cant download skins in config live

right ive never really bothered with config live skins but decided to have a play.
ftp'ing them over is fine and show on the skins list.
ive checked the skins.txt file and even replaced it from the bios file when i upgraded it to the x3_3294 bios.

when i select download skins it fails to contact the server :(
looked round the forum and seen the problem posted but no solution.happens with the 2 x3 fitted xbox's i have here.
both xbox's are networked via router with no problems apart from this