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tashabear
tashabear
that was easy
There was a bit of running back and forth (and in retrospect, I could have brought my laptop to the TiVo, duh), but it was nothing but easy to set up the network adapter, switch the TiVo over from phone access to wireless, and install the TiVo Desktop software so I can download TV shows to my computer.  Seriously, I'd say it took maybe ten minutes, start to finish (once I got the right WEP key in there).

It might seem a bit silly to do this, but I thought it would be a good thing to have for a few reasons.  Firstly, the TV is in my bedroom, not my sewing room, and if I want to watch a show that I have saved, I can't watch it from the sewing room unless I download it to my laptop.  Secondly, I can now use the TiVo Desktop software to pick shows to record at home while I (and the laptop) are elsewhere.  And thirdly, now we can move the TiVo downstairs where it might actually be useful, now that it needn't be tethered to the wall.

darkwolfie is excited about this too -- for some reason we just don't get around to watching the stuff we have saved on TiVo.  And yet, I love watching videos on my laptop.  Maybe it's just the habit I got into while I was away, that this screen is the right size for watching videos and TV; who knows.  I just hope we finally make use of this nifty technology that I know we haven't exploited to it's fullest yet.

i feel: pleased pleased

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Comments
bubbette From: bubbette Date: July 6th, 2006 08:28 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Have you opened your TiVo yet? (I did...I changed the hard drive out for a larger one.)

If you have, then find a way to make a copy of the material on the hard drive. In the event that your TiVo dies and you've cracked the seal, they will not replace it for "free". And there is no way to replace the proprietary software on your TiVo's drive if that happens unless you made a copy of it. (Voice of experience: I have a dead TiVo Series 2 here.)

If you have not opened it yet, then if something happens to it they will replace it for "free" (shipping and handling is on you).
tashabear From: tashabear Date: July 7th, 2006 03:26 am (UTC) (base camp)
We have no cracked the case, no, but I may ask them to replace it if moving it downstairs does not resolve the wicked crackly sound on the recordings.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: August 4th, 2006 05:44 am (UTC) (base camp)
Hi - I run tivolovers Actually you can recover a dead machine without a backup. You can get an image from someone else with the same model - and if you ask in the upgrade forum at TiVoCommunity.com someone will probably provide one. But a quick and easy way is to order an Instant Cake CD from PTVUpgrade.com. It is a CD with all the update tools *and* the image on it. So you just connect a hard drive to a PC's IDE controller and boot the CD, then follow the prompts. I used one myself to recover an old Series3. Piece of cake - no pun intended.
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