My original "Classic" Slingbox has worked perfectly since I received it
brand new as a review unit, some years ago.. it's directly cabled to my
bedroom digital cable box, via an S-Video cable.. the emitters worked
perfectly.. everything worked perfectly for years..
I have the desktop player installed on two computers, and the SlingPlayer
Mobile installed on two PalmOS Treos.. everything was working perfectly.. I
used it every single day.. it was always plugged in with its original Power
Supply, that came with the unit, which was brand new, when it was sent to me
Suddenly, last night, while moving from the living room to the bedroom, I
fired up SlingPlayer Mobile on one of my Treos, to continue watching a show
that I was in the middle of watching on the living room teevee.. it worked
After I got to the bedroom, after a few minutes of watching, the SlingPlayer
Mobile beeped, the picture went black, and a message came up on the Treo's
screen that said something about "weak signal"..
I tried starting the mobile player again, but got the same message every time..
Then I tried the desktop SlingPlayer, and it would also not connect to the Slingbox Classic..
So I pulled the power cord out of the SlingBox Classic, waited a bit.. put it back in, and
after the usual boot-up light sequence, the lights on the front of the unit started behaving oddly.. the power LED came on, but the Internet connection light was off.. I'd never seen this happen before..
I came back out to the living room, and power-cycled my router, (a year-old Netgear model.. the SlingBox Classic is directly cabled to it with a fifty foot cat-6 ethernet cable, that snakes around from the router to the bedroom.. the connections are fine and tight..).. but I could still not get the
desktop player to make a connection..
I pressed the reset button on the back of the Classic, and went through the whole, long process of setting it up again..
I spent four hours messing with this, and the best I could come up with was finally getting it to work, but it was only giving me fewer than ten fps, and it said its internet speed was 0 (zero) kbps!.. obviously, with such a weak connection, I was getting no picture on the desktop player at all..
To put it mildly.. I was going nuts..
I reached down and to pull the Classic's power supply (AC "wall wart"), out of a power strip on the floor, next to the bedroom teevee, and the PS was so hot, I could barely touch it!.. I mean literally that hot..
I finally managed to get it out of the power strip and let it cool off.. after it cooled off, and I shook it a bit, I could hear something rattling around inside of the PS.. so I figured it had fried and was toast, and a
resistor or something inside of it had over-heated and broken loose..
Checking Sling's Web site, I see that they still sell a replacement PS for the SlingBox Classic for $19.99, but what I don't know is if that will solve the problem, or if the overheating PS damaged the internals of the Classic itself, such that if I were to buy a new, replacement Classic PS directly
from Sling, if the box would work again, or if it is also toast..
I've used the SlingBox Classic literally every day since I got it as a Press Review unit years ago, and was one of the first to review SlingPlayer Mobile for PalmOS phones..
My Press contacts at Sling no longer work there..
What would you folks recommend, based on your experience?..
Have any of you ever had a similar situation, where you had a Slingbox Classic, and its PS fried?..
Do you think I should buy a replacement PS directly from them for $19.99 (free shipping), and hope that the box is alright, and it was only the PS that fried, or should I find another Classic on eBay in working condition with a working PS, and bid on that?..
I am not a hardware bench tech expert.. I have no way to analyze nor check the Classic itself, to see if it is also toast, or if it's only the PS that needs replacing.. since I only have the one PS, which is now a paperweight..
I don't know which way to go with this.. an extremely over-heating PS could have damaged the Classic to the point that even with a new PS, it won't work.. I have no idea, and no way to find out..
I don't need, and can't afford to buy one of the newer models of SlingBoxes.. I'd just like to get the Classic working again, if all it needs is a new PS, but I don't KNOW if that's all it needs.. I could buy a new PS from Sling, and then find out the box itself was damaged when the original
PS got hot as an oven, and then croaked..
Any learned opinions from anyone who has experienced a similar situation, as to the wisest and most economical course of action would be appreciated..