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TiVo Hacks by Raffi Krikorian

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Gathering Some Information

Before diving right in, it's best to lay out all the options and figure out exactly what you are going to be doing. This way you are not making decisions while your TiVo is sitting open on your bench. Be a boy scout: always be prepared.

What TiVo Model Do You Have?

Most of you probably know exactly what model you have; you're probably the type that memorized everything about your TiVo while you were waiting for it to finish its setup for the first time. But if you don't know, you can find the information right on the back of your TiVo recorder itself. Plus, on some TiVos, the model is even listed at the top of the System Information screen. While mine doesn't list its model number in the System Information screen, by looking at the back I found out that my TiVo-branded 60-hour Series 2 is model TCD140060.

As of this writing, TiVo units come in four varieties of internal architecture. These four configurations determine both the parts you'll need to complete your upgrade and also the physical installation procedure. Although removing, replacing, and adding drives is roughly the same for each model within a given architecture, the software installation instructions can vary even between TiVo models with the same internal architecture. For example, even though the Hughes GXCEBOT and the TiVo TCD140060 are from the same layout family and employ similar methods to physically upgrade, when it comes to software, the instructions vary. The four internal architectures ...

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