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Old 10-14-2009, 01:27 PM   #1
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Does anyone know how to download the shows on a DVR device to your computer. Comcast says it can't be done and that the stored shows can't be accessed online. I am wondering if that is just the company line. It would be easier to store them on my comp and burn them to a DVD then to tape the shows I want to save by VHS.

I have seen some things on the internet indicating that it could be done with a firewire (one site had drivers to do so for my model number DVR). I am wondering if anyone has actually done so and how. One problem is that my comp does not have a firewire outlet. I tried doing it via an ethernet Cat 6 cable but was unable to do so. I couldn't find anything indicating that to do so by ethernet was possible but thought I'd give it a shot. I figure if I can find a laptop to borrow from a neighbor, maybe I can download them to the laptop and then copy them to my PC to burn at my leisure.

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Old 10-14-2009, 02:24 PM   #2
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Oh I am sure it can be done. Whether you end up destroying the DVR or at least moding it enough to have to pay for it is the question.
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ExtremeMhz.com-Extreme Guide: Build the Perfect HTPC

Check this out, it's older but it worked for me the first HTPC I built.
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Old 10-14-2009, 03:27 PM   #4
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^^ Yah, that looks like what I have seen - I have the motorola cable box shown. Unfortunately, I don't have a 6 point firewire port. I actually already downloaded the driver but can't use it.

Just wondering if anyone has actually had any success with such a transfer.
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Old 10-14-2009, 04:09 PM   #5
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Depending on how old your PC is, and whether your mobo can handle it:
Newegg.com - Koutech KW-F7771-B FireWire 1394a + USB 2.0 Combo Internal Front Bay Connector Module - Controller Panels

or if you have an open PCI slot:
Newegg.com - SYBA IEEE 1394 4 ports Lucent FireWire PCI Card With Ulead Software Model SD-LUC-4F - Add-On Cards

A HTPC will be my next project...when I get the spare funds.
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Old 10-14-2009, 04:17 PM   #6
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^^ What's a PCI slot?
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If you have a laptop: Newegg.com - SYBA SD-PCB-2F IEEE 1394 PCMCIA Card Two 6-pin 1394a ports - Laptop Add-on Cards

What kind of computer do you have?
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^^ What's a PCI slot?
you have a PCI slot available
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you have a PCI slot available
if you have a full size computer this is likely, with some of the micro-towers out now, you will not
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just pile through these results and see which matches what you want to do best

comcast dvr to pc - Google Search
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