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  1. sarbs

    Unable To Burn To Dvd-r

    The first pack I tried were Maxell DVD-R's and then I tried Memorex DVD-R's and neither pack worked. I also have a pack of Sony DVD-R's that I will try later today. Prior to the update, both of these brands worked fine in my burner. I purchased all these DVD packs when they were on sale at Office Depot or Best Buy; I now know that the brand of DVD actually IS important. In my less enlightened days, the price was more important to me. I just hate to think that I have all these DVD's that I can't even use. I guess I could dust off my old Dell Desktop and fire up the burner in that p.o.s. It didn't seem to have a brand preference. The DVD burner I use with my MacBook Pro is a LaCie D2 DVD +/- RW capable of writing 20x DVD+/-R and 8x for DL DVD's. I purchased it about a month and a half ago.
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    Unable To Burn To Dvd-r

    After updating to Toast 9.04, I am unable to burn DVD-R's using my external burner. The burner is capable of burning any type of DVD and CD media (aside from Blu-Ray or HD), and prior to the update, I was able to successfully create DVD-R's. Now, the program begins the burn and freezes on the "Writing Lead-In" phase and hangs at 0% for as long as 18 minutes (I got impatient). Any Suggestions??
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    Tivo Icons

    I cannot even begin to thank you enough. You have no idea the frustration (albeit due to a minor, cosmetic issue) I was experiencing. It worked perfectly... If you ever need a kidney, let me know! -Josh
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    Data Disc Pc & Mac

    Hey, thanks a lot. I tried it and it worked. The files are read on both operating systems. I definitely think it's something Roxio needs to fix or at least address. Thanks again for the tip... -josh
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    Data Disc Pc & Mac

    I have both a Mac and a PC so when I create a data disc, I pick the Mac & PC option. But when I put the created disc into my PC, the disc appears empty (I have my Windows settings such that even hidden files show up). I also tried creating a data disc and unchecking the Mac box, but again, the disc appears empty on my PC. The amount of used space on the disc is correct, but my PC does not list any files on it. My Mac is able to see any and all files on the disc. Is there anything I can do so that I can create discs that I can swap back and forth between my Mac and PC??? -josh
  6. After I use a program like MainMenu to clear my cache, I am able to transfer files from my TiVo to my laptop. The files are transferred, and a TiVo icon appears in the finder window. However, after I open one of these files using Toast Video Player, the TiVo icon is replaced by a generic document icon that looks like a sheet of paper with the top right corner of the paper folded down. Is there any way to prevent the disappearance of a meaningful icon for the generic one? I know I can copy and paste a picture using the "Get Info" feature from finder, but this seems ridiculous to have to do for every file that I transfer to my laptop, especially with software that I had to pay $99.99 for. I would even settle for icons that had something to do with Toast Video Player or anything other than the generic one. Is anyone else as frustrated by Toast as I am?!? If it wasn't for the Tivo/Roxio monopoly, I would have never wasted my money on it. Can anyone help me, please?!? I know it's just a minor, cosmetic issue, but it's one that really frustrates the crap out of me.
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    Toast Video Player

    I actually had Toast 9.02 installed as well. I was getting frustrated by Toast's encoding of certain TiVo files when I tried creating DVD's--some files would encode and take hours while a handful would multiplex and create in under 15 minutes (I did have it set to "Never Re-encode"). Certain threads had indicated Popcorn 3 was more reliable and would multiplex and not require encoding. I apologize if my use of certain terms is incorrect or too elementary, but hey, it works for me. Back to your question though, I had removed all aspects of Toast and Popcorn from my computer including all the library files as well. The Toast Video Player included with Popcorn 3 would never work. And as long as I have someone that knows what he is talking about, I have one question about Toast (sorry, but my thread in the Toast forums was never answered). When I had Popcorn installed, .tivo files would display an actual, meaningful icon that showed the TiVo icon and some other graphics. With Popcorn completely removed, disk permissions restored and all that good stuff, I cleanly installed Toast 9. The meaningful icon has disappeared and all my TiVo shows appear with a generic document icon. It appears like a white sheet of paper with the top right-hand corner folded down. It's more of a cosmetic issue, but I can't imagine that a product that costs roughly twice as much would not include icons. Even if you don't get a chance to answer any of my other questions, I do appreciate that you responded to the initial one. Thank you for your assistance. -Josh
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    Toast Video Player

