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    RCA DVR39.. almost a newbie question Is this a Stand Alone MB in a D** case?

    I acquired an RCA DVR39 and now the unit is driving me nuts..

    I have looked for an O/S for it, did not have one, so I tried a Hughes DVR40 backup, then tried 62small.

    The "welcome screen" is different than the Series 2's that I have. It asks "Ready to change the way you watch television?"
    then proceeds to another screen that welcomes you to Tivo DVR service.. Select
    This takes you to a screen that asks about whether or not you have activated your service. Regardless of the choice made, the next screen reminds you that a phone line is needed so that your DVR can receive updates (Is this a SA motherboard?)

    Next screen offers a choice of program sources.. antenna, cable, satellite, satellite and cable, satellite and antenna.
    regardless of the selection, the next screen asks for your email address, and while waitnig for a response, reboots..

    What is this??

    It certainly is not something that I have ever seen before.

    My other units are directv series 2's and they don't do anything like this one.

    H E L P..
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    What do you mean, you tried a DVR40 backup and then tried 62small? You installed them?

    A DVD39 is absolutely a DirecTivo.
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    Because the strange questions came up on both the Hughes backup, and the 62small.mfs, I used the Maxtor Power Max, and did a ull drive zero write. This should have left me with the equivalent of a new drive.

    I then used mfsrestore to install 62small.mfs to the 40 gig drive, then put it in the Tivo, and what do you think..?

    The unit asked the smae questions, and rebooted at the same place.. where it asks for an email address..

    Perhaps all I have is a good drive, and a backup power supply for a series 2, if I can't get the unit to work properly.

    Or do I require an image from a DVR39?
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    You sure the drive is being written to? Or are you sure you're restoring to the correct spot? (I have seen hard drives that don't write because proper voltage isn't being generated during the erase.) After you do the zero write to the drive, boot up off the LBA48 boot cd and do a pdisk -l and tell us what you see.

    62small.mfs is fine for the DVR39.
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    How many coax connectors are on the back of this system? If there are 4, its safe to say its a DTivo. If you only have 2, then someone probably swapped the main board on you.

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    There are 4 coax connectors, 2 usb connectors, 6 RCA inputs and a phone connection. It is exactly like my Hughes.

    I just don't understand the difference in the screens. Unless there is a prom that has these questions.

    A hacked 300 gig hd in the same box seems to boot normally.
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    Ok Cheer, here's what pdlink -l says

    Partition map (with 512 byte blocks) on /dev/hda
    # type Name lengthbase (size)
    1 Apple_partition_map Apple 63@
    2 Image Bootstrap1 4096@2097216 (2.0M)
    3 Image Kernel1 4096@2101312 (2.0M)
    4 Ext2 Root 262144@2105408 (128.0M)
    5 Image Bootstrap2 4096@2367552 (2.0M)
    6 Kernel2 4096@2371648 (2.0m)
    7 Ext2 Root2 262144@2375744 (128.0m)
    8 swap Linux swap 26096@2637888 (127.0m)
    9 Ext2 /var 262144@2897984 (128.0m)
    10 MFS MFS application region 1048576@3160128 (512.0m)
    11 MFS MFS media region 2097152@64 1.0G)
    12 MFS New Mfs application 1024@4208704
    13 MFS New MFS Media 76079104@4209728 36.3G
    14 Apple_Free Extra 4416@80288832 (2.2m)

    I don't know what pdlink -l is asking for, and hopefully this means something. But the layout is now jammed together, yet it was in columns in Linux.

    Thanks for your expertise.
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