Originally Posted by highnotefan
This is getting ridiculous. I've tried all of the above and no luck. I've even called Pioneer and they say the same thing. No way should this be that difficult, I am college-educated.
The USB option is GRAYED OUT. Meaning NOT AVAILABLE. In a world where things make sense, it should NOT BE NECESSARY to insert a USB stick into the port to get the GRAYED OUT option to become available. That's just stupid.
An online answer guy suggested I try a USB stick with .mp3's on it to see if that made the unit recognize the USB port. Huh???? This is a FIRMWARE UPDATE. He also said that some colleagues have told him that Pioneer had sent out a "special" USB stick guaranteed to work...yeah right, can I pay cash for that swampland??
Can anybody discern how frustrated I am with this thing?
highnote - been through the update thing and yes it can be very frustrating! A couple of suggestions...
First the 1121 has to recognize that there is a USB stick plugged in. If the menu option is grayed out, then the 1121 has not recognized the USB stick - stupid, but that's how it is. You may have a USB stick that the 1121 doesn't like, or is not formatted correctly. See other posts for brands/types that work or don't and what format works.
BTW, I have done successful firmware updates with several old, small (128-512Mb) USB sticks without re-formatting. In my experience, ones with a light that comes on when plugged into a computer will also light up when plugged into the 1121. Reading other posts, it's newer/larger (8GB+) that have problems.
Second, the 1121 will be looking for the .mem file on the USB stick, not the .zip file that you downloaded from pioneer.com. Make sure you have unzipped the file.