Try holding the power button for 5 seconds untill the box resets, rather then switching off at the mains, I have see it work before for restoring a box, Bear in mind it will probably happen again at some point and if it is frequent the the box will probably need replacing. Watch ya recording if you can.
I'd like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the forum and say that I'm really sorry to hear that you're having an issue with your TiVo® being stuck on the starting up screen, I'd really like to help you out.
I've been able to locate your account using your forum credentials and have run some testing and can see some issues I'd like to get looked at by a technician.
I'll send you a private message in order to get things moving, please look to the top right of this page where you'll see a purple envelope icon, click on this and you'll see my message.
I had a V+ box (as my second box) and have just got at Tivo to replace it. I've followed the set up instructions to the letter but have a solid blue light with a red light that flashes every now and then with "Starting up..." on the screen. It's been like that for 12 hours.
An engineer is on his way but this seems to be a very common problem. What is Virgin Media doing to get a permanent fix? Are these boxes sub standard?
I pay a high price for my services and expect the equipment I receive to reflect what I pay.