Comcast DVR is the Motorola DCT6412


broadband » DVR From Comcast FAQ. I’m really just learning how to use this thing. It is way complicated. The main issue is that channel switching and input are just so slow. There are some kind of cool tricks though:

h2. Copy to a DVD

“Replayguide”: This is a great guide that shows you how to take stuff from the DCT’s hard disk and put it on your PC. The steps are from AVS Forum and are a little nerdy, but you can do it.

# Load drivers onto your Windows PC that let you use firewire to connect to your computer. This makes the Motorola 6412 visible. You plug a 6-pin cable into the right hand side (from the back) firewire port and then into your PC
# This Firewire port displays whatever the DVR is currently playing assuming that the 5C copy protection bit isn’t set and then you run CapDVHS.exe to capture it and you get a .ts file. The sad thing is that Comcast has 5C protected everything now so this will only work for analog apparently. Sad!
# User HDTV2DVD to convert the .ts transport streams to product MPEG-2 DVDs.

h2. 30 Second Skip for iGuide

There is a hidden feature called the 30-second skip. If you have the interactive guide, then recorded shows can have a 30 second skip, but getting there is complicated. You have to remap a key on your remote to do this by. You can see if you have “iguide”: by comparing your set-top box interface with that iguide site. We don’t have it here in Seattle, we use the Microsoft interface out here unfortunately.

1) Press the “Cable” button at the top of the remote to put it into Cable Box control mode.
2) Press and hold the “Setup” button until the “Cable” button blinks twice.
3) Type in the code 994. The “Cable” button will blink twice
4) Press (do not hold) the “Setup” button
5) Type in the code 00173 (for 30 second skip).
6) Press whatever button you want to map the skip function to.

* Deleting all your content.
Press “replay” one time ( the arrow bending back )
Press “MY DVR” three times ( button next to replay)
Press “LIVE” one time ( button next to MY DVR)

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