I am a newbie here and to Tivo, so please forgive me if this has been asked and answered or if this is off-topic.
I just bought a HDR212 20Hr unit from ebay. Everything seems fine with it, but it won't dial up for the initial setup, so 1) I can't use it right now, and 2) most upgrades I was planning on doing (network card...possibly cache card and 1 or 2 new drives) seem dependant on me knowing the software verison, which I cannot find out being stuck in setup. I know they have a modem replacement, and I have a serial modem to try on hand, but again it appears that I have to have 3.0 to make it work and I don't know what is on the unit. I have a handful of questions that I have a handful of answers to (through web searches), but I'd like to get some definitive answers before dumping more money into this unit.
A) Assuming I do have 3.0, how can I use my serial modem(I have the serial cable refered to on Weaknees) to dial up...that would get me through setup limbo at least.
B) If I bought the net card, but don't have version 3.0 software, can I use a backup of another 212 unit that has 3.0. If so, does anyone know where I can get a 212 backup image, or does the net card come with one I can use?
C) If I put in a net card, and do have 3.0, can the net card be used to go through the initial setup or do I have to be past that point before I can enable/use the card?
D) Assuming all answers above are NO, do I have any other recourse to fix this thing (other than spending 60+ dollars on new parts that may or may not fix the issue).
I just finished everything to get my external modem up and running. Thanks for the direction to the thread!
Just a side question on this unit. I plan on using the unit as a VCR for now, no TIVO services. I know that the channel info will always display the 'you don't have tivo service, and should get it' message when I watch TV, but is there any reason for me to ever connect again other than to download a new software ver or if my channel lineup changes with Comcast? If not connected for a certain amount of time, do bad things happen?