Ladies and Gentlemen,
As allot of fixes, tips, and operational info is dependent on hardware
and firmware revisions
, or "Batch lots"
please when posting about "your unit" refer to your unit unit via it's model model
, AND list the FIRMWARE
version, / or batch ID string.
Instead of saying "my unit" this or that say my ZAT-970A-0827
, or 970A-0827
On Zinewells the "0827" means it's from Batch , or "lot" 0827.
(The batch number will be in BOLD, listed in the middle of the serial number on the box next to the UPC bar code, and it's also on bottom of the unit itself .)
Why post such? Simple....
Manufacturers make changes during production runs- the hardware may undergo revisions , and/ or their suppliers may change from run to run (batch). In addition the firmware will change.
(Note: Most major manufacturers get their parts from several different suppliers /and or use different factories so not ALL of XYZ model may come from the same factory / OR be built with the same parts.)
While it may not make a difference in "every" case, there may be issues that only affect /pertain to certain "runs", or batches.
(In those cases in which there has been a "bad-run", or "bad-batch" posting your batch ID string saves people trying to help you time, and will save you grief as well.
It also helps in those cases in which there is a batch specific problem (or nice feature) show a "pattern".
One last reason to post the ID string...
Depending on the hardware, firmware the unit is running the procedures or "TIPS" that apply may be different as well.
Here's one example on the Zinwell ZAT-970A
On the ZAT- 970A-0827 for example unit's BELOW a certain batch number
range have a "hidden" extended EPG
that can be brought up with the 6-in-1 Dollar-Tree remote....UPC-639277711847 and later versions of the SAME model (higher firmware revision /batch ID string) do not have this (much desired) feature.
Here's the table for the HIDDEN Extended EPG keypress info
on the (discontinued as of 12-2008- replaced with 950A) ZAT-970A-0827 unit:http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...2#post15298282
(As a aside it would be nice if someone who has both the 970A and 950A would post in a table, or line by line format the differences between the two units... Additionally it would be nice if someone could update the WIKI with that info.)Wiki Comparison of CECB unitshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_CECB_units
PS: Could have missed it, but I ran across this tip:
If you get a Zinwell, do not throw out the manual
. Zinwell has unfortunately set a password on some of the channel functions
, so you will need to look up the default password in the manual if you try to access these functions.
Default password = 0000
Override password = 0217