Category: "Time Warner/Cox Cable"

Pages: 2

03/20/08

  09:08:44 pm, by The Dreamer   , 422 words  
Categories: Time Warner/Cox Cable, TiVo HD / Premiere / Elite

I got CableCARDs ... working

Well, I got to a point where it said it was going to take a long time to update. So, after waiting a while....I decided to go in to work.

When, I got home, it was still finishing its connection. It was the the slow count up of "Loading". It was at 40%. After about half an hour...it neared 50%....but while I was checking what channels I was getting (and ignoring the messages that it had no program info...) it rebooted on me.

It wanted guided setup again (but I ignored it)....afterwards, live TV was funny. Sometimes I would get ESPNHD, ESPN2HD, TNTHD, UHD, etc....but most of the time I didn't. So, I tried guided setup again. It kind of worked, but mostly didn't....hopping around the setting some more and few more unexpected reboots, some successful and some failed net connects. I once again was asked to do guided setup...so I did.

Finally, I poked around in the CableCARD menus....found that CableCARD 1 was working for everything, but CableCARD 2 was having issues. I contemplated calling the Cox installer to see if he could help, but opted to try another guided setup, but tried to see if instead of confirming 23 as QVC what it would ask and see if I saw it. But, it would ask if 24 was X, then 25 was Y, then 26 was Z....they all were, so I stopped there. Would take to long to see if it would tune digital channels.

The gist was CableCARD 1 was getting all my digital channels (SD and HD)...while CableCARD 2 seemed only able to get broadcast HD. So, I gave the Cox installer a call. He said he would call somebody and then call me back. While staring at a black screen of something I should be getting (what happens when CableCARD 2 is selected...) It jumped...flashed an error screen....and then seemed to work. Though I found that CableCARD 2 now reported that it had no channels, and CableCARD 1 was doing all the work.

I got the call back, he said he had them do a reset/refresh for that card and asked if it was working. I described what I was seen and that it was currently saying no channels available for CableCARD 2. Said it would take some time and that he would call back in 5 minutes.

Soon afterwards...it started working, and I had everything. When he called back, I told him that it was now working.

Now to start scheduling stuff to record on it.....

  01:10:19 pm, by The Dreamer   , 399 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, Time Warner/Cox Cable, TiVo HD / Premiere / Elite

I got CableCARDs

The process got off to a rough start...the installer put card 1 in and then put card 2 in, and called to do the pairing. During the call he was instructed to remove cards and then do them one at a time.

That seemed to go somewhat better.

He didn't want to go through guided setup, just wanted to see live TV to confirm that things were working. But, it stayed at Acquiring Channel Info, forever. A quick call, seems he would have to do it, if he wanted to see channels.

So, we did the guided setup.

Still no channels. He decided that everything was done on their end, that it must be TiVo that is preventing things....so he left his number, and said to call if there were any problems on their end.

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03/15/08

  06:02:06 pm, by The Dreamer   , 245 words  
Categories: Time Warner/Cox Cable, TiVo HD / Premiere / Elite

Cox CableCard Installation Scheduled

Well, I pulled that trigger....

I called Cox, navigated through the phone menus...entered my old Vonage phone number (the Ohio one)...and then got to talk to someone about getting CableCards.

The only hang up was how many did I need? I asked if they did S-Cards or M-Cards...she didn't know, said the installer will bring the right card based on the work order of what they would be installing the cards into. Saying that it was for a TiVo HD didn't help answer the question, she needed the model number and then she would go find out.

The answer was, I would need two cards.

The installation is scheduled for between 10-12 on Thursday March 20th.

It never came up that I have other Cox boxes already, etc. Just the one time fee for them to come out and install the cards and the monthly fee that having the cards would add.

A much improved experience so far. B-)

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03/12/08

  10:31:33 pm, by The Dreamer   , 507 words  
Categories: Home Theatre, Time Warner/Cox Cable, OTA HDTV, Momitsu V880N, TiVo HD / Premiere / Elite

TiVo HD DVR has arrived

Today, I came home late from work...and found sitting on my doorstep that FedEx has left the TiVo HD DVR there. Odd, when I ordered the Cox HD DVR, they wouldn't do that...and even though I waited at home all day by the front door, they claim that I wasn't there to make the delivery (ignoring that it was the first K-State football home game of the season...or perhaps the real reason?)

