It appears to be downloading a patch or configuration information, and then failing to verify the download or installation. I'm guessing that the verification server is overloaded, since some people are getting through. Since more and more people are trying to repeatedly verify the download, the server's load will keep increasing until it's capacity is increased and it's managed to catch up.
It sits at the verifying stage for quite some time before it fails. I'm guessing that's its standard timeout configuration.
If Virgin Media can't easily upgrade the network infrastructure to verify these boxes, then they should probably be putting installations on hold until it has caught up, and then throttle the roll out to match the infrastructure.
I had a install this afternoon and i have the same problem. To be fair the engineer said to expect it and said he would only do the install as i have a second tivo box i can swap when i need too. He didnt want to leave me without service for an extended period.
I got the idea the engineers are nearly as sick of the problem as we are.
fingers crossed for a quick fix. He did also say you dont need to reboot the box, just press OK to retry
I finally got mine going this morning. The installation was at 8 AM yesterday, and I'd gone through maybe 150 attempts at downloading and verifying the software installation over the course of 16 hours yesterday. I was just repeatedly hitting the ok button to retry the patch, rather than pulling the power cord out. These devices have a hard disk inside them, and you're not meant to just pull out the power on a HDD, as it can damage them.
Shortly after midnight last night, the behavoiur changed slightly. The box rebooted when I hit ok, I'd stopped looking at the screen by then, because that bright virgin media background was starting to burn into my eyeballs, so I can't say what message popped up. After the reboot, the same faulty error message continued for another 3 or 4 tries before I gave up and went to bed.
I carried on at about 8 AM this morning. After another 3 or 4 tries, the box rebooted and actually manged to patch the system. I'm getting TV through it now.
All I have to do now, is complete the rest of the setup and installation that I paid Virgin Media for. I reckon I'll be having a chat about a refund of installation fee.
Encouraged that some people are getting through. Had the box installed on Friday and just keep getting the same error as everyone else here. Seems outrageous that they should keep rolling out the new boxes when this error is ongoing. I had an old box that was working perfectly well and now have a very unhappy family. What Dad - no TV all weekend?