Anybody ever done this before? The DVR is a older standard def model, and it's about to fail, so if I break it, no big deal. I've already replaced it with another identical DVR. Before I toss it, I hope to see if I can access the machine through the phone line port RJ-12, or the USB port (female hub), or maybe hardwire directly to the onboard chip, and plug in to another computer to get read/write access. Figure out what's wrong, maybe replace some parts, and use it as a networked media center server??? Has anybody ever soldered a connector line to a chip to get read & write access to a chip in another computer? I found info on this process for this very machine, but the site is defunct - no help links. So I got a line soldered to the correct terminals, but how do I hook up to my computer? And what application will I use to read and write? Anybody know anything here?