Originally posted by FJ
Try to update your video playlist and see if that has any effect. We have not been able to reproduce this locking problem yet, but I will keep you posted.
I didn't actually try this, I forgot when I went to use this. However, it appears that is now a non-issue. My hard disk appears to have gone out. I am not sure if that has anything to do with the strange issues with reboots and lockups, but it may be something.
The other day I was watching a video and after about 20 minutes my 442 just rebooted, usually mine locks up when it has a problem, but this time it just rebooted. After that it played fine for the next 10 minutes or so until I had to go do something else. Then, the next day I went to turn my 442 on and it wouldn't turn on. Although I have read that other people have experienced that I have not. I went and found a paperclip and reset it and it started up. However, when I went to play a video there wasn't anything under Video Player. I went under Files management and all that was there were lots of files with strange 3 character filenames. They were extended characters as well as a semicolon at the end of many of them. I figured that the partition table went weird when I reset it, so I figured a format would probably fix it.
Before I tried that, I thought to see what would happen if connected it to my computer. I plugged it in to my OpenBSD box and
mount -t msdos /dev/sd0i /mnt
as I have done before. This time however it said
mount_msdos: /dev/sd0i on /mnt: Inappropriate file type or format
So I thought to try it on a Windows XP box. On Windows, the 442 shows up in Explorer but when clicking on it it claims the disk is not formatted and asks if I want to format it. For now I said no, stopped the device and unplugged it from the computer.
I then decided to try formatting it. I browsed to the Files management -> menu -> format disk, and answered Yes. It said "PLS Check with PC".
So, I plugged it back into the Windows box and allowed Windows to attempt to format it. Windows XP will only format that size disk NTFS so that is what I tried. Windows went at it for a while and then said "Windows was unable to complete the format". So I tried it again using a quick format and it came up with that error immediately.
So, I stopped the device, unplugged it and rebooted. This caused it to ask if I wanted to format the disk. I said Yes and it said "PLS Check with PC".
I then tried a few things with fdisk and disklabel on my OpenBSD box and didn't get anywhere. So, back to the Windows box and Disk Manager. I noticed that when I plugged in the 442 it showed up as a 167Gb drive and wouldn't let me do anything to it. So I stopped it and plugged it back in and it showed up as 37.? gigs as I expected and it would let my try to format it. However, I ran into the same issues as above. I unplugged it and plugged it back in a few times and it would sometimes say 37G and sometimes 167G. At this point I am pretty convinced it is just broken :-)
I did try some stuff again today and I was able to use the 442 to format the disk. This created the PFR and VOICE directories and I was able to mount it on my OpenBSD box and copy files to it. When I browsed the file listing in Files management I noticed that there were now spelling errors in the filename so it did not get copied over correctly. So, I formatted it again and tried to create a directory with the 442. It ended up named "dm`". I created another one and again "dm`". Two directories with the same name! And I can't change into them. Plus, I now have files "aedall.m3u" and "fidall.m3u".
I am now emailing this to firstname.lastname@example.org
in hopes of getting it replaced. I wish I could just send it in for the 442v2, but it isn't ready yet :-(