Originally Posted by joeags
I believe that by having the unit unplugged, you did a reset of the player. Did you have to update your preferences again after restarting? That would be a pretty clear indicator. I and a few others had problems with the 2nd generation players with the sound output, and unplugging the player fixed it for a short time. But it generally failed again in the future. I'd use this time to ensure that you have a good spare!
When I first encountered the problem, I did unplug the unit for a brief time (that is when I checked the fuse and tried jumping the fuse bracket). I then replugged it in and the unit was still dead. Which is why I was so surprised when it came back to life.
Regarding having to reset preferences, yes, they needed resetting; however, each time I unplug the unit (for lightning storms) the preferences need to be reset.
I do have a spare (A2). I did like the IQ better in the A30. I had mainly used the A2 for watching standard-def DVDs.
I haven't had a chance to watch a movie on the A30 deck yet (I will try tonite). I'll report back on how it performed.
Thanks to all who have helped me with this!