Hi all, To be short, our Tivo is broken. We got it 3 years ago, its a series two from Toshiba I believe. It has a maxtor Diamondmax 16 80 GB HD in it. Anyway, it had some trouble before it died completely. According to my wife, it would play shows fine, but when you try to power it up on occasion the welcome screen would take a long time to disappear, and I think one time it green screened. Anyway, I suspected the hard drive, so what I did was use one of the MFS tools images and copied the TiVo hard disk to my PC, then copied that information onto a new hard disk. It still doesn't boot up. The symptoms are, it does power up, but there is no power LED illuminating. Fan is on. The welcome screen shows up, there is hard drive activity for 1-2 minutes, then the screen flickers, then back to welcome screen. I think the unit is rebooting itself after some critical error. Questions. 1) Is it worth it to buy the hard drive image, as the image may have been corrupted? 2) Is the Tivo shot beyond redemption? 3) One of the things we loath is the necessity to buy a subscription (the old one we used like a fancy VCR, worked fine for us) (called TiVo basic, thanks robo!). So we don't want to buy the subscriptin in any form. Can we still get a tivo without any sort of subscription contract? We're fine paying full price for it. Thanks! Update: To be clear, the Tivo was unmodded in any way. Now it has a newish hard drive. I tried the kickstart procedure but I don't think i did it properly. I'll have to retry it. Oh, I also was able to boot mfstools off of a USB thumbdrive (took a while for that). If there is interest I could post a howto. Update2: edited for clarity.