Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Foster City, CA (SF Bay Area)
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I'd recommend upgrading via burned CD if at all possible.
I made the mistake of running a 50 foot cable to mine and trying to do the upgrade via the internet.(10mbit+ cable connection, I regularly download programs at more than a megabyte per second).
Of course it failed, and just sat there saying DO NOT TURN OFF THE PLAYER for over 24 hours.
Eventually I just gave up, bit the bullet, and rebooted it.
Of course it wouldn't boot.
So I downloaded the CD-ROM .iso image, burned that, and I was back in business in 15 minutes. Upgrade went perfectly then. =)
Then I upgraded again yesterday, from 2.0 to 2.3 on my HD-A1.
Much faster boot times. But the part I really like is how it deals with bad discs.
Before, about 75% of the discs I got from Netflix would have a problem. Some skipping, some that fully locked up where I had to eject, reboot the player, clean the disc, and then skip to the chapter past where it locked up.
Now with 2.3 in there we watched a pretty jacked copy of Traffic from Netflix, and it did skip, but the player recovered immediately over every bad portion except one, and then I was able to chapter forward past the smegged up part and then rewind. Only lost about 30 seconds of the movie, which is 100x better than before. =)
The only problem I had was with the .zip/.iso from Toshiba. I've got a few different burning programs that I use. UltraISO refused to recognize the .iso image at all! I tried Alcohol 120%, it said 'unrecognized format' but offered to burn it anyway if I provided the sector sizes. I tried once at a sector size of 2382 or something, the HD-A1 wouldn't recognize it. Tried again at 2048 (the lowest setting) and it read and upgraded just fine.
I'd recommend that Toshiba provide a bit more instruction on how to do the burn, along with a link to a proper free .iso image burning program, there are many out there. A few screenshots would probably help those folks who are new to this stuff. I'm very experienced and I had problems, I'd hate to be a n00b trying this stuff! (Full time computer technician/geek here, 23 years experience in the field, MCSE, A+, Network+, CNE, etc).
Very happy with my 'old' HD-A1 now, bought this sucker the first day they came out and I sure don't regret it! =)
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