Originally Posted by jafir
RobJMan, there aren't two on the list just yet. Just the one you have. We are hoping someone will present the other one soon.
The update you have, have you used it before? Are you sure that it works properly? It needs to be a linux partition on the USB drive, and the files need to be set executable.
Actually that's a good question. I know a little Unix/Linux (very little) but used SLAX to try to create my own thumbdrive. While I was able to create a Linux partition and I thought that all went well, nothing happened. Then, I had a guy that I work with attempt it as well using his own thumbdrive, but got the same results.
I suppose it's possible that the unit has some unrelated technical problem. I just find the timing to be extremely suspect. Literally two days after the USDTV announcement, I realized that the unit was malfunctioning. Some nights I watch Dish (or nothing). So it's quite possible that it happened on the very day. I immediately did a Google search to see if others had encountered the blinking LED's and the first article I came to was the announcement. Very suspicious if you ask me.
On one hand I'm a little peeved, especially if a signal was sent that disabled my unit. But I don't even know who to be upset with. For example, Walmart most likely shares no blame. But what a goofy thing to have happen. Imagine buying a TV or stereo, only to have it rendered useless a few years later because "someone" sent an OTA signal that shut it down. I guess it's not all that different from how a PC can be compromised by a virus, or an operating system manufacturer who believes you are using an illegal copy - not that I'd know anything about that ;-)
I'm probably going to open the case on the unit and see if anything is fried on a board, etc. I'd really like to get this thing functional again, especially after hearing that the new interface is a bit nicer and that we could possibly enhance it further given the partial open source situation. I'll also have to consider purchasing a new unit, though I likely just broke even on the ROI on this one, considering I could have paid Dish their $5 or $10 per month for the past couple years to have their limited HD. There's just something to be said for receiving such high quality OTA signal for free.
Thanks to all for your continued feedback.