I had no problems updating the SC-68 with all 4 FW updates to date. there are others who successfully updated. but I do agree that the make or size of the USB drive shouldn't make a difference but it seems some have no success with a brand and get it to work with another. kind of strange.
but as far as being overly sensitive to files, IMO, no.
common sense indicates that you don't leave the zip file on the drive, just put the unzipped files only so the receiver only sees & can respond to those. and the instructions say it needs to be formatted as FAT, preferably FAT32. do these 2 things & you'll have a better chance of success, IMO. it won't work formatted as NT or linux, or anything else. the directions are quite clear that it has to be FAT. what's difficult about that? why shortcut the process and not format it? why take a chance & put the zip file on the drive?
it's not as bleak as you make it seem that only 1 person out of 3 in your thread had it work, when there are Pioneer threads on every model and every one has had a Pandora update, where there are posters who had no problems as well as some who did.
this doesn't mean that Pioneer is absolved from improving the USB update process so it's not dependent on which brand memory is used.
network updates - once again, if you & the other poster are referring to the Pandora, HTC, & latest gapless apple updates, the directions again are very clear...they are not available as networked updates. so it's not surprising it failed. Pioneer is very clear that all of them were to be USB only. why expect them to be over done over the internet when they said not?
just maybe they didn't want them done over the net to avoid problems with people trying to do them with wifi, dropped connections, slow speeds. unfortunately some owners need saving from themselves, when they refuse to do things in a reliable, foolproof way using a hard wired LAN. so they make it USB only so they don't get people with bricked receivers.
and for the record, I have updated numerous players, BD & HD-DVD, and both my Pioneer receivers and never had one fail. the one Pio AVR is pre-user FW updates. So by the book, it should have been taken to an auth shop. but I had access to the files & the process and many of us SC-09TX owners assumed the risk & updated ours on our own. that process needed RS-232, a flash drive, a CDR, access to the service menu and a special installation utility from Pioneer. not one person who tried these updates had a problem once they knew how to do it, not one had an update failure, and not one bricked their receiver.
so we can agree to disagree that somehow any of these Pioneer updates are flawed. I don't believe it because I've been doing them for several years & not once had a problem...I also follow directions to the letter, am very cautious and don't use Wifi for updating anything, including my players.
Edited by ss9001 - 2/1/13 at 5:43pm