Originally Posted by klyde
I don't know what you mean by the broken record comment, but it doesn't sound helpful.
I rolled the computer back to the last update.
Then I pinged the tivo and I logged in to it by typing the ip address in a browser.
Then I restarted tivo desktop and the laptop appeared on the tivo, but the tive does not show on the laptop network places.
Broken record (old saying relating to phonograph records that had a place where the stylus would hit and jump back one rotation's worth of groove--which led to the joke about the automated airliner where the recorded pilot's voice said "Nothing can go wrong-CLICK-go wrong-CLICK-go wrong...", in other words, repetition of something over and over again, as in "I hate to sound like a broken record, but...") means I've made the same fixed IP address suggestion many times before around here.
It's solved the problem for some people--I don't know of anyone for whom it made things any worse.
Ordinarily, outside of pinging or https access via browser, a TiVo isn't going to "show up" on a PC except in an application, like TiVo Desktop's "Pick Shows To Transfer", specifically looking for it.
(and unless they're running some sort of specific program, like TiVo Desktop, that knows how to advertise them, PCs aren't going to show up in Now Playing lists either)
Your laptop may show up if you click on "Network Neighborhood" on your desktop PC, and vice versa, but not your TiVo. But then again, neither will your router, probably, but if you know enough to be messing with it in the first place, you know how to access it.
TiVos get their IP address either by getting it set at the TiVo, and then telling the network "Here I am, I'm 192.168.1.13" or whatever, or they enter into a dialogue with the router to get an address assigned to them, either next available number in the router's DHCP pool, or one that's been pre-assigned at the router to issue to the TiVo's particular and unique MAC number.
My way of doing it eliminates that dialogue, and thereby eliminates the chance of anything going wrong during that dialogue.