With Jon's help, my Showstopper is back "online"
--> we used freesco to resolve production.replaytv.net
--> it was able to connect
--> there was still no guide data
--> John suggested checking the date -- sure enough it was 1999
--> Date would not update via regular connection
--> I pulled the hard drive (C183 looks fine, no bulges/leaks, but I did not remove it from the board to look closer)
--> I installed the "set time" hack (http://www.oocities.org/flipflop7146/#clock
--> I manually set the time
--> It took three connects to get it all, but the guide has 8 days now
This needs to be added to connection trouble shooting: verify the time/date is correct!
notes on settime:
--> the program is now extract_rtv5
--> It runs from a command prompt in Windows 7
--> settime plus would not install (size was wrong as described in the readme)
--> When I turned it back on, was initially stuck in the "quick set" setup mode -- 777-Zones took me out of it
--> I enabled set time in 777-Zones from setup/Brightness/888-Zones; lets you update time without a reboot
--> When you scroll time zone, it over-writes itself. If you change time zone with no time entered and hit "record", it tells you time is in the wrong format, then if you arrow up or down you can read the time zone.
--> Eastern Time is six arrows to the left of Pacific (Pacific - Mtn no DST - Mtn - Central no DST - Easterm no DST - Eastern)