We have used this machine since it was first released somewhere around 99 or 2000. We bought two of them, it was cheaper to buy two than to buy a service contract. We wore the first one out some time ago, it stopped keeping time, without the correct time it is just a big paper weight. We got about 7 years I guess out of the first one, the second one since it had not been used didn't have the right software so we had to send it back to Panasonic and they fixed it for nothing and sent it back 2nd day air, gotta love it.
Of course the whole digital thing made it all obsolete but I installed a programmable converter box so it worked pretty much the same as it did. But this box started acting funny, it would freeze up and you would have to unplug it and replug it and that fixed it, it wasn't too terrible.
I decided it was time to pick another one up, so now we have 3. This one has the upgraded memory and a fan, I thought how cool that is going to be. We set it up yesterday and after fighting with it for several hours I finally got it to download the program guide and got it to talk to the right port(line 1). The box is useless the way it is, you can do almost nothing before it freezes up. I tried all the tricks I know and nothing works.
Short of sending it back to Panasonic which I really don't want to do, any ideas what might be causing the problem and a fix that can be made by a very amateur at such things.
Any help would be appreciated.