In May 2009 I purchased one of the refurb 886's from shoponkyo.com. Like many others my 886 appeared to be new and came with main firmware 1.01. After completing my theater I became interested in Audyssey Pro calibration. Having read the posts on AVSForum I knew that I needed main firmware 1.04 or 1.05 if wanted to do Audyssey Pro calibration. After several calls to Onkyo technical support they sent me an update CD with main firmware 1.05.
After installing 1.05 I noticed three problems. 1) I began to have frequent problems with the video freezing when switching between HDMI inputs. 2) The video would also freeze every time I attempted to change resolution by holding down the remotes DISPLAY button and when RESOLUTION appeared on the screen pressing left or right. 3) Also I would intermittently lose the VOLUME display. All three problems could be cleared by turning the unit off and on.
I contacted Onkyo and requested they send version 1.01 so I could roll the unit back to the original firmware. They agreed to send 1.01 however what they sent was version 1.04.
I installed the 1.04 and continued to have same problems, however with 1.04 the video freeze when changing HDMI inputs was less frequent. I would classify it as often instead of frequent.
In looking at the files on the 1.05 CD I found version 1.03.
I installed 1.03 and with the exception of losing the VOLUME display one time
all of the other problems have been resolved.
I have tested each version several time and the problems remain consistent.
Onkyo support insists the video freezes are a hardware problem that requires repair. I seem to get a deer in the headlights response when I ask why 1.03 clears the problems. Given the poor reviews on the Onkyo repair centers near me I am not going to send it to be fixed when it is not broken.
I believe that 1.04 & 1.05 firmware versions have problems. Possibly the problems are only with specific units. It appears from various posts others may have experienced the same thing.
I WANT TO PRESS THIS ISSUE WITH ONKYO AND NEED HELP WITH RESPONSES TO THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS:
1. Have you upgraded your PR
-SC886 firmware to 1.04 or 1.05 and have problems with the video freezing when switching between HDMI inputs?
2. Have you upgraded your PR
-SC886 firmware to 1.04 or 1.05 and are unable to change resolution using the remote (hold down the DISPLAY button, then press left or right)?
3. Have you had an Audyssey Pro calibration successfully performed on your PR
-SC886? What version of firmware did you have installed?