DIRECTV: I can’t record on my 2nd tuner, I could prior to upgrading or using InstantCake

If you can’t record on your 2nd tuner on your DirecTiVo, then you haven’t completed or correctly gone through guided setup and enabled the 2nd tuner.  Once you do that, you will be able to again record 2 shows simultaneously.  In guided setup, after you pick your dish type, you have to tell it you have 2 lines connected to the unit.  It is set to 1 tuner by default.

InstantCake for Series2 Standalone Units with DVD players/recorders (Release Notes)

TiVo Models Supported [software revision info]

Pioneer DVR-810HS [9.3.1-tak-01-2-275]
Pioneer DVR-57H [9.3-tak-01-2-275]
Humax DRT400 [7.2.0-01-2-595]
Humax DRT800 [7.2.0-01-2-595]
Toshiba SD-H400 [9.3.1-oth-01-2-264]
Toshiba RS-TX20 [elm-01-2-565]
Toshiba RS-TX60 [elm-01-2-565]

Product Specific Notes

InstantCake for your Series2 standalone unit with DVD builds the equivalent of our standard replacement drive kits for your unit. This product does not contain any modifications for your unit, other than capacity expansion.

Drive Sizes

This product uses InstantCake2 technology which allows use of virtually any drive. We do not recommend use of this product on drives smaller than what was originally in your unit, however smaller drives will work. We have tested this product on drives as large as 1TB (750GB PATA drives and 1TB drives with an IDE-SATA adapter, available on our site).
Special Instructions

This product uses InstantCake2 technology which allows user to enter an ‘advanced’ mode to specify IDE device connectivity beyond the defaults. You should be able to use this product with PC’s with only one IDE device, however we recommend you follow the basic product requirements and instructions to ensure success.

Additional Information

Please consult the InstantCake Instructions for proper use of this product. Remember, DVRupgrade does not provide direct support for the use of DIY software utilities but we do monitor our forums!

InstantCake for Series2 DirecTV TiVo Units (Release Notes)

TiVo Models Supported

Standard Definition Units

Hughes HDVR2, HDVR3, SD-DVR40, SD-DVR80, SD-DVR120
Philips DSR7000, DSR704, DSR708
RCA DVR39, DVR40, DVR80, DVR120
Samsung SIR-S4040R, SIR-S4080R, SIR-S4120R

DirecTV R10

High Definition Units

Hughes/DirecTV HR10-250

Important Note for PTVnet DIY CD users: To use InstantCake in conjunction with the PTVnet DIY CD, you MUST boot with the PTVnet DIY CD FIRST

Software Revision Information

InstantCake for all Series2 Standard Definition DirecTiVo models (listed above) is available with 6.4a of the operating environment.

InstantCake for the HR10-250 has been updated to version 6.4a of the system software; a new version of PTVnet has been released to correspond with it, as well.

Product Specific Notes

InstantCake for your Series2 DirecTV units builds the equivalent of our standard replacement drive kits for your unit. All versions of this product currently contain LBA48-support which means use of single drives greater than 137GB is not a problem. This product does not contain any modifications for your unit, other than capacity expansion. If you are looking for the ability to network your Series2 DirecTV unit, please consider our PTVnet replacement drive kits or PTVnet DIY software.

Drive Sizes

6.4a – Series2 DirecTV DVR Systems standard-definition

Supports as many as two drives, each as large as 1TB (2x750GB maximum)

This product uses InstantCake2 technology which allows use of virtually any drive. We do not recommend use of this product on drives smaller than what was originally in your unit, however smaller drives will work. We have not tested this product on drives larger than 1TB, however it is possible that larger drives may be accommodated.

IRD Model and Software Revision Information

Version 6.4a InstantCake users may see incorrect IRD Model information in the System Information screen.  More info to follow.

Local Channels

After completing guided setup your local channels will not be available immediately — please be patient, it can take anywhere from 24-48 hours for local channels to be visible in your channel line-up after completing your guided setup. Or, if you want them right away, you can log into your DIRECTV account and refresh your services using this link.

