The formatting went without a hitch, and the unit functions correctly afterwards, as long as I don’t shut down with a video playing. I updated the firmware a few weeks back when I bought the unit and afterwards I could fix the frozen video by deleting it. Then I could move on immediately to other files. I reformatted the other night, and after that reformat the “turn off while playing a video” bug is now the kiss of death. The unit is bricked until I get it connected to a PC and copy something to it. It needs that refresh to regain normal functionality. I also appear to have a problem deleting videos now but I haven’t tested that in detail so I don’t want to go down that path here yet. It also isn’t a crisis, as I am almost never above 2GB of content. If I hadn’t reformatted this bug would be in the nuisance category. With the reformat it’s in the showstopper category.
The problem is fully in my hands now – I know what causes the problem and I need to avoid the behavior. Unfortunately I’m not too bright about the simple parts of life so that’s not the best situation. For my commute it’s not much of an issue. But when I do this on the train to NY I’m going to be pissed. I very much look forward to the next firmware upgrade which will surely address this problem. My 4GB Fuze gives me exactly what I need at an excellent price – video podcasts in my pocket.
Update – Alright, I’ve managed to reinstall firmware and performed a reformat on the machine. THIS time the reformat actually took a few seconds, which makes me think that it actually did something this time. Prior reformats finished in under a second giving me no confidence in them at all. Best guess is that I had a bad firmware install of some sort. But even after what appears to be a full complete trip through the rebuild I have the same result – shutting off with a video on bricks the unit until I can reattach it to a PC. Prior to reformat that was not necessary. I recommend not reformatting after installing the new firmware as that seemed to give me a way out of the jam.
Message Edited by Sagrilarus on 05-30-2009 12:03 PM