Great news, Ken! Glad everything worked out well. Despite its quirks, the 805's a magnificent piece of equipment for the price. So the extra bit of TLC required to get it where it should be is, IMO, well worth the effort. In a perfect CE world, we shouldn't have to expend this much energy getting it to its full potential like we have (especially without the direct help of the manufacturer). But hey, as you indicated, at least we get an education in the process and are the wiser for it.
I don't think you killed the thread at all. It's just that, at this juncture, all that can be said and done has
been said and done. All that anyone could possibly want to know regarding O/I firmware and the update process is gathered here and in Gurkey's thread. With a little bit a effort (and the help of the Search button), pretty much anyone with a computer, disc-burning software, a serial (or USB) port, and a modicum of common sense can become a pseudo O/I technician.
At this point, the list is null and void. Since very few want to actually make an investment
in the update process by purchasing one of Jason's dongles, presently the only ready-made
DIY tool available at the moment (vis-a-vis spending at least $50 in shipping to an O/I regional service center and untolds weeks of down time depending upon one's geographical location, or making a dongle oneself), there doesn't seem to be a need for it at this point. A real shame. Oh well, their loss. But you took advantage of the opportunity, so bravo to you. Enjoy your 805!