I have had an unusual problem with the latest firmware release. I have resolved the issue (for me at least) so I am posting this just for information sake. I will try to be brief so bear with the clipped timeline.
I just today updated the WD box to the latest firmware v. 1.11.14. No problems or interruptions with the download or install.
Tried to watch a movie housed on a locally attached 3TB WD Mybook Essential drive. Unit froze for a second and rebooted.
Attempted to play the movie again, same thing.
Attempted to watch a different movie, one that I watched completely through without error 4 days ago, same problem.
Ejected the 4 drives attached and shut the player down and unplugged it for about a minute.
Restarted the unit and after the second WDTV screen, the screen went black with a red null sign with the statement: “Insert a USB drive with firmware to recover your WDTV” in 9 languages.
Downloaded the last stable (for me) firmware v. 1.10.13 and followed the rollback process.
Once completed, the device restarted and was once again working as it should.
To confirm it was a firmware issue, I again let the WD box connect and apply the latest firmware v. 1.11.14. The process completed with without a hitch as before.
Went to try to play the same movie I had successfully watched before (mkv) and the problem I described above repeated. I tried 2 other movie files (iso, avi) and was met with the same rebooting result.
I followed the same eject and unplug route I had taken before and again was met with the black screen with the red null sign and recover statement.
I again reinstalled the older firmware v. 1.10.13 and the player again works as it should.
This is the first time there has been a problem here on my end from a firmware release. I firmly believe it is a firmware glitch (at least on my machine) as it was fully repeatable.
I will be staying with the older version for now and will update the firmware when the next one comes out. And like I said at the start, I just wanted to let people know of the issue that I had with this newest firmware release.
My system consists of:
(4) 3TB Wd MyBook Essential Drives connect via a Belkin powered USB hub.
WD TV Live SMP
Connection to Samsung 55" LED TV via HDMI
Audio via optical to an Onkyo A/V receiver