Is there someplace to see the features of the top 3 or 4 models side by side?
Just a follow up on the issue with SBS 3D files and the off center issues with the current firmware. I only just got my new Panasonic 55GT50 so I am
now able to play these files. To my great relief they play just fine and I find no visual issues with them. i had assumed the off center bug
would have caused an issue but so far all is well. Again just to be clear 3D SBS .mkv files play just fine. I tried letting my TV detect the
video format and I also used the Micca menu and selected the Side by Side 3D option. Both worked fine.
Actually that is how mine is connected to my receiver. I had to set my JVC receiver to treat its rca digital input as a DVD player.
Keeping in mind that only DTS or Dolby can be bitstreamed over S/PDIF Coax or Optical, All HD audio streams
e.g. DTS-HD MA and Dolby TrueHD use more bandwidth than they provide and therefore will only bitstream over HDMI.
Recently I have been having issues with my drive disappearing. Regarding your free space issue I could only recommend
you try backing up your data and reformatting the drive in the Micca itself. Also when you force a firmware update
make sure you disconnect the internal drive I found when I did not my drive would act wierd. Also I have a theory
that the power saving features of green drives from Western digital and Seagate sometimes cause issues for
the Micca. I wish I could offer more advice but I find with my unit that internal disk usage is hit and miss.
My next experiment will be externally powering the drive with a data cable run to the internal sata port in the
Micca. This will tell me if the Micca is having trouble powering the internal disks. I notice the power supply
they use is rated at 3Amps and I wonder if it is insufficient when using an internal disk.
HDD was formatted by EP950 originally, and for some reason will not copy from USB to HDD now (was working earlier).
The last time I had an issue with files not copying to the internal drive I had to reformat the drive in windows and go into Computer
and change the security permissions on the drive and add the Everyone group to the drive and grant all permissions
to everyone. If you are not technically knowledgable then I can give you a step by step guide. Actually if you look back at
one of my posts in this thread I think I outlined what was required.
Oh in response to you bloozeman the drive would randomly click a few times and then disappear, even
while watching a movie. The Micca would stiff be fully functional but the drive would be gone. Even
after powering off and on sometimes it would still not reappear. I am familiar with the crashing and
drive missing symptom but this is different.
Well I got tired of my internal drive disappearing so I opened up the EP950 and removed the sata power
and data connector along with the locking device that slides back and forth to push them into
the drive. I then replaced them with fresh cables that were short enough to work. So far it's
been a couple days and no issues so far. I will report back if the problem resurfaces.
Update: Well it's been several days and the Micca has been on the whole time
without any disappearing act from the drive. So it seems as if the original cables
were defective and caused the drive to mis-behave. Otherwise I have been enjoying
my 3D movies and I am still quite happy with my purchase.
Well a week now and still rock solid. I even have my other media player playing movies
over the network from the Micca's internal drive in another room while I watch movies in
my living room. No freezing and no hiccups so far.
I had a similar concern with mine regarding heat. My solution was actually to remove the rubber piece covering the sata port on
the left side and make the fan suck air in by turning it around. If you want to change the fan it should be quite easy I think an
electronics, hobby, computer store might carry something similar. The fan is easy to remove so you could carry it and have
it sized. If your drive is freezing after your modification you might be having the same faulty cable problem I was having which I posted
about in my previous post. For a hard drive to freeze up from heat nowadays it would have to get very hot and somehow I doubt that
is your problem. Hot hot does the Micca feel when you put your hand on it when the movie freezes?
What method did you use to upgrade the firmware?
Was the internal drive plugged in when you did the firmware upgrade?
I always had strange things happen when I did a firmware update with my drive installed.
Also for some reason after I attached my drive to a PC and granted the Everyone group
full access to the entire drive I had no problems with files disappearing.
There are a few posts on here that you should probably go back and read that might help also.
It's a shame too cuz the only other player I see with internal drive support that I would buy is the
Mede8er 1000x3d and it is out of my budget. The KDlinks HD700 seems to be similar in construction
but it does not have the facility to carry and internal drive. My Micca EP950 is still going strong and I
don't regret my purchase in the least
I am not very good at explaining the crazy things I do but I will give it a try :)
WARNING if this is done incorrectly you could render the unit useless or worse fry your hard drive.
As I stated earlier the first thing to do is unscrew the top part of the EP950 and detach the
existing SATA data and power cables from the mainboard. this is easy since they are joined together
where they plug into the drive so there is no way to mistake what to unplug. The piece of plastic that slides
back and forth to push the cables into the drive has to be removed permanently as well since the replacement
parts will not reattach to it.
The data cable replacement is a simple task as all you need to do is aquire a short SATA data cable from a
computer store. Mine was 3 or 4 inches if I remember correctly.
The power cable is tricky at least the way I did it. Maybe some stores would have cables that would work but
what I did was get a damaged PC power supply and removed one of the SATA power plugs from one of it's leads.
I then cut the power cables on the EP950's SATA power lead as close to the plastic part as possible so I ended
up with the longest length of wire possible. I then clamped the cables into the power plug I got from the PC supply
MAKING SURE that the yellow and red wires were in the right places. This is VERY important because the yellow
wire carries 12volts and you would not want that flowing to a circuit that expects 5volts.
Then I just plugged everything back in and bent the wires into a comfortable position and attached them to the drive
and the rest is history.
I wanted to post pics but life got in the way. I won't be able to upload pics for a few weeks