Anyways....I just moved the box aside, since I intend to hook it up digitally and not knowing how quickly the woot order would ship, I had put off buying DVI and/or HDMI cables. Though I had a good idea of what would be needed, since the TV is DVI and the TiVO HD is HDMI. What I hadn't worked out full is placement of it and my Zektor DVI switcher. Or what pieces of tech that have an input on my TV need to move onto the DVI switcher, because I'm out of digital audio inputs on my receiver.

The plan is that I'll likely move my Momitsu V880N to using DVI. The OTA HD tuner will probably be retired as a result of the TiVo HD DVR (and not because it only sees one station and poorly)....but that digital audio output had already been bumped. Since unlike my setup in Columbus with TimeWarner, I have both an HD tuner and an HD DVR from Cox. Not ready to retire the HD tuner from my mix...but perhaps some day it'll go.

I suppose the only outstanding issue I haven't figured out is whether I need open return path for the TiVo's cable connection. I have a 4 way and an 8 way splitter....the 8 way has no return path and is off of one of the 4 way splitter outputs. I have my cable modem, Cox HD Tuner and Cox HD DVR on the other 3 outputs of the 4 way. 7 of the 8 outputs are my ReplayTV...the 8th has floated around a bit depending on what gadget I wanted to try....on the HDTV for using its internal tuner, a DVD recorder that I had to see if TVGuide data was available, the OTA receiver to see if I could do clear QAM....

Now that I think of it, I probably should've checked Amazon.com for an upgrade of the 4-way splitter...I think the next up is an 6-way (want to minimize the split loss at that 'tier'). But, I once again used Amazon Prime to order a bunch of DVI/DVI and HDMI/DVI and Toslink cables....discovered that the 3.99 upgrade to 1 day service is per item, not per shipment or order. In retrospect I might have scaled down the size of the order to just what I needed to get the TiVo HD going, and leave the rest for free 2 day service. But, I guess I'm not thinking clearly right now :zz:

Initial setup will be a weekend project, not sure how it'll go on getting the Cablecards.

02/16/08

  02:33:53 pm, by The Dreamer   , 131 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, Time Warner/Cox Cable, Cable HD DVR, Networking

WiRNS resurrection

Link: http://www.wirns.com

I've had it with lack of line up updates from DNNA, and the need to call a non-tollfree number and wait on indefinite hold to fix something they should be keeping up on.

So, I looked at remapping some data to get the one channel that I'm missing out on....digital Fox.

I had stopped using WiRNS, because my ReplayTVs had stopped being able to get data from it....I figured it was probably related to having lost one of my Linux servers due to the icepocalypse. And, evidently this is so. :>>

Now at least I'll have the option of recording Fox from digital cable....though American Idol filling up the schedule, means there's just "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles"....which isn't in conflict, so is getting recorded on the DVR.

01/05/08

  05:18:20 pm, by The Dreamer   , 338 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, Samsung HLN4365W1, Time Warner/Cox Cable, HDTV

6118 Hours

I had been thinking that over the Xmas holidays, and then on New Year's....that I would replace the bulb in my Samsung HLN4365W1. It had been getting darker and darker for some time, and was beginning to annoy me...especially which watching TV shows and movies that tend to be dark themselves.

But, I keep forgetting to do it before turning the TV on for the day. Being that I need to do it with the set cool.

Today I got an email from a person looking for a replacement bulb for her Samsung HLN4365W1....which made me think that I should try to remember replacing mine. She told me that looking at Sears Parts online, it would set her back like $250. And, wanted to know if I knew of somewhere cheaper. I went over to Samsungparts.com, where I had ordered my replacement bulb from...and found that they give a price of $149.99. Darn, I paid $199.99 for mine...of course, I bought it over 1.5 years ago....in preparation of a move for just in case. :**:

The bulb replacement was pretty straight forward, except that it was on the side that required contortions and later pulling the TV out to get at.

Once the set turned on...I went into the service menu to clear the lamp timer. Making note that the timer was at 6118 hours.

Interesting to note that the new bulb is a 120W, whereas the original bulb was only a 100W...where I had read somewhere that the 'Dynamic' picture mode ran the bulb at 120W. Guess the part change addresses this fact. Though I guess I've been fortunate to not experience total bulb failure.

Meanwhile, while checking out the new bulb...I noticed that Fox HD is now available on Cox.

