Well. I finally figured I better unpack my second 5K, as it's been sitting in the box for nearly two weeks. I bought my first one new from Circuit City back in 12/08. It was an 11/07 build, and once I upgraded to FW 1.0, it worked perfectly. So perfectly that I didn't hesitate to buy a second one for the bedroom when Second Act had the refurbished ones for $299, at the end of last month.
So I was getting ready to upgrade both to FW 1.3, but since I had yet to unpack the refurb (12/07 build), something told me that I should test it out before upgrading. Well glad I did-
First I put in "3:10 To Yuma" (which plays great on my first 5K). Everything appeared fine until I decided to skip chapters. When I did this I heard what sounded like a quick "static pop" in my speakers- it did this almost every time I advanced chapters. I thought maybe it was speaker setting thing, so I stopped play to check the 5K settings in the menu. First, I wanted to see what FW it had? I was able to navigate to the appropriate screen, saw it was 1.2, but then the screen froze and I had to power it off.
Restarted it, even did the FF reset just to start fresh. Put the movie back in- it appeared to be starting up normal, but now I couldn't get the 5K menu to come on. It would show "main menu" on the 5K display, but the menu wouldn't appear on my TV.
I tried starting the movie, which started fine except for a few more of those "static pops". Then I tried to jump to a scene. Once I did this, the picture froze on an "instruction menu" for the extras, but I could hear the sound of the scene playing. I had to stop the thing again. Power off; unplug; power on. Now I couldn't even get a picture.
Checked my HDMI cable- even plugged it back in to my good 5K (it worked fine). Plugged it back in to the refurb, and still no picture. This should have been enough for me to just pack the thing up, but I wanted to torture myself more I guess. So I powered it off and unplugged it for a few minutes.
Tried it again- this time "3:10" froze on the "loading menu" (you know, those little dots that move across the screen-well, they stopped moving!). I ejected the disc and decided to put in "Live Free Or Die Hard" and it appeared to be working just fine: loaded quick; skipped through the previews; film started; I could fast forward. Wait a minute- what are all those grainy scratches on the screen?!
Went to the 5K menu (which came on fine now) and I was getting the same "scratches" across the blue menu screen too! Then the menu screen froze again and that was enough for me. Went to pack the thing up and the bottom of it was REALLY hot!
Anyway, guess I'll be contacting Second Act ASAP!
At least I have one good 5K.....knock on wood!