Originally Posted by Compubooth
Allow me to outline facts bearing on my 2160A problem. On 11/17/10, I installed a Time Warner Cable box into my "network" configuration of installed daisy-chained 2160A's and other equipment.
The 2160A "freeze" problem developed on 11/28/10 which may or may not be specifically relevant. The following summarizes the revised network" configuration which works well notwithstanding the current freeze problem. Two Maggies are identified as Mag1 and Mag2. Mag2 is the one with the freeze problem.Cable coax from wall > In Phillips 2-way Cable Splitter
(5-900 MHZ)Splitter Side-1 coax Out
> In STB > coax Out > In Mag1
STB Component (Video-Audio) > TV Component-3
Mag1 HDMI > TV HDMI-1
Mag1 Composite/S-Video > TV Video-1Splitter Side-2 coax Out
> In Mag2
Mag2 coax Out > SONY RDRVDR655 (VHS/DVD Combo)
Mag2 Composite > TV Video-3
SONY RDRVDR655 (VHS/DVD Combo) coax Out > In TV
SONY RDRVDR655 (VHS/DVD Combo) HDMI Out > HDMI 3
Electricity is via 2 separate surge protectors: Mag2 and STB by one; all other equipment by another. These 2 surge protectors are plugged into 2-plug AC wall outlet.
Please comment regarding my configuration. Everything seemed fine until the freeze problem started a few days ago.
Which HDMI connections should be unplugged per your suggestion?
While I don't see how it could hurt to update the firmware, I also would not expect it too help, since there are a fair number of 2160As out there using the old firmware(Mine has the original firmware in it), and I don't recall anyone else reporting your problem.
If I followed you correctly, you often, or always, get a freeze, which you can detect from the front panel display, when you power down and up.
In your situation, I would try minimizing the connections to Mag2 to see if it is being upset by something.
I would disconect all the inputs and outputs to Mag2 except for a direct connection to the cable jack, and with nothing else connected to that cable jack, and try a number of power cycles and see if I still got a freeze. If I did, I would stongly suspect a problem with Mag2.
If I could get Mag2 to power cycle with just cable RF-in connected, I would then try a basic connection to a TV. I would use the Composite/S-Video now connected to Mag1. I would also make sure that Mag2 and the TV were plugged into the same power strip that the TV is now plugged into. I would also unplug anything on any other TV inputs.
Since Mag1 works with the TV, if Mag2 would not not work with the same TV using the same cables, I would suspect Mag2. If Mag 2 became reliable in that basic configuration, I would then try to grow the configuration to see what breaks it.
Whatever you decide to do, I wish you luck.