Wonder how long before DNNA get's the lineup fixed so that I can record it using my ReplayTV? Maybe I'll have to dig out my fax machine and send them the full line up, so they can get it right.

08/20/07

  12:34:27 am, by The Dreamer   , 1055 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, Time Warner/Cox Cable, OTA HDTV, Software, AppleTV

WiRNS is dead, long live WiRNS.

Actually, it is Zap2It that will be dead. And, with that deadline looming, I've been trying to decide when to make the leap from the very stable WiRNS 1.3.2.21 version to the Preview release of 2.0.0.0 :**:

I had been holding off for a variety of reasons, one the Preview wasn't distributed as a ZIP file...just an MSI, so I could just unpack and drop it into my less than normal setup. And, for some reason I couldn't do builds of this code on the same computer (Guess Microsoft is trying to kill Windows 2000). |-|

But, I decided this this afternoon that I would make a quick try at getting the preview release going....even though I also had plans to be somewhere this evening. Well, I blew off those plans...and now it is quite late, and I have a job interview tomorrow....

Anyways....I made a quick backup and moved things aside on my computer and set about to install the 8.16 preview.

It crashed a bunch of times, but I eventually got it up....and then I set about to go through the configuration to make sure everything was reasonable. The hard part was updating the lineups for my ReplayTVs....since I have 7 of them, and it does a rebuild of the ReplayGuide each and every time I edit one.

Then I did an update guide....it went to build ToDo and kept crashing....I have Season Premiere/Finale and Series Premiere/Finale ReplayZones on two of my ReplayTVs...one for regular cable TV and one for Digital Cable TV....it had 155,xxx for the regular cable TV unit, and it would go for about 30 minutes on the Digital Cable unit and then crash. And crash was considered a good response....other times it would just hang and be unresponsive until I killed it. At least with a crash, it would eventually automatically restart (Windows Service setting).

Didn't I add a boolean option to decide if ReplayZones would go into Building the ToDo list? Well, I found that another developer had commented it out...saying ReplayZones works now. Ummm, I don't think so. So, I guess if I'm going to make WIRNS 2.0 work, I would have to figure out how to get it to build and go back to making custom builds for myself. :??:

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07/26/06

  04:41:43 pm, by The Dreamer   , 69 words  
Categories: Time Warner/Cox Cable, VoIP, Networking, TV, HDTV, Cox HSI

Yeah....

I have cable TV and broadband again!

:wave:

Had to use my own modem, rather than the free one....the installer didn't have my details for what I had ordered, and therefore didn't have that equipment. But, better to get service....and he did land a HD converter (and I had that SB5101 laying around).

Now I'm just waiting for a DPH-540 to appear, so I can do phone....

07/15/06

  01:45:34 am, by The Dreamer   , 222 words  
Categories: General, ReplayTV, Time Warner/Cox Cable, Momitsu V880N, Travel, Broadband

Staying up for an early departure

Back on June 19/20, I blogged that I was staying up over night because I had an early AM flight and decided to just stay up for it. :yawn:

I found it incredibly difficult to do...and after a while, I seemed to run out of stuff to do online to keep myself occupied. So, I threw in some TV watching to help pass the time.

Well, now I'm trying to do it again.... :**:

Only, I'm finding it even harder to do...because I have no cable TV yet, and no broadband. I'm alternating between using my old AT&T BusinessNet dialup account and my BB7100t as a GPRS modem.

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06/30/06

  11:27:07 am, by The Dreamer   , 108 words  
Categories: General, Time Warner/Cox Cable, Wireless/iPhone, WiFi

I've been cutoff!

In Time Warner's usual high efficiency...the service tech showed up well in advanced of the scheduled window. He left with all my rented equipment, including my cable modem. So, I have no more Internet or Telephone service at home (well, I have my phone....and for some reason the only calls have been Unknown numbers violating DoNotCall....:##)

So, how am I posting this.

Well, I could cable up to my cellphone and get online this way....but I'm not currently doing this.

What I'm doing is taking advantage of the clutter (2.4GHz spectrum) and using somebody else's open WiFi access :lalala:

Anyways...off to find more boxes.

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Now instead of subjecting some poor random forum to a long rambling thought, I will try to consolidate those things into this blog where they can be more easily ignored profess to be collected thoughts from my mind.

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