 

InstantCake for Series2 Standalone Units (Release Notes)

TiVo Models Supported [software revision info]

Effective May 15th, 2009:

TiVo TCD130040 [9.3-01-2-130]

TiVo TCD140060 [9.3-01-2-140]

TiVo TCD230040 [9.3-01-2-130]

TiVo TCD240040, TCD24004A, TCD240080, TCD24008A, TCD240140 [9.3.2a-01-2-140]

TiVo TCD540040, TCD540080, TCD540140 [9.3.2b-01-2-540]

TiVo TCD649080, TCD649180 [9.3.2-01-2-649]  

HUMAX T800, T2500 [9.3-01-2-590]

Sony SVR-3000 [9.3.2-01-2-110]

Special Note: As of 5/15/2009 we have made a modification to the TCD540 version of InstantCake. Previous versions, over the past three years, have allowed the use of drives smaller than the original TiVo drive (40GB) and were also optimized for a smaller/faster download from our servers.  Due to some problems a small number of folks are having with a recent update from TiVo and a possible database corruption issue, we are making a change to our version of InstantCake in the case that it happens to be something with our specially prepared image that is causing the problem.  At this stage, we are uncertain of the origins of the problem, and whether only InstantCake users are affected.  As a result, we are going back to the ‘old way’ of preparing the image and expect there to be no problems moving forward.  The download is significantly larger, and does require the use of drives greater than 40GB (see notes below).

Product Specific Notes

InstantCake for your Series2 standalone unit builds the equivalent of our standard replacement drive kits for your unit. Unlike earlier versions, all current versions of InstantCake for Series2 standalone units do contain LBA48 support (see drive size information below). This product does not contain any modifications for your unit, other than capacity expansion.

Drive Sizes

InstantCake no longer requires the use of drives larger than the original, except for the TCD649 (dual-tuner standalone TiVo) and TCD540 versions where drives must be larger than the original drives in your unit to accommodate larger swap size; in the case of the TCD540 version, the drive must be larger than 40GB. We recommend you keep your original drive as a backup and use a replacement drive that is significantly larger. We do not recommend attempting to build any kits larger than the ones we provide. To see largest kits available you can go to our web site and select your TiVo make/model to view drive sizes used when building kits; 750GB and 1TB drives (with the appropriate PATA/SATA adapter) will work fine.

Special Instructions

Other than for the TCD649 units, this product uses InstantCake2 technology which allows user to enter an ‘advanced’ mode to specify IDE device connectivity beyond the defaults. You should be able to use this product with PC’s with only one IDE device, however we recommend you follow the basic product requirements and instructions to ensure success.

Additional Information

Please consult the InstantCake Instructions for proper use of this product and consult the Official InstantCake discussion thread on our forums if you need additional assistance.

Remember, DVRupgrade does not provide direct support for the use of DIY software utilities! 

InstantCake for Series1 DirecTV TiVo Units (Release Notes)

TiVo Models Supported

Philips DSR6000, DSR6000R, DSR6000R1
Sony SAT-T60
Hughes GXCEBOT, GXCEBOTD

TiVoWebPlus Edition Now Available

InstantCake TWP Editition for your Series1 unit includes LBA48 support, large swap, and has been tested to run on drives as large as 750GB. This special version of InstantCake will build the equivalent of our TiVoWebPlus replacement drive kits featuring TiVoWebPlus 2.0 — this means you can purchase a TurboNet or CacheCard separately and install it in your unit, connect it to your home network, and access it via any PC/MAC browser for remote scheduling and management. You can even use our popular, and free GoToMyDVR service to access your unit automatically. Your upgraded system will also be configured with telnet/ftp; if you are inclined, you can install additional modifications, as well!

Currently, InstantCake for these models will install and configure version 3.5d.

Important Note

If your unit is configured with a drive larger than 137GB, your software has been modified with a special “kernel” that allows the TiVo operating  system to recognize all of the capacity of these larger drives.  As a result, any updates to the DirecTV software on your unit, could cause problems.  With this in mind, we’ve configured your unit so it will attempt to not automatically receive updates from DirecTV WITHOUT your knowledge.  In order to do this, we’ve configured the system to “think” its making its daily call to DirecTV even though it is not doing it.  In addition, we’ve adjusted your phone dialing prefix and call waiting prefix with the *# characters, just to prevent your unit from accidentally dialing.  Naturally, you can still connect a phone line, and if you’d like to have your unit dial out you can do it at any time by editing those characters.  BUT WE RECOMMEND YOU JUST LEAVE YOUR PHONE LINE DISCONNECTED and with that in mind, we suggest you just leave things be and if you have problems with pay per view events, you can still order them from the DirecTV web site, or just by calling 1-800-DIRECTV.

