My DVR holds the phone line open. I can't even bypass it (trick it) to dial after I've plugged the phone in. I've heard of external modems or replacement....what are some other options and where can I do them. I live in Las Vegas, NV.
According to http://www.weaknees.com/repair.php, any of these could be your problem:
? Improper dialing settings
? Bad/defective cables
? Bad/defective modem
? Modem needs to be reset
? Trouble with TiVo?s servers
? Use of VoIP (Vonage, Packet 8, Verizon FIOS, etc.)
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You don't need a driver for the Tivo AG0100... you plug it into one of the USB ports of a TiVo DVR and configure it from the Settings & Messages -> Settings -> Network -> Change network settings menu in the TiVo DVR.
Did you try unplugging the power to the unit, then holding the eject button while you plug in and power it back up? Sometimes this releaves the "Logic Lock" caused by a frozen process on DVR and DVD units.
They're lying to you, to charge you more.
A cable card is a cable card is a cable card. If your provider stands by their "special card" BS, switch to a new cable provider.
They're probably trying to scare you into getting their DVR instead of Tivo. And it's not the same, ever. Tivo is far superior to any other DVR on the market, free or not.
It sucks that you can't dial in anymore, but if you have broadband internet there is an easy solution. You can buy for about $20 on Newegg a LiInksys USB200M USB ethernet adapter that allows your Tivo to connect to the Tivo service using your broadband internet. If you modem is in fact dead, this may be the only chance you have at getting Tivo to connect again. I have 2 SD-H400 and I don't (and have never) use the telephone line. I use the broadband connection only and have never had a problem.
Even if you don't have broadband you can get this to work with the USB200M and dial up too. You'll have to connect to your dial up provider using your PC, then set your PC up to use Windows built in "Internet Connection Sharing". You then connect your Tivo to you PC using an ethernet cable. If the cable goes directly from the Tivo to the PC, you'll need a crosswired or crossover ethernet cable. If you have a network switch or network hub in between, you can use a regular network cable. Use your Tivo menus to "Connect to the Tivo Service Now" and it should connect and get any Guide or Software Updates that are available. Keep in mind this will be painfully slow as dial up internet is much slower than broadband.
This problem could also be caused by a recent switch in telephone connection. If you are now using a Voice Over IP (VOIP) telephone, I don't think Tivo will connect with that type of phone line. You're only option then will be the USB200M and some type of network connection to the internet.