You could try to flash it, but I would wait until your sure thats the prob.
It won't effect your hard drive.
Is the hard drive light flashing when you boot?
It might be booting but you just can't see it.
When you hooked up an...
I recently bought one of these IR extenders from Radio Shack so I could blip through my recorded TiVo shows from across the room on my 8880.
It works fine but I found myself forgeting to pick up the remote and wanting to mouse click...