InstantCake 9.3.2b IDE Installation Problems for TiVo Series 2 TCD540040
DESCRIPTION OF PROBLEM
I recently bought a used TiVo Series 2 box. It had a faulty hard drive, which needed to be replaced. No problem. I bought a new Western Digital 320 GB IDE drive. I also bought the corresponding T540040 Instant Cake image to load on this new drive. Burned the ISO with no problem to a CD-R. When Instant Cake loads, after the initial boot screen, it cycles through the following IDE slots yielding the same error: hda, hdc, hdd, hde, hdf, hdg, stating "Drive not responding. Resetting." Then it prompts me to press "Enter" to begin baking my cake. When I do, it states "MOUNT:/DEV/IS NOT A BLOCK DEVICE/ETC/RC.D/RC.S:/CDROM/.LIVE/BIN/PTVBAKE. NO SUCH FILE OR DIRECTORY/#"
From what I found digging around on these forums, it sounds like I have an incorrect PC configuration for my IDE devices. I am here to say that I have tried every single configuration with my devices, and I still can't get it to work. Having said that, here is what I am working with: I am using an old eMachine T6520 desktop with Windows XP Home Media Center Service Pack 3 installed. AMD Athlon 64 processor with 1GB of RAM running Phoenix - Award BIOS v6.00PG and Motherboard of Micro-Star MS-7145. On the motherboard are two IDE connectors, I am assuming 1 primary and 1 secondary, although they are only marked as IDE1 and IDE2.
Hence, when I try to install the InstantCake image to my new drive, I disconnect all IDE devices. I set the jumper on my CD-ROM to SLAVE position and attached it to the ribbon connected to IDE1 on my motherboard, thus assuming it will be read as Primary Slave. I removed the jumper for my new WD drive and attached it to the ribbon connected to IDE2, assuming it will be read as Secondary Master (I have also tried hooking it up with the jumper in the "Master with Slave" option. No difference). At this point, these are the only two IDE devices connected to my PC. My BIOS sees both the CD-ROM and HDD as Slave and Master respectively, but as IDE5 and IDE6. Next, I boot into Instant Cake. It shows the instruction menu screen and then loads into the linux image. It spits out a bunch of system info in addition to cycling through the various hd* devices as mentioned above. Then it comes to the "Press Enter to bake the cake" screen and displays the error message: "MOUNT:/DEV/IS NOT A BLOCK DEVICE/ETC/RC.D/RC.S:/CDROM/.LIVE/BIN/PTVBAKE. NO SUCH FILE OR DIRECTORY/#". What in the heck is the problem? I am 97% confident that I have configured the devices correctly.
Some troubleshooting steps I have tried:
-using linux commands, I found that the CD-ROM is being set as hdl and the HDD as hdi. I then tried to manually use the restore command with these new locations. It refuses to work, stating similar problems of the locations not being block devices or not a valid location. I also tried rewriting the InstantCake script itself with the correct locations, but I still get the same error.
-I tried resetting the BIOS by removing the motherboard battery. No change.
-Tried using mfslive tools. Similar problems.
-I tried a different computer, another eMachine the model above mine. Same problems.
My other desktops do not have IDE connectors, so I can't use them. At least 48 full working hours have been put into troubleshooting this problem, and I am fed up. I am ready to just purchase an upgrade hard-drive at this point. You, master forum-goers, are my last hope. Does anyone have any ideas, suggestions, or solutions?