I haven’t upgraded either, but you can ignore the message and still reach settings. Just scroll to the left and it will get off the update and onto the basic menu, where you can reach the settings again. (If you need to know the exact key presses I’ll try it tonight and tell you, but it’s not hard).<<
It doesn’t do that - the cogs icon (Settings) is pushed to the left by the “New firmware available”, which is therefore in the vertical “tape” of videos, music etc. If I scroll to the left so that the cogs - settings - comes to the centre and push enter, all that happens is that it reverts to the cogs slipping again to the left and the “new firmware available” replacing it. There appears no way of getting to settings without downloading the firmware!
Lets first of all lets get you to settings. When the new firmware is displayed its just a case of pushing the up or down key to cycle through the other setting menu’s. (they are also in what you call a ‘vertical tape’)
You say that you have reset the the device using the side button. This also brings back the network logon screen ( and I don’t mean the wired / wireless network logon. There is a screen ( the one you describe) which you have to go through to access files on your computer etc. As you cannot get back into settings I cannot see how you could have created an auto logon.
As I originally said have you tried going straight to the OK button when presented with the file management ‘sign in’ screen (leaving account at default of ‘anonymous’ and password box empty). You then set the WDTV to ‘auto login to network share’ on the ‘Network Setting’ screen and you will not see the sign in screen any more.
What exactly are you currently playing via your network? Have you got a media server running because you cannot connect to ‘network shares’ without going via the sign on page. The only way you can get to your files is via a ‘local drive’, ‘media server’ or ‘network shares’ They are on the ‘vertical tape’ to the right of video, photo, music. Which one are you pressing and where is your WD external hard drive connected?