It appears that my VSX-1021 may be brain damaged.
I noticed today that its networking capability can no longer be configured nor is it even maintaining a live connection to the switch or router. I am getting the dreaded "Network Setup/Applying Settings" hang-up upon entering the "IP Address, Proxy" configuration. Occasionally, I am allowed to actually change the network settings prior to hanging if I perform a system reset (put into standby, hold down enter + hit standby button) plus a "hard reset" (hold down standby whilst unplugged for several seconds). Regardless of whether I choose DHCP or manual IP address settings, it will hang indefinitely and the connectivity indicator will not light. On a rare occasion, the connectivity indicator will light up for several seconds upon power-up, but it will shut off and remain off afterward. I've tried multiple cables and connecting directly to the router versus my external switch. This setup worked perfectly at one time.
I'm pretty certain I've never applied a firmware update. Unfortunately, the "software update" menu option is grayed out which precludes me from updating via USB or even checking the current firmware version.
Any thoughts? Naturally, I purchased this thing on Feb 3, 2012 so my warranty is gone.
It appears that someone else has here had this exact problem
with a different model. I came across the service manual on my own and attempted to perform the factory flash procedure. Unfortunately, I had the identical (poor) results
as the poster. I guess I should be happy that I managed to get an entire year out of this thing. :PEdited by Roderick Munch - 2/22/13 at 1:53pm