tonyvila
Date:March 5th, 2009 05:20 am (UTC)
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Three words - HD TiVo. I've been toying with building a XBMC box (mainly to rip all my DVDs so the kids will quit scratching them to hell), but TiVo's software is teh rulezz.
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From:happypete
Date:March 5th, 2009 12:27 pm (UTC)

XBMC?

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XBox Media Center?

I agree that TiVo does pretty much rule the DVR UI war.
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From:tonyvila
Date:March 5th, 2009 02:06 pm (UTC)

Re: XBMC?

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Xbox Media Center indeed. They have quite a lovely UI, they run on Windows and Mac, and they will play ISOs of your DVDs, so you do not have to forgo bonus features and menus when you convert DVDs to a non=physical form.
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From:happypete
Date:March 6th, 2009 11:57 am (UTC)

Re: XBMC?

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Wait...I'm confused...XBox Media Center doesn't run on an XBox?
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From:tonyvila
Date:March 6th, 2009 01:51 pm (UTC)

Re: XBMC?

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They ported it: http://xbmc.org/

It is hell of sweet. TiVo still wins the DVR game, mind, but for DVDs and downloaded movies. XBMC rocks the face.
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From:kellfire
Date:March 5th, 2009 12:44 pm (UTC)
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Try this
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From:happypete
Date:March 6th, 2009 01:10 am (UTC)

hrm...

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20GB is pretty small [what I had was 200]...and the site says it's discontinued. What was it about it that you really liked, though, feature-wise?
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From:mabfan
Date:March 5th, 2009 01:46 pm (UTC)
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I would lean toward you getting a new TiVo.
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From:happypete
Date:March 6th, 2009 11:58 am (UTC)

Right...

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price seems a little high right now, though...may have to make do.
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From:tww1fa
Date:March 5th, 2009 05:31 pm (UTC)
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I've gone from ReplayTV (great) to my cable company's HD DVR (absolute and utter crap) to MythTV (fantastic) and my only regret is that I didn't build a MythTV box sooner. The flexibility you get with MythTV is unsurpassed, IMHO. The only drawbacks are that it does take some time to get set up, and that there's almost too many options for recordings (and they are not hugely well documented.)
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From:happypete
Date:March 6th, 2009 12:00 pm (UTC)

so what I'd like to be able to do is...

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record one show from the antenna while watching another show either from the antenna or from disk. [Doesn't necessarily have to be a dual-tuner ATSC, though, because I can just use the tuner on the TV for real-time OTA feed.
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From:tww1fa
Date:March 6th, 2009 05:17 pm (UTC)

Re: so what I'd like to be able to do is...

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Should be easy. Hook up a splitter to the antenna line, one output to the TV's antenna in, one to the tuner card in the MythTV box, output from the MythTV box to video inputs on the TV. With a single tuner in the MythTV there's no problem watching a prerecorded show while another show records.
From:iuciddream
Date:March 6th, 2009 12:32 am (UTC)
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We have an old TiVo that we don't use any more. (we switched to high def) We can bring it to you when we come down in April..
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From:happypete
Date:March 6th, 2009 01:06 am (UTC)

Gosh...

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That's an option I hadn't thought of! What do you have a Series 2?


From:iuciddream
Date:March 6th, 2009 02:11 am (UTC)

Re: Gosh...

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I'm not sure... I think it's a series 2. We got it in 2004.

-M
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From:happypete
Date:March 6th, 2009 12:01 pm (UTC)

Re: Gosh...

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I'd say bring it down...maybe if I'm still trying to get mine to work, I can mix and match the parts.
From:iuciddream
Date:March 8th, 2009 02:11 am (UTC)

Re: Gosh...

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will do! rich is worried we'll forget something else important if we have to remember the TiVo. But I think it'll be ok... :)
From:sew_200e
Date:March 6th, 2009 01:59 am (UTC)

tivo

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another option is EBAY -- there is a TIVO 2 with a current bid of $51 with 1 hour left -- current time 9:00 pm
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From:happypete
Date:March 6th, 2009 12:01 pm (UTC)

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not a bad option....I'll watch the listings for a while and see what the prices are like.
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From:rslatkin
Date:March 6th, 2009 03:20 pm (UTC)
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Do you have cable? I would definitely get an HD Tivo and two cablecards.
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From:happypete
Date:March 6th, 2009 05:21 pm (UTC)

Cable?

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Remind me to send you the GMap of where I live...

OTA is my only programming source at the moment.
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