    Hey, thanksI've tried that, but it doesn't/didn't work. The Toast Video Player that came with Popcorn 3.02 (that I purchased and downloaded directly from Roxio's online store) will simply not launch. The icon bounces on my dock for a couple of seconds before I get an error message: "The application Toast Video Player quit unexpectedly".... Whether I try to open a .tivo file that I have transferred to my computer, open Toast Video Player directly, or even open the video player from Popcorn 3 it crashes within seconds. Anyone got any ideas???
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    Toast Video Player

    I just completely removed Popcorn 3 and then performed a clean install. I deleted all the preference files and whatnot. The clean install seemed to work for the most part; however I am unable to view any of the TiVo files that I transfer to my laptop. I'm using Popcorn 3.02 and all my Apple software is fully up to date as well. After double-clicking the file's icon, it begins to launch the Toast Video Player that was included with Popcorn 3 and then it immediately crashes. I've tried relaunching countless times, but the video player will just simply not work. Even if I try to launch the application alone without a file to open, it crashes. Can anyone help me?? -josh
  10. I have a Series 2 TiVo DVR using software version 9.3-01-2-540 and have updated Toast 9 Titanium to Toast 9.02. I have not been able to convert a single .tivo file to a format that keeps the audio synchronized with the video. I have checked the forums on a daily basis and for some reason, Roxio thinks the problem is solved. It is not. I gave up on the forums after no one seemed to be able to help and actually posted a "help ticket" with Roxio's support. The HELPLESS department responded with perhaps the most generic and completely unrelated response in the history of technical support. I wish there was some way to completely eliminate Roxio's products from my life and from my computer. Unfortunately, TiVo has only allowed Roxio to work with .TiVo files. I am disgusted that I had to pay a premium price for a product that claims to be this good. It's too bad that Toast is unable to handle the tasks of converting .tivo files into formats that can be watched on Apple TV and my video iPod while preserving the audio and video synchronization. Perhaps I am more disgusted that the HELPLESS department did not even take the time to read my technical support issue. I'm not sure if Roxio is aware, but there are scientists that have taught monkeys how to do sign language. I'm sure some chimpanzees could be taught how to respond with pertinent form letters instead of just posting some generic words that do not even begin to pertain to my issue(s) with this alleged piece of software. I do not mean to offend any of the software engineers at Roxio; however I am fuming mad after the tremendous amount of time, effort, and energy I have wasted as a result.
  11. Since I hardly burned DVD's, until the magical program Toast 9 came along (major sarcasm used), mine are rather antiquated, I suppose. They are single-layer, 16x 4.7GB 2HR DVD-R's. The 2 hour capacity would imply that I can put 2 1-hour shows recorded from my TiVo on one DVD-R for viewing in standard DVD players. However, the vision of disc burning perfection, Toast (even more sarcasm), tells me that it exceeds the capacity of the DVD. I understand that the DVD menu and other data fills up some of the available space on a DVD, but can anyone tell me what the actual time capacity of this type of DVD is?? Is there an option in Toast 9 that I can select to fit the clips to the disc or anything similar? Unfortunately, I've had to buy Roxio products for my PC and now for my Mac in order to take advantage of the TiVoToGo function as they have the monopoly on .tivo files.
  12. Holy schnikes... I started using Leopard before I bought Toast 9. I've updated Toast 9 to 9.0.2 and am using the most current updates of all other software on my computer. I have installed/uninstalled/reinstalled Toast and I made sure to trash all the preference files, too, countless times, but to no avail. I hope that by now you have found a solution that you can share with me so I can stop pulling out what little hair I have left. If not, at least it's nice to know that I'm not alone. I know I can copy and paste a picture in place of the generic icon from the "Get Info" window, but that seems ridiculous to have to do for each and every .TiVo file. -josh
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    Real Icons?

