So, fair warning. [rant on] I just finished a 6-week remodel that including the TV wall, complete w/ 1 Series 2 tivo and 1 DirecTV HD Tivo. Upon plugging everything back in this weekend... 1) My DirecTV HD would not display live tv. Gave me "activate your account" message. Had to call DirecTV and be "reactivated". That was relatively painless. 2) Then we booted the Series 2. Gave me warning messages about not calling in in 30 days so we tried to make a call (network connected - network was up and running, the LR tivo could see the bedroom tivo and vice versa). Made the call on Sunday and left it. Monday night, I turn it on and it's giving me multiple failures - can't connect, can't download, service has been deactivated, I won't be able to record *anything* ever again, cats and dogs sleeping together. So I try again, and again and finally found the dreaded "S03" error. After searching, I find this thread: http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?t=332536&highlight=s03+error I'm reading in horror that some folks have been unable to clear their machines and had to trash them. I'm starting to freak out about losing my lifetime, my upgraded harddrive, hours of recordings.... Thanks to this forum, I tried the "kickstart". Got thru the green screen then to the "repeat guided setup" and a repeat attempt to dial in. It failed, cycled thru and I tried it again, failed *again*! I was finally able to get it to work. After 4 regular reboots and attempts to connect, a kickstart (refer to thread above) and finally 3 more attempts. This morning it looks like it's working. I've got recordings in the "to do" list. So, here's the moral of the story. Don't leave it unplugged if you don't have to. If I had known, I would have least set it up in some distant corner of my house, just plugged in and networked. But I have 3 tivos and only had one TV operational, and not enough cable to support the additional 2 tivos. WTF? I unplugged 4 computers, a printer, appliances, numerous devices for the 6 weeks. But my two tivos can't handle it? What a giant pain in the arse. [rant off] Really, this just doesn't seem right. If anyone can provide a reasonable explanation as to why this is legitimate, I'd appreciate it.