Is linux not seeing the drive at all, or just not able to read the partition table? Did you use tivopart r to inform linux of the tivo partition table?
I recently received my PROM mod (Omikron) and have spent the past 3 weeks reading ......(buechel, ray, lrhorer, and many many others) ...to the point I am beyond confused. However, my main problem right now is "seeing" the Tivo hard drive while in Linux. I installed Debian Squeeze on an older stand alone PC and am using a Bytecc usb/sata/ide adapter to connect the Tivo drive to the usb port on the debian PC. The drive does not show up. If I place a usb thumbdrive in the same external port, I am able to read and copy files to the PC, so the ports work fine. If I go to >Applications>System Tools>Disk Utility, I can see the Tivo hard drive listed under "Peripheral Devices". When I click on the drive, the dialog box indicates "Device: /dev/sdb" and "Partitioning: Not Partitioned". The hard drive is a WDC WD10 EVDS 1tb A/V drive, which was a replacement for the original 160gb drive - done last year. Putting this drive back in the Tivo = perfect performance (record, delete, etc).
If I use the Bytecc adapter to connect another hard drive to my Windows PC, it works fine - so I know the adapter is not defective.
I tried using PCLinuxOS and Ubuntu, with the same result - can't read the Tivo drive (PCLinuxOS indicated the partition was corrupt and offered to format it - obviously I didn't do that).
I can't believe there is anything wrong with the 1tb Tivo hard drive, because I backed it up today (using winmfs) and also mad a complete copy onto another identical drive using mfscopy (the copied drive also works perfectly when placed into the Tivo).
This has been a very difficult struggle for me, being a complete novice regarding linux, but not being able to even "see" the Tivo drive is a bit crushing.
Any help will be appreciated.
OK - back on point. I read through the thread on tivopart, but honestly am not sure how to use it. Any other suggestions are obviously appreciated. In my defense, I have been using windows for a long time and I am somewhat of an old dude. Just need my tivo....and this remote control....
- Get the tivopart distribution from the referenced threads.
- Be sure to read the README.tivopart. Your main focus should be on the "revalidate" option, which is all you really need to accomplish your goal. Tivopart is a more general tool, and the revalidate option is only one part of it.
- Recompile from source, if necessary. This should only be needed if the provided x86 binaries won't run on your distribution. It is statically linked, so it may just work. Works for me on Fedore Core 14.
- Make sure that the directory containing tivopart.x86 is on your PATH.
- Plug in your tivo disk and identify the device name (e.g. /dev/sdX, where X is some letter).
- Run tivopart.x86 r /dev/sdX. This reads the tivo partition table and informs the linux kernel of all the tivo partitions.
- The tivo partitions should now be recognized by the linux kernel and should be available for use. For example, you can mount the tivo var partition on mount point /mnt via: mount /dev/sdX9 /mnt where /dev/sdX is the device name for the tivo disk identify in the previous step.
The other option, rather than using tivopart, is to use a linux kernel that has been modified to recognize the tivo partitions automatically. This is the old school approach. It is more work if you are trying to work with a standard linux distribution, unless compiling kernels is in your repertoire. Custom iso disks specifically designed for tivo hacking usually use this approach.
Clear as mud?
Last edited by Jamie; 09-28-2011 at 01:28 PM.
Not as muddy as before, thnks. I tried running the command, but I get "permission denied". I had copied the tivopart folder to my home folder on the debian PC. Using superuser terminal, I typed path command (PATH=$PATH:/home/svenn/tivopart/bin) and then typed "tivopart.x86 r /dev/sdb". How do I fix the "permission denied"? Maybe I am better off using a custom iso disk, as you mentioned. I have been operating on the assumption (i know...) that I needed a full Linux install. Can you point me to a CD ISO that is appropriate for my TiVoHD (software version 11.0k)? Thank you again for your help. After many days of reading in circles and becoming discouraged, I feel very optimistic right now. svenn
I believe RemoveCpiAll.tcl is not version specific. But do NOT use RemoveCpiAll.tcl until you have patched your TivoApp with ignoredrmsig1 and ignoredrmsig2. See this thread, especially posts 25 and 35.