    Is there a folder of icons from Toast 9 that I am missing or something? I have transferred several TiVo files to my MacBook Pro and they all have just a plain white generic icon. Is there a way to get the icon from Toast Video Player or a TiVo icon to appear instead of the plain crappy icon? I know I can copy and paste a picture in its place from "right" clicking and going to "Get Info" but this seems ridiculous to have to do for every single file. I have installed the latest updates for TiVo, Toast, Leopard, etc. I have uninstalled and reinstalled Toast several times, deleting the preference files for my specific username and the generic library preferences. After years of frustrations with Roxio's products in Windows, I had hoped that on the Mac platform, it would be a lot smoother. I was dead wrong... Gotta love the TiVo/Roxio monopoly... except the exact opposite.... -josh
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    .tivo Encoding/multiplexing

    HELP HELP HELP HELP!!!! I have been tearing my hair out ever since I purchased Toast 9 Titanium. I primarily bought it to convert TV shows that I record on my TiVo to DVD's. Some of the files began by multiplexing and then burned within a few minutes. On the other hand, the majority of the .tivo files encode themselves which takes over 2 hours to burn an hour-long show. I have the preferences set to "Never re-encode" but for some reason, I cannot multiplex the files instead. I have read many discussion threads in this forum, TiVo's forum, and Apple's forum. The majority of the messages suggested that by using Popcorn 3 instead of Toast 9, I could multiplex the files and have my dvd created in a few minutes. So, I paid Roxio another $50 to save my "valuable" time. However.... when I tried burning .tivo files to a dvd, I got the same horrific Toast encoding wait period. Can anyone out there help me and save what little hair and sanity I have left. Are there other settings in the preferences I need to adjust to drastically reduce the dvd burn time for .tivo files??? Additionally, as I installed Toast 9 before installing Popcorn 3, the .tivo files attempt to play using the older "Toast Video Player" that comes with Popcorn 3. As soon as the player opens, it crashes and closes. I cannot set my computer to open the .tivo files actually using Toast's video player instead of the "Toast Video Player" that comes with Popcorn. It tells me that I do not have permission to change that setting for this file type. I have had it with Roxio's antics and I need help in the worst possible way. Thank you to anyone who can help me.... -Josh
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    .tivo Encoding/multiplexing

    HELP HELP HELP HELP!!!! I have been tearing my hair out ever since I purchased Toast 9 Titanium. I primarily bought it to convert TV shows that I record on my TiVo to DVD's. Some of the files began by multiplexing and then burned within a few minutes. On the other hand, the majority of the .tivo files encode themselves which takes over 2 hours to burn an hour-long show. I have the preferences set to "Never re-encode" but for some reason, I cannot multiplex the files instead. I have read many discussion threads in this forum, TiVo's forum, and Apple's forum. The majority of the messages suggested that by using Popcorn 3 instead of Toast 9, I could multiplex the files and have my dvd created in a few minutes. So, I paid Roxio another $50 to save my "valuable" time. However.... when I tried burning .tivo files to a dvd, I got the same horrific Toast encoding wait period. Can anyone out there help me and save what little hair and sanity I have left. Are there other settings in the preferences I need to adjust to drastically reduce the dvd burn time for .tivo files??? Additionally, as I installed Toast 9 before installing Popcorn 3, the .tivo files attempt to play using the older "Toast Video Player" that comes with Popcorn 3. As soon as the player opens, it crashes and closes. I cannot set my computer to open the .tivo files actually using Toast's video player instead of the "Toast Video Player" that comes with Popcorn. It tells me that I do not have permission to change that setting for this file type. I have had it with Roxio's antics and I need help in the worst possible way. Thank you to anyone who can help me.... -Josh
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