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Quite a while ago I had posted about a network problem I was having with my
RTV 4500. I got a lot of suggestions. Unforunately, none of them worked.
I decided to just let it go, losing much of the functionality that I had an
RTV for. But at least I was still able to time shift TV. Good enough for
the time being. Unfortunately, the network stuff has now failed
completely.

Short summary: My RTV would find the network when it first booted. I could
get current program information. A few minutes later, it would lose the
network. Cold or warm boot, it would always do teh same thing. It worked
for a few minutes, then nothing. For months now, I've just made a habit of
rebooting and forcing a net connect every week or so.

I know about the DHCP bug. This isn't it. It worked for a long time with
exactly the same equipment on my network. But, I went through the exercise
of making sure there is no DHCP server connected. I disconnected
everything on my home network so there can't be any other interference. I
plugged it into the cable modem directly once and plugged it into a
different router by itself once just to see if there was a difference
between using the modem and using the fixed IP address supplied by a
router. (Cold reboots with time turned off in between each attempt.)
Nothing works. Now when I reboot, I see it on the network for about 30
seconds before it disappears. That's not enough time to get connected. It
has a new drive in it with a fresh install of the OS, so it shouldn't be a
software thing right now either.

In the hopes that the ethernet cable inside the box got pinched, I plugged
straight into the board as well. So, I'm fairly certain it's the ethernet
board in there that's bad. Is this a standard board? What kind of slot is
in there? Is there another card I can just pop in that slot? If it's not
a standard card, is there anywhere I can go to get RTV parts (short of
getting a junk machine from ebay)? I've been searching for info on RTV
repairs, but all I find is info on upgrading drives (which I've already
done).

Thanks.

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PO Box 23523, Rochester, NY 14692, (585) 359-8695
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> In the hopes that the ethernet cable inside the box got pinched, I plugged
> straight into the board as well. So, I'm fairly certain it's the ethernet
> board in there that's bad. Is this a standard board? What kind of slot is
> in there? Is there another card I can just pop in that slot? If it's not
> a standard card, is there anywhere I can go to get RTV parts (short of
> getting a junk machine from ebay)? I've been searching for info on RTV
> repairs, but all I find is info on upgrading drives (which I've already
> done).

You can't get a board from Replay, but it is a std $10 item. The chipset
on the board has to match and then you just take off the metal bracket
and plug it in.
 
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On 2005-02-10, Tony D <nospam@nospam.com> wrote:
> You can't get a board from Replay, but it is a std $10 item. The chipset
> on the board has to match and then you just take off the metal bracket
> and plug it in.

Thanks. That's what I was hoping for. Any chance you'd be able to
recommend a board that has the right chipset? Just flipping through online
catalogs, I'm finding plenty of $10-$15 NICs, but none that state the
chipset being used. This might be a stupid question as they may be mostly
the same these days. I haven't bought a NIC separate from a computer in at
least a dozen years. And even then, they always came with their own
drivers, so I never paid attention.

Thanks again for the help.

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PO Box 23523, Rochester, NY 14692, (585) 359-8695
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> Thanks. That's what I was hoping for. Any chance you'd be able to
> recommend a board that has the right chipset? Just flipping through online
> catalogs, I'm finding plenty of $10-$15 NICs, but none that state the
> chipset being used. This might be a stupid question as they may be mostly
> the same these days. I haven't bought a NIC separate from a computer in at
> least a dozen years. And even then, they always came with their own
> drivers, so I never paid attention.
>
> Thanks again for the help.
>

You have to get a card with the same chipset. They are not all the same.
I think old Netgear cards used the same chipset. You have the old card.
What is the chipset? l8er (first letter is L) on the Replay forum at
avsforums.com said he had a bunch of them last year.
 
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