I am relatively new to the Tivo world. I recently started seeing a young lady who has, in the past, used a TiVo (Series 2) to assist in "instant playback" of footage of the volleyball team she coaches. This, of course, is accomplished through hooking up a video camera and using that input to "buffer" or records. According to her, and may of the other coaches that I've spoken with, the system works really well, even on smaller hard drives, because rarely do the ever have a need to record more than 20 - 30 minutes at a time. Also, from their position on the court, they can use the remote to "jump back" and demonstrate an error or a positive to the players. Anyway...
The Tivo that my "friend" had was working fine last season and (again, according to her), for the two seasons prior to that. When she plugged it in a few weeks ago, it reverted back to the initial setup process. I've scoured the web, tried MANY different methods of activating the DVR, and, to no avail, nothing worked. It ALWAYS fails. Whether hooked to a phone line or rigged to the LAN with a USB-to-ethernet adapter. I tried changing the dialing prefix, etc. Nothing.
She bought another Tivo on eBay (another Series 2). It got here, worked fine for the first use or two, then got stuck at the "Welcome... Powering On" screen. Though I'm new to the world of Tivo, I'm an IT director by trade, so, I took out my tool kit and did a bit of research. The Western Digital 60Gb HDD within is faulty: riddled with bad sectors and delays. Repairs were an exercise in futility.
I say all that to say this: Now, I have two Series 2 Tivo's that are each basically useless to me. She doesn't have, nor does she want or need, a subscription to the Tivo service. I am simply posting here today as a final hope of someone who might be able to offer a suggestion. I've attempted to connect serially (to the device stuck in "setup mode") and bypass the initial setup by "tweaking" a file or two, but was unsuccessful.
Is there a way to download a software image that will already be "enabled," allowing me to step around the need to connect to Tivo and download data? I am more than willing to try anything at this point. It would really make her happy if I could get it working, and, in turn, she'd do certain things that "make me happy." I digress...
A frustrated young man.