I went to go attempt to download a new program to the Fadal last week and all that I got was a communication error. Apparently with everything turned off, even the computer, a power surge can come though the RS232 port and take out the 1030 communications board. Guess it's time to invest into one of these....I never knew you could get a RS232 surge protector.
I was able to find another board...actually two of them...from the west coast and it showed up yesterday. It didn't take any time to install and I was back up running. Thanks Jon!
The original board was re-manufactured at one point. I suspect this isn't the first time this has happened. I am going to send it to fadalvmcparts.com to see if it can be repaired. I have dealt with these guys previously and would recommend them to anyone with Fadal issues. They have great support and fast turn around.