Try the new firmware release, it might help you with this issues.
Have you read the thread announcing firmware version 1.04.18? The same VOB stuttering problems that existed in 1.04.10 and 1.04.17 are still there. On page 3 of that thread, Community Manager bill_s said ‘We are working on the stuttering issues. Hopefully, they’ll be resolved in the next release. No promises though.’…so he is acknowleging the problem. Why would you think that the new firmware would help?
The other 3 problems that I listed have been present in all firmware versions (Beta and official) since I purchased the unit in August. These problems have been there with 1.03.29, 1.03.39, 1.03.43, 1.03.49. 1.04.10, 1.04.17, and 1.04.18. For 6 months now, the WD box has been powering up set at 720p. My TV does not support 720p. I go into the WD setup and manually set the video output to 1080i 60Hz, and RGB Low. Then, when I shut off the WD box and turn it back on the next day, the WD box has set itself back to 720p and RGB High. Why doesn’t the WD keep the video settings that I set manually?
I have posted this before and I hate to sound like a broken record, but… I do not understand why this problem is so hard to fix. If the WD box is set to HDMI (auto), the box should try to do auto negotiation/handshaking with the TV and set the resolution/frequency automatically. However, when the user sets the HDMI video output manually, the WD box should remember this setting and simply set the video output the same way when it powers up. No negotiation/handshaking should take place when the video output is set manually. The reason that people set it manually is because auto negotiation has failed. It seems like WD is spending a lot of time trying to get hdmi handshaking / auto negotiation working with all TVs instead of implementing the simple fix of just leaving it set manually to the previous setting.
When I got my satellite TV box, I used it’s setup menu to set the video output to 1080i 60hz. After that, it stayed that way! It does not change the video resolution and colorspace value every time I turn it off and on again! The same is true for my dvd player, blu-ray player, game system, my computer, or any other device that you can think of. Once you manually set the video output, it stays that way. The WD box is the only device that does not remember the video settings!
If the WD box would remember the video resolution/frequency and colorspace value when it was powered off/on, it would not matter if HDMI handshaking did not work (because you could set it manually). If WD would implement this simple fix, it would solve a lot of problems!