rallenr - You can install software to allow you to set the Showstopper clock manually. Instructions and a link to download the software are provided here:http://www.oocities.org/flipflop7146/
Scroll down to "setting the clock manually."
Please note that you need to remove the hard drive from your Showstopper and install it in a PC which supports PATA drives. You also need to be somewhat Linux/UNIX savvy. So, this patch is only for those with computer technician skills or who can turn the job over to a friend with those skills.
Alternatively, go to Menu, Setup, Change Dialing & Input Settings, Change Telephone. Step to Zip Code and change it. Now, go back to the previous screen. Press select to return to the zip code screen and enter your correct zip code. Continue through the steps. Your unit should dial the replaytv servers. If the "Setting the clock" step completes quickly, your unit now has the correct time. If the step lingers for a minute or more, your clock did not get set. Let the connection complete. If you get a network connect error, select "try again."
Now, an update on our Program Guide Update issues:
Normally, each night, your machine dials to the servers and appends one day of listings to the program guide. If you check during the day, your program guide should include a partial day one week from tomorrow. To check, bring up the guide and page through 12 hours at a time with the fast forward button. I find that the guide runs through midnight UCT, so the end time varies with time zone and whether standard or daylight saving time is in effect.
If your machine failed to append a day, in the past, all missing days would be appended the next time the machine did a successful nightly update. However, I find that the guide will fail to update if it needs to append more than one day. If you have two or more machines connected to the same phone line, it is best to unplug the phone line from the machine that did not update. Otherwise, that machine may hog the phone line and prevent the other machine(s) from updating.
With perseverance, the program guide can be restored. I posted a method on page 12 of this thread. I find that all you can do is keep trying. I use the same local number every time. I don't think it helps to use a different number. Furthermore, there does not seem to be one time of day that works better than others.
However, I have found something that may help. First, use the above procedure for setting the clock from "Change Telephone." Keep trying until you get all the way through without a "network connect error." Then, use my method on page 12.
One advantage of my method is that you don't need to erase the program guide first. If you fail, the existing program guide remains intact. Thus, you can keep trying for about a week without missing any scheduled recordings. When I have been able to get a guide for local broadcasters, I have always been able to follow up and overwrite it with the guide for my local cable TV provider.