How can I reinstall the OS on a TiVO Series 2 DVR?

GamerMan101

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Hello all,
I am aware that the TiVO DVRs are quite ancient and fairly worthless in 2017, however, I saw one at my local electronics store that was about to be recycled, so I brought it home. When I plugged it in, the TiVO booted to a screen that said, "Welcome! Starting Up..." I was actually excited that it worked, as I have never used a TiVO DVR before. xD
The issue was, it never booted. It just stayed on that screen forever. I read some other forums that said that I needed to replace the harddrive, etc. So I popped in a new HDD. The issue is, I have no OS to put on it. Is there anywhere that I could get a copy of the TiVO os, and if so, how would I install it??
 

USAFRet

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It probably has to talk to TiVo central to finish the setup process.
 

GamerMan101

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I tried connecting to dialup, but no response on behalf of the TIVO...
Again, I think the hard drive is dead. Can someone DM me if they have the backup file to restore to this TIVO?
 

USAFRet

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Possibly start here: tivocommunity.com
http://www.tivocommunity.com/community/index.php?threads/no-operating-system.297682/

 

GamerMan101

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There is no way to download InstantCake for the new OS anymore; it was removed from the internet.
I have accessed a few edgy sites and come up with a download of winmfs, but now I need an image file. Does anyone have an image file for a vanilla build TIVO series 2 dvr?
 

GamerMan101

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Again, please reply if anyone has the image file. I would really either like to get this working and play with it or sell it if it can not be used by me.
 
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