:welcome_s Average User!
1- How do you MUTE the sound effects that happen when using the remote control (fast forward, select. etc)?
There is a setting for that. Go into TiVo Central into the Settings menu and find the Remote Control Settings.
2- How do you enlarge the GRID on the guide (for old people like myself who have deteriorating vision)?
Unfortunately your option there would be to buy a bigger TV.
3- Why don't I have "picture in picture" when I'm surfing the guide? I used to be able to watch TV while surfing for future shows to watch.
That's not a feature of this DVR.
4- How do I hide the "duplicate" SD channels in the guide. I really only need to see the HD ones if both are offered. Also, I seem to get two copies of my local 5pm news recorded, I guess because channel 9 appears twice in my guide?
There is a settings menu for that. Again, go into TiVo Central, into the Settings menu, and I think it's called Channel Settings.
I have other questions, like what is "Swivel Guide" and why doesn't it seem to do anything? I also cannot seem to see any VOD programming, even though my DVR is hooked up to a DirecTV Cinema Connection Kit (wireless) to communicate with my Wireless router (no landlines in my house since 2005).
Swivel Search lets you search in a unique way. If you search for "STAR TREK" it will show you that William Shatner was in that show. You can then search for other shows that William Shatner was in.
I believe that most On Demand content for the TiVo is still forthcoming. When I did the first look, I only had about four channels of On Demand content, even after 24 hours of waiting. But... it's coming.
Unfortunately, I wouldn't hold out hope for a software update to add functionality. While I do believe there will be some sort of patch in 2012, I don't know if it will add any major functions.