Again, there is no reason you can’t use your unit as you normally do, however we’ve made these minor changes to give you the option of resisting a future software update without your knowledge.  We don’t know whether or when DirecTV will release any additional updates, however the chances are that running with your current version is fine for the foreseeable future.

InstantCake for your Series1 DirecTiVo unit includes LBA48 support, large swap, and has been tested to run on drives as large as 750GB. InstantCake will build the equivalent of DVRupgrade NetReady replacement drive kits; these are drives with TurboNet and CacheCard drivers installed, as well as bash serial access enabled. You can purchase a TurboNet or CacheCard separately and do the software configuration yourself without reinstalling the drive in a PC. Note that if you are using an external modem plugged into your serial port, you may need to disable BASH access to prevent conflicts. We recommend the use of TurboNet cards instead of external modems. Also note that InstantCake does not support TiVoNet adapters; only TurboNet and CacheCard adapters.

Drive Sizes

Drives must be larger than the original drives in your unit to accommodate larger swap size. We recommend you keep your original drive as a backup and use a replacement drive that is significantly larger. We do not recommend attempting to build any kits larger than the ones we provide. To see largest kits available you can go to our web site and select your TiVo make/model to view drive sizes used when building kits. We recommend the use of single drive in these units, vs dual drives. We feel that age of these units combined with the fact that single drive units are ALWAYS more reliable than dual drive units is a good enough reason to stick with a single, large drive.

Additional Information

Please consult the InstantCake Instructions for proper use of this product and consult the Official InstantCake discussion thread at DVRplayground if you need additional assistance. Remember, DVRupgrade does not provide direct support for the use of DIY software utilities!

Convert Download to Shippable Item

I can not burn my downloadable item.  Can you send me a CD version instead?

Sorry, we can not.  We do ask that you have a full understanding of how to burn ISO images before you complete checkout.

If you must have a CD version of the product you will have to order it separately.

Some Helpful Pointers:

  • If you are able to extract the iso from the zip file, then your download item is complete.  If you are not, then you can try re-downloading again. If you have exceeded your download attempts, we will re-enable them as a one time courtesy, however if you have lost or misplaced your DIY product and need the links regenerated, we will not allow a regeneration.  Download regenerations are only for those who are having trouble initially getting a good download.
  • Make sure you are burning the iso as an image and not trying to extract the contents of the ISO and trying to burn them.  The ISO is a complete, bootable image that just needs to be written as a bootable image.
  • It has been reported that if you are using Nero Express you will not be able to burn an ISO image so make sure if you do not have the Nero FULL Version installed you can download their free trial version. http://www.nero.com
  • Try burning at a slower speed or try a different media or a combination of both.

Lost DIY download or CD

I have deleted or lost my DIY download product or DIY CD.  Can I download it again or have you ship me another copy?

Unfortunately, no. DIY products fall under your responsibility and therefore we can’t help with lost or misplaced items.  If you have recently purchased an item from our cart and have your login email, login and see if you have an available download left.  If you do, you can go ahead and download it again. If you don’t, then you will have to purchase another copy as we only re-generate downloads for those who are having trouble initially getting a good download, not for those who need help replacing their lost items or for those who just want to download as many times as they can.

If you have received your order confirmation for you DIY product, just follow the instructions at the bottom of the email where it says Log In.  Your user name and password is something you setup yourself so please make sure you remember that.  If you do not, you can request a re-set password but the system is completely automated and we have no control over it.

If you have previously purchased a DIY CD from us and have misplaced it, you will have to purchase another copy as we only ship out 1 copy per order.

DIY Software Question or Support Issue

I have a question about InstantCake, PTVnet, or one of your TiVo Upgrade Boot CDs. How can I get the answer?

We do not provide direct support for these products. This allows us to keep prices low and keeps these products as true to their nature as possible – after all, they are DIY products, and the expectation is that you will spend the time and effort to learn to use these tools without our assistance.

