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post #1 of 2 Old 12-24-2011, 11:38 AM - Thread Starter
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I have a 5040 Lifetime activated unit that lost its ability to record anything (#1). Something in the input converters apparently - it won't record from RF, composite, or S-video.
Recently I received another lifetime activated 5040 from a family member (#2). It's hard drive was dead. I took the hard drive out of mine and put it in the the #2 unit.

The #2 unit boots up fine, but goes to the Service Activation screen when I try to do anything. I am able get to setup, and Ethernet is correctly connected with a valid IP address. Under System Information /Unit Info it says "Service: Activated (one-time fee paid)

What options are available to return this unit to operation again?

By the way, I don't use it to do any off the air or off cable recording, so program guides, etc are irrelevant. I just want it for manual recording of directly connected NTSC video sources to digitize and download the MPEG2 video that I can edit.
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I found these alternate DNS addresses:

Originally Posted by truckie36
I also found that these DNS servers worked to get the software update:
208.67.222.222
208.67.220.220


I entered them, and re-verified the network connection. Then it went back to the activation screen, but this time it counted up to 100%, and then said "your replayTV is activated.

Then it rebooted and got stuck at a black screen. After powering off, it came up and appears to work correctly.

Thanks truckie36 - that seems to have fixed it!
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