My WDTV Live HD player is continuously freezing on me of late. There doesn’t appear to be any rhyme or reason to the issues; they happen on any and all files on the hard drive, the freezes can happen at any time (EG: 3 times within 30 minutes, or once in 2 hours etc) and the only fix is to unplug the device and plug it in again, only for this to happen all over again.
I’ve read many topics on the above subject, but every one seems ever so slightly different to the issues I’m experiencing.
I’ve had my WDTV Live HD box since around December, and I’ve always experienced moments of freezing with the box. They’ve always been few and far between though, and updating firmware usually fixes them and they haven’t bothered me.
Lately however it’s just getting worse and worse, to the point now where I can barely play a 20 minute episode of something without the box completely freezing on me.
My WDTV is updated to the very latest Firmware (I checked last week and there isn’t an update to what I have) and the device isn’t networked at all (I only network it when I want to update it). I have the HD (2TB) powered with it’s own power source, and this is connected via USB into the WDTV. This is then connected via HDMI to my TV. As mentioned, the device freezes regardless of the file / file type being played and the amount of time the device is powered on for seems to also have no relation to the issues. I also don’t believe the Firmware to be the issue, because it worked fine for at least a month after I updated before the freezes occur. The device can then function great for say a week with no freezes, before it all happens again.
I read somewhere that deleting the .wd_tv folder can help rectify issues, but trying this didn’t seem to make any odds whatsoever.
I’m not sure what else to do here so, short of contacting WD and finding out how to get a refund for my faulty device, I thought I’d try the forums first to see if anyone can think of something that may be causing this to freeze on me.