InstantCake Instructions

Introduction

InstantCake is a custom DIY software tool designed to quickly and easily create a basic replacement drive kit from a standard off-the-shelf PC hard drive. InstantCake comes as a single CD (or as a downloadable ISO which can be easily burned to CD) for your specific TiVo Digital Video Recorder. The CD must be booted from your PC’s CD-ROM drive, and it will ask you several simple questions about the upgrade you wish to perform. InstantCake will then create a replacement drive kit on one or two standard hard drives that must also be connected to your PC. Your original TiVo hard drive is not used or required for the upgrade and we recommend you keep it in a safe place and use it as a backup in case anything goes wrong with the new drives you’ve created.

Requirements for using InstantCake

You will need an x86-based Personal Computer (PC) with two IDE interfaces which can be accessed as the PRIMARY and SECONDARY devices, and a CD-ROM which you can use to boot our CD. You do not need to be running Windows XP or any specialized software, in fact, we recommend you disconnect your hard disk drive(s) to ensure their protection, as well as disable any SATA devices supported on your motherboard. The InstantCake software boots and runs from a CD we supply you or can be burned if you’ve downloaded it as an ISO. You will need one or two blank hard drives which will be formatted for use in your TiVo. We do not recommend you use your existing TiVo disk drive for InstantCake installations, in fact, in many cases it will not work: the target drive is expected to be larger than the original – please keep your TiVo drive in a safe place as a backup; at least until you’ve used InstantCake successfully at least once.

Directions for using InstantCake

  • Step 1: Configure your PC such that your CD-ROM drive is connected as the primary slave device. You may need to adjust a jumper on the rear of the CD-ROM; many CD-ROM drives have the jumper set for cable-select (CS) and you can simply move the jumper to the slave position (SL) to ensure it is configured properly. To ensure the CD-ROM is connected as the primary IDE device, use the IDE cable connected to your PC’s C drive; this is typically connected to the primary IDE interface in your PC. If you have more than one CD/DVD device in your system, please disconnect all but one of them. We recommend you disconnect your PC’s primary hard drive (and any other hard drives that are installed in your PC) to ensure they are not accidentally overwritten by the InstantCake software.
  • Step 2: Configure your PC’s system BIOS so that you can boot from CD-ROM, and ensure your CD-ROM is installed as the primary slave on your PC.
  • Step 3: Configure and connect one or two new drives destined for your TiVo on the PC’s secondary IDE interface. You will need to refer to the manufacturer’s guidelines for master and slave settings for your hard drives’ jumpers. Do not use the cable-select jumper settings for your new drive(s); it is important to know which drive is the master and which drive (if you are building a dual-drive kit for your TiVo) is the slave to ensure they are properly installed in your TiVo.
  • Step 4: Apply power, and boot the InstantCake CD. The CD will auto-boot and prompt you with a few questions before building your kit.
  • Step 5: Please take note of all messages, warnings and instructions which may be displayed when the InstantCake program is done running. Knowing these important details may make a difference, especially if you need additional support.
  • Step 6: Install your new drives in your TiVo.

What are the InstantCake System Requirements?

What are the InstantCake hardware requirements? What size/type of hard drive do I need? Do I need a special PC?

InstantCake is NOT designed to be installed on your existing TiVo drive. In many cases, an attempt to do so will not work because we’ve expanded the swap space created when InstantCake installs. This means that you should be using a hard drive that is larger than the drive in your original TiVo unit. This may disappoint you, but it shouldn’t – we think you should keep your original hard drive as a backup drive anyway. AND, if you think the software is corrupt on your original drive and that is why you purchased InstantCake, we hate the break the news to you – most software corruption issues are due to a bad hard drive, so unless you went out of your way to mess up your original hard drive, then chances are its toast, anyway. Do yourself a favor, go get a new hard drive (you can purchase mighty large ones for less than $100) and use InstantCake in the way it was designed.

As for the PC, you do not need a special one, although we’ve heard some folks have problems with older AMD K6 types of PC’s. Regardless of the PC you use, you need to follow the aforementioned installation instructions and ensure that your CD-ROM is connected as the primary slave device (/dev/hdb) and that your new TiVo drive is connected as the secondary master.