Drats -- I just lost my post (apparently took to long to hit Post), so I'll try to recreate it.
Good for you for not giving up! I admire your technical understanding, so perhaps you'll be able to figure out a way to keep going!
I'm not sure what software image you've got in Dropbox -- is it for a 2-tuner or 3-tuner? The software in our 3-tuner Moxis seems to be: 126.96.36.199R4BR-P.319355
If anyone can figure out how to load your image onto a new HDD & have it work in a Moxi, that may be what enables folks to keep using Moxi (as long as the EPG continues to work)!
I'll keep watching here to see if anyone figures it out!
One thought I had is that if
the server(s) where the OS download lived is gone, then perhaps the "policing" method that tied a particular hard drive to a particular Moxi unit might also be gone? I don't recall if anyone ever figured out exactly how Moxi enforced that relationship? But, if
it was server based, and if
that server no longer exists, then your software image might work on any fresh drive (if anyone can get it installed).
It's a whole lot of ifs, but I also wonder if
that policing of HDD to particular Moxi unit was server based, and if
that server no longer exists, might it be possible to use a clone from a different Moxi without triggering the recovery/format/install process? I'm less optimistic about that -- and not willing to risk it with my two remaining clones -- since IIRC, putting a drive from one Moxi into a different one immediately initiated the recovery/install process as soon as the power was turned on, but I do wonder.
Thanks for the 4FP tips. Unfortunately, I'm pretty confident my technique isn't the issue since I've done it probably a dozen or more times over the past decade without a hitch. I did think to log into my Moxi.com account before starting & all was well. As you may recall, we've had times where that server has gone down & come back up days later, so I checked that first & all was well. So, I'm now thinking that must be on a different server, or a different part of the server than the OS install?
I don't know the technical aspects, but the install process definitely started & seemed to go normally until about 10 minutes in, at which time the middle amber light would start flashing every time on both drives. The people I've talked to with way more knowledge than I could ever hope to have think that the server not responding caused a time-out after x attempts, which is what caused the middle amber light to start blinking at 9-11 minutes.
It's possible the server issue is temporary and not a result of Moxi pulling the plug, but I don't know how we'd determine that or when/if it comes back up? I think May was the last time someone here posted they'd been successful with the 4FP, and both jsloan2 & I have had 4FP failures this month (jsloan2 reported it was always a PITA while it hadn't ever been problematic for me). So, I think something has changed between May & now that's preventing the 4FP from working, at least for the last week or two. I'm supicious the plug was pulled in August "in honor of" the 2 year anniversary of Moxi announcing the end of support.