Please backup your drive before you do, so you can always go back and try again.
Last edited by drcos; 09-28-2011 at 08:21 PM. Reason: add reference
"...What you need to do is patch your tivoapp for the appropriate software version so it will ignore the DRM signatures (and hence not delete the invalid recordings), as well as the noencryption patch. psxboy has posted the patches for 11.0j in this thread and for 11.0k (ignoredrm) in that thread. After you have tivoapp patched, then run tivo4mevo's RemoveCpiAll.tcl script."
The problem I had was I think the words "this" (in this thread..) and "that (in that thread..) were supposed to be links, but do not function that way for me (clicking had no effect). I did a forum search for "psxboy's 11.0k patch" and could not find anything. Maybe there used to be links in that thread that are no longer working.
Again, thank you for your help. If there is a working link somewhere to psxboy's 11.0k tivoapp patch, I would love a heads up. Thanks again.
Here is the post with all the tivoapp patches for 11.0k: http://www.dealdatabase.com/forum/sh...041#post310041
I am stuck again. For what I am trying to do (disable CCI and allow TTG transfers to PC), the process is probably 15 minutes for the veteran DDB'ers. For me, it has been over a month and since I am retired, some days I have literally spent 10-12 hours reading and reading. I do appreciate the help I have gotten, but it has been a very frustrating experience. My biggest obstacle is Linux.
Thank you for any further help you can provide.
I'm not sure of your steps. Have you mounted the thumbdrive? Typically something like:This will give you access to the contents of thumbdrive at the directory (mountpoint) /dos. Then you would either cd to /dos or run it using the full path. The only other thing would be making sure you decompress the gzip/tarball using the appropriate tool, I like 7-zip on Windows.Code:mount /dev/sdb1 /dos
(i replied a few seconds ago, but not sure what happened - if this ends up as a double post - my apologies)
thank you thank you thank you, scanman - I was able to execute the replace_initrd and null-linuxrc commands and they seem to have worked. When I tried the "tvapppatches-11.0k.tcl", I got the following error message:
line 28: syntax error: "}" unexpected (expecting "then").
Not sure if the tivoapp was modified to disable the cci bytes, or not. I remember seeing a post, some time ago, that referenced a way to check if the tivoapp was modified correctly. I tried searching for it, but cannot find it. probably not using correct search terms. I can put the drive back in the tivo, record somethin, and see if it is still flagged and whether I can transfer via TTG.
I cannot tell you how much I appreciate your help -even with such trivial stuff as this. It is a big deal to me, however.
If you got a syntax error, it didn't patch. You might be missing a bracket or something. Maybe try downloading it again. Make sure you don't modify the file in notepad or anything, you want to make sure it is saved as a unix file type not dos. The scripts drmcheck.tcl and ciphercheck can tell you if encryption has been disabled. To use them, you need the tivotools installed.
ok - will download it again. when i downloaded it before, the only "save" options were "save as .tcl file" or "other files". I didn't do any modification to the file. I did open the file just now in WordPad and in the remarks section it says:
"tvapppatches.tcl is not meant to be run directly.
# it is sourced by tvapppatch, and contains patches to be
# applied to tivoapp. The format is as below, with the name set
# to "patch_"+sw version, followed by the patch location, the
# expected original contents, and the new value."
Am i missing some other related file that goes with tvapppatches.110k.tcl? or is it supposed to just be run by itself after doing "replace_initrd" and "null-linuxrc"?
Just found "tvapppatch.tcl" which apparently uses "tvapppatches.11.0k.tcl". will try to figure out the syntax for using both files and try again.
Last edited by svenn; 09-30-2011 at 10:09 PM. Reason: tvapppatch
Last edited by lrhorer; 09-30-2011 at 10:57 PM.