Folks, I have a problem that may be odd. One of the 5 tuners in my HR44/500 receiver is apparently dead. When I go into the menu item which lets me test the tuners, 4 of the 5 show excellent signal strength; one shows none. It's #3, at the moment; but they seem to be automatically renumbered if the preamp looses power (and something resets?). The bad tuner started out as Tuner #1, but following my technician's advice I unplugged and replugged the preamp; and it reset so that the bad tuner is now #3. As to symptoms: If I am recording two items (on Tuner #1 and #2), I can not watch or record anything else. The unit would try to use Tuner #3, but that reports it can't see the satellite, so instead of programming I get the "bad cable" error message. The cable is obviously good; I'm successfully recording and watching other programming! It's just that the one tuner acts disconnected. I wouldn't mind swapping this receiver for a good one from DirecTV, but the hard drive is 95% full of programs which I don't want to loose. And there doesn't seem to be a official way to back them up; let alone watch them after I have a new receiver. Now, this is a "Genie" unit, and I understand that I can stream the contents to another device (using the GenieGO ap?) Would it be possible to connect my laptop (and backup storage) to the receiver via Wi-Fi or the Ethernet ports, and get the contents off that way? I do not have high-speed internet at home, but I could connect straight from my laptop's Wi-Fi to the receiver's Wi-Fi, and with my laptop connected to the internet (via dial-up) spoof the high-speed connection "required" while bringing the programming over to my laptop for storage. I have the Hauppauge hard- and software to watch and record TV on my laptop, so if I could save the programming in an acceptable format I could watch it on the laptop. Or is all this impossible, and I'm SOL?