10-16-2010 06:38 AM - edited 10-16-2010 06:43 AM
Just received my FAT+ yesterday and connected up fine. It found the update from 1.55 to 2.02.....and in spite of what I read here I figured Im on a wired connection, all seems good....why not?
Well, I found out. I came home from dinner and fired up the tV and the FAT+ and screen says "no signal". FAT+ has a white light. I tried hitting the "home key" and fAT+ goes amber for 18 ~20 times then back white with no signal. HDMI connection but tried component and avi just to check connections.
Tried fW install from memory stick following to the letter. clean stick with only FAT+ fw 2.02 installed. My finger went numb waiting on the "seagate" logo to come up. Lights just flashed and paused ....last time I tried I waited 10 minutes with my finger down waiting on screen. Unit does same as above, comes up to white light.......no signal.
I have never had a piece of equipment I couldn't straighten out. I'm a small business owner and run my 2 server-8 client network because I enjoy it. Ive had balky laptops,routers,servers and setup VPNS.
This is a new one on me. Finally navigated Seagates obscure support request to try and get the 1.55 recovery I learned about here, but somehow I'm not sure Ill get a result. Ill give 24 hours and send back to vendor. I spent $200 between this and one of Seagates drives to go with it. Im puzzled why its just not working.
Just the "luck of the Irish" or is this the way FAT+'s are?
10-16-2010 01:50 PM
Have you tried to reflash with FW 1.55 (using Cold Method)?
Unfortunately, it's not your bad luck! the FAT+ FW upgrade has this problem. Quite a few people reported this. That's why Cold Method with USB thumb/hard drive is always preferred.
10-16-2010 05:38 PM
Thank you for your reply.
Got home and started over with a fresh mind. I did indeed manage to flash it with 1.55 on the stick and then did same with 2.02. Spent several hours getting familiar with it before I wire it to a second wireless router set up as a bridge.
Couple of things I observed....like others I experienced the slide show lock up. Unplug power is only recover method I could find.
Set video up for 720p and picture is very good.
Remote buttons are touchy and flash some choices by so fast you can hardy see them....other items the buttons are slow and almost unrepsonsive. in other words, the remote is not consistent with how it handles its business.
uTube thing is kinda fun...be nice to have Pandora though. Netflix setup and played nicely.
Main reason I went this route was to stream content off my laptop to TV to save me pulling out the 25ft cable to watch movies from my laptop.....it does this nicely. Also as a replacement for a worn out hD-DVD player....I was intending to install Go drive (bought a 500 gb Go ultra portable by mistake) to load my wifes collection of exercise titles.
Going to play with it some more......but I'm thinking that building a small home theater computer would not be much more money and would be much more versatile.
Surprised Seagate finds it hard to produce a product that would be a little more reliable and stable for the end users.......especially if the idea is to sell their drives.
Again, a big thanks to everyone here with posting their experiences, its clear some folks have been through several fW upgrades but found ways to use these players in creative ways.
If i keep it....i'll try to follow and contribute.