Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question

Odd DirecTiVo occurrence

Last response: in Home Theatre
Share
Anonymous
September 22, 2005 9:42:42 PM

Archived from groups: alt.video.ptv.tivo (More info?)

I turned my DirecTivo on yesterday at about noon and it was
showing a "retrieving information from satellite" message
with the progress bar sitting at 97%. I let it sit there
for 5 or 10 minutes and nothing changed, so I cycled the
power. When it came up, I got the usual "Powering up"
on the gray background, but then the next message "Almost
there, wait a few minutes" screen was different - it had
a big DirecTV logo on a black background with the message
below in white. The
last time I rebooted my DirecTiVo, this screen was the
old dark grey background with white text in the middle.
Then it went through an "Acquiring information from the
satellite" sequence that completed normally. Since then it
is behaving as usual.

Is the new startup screen part of the system upgrade that
happened a few months back? And why would it be hung on
getting satellite data at noon? Was this a failed call
from early the same morning?

-- TRW
_______________________________________
t r w 7
at
i x dot n e t c o m dot c o m
_______________________________________
September 22, 2005 10:39:17 PM

Archived from groups: alt.video.ptv.tivo (More info?)

trw7at@ixdot.netcomdotcom (Tim Witort) wrote in
news:Xns96D96D0336CB9timwitortwrotethis@207.217.125.201:

> I turned my DirecTivo on yesterday at about noon and it was
> showing a "retrieving information from satellite" message
> with the progress bar sitting at 97%. I let it sit there
> for 5 or 10 minutes and nothing changed, so I cycled the
> power. When it came up, I got the usual "Powering up"
> on the gray background, but then the next message "Almost
> there, wait a few minutes" screen was different - it had
> a big DirecTV logo on a black background with the message
> below in white. The
> last time I rebooted my DirecTiVo, this screen was the
> old dark grey background with white text in the middle.
> Then it went through an "Acquiring information from the
> satellite" sequence that completed normally. Since then it
> is behaving as usual.
>
> Is the new startup screen part of the system upgrade that
> happened a few months back? And why would it be hung on
> getting satellite data at noon? Was this a failed call
> from early the same morning?

I don't think 5-10 minutes is 'hung'. People seem to think TiVos are some
kind of super computer, when really they're more like a 386/33 with a meg
of memory. (Not literally, of course). If more people kept this in mind,
they would stop deciding the box is 'obviously' locked up and let the
bloody thing complete its work.

--
Minister of All Things Digital & Electronic, and Holder of Past Knowledge
stile99@email.com. Cabal# 24601-fnord | Sleep is irrelevant.
I speak for no one but myself, and |Caffeine will be assimilated.
no one else speaks for me. O- | Decaf is futile.
Related resources
Can't find your answer ? Ask !
Anonymous
September 23, 2005 3:25:22 AM

Archived from groups: alt.video.ptv.tivo (More info?)

Howard seemed to utter in news:Xns96D98AE9DB90Estile@129.250.170.88:

> trw7at@ixdot.netcomdotcom (Tim Witort) wrote in
> news:Xns96D96D0336CB9timwitortwrotethis@207.217.125.201:
>
>> I turned my DirecTivo on yesterday at about noon and it was
>> showing a "retrieving information from satellite" message
>> with the progress bar sitting at 97%. I let it sit there
>> for 5 or 10 minutes and nothing changed, so I cycled the
>> power.
>
> I don't think 5-10 minutes is 'hung'. People seem to think TiVos are
> some kind of super computer, when really they're more like a 386/33
> with a meg of memory. (Not literally, of course). If more people kept
> this in mind, they would stop deciding the box is 'obviously' locked up
> and let the bloody thing complete its work.

But why would it be doing this at noon? It normally does its
updates in the early morning hours.

-- TRW
_______________________________________
t r w 7
at
i x dot n e t c o m dot c o m
_______________________________________
Anonymous
September 23, 2005 4:25:01 AM

Archived from groups: alt.video.ptv.tivo (More info?)

"Tim Witort" <trw7at@ixdot.netcomdotcom> wrote in message news:Xns96D9A71C14ED3timwitortwrotethis@207.217.125.201...
> Howard seemed to utter in news:Xns96D98AE9DB90Estile@129.250.170.88:
>
> > trw7at@ixdot.netcomdotcom (Tim Witort) wrote in
> > news:Xns96D96D0336CB9timwitortwrotethis@207.217.125.201:
> >
> >> I turned my DirecTivo on yesterday at about noon and it was
> >> showing a "retrieving information from satellite" message
> >> with the progress bar sitting at 97%. I let it sit there
> >> for 5 or 10 minutes and nothing changed, so I cycled the
> >> power.
> >
> > I don't think 5-10 minutes is 'hung'. People seem to think TiVos are
> > some kind of super computer, when really they're more like a 386/33
> > with a meg of memory. (Not literally, of course). If more people kept
> > this in mind, they would stop deciding the box is 'obviously' locked up
> > and let the bloody thing complete its work.
>
> But why would it be doing this at noon? It normally does its
> updates in the early morning hours.
>

A DirecTV DVR will "retrieve information from satellite" as part of the
power on sequence. That event will occur any time the DVR is powered on.
A power on sequence is normally complete in less than 5 minutes.

Note that power off and standby are different states.
Anonymous
September 23, 2005 9:53:32 PM

Archived from groups: alt.video.ptv.tivo (More info?)

Tim Witort wrote:
> I turned my DirecTivo on yesterday at about noon and it was
> showing a "retrieving information from satellite" message
> with the progress bar sitting at 97%. I let it sit there
> for 5 or 10 minutes and nothing changed, so I cycled the
> power. When it came up, I got the usual "Powering up"
> on the gray background, but then the next message "Almost
> there, wait a few minutes" screen was different - it had
> a big DirecTV logo on a black background with the message
> below in white. The
> last time I rebooted my DirecTiVo, this screen was the
> old dark grey background with white text in the middle.
> Then it went through an "Acquiring information from the
> satellite" sequence that completed normally. Since then it
> is behaving as usual.
>
> Is the new startup screen part of the system upgrade that
> happened a few months back? And why would it be hung on
> getting satellite data at noon? Was this a failed call
> from early the same morning?

We're pretty close to the equinox solar outage that occurs near noon.
Might this have been the problem?

--
Jon Biggar
Floorboard Software
jon@floorboard.com
jon@biggar.org
!