Advertisements Hello, here's my tale of woe. The box is a Tivo S3 (TCD648250B) which suffered from the bad capacitor problem. It was powered off for a few months until I had time to get the new capacitors and replace the bulging ones. After replacing the capacitors, the box seemed to be fine, but that night, it failed to get program data with the dreaded S03 error. After doing some research, I tried kickstart 57 without any improvement. I also tried kickstart 54 (the SMART test) just to check, and the drive passed without any problems. Unfortunately, following another piece of advice online, I went to the channel list and re-selected my provider. And that's sort of the end of the story right there, since if it can't get past a S03, the Tivo repeats guided setup forever, so now I have a brick. To try and get past the S03, I tried selecting broadcast instead of cable (using the rationale that the broadcast data set may be smaller and more likely to be able to complete). I tried different zip codes, I even tried Canadian post codes. No luck with any of these. Before I do anything else, does anyone have any advice on where to go with this next? The box has lifetime service, so it's worth my spending some time on fixing it. I'm very comfortable in Linux and have no problem taking the thing apart - I just don't know what to do next. The drive currently in the Tivo is not the original one. I replaced the drive with a larger one back in 2009. I do still have a backup dd image of the original drive. In an ideal world I'd be able to save the shows on my current drive, but I suppose if all else fails I could just dd the backup image onto my current drive? Any advice would be very appreciated!