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ReplayTV 5000 ethernet port mode of failure?

post #1 of 11
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I have a monthly (not that it matters) ReplayTV 5500 laying around I picked up at goodwill a few years ago. I haven't ever used it - but I recently tried to set it up (to tinker with when we were working on the El Gamal stuff) and noticed the Ethernet port seems to be shot (no link light).
I know that this failure is somewhat common on ReplayTV 5xxx units - does anyone know which part(s) commonly fail? I haven't even popped the top yet to try and troubleshoot, but was curious if anyone knew which parts usually gave out? I have no interest in paying someone to fix it, as honestly I don't really need the unit at all, and even if I did, it would likely be cheaper to just replace the unit.
post #2 of 11
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Originally Posted by erickotz View Post

I have a monthly (not that it matters) ReplayTV 5500 laying around I picked up at goodwill a few years ago. I haven't ever used it - but I recently tried to set it up (to tinker with when we were working on the El Gamal stuff) and noticed the Ethernet port seems to be shot (no link light).
I know that this failure is somewhat common on ReplayTV 5xxx units - does anyone know which part(s) commonly fail? I haven't even popped the top yet to try and troubleshoot, but was curious if anyone knew which parts usually gave out? I have no interest in paying someone to fix it, as honestly I don't really need the unit at all, and even if I did, it would likely be cheaper to just replace the unit.

Contact Mikeyboy here:

http://www.replaytvparts.com/

He'll be able to answer questions and provide service.

He's helped me immensely in the past.
post #3 of 11
You know, we should all just head to MA and throw a big blowout party for Mikeyboy. I've not had to use his services directly, but every one of us has used him at least indirectly.
post #4 of 11
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Originally Posted by wrench View Post

Contact Mikeyboy here:

http://www.replaytvparts.com/

He'll be able to answer questions and provide service.

He's helped me immensely in the past.

To clarify, I'm not looking to swap the whole motherboard - I'm looking at changing out the failed component(s) on the PCB. SMT soldering doesn't scare me - I was just wondering here if anyone had troubleshoot this before I invest the time.
post #5 of 11
We had a 5k that lost it's network port. We bought a 5k with no subscription at ebay for $50, swapped out the eeprom and we were back in business. It was pretty good deal. Now I have a spare power supply (as well as other parts) and remote.
post #6 of 11
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So I traced the signal back to the pins on the RTL8100B chip and it looks like I have continuity from the pins in the jack back to the chip itself. I need to get out my scope and look for link pulses (and verify the chip has power) but my current theory is the RTL8100B chip itself is damaged. I need to find a Ethernet controller to steal that chip off of and swap it.
post #7 of 11
That's a real task in itself. Not for the faint of heart!

I wish you luck!

But I prefer ChampionWalts suggestion better. I bought several of those eeprom sockets for just that purpose.
post #8 of 11
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Yeah, I don't actually need the ReplayTV to work (parents already have one at each TV) - this is more of an academic exercise/me being stubborn. Swapping the EEPROM would totally defeat the point.
post #9 of 11
Isn't this all rather moot... with the Programming Guide being discontinued?
post #10 of 11
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Isn't this all rather moot... with the Programming Guide being discontinued?

No. At this point we believe we have the pieces needed to replicate the ReplayTV servers.
post #11 of 11
Hello erickotz,
Did you get your ethernet to work yet?
I have one that both it and the modem are dead to use.
I think it may be power related on the mother board?
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