Originally Posted by criserie
Hi all, my first post here.
I've had my EP950 since late December, and for my needs it works ok (debriefing hi def videos from a avchd camera, .mts files), but as time has gone one I'm getting frustrated with some issues that don't seem to be being addressed in firmware updates.
The media library seems broken on my unit. I put the ep950 on DB mode under settings-> system, then delete the media library and have it scan all. When I go to the appropriate menu (photo, music) and try to play the media, I get an "invalid file format" message. It then tries to play files further down the list, with further error messages, until the unit crashes and hangs. Some times it just chokes and looses access to the hard drive until a reboot. This has happened with photos and .mp3s, I haven't tried video files yet.
Secondly, it seems that "shuffle loop" is broken in the current firmware (it seemed to work in previous versions). When I go to play pictures in a picture slide show and turn on shuffle loop, it seems to play them in sequence. When I then switch play modes to "repeat all" or "repeat once" it selects one random pic, then starts playing them sequentially from there. I've tried the latest himedia 900b firmware(s), and both of these issues seem to be resolved (more testing is needed).
Is anyone else having these issues? I really liked the idea of a random .jpg slide show with random music from a playlist, but this doesn't quite seem possible with current firmware. If you try to play the music first, then start the slide show, the music stops. If you start the slide show and try to select music, it wants to play the music (and pictures, for that matter) sequentially...
I'm wondering if I got a bum unit, but my himedia firmware experiences suggest otherwise...
If anyone else is having these issues, please let me know. Jack, any of this sound familiar?
Thanks in advance,
Not sure what the problem is with your slideshows. I had Amazon process my return but I haven't printed the return label yet so I tested out the 950 with my test USB stick with images and music. Firstly, I had no problem getting it to shuffle the images. The images are numbered so I know the sequence. I started playback with the first image, then selected shuffle from the on-screen menu, and it shuffled them just fine - totally random.
I then stopped playback, started playing a .cue file for a soundtrack in .flac, and the music started right up. I then browsed to my images folder while the music played, and started up a slideshow, again selecting shuffle. No problems, the music played non-stop and shuffled the images at the same time. So I was unable to recreate the issue you're having. Note I have the same v2 950 with the current firmware as shipped.
I gotta say - I tried an mkv file earlier on my brand new WDTV Live, and it wouldn't play - it totally locked up the unit so bad I had to unplug it and restart it. It was a profile 5.0 mkv, which I hear can be problematic with many players. I tried it in the 950 and it started right up. There really is a lot to like about this unit. I think the key is that Micca needs to offer more frequent firmware updates. Once every couple months might be fine when the player is finely tuned and working great, but when there are many bugs, some fairly serious, that's just not often enough.
I understand that it takes time to troubleshoot and track down problems, but there is nothing worse than hoping for a fix for something and having to wait weeks or months to see it happen. I'm not speaking only about Micca - these media players in general seem to take their time with firmware updates. And that's not good. If Micca is taking their time to do it right and having trouble with a certain issue, by all means take your time and do it right. But if you've already got a few fixes, I think it would be better for everyone if there were smaller, more frequent updates, so those issues that have been figured out can be applied sooner, without having to wait for a big update so they can pile them all together. It would also make the customers not feel so forgotten if they saw regular, small updates instead of waiting 1-2 months at a time.
I did notice more green flashes just during the few minutes I was testing the slideshows just now. I hope Micca is able to take care of this issue.