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Philips DVP3260 DVD-Player with USB

Philips DVP3260 DVD-Player with USB

They’ve done it again! At least that’s what I thought while I was browsing the dvd player section of a retail chain here in my town where I noticed a bunch of returned Philips players. The packaging had clearly been opened before so I took the liberty of checking out the manual and as you may have guessed already the device appears to be limited by a serious flaw: 640 files max! Now that I’ve had the chance to borrow a friend’s unit for tesing it turns out:

Philips manuals suck!

MCM 393: Number of albums/folders: maximum 99, Number of tracks/titles: maximum 500

DVP 3260: The unit can only support up to a maximum of 300 folders and 648 files.

Just compare both entries above, the MCM can play a total of 500 songs, the DVP 648 songs per folder! You couldn’t derive this from the wording? Well neither could I!

Of course the DVP cannot handle FAT32‘s 65535 entries per folder. Still this is a vast improvement over the puny 500 files of the MCM393.

It’s kind of ironic though that the lack of official USB HDD support is allegedly due to the large storage capacity making navigation very difficult rather than the filebrowser’s embarrassing limit of 14 (!) chars! The real problem of course lies in USB powered 2.5″ HDDs which sometimes draw too much power so that compatibility cannot be assured. Of course Philips wouldn’t bother to write this valuable info into their manuals either.

But what do you expect from a company that’s too stupid to list the firmware update’s version number on their support page? Hey, there’s a new one out on October the 10th 2008! Your newly bought player reveals the version number but not the firmware date it is using. So do you upgrade or not? I’ve written a FAQ that might help you decide.

Philips – they just don’t get it!


Iomega Screenplay 500GB

iomega Screenplay 500GB

Though I intended to continue with a fax machine I’m bringing forward this one. Cause after 25 days I’ve given up on waiting for a reply by the Iomega online store support to confim the Screenplay having

no ISO support!

I know, I know, who in their right mind would buy from Iomega given the way they handled the click-of-death debacle? Still, I saw this in an ad and the guy from the retail chain was kinda cool. When asked about ISO support he admitted to not knowing about it and offered me to refund my money within 10 days after purchase no questions asked.

So after copying over all the TV shows I’d recorded with my DVB-S card I hooked it up to my TV and was satisfied with the prospect of not having to burn those to DVD+RW anymore just to watch them on my own schedule. For my DVD backups I always rip to ISO so I can batch burn with ImgBurn instead of Nero bloatware. So I ripped some of those discs too, after all Iomega went for NTFS instead of FAT32 and so it would certainly play ISOs albeit not specifically mentioned in the product description. But of course it doesn’t and it won’t even after a firmware upgrade as was confirmed on the Iomega support forums. So I’m wondering, why not try to compete on features with other products like the Trekstor moviestation maxi which does support ISO (but comes with it’s own flaw: no Dolby Digital 5.1 output, LOL!).

I just don’t get it why almost every other device out there (MP3 Player, USB stick, multimedia harddrives, you name it) is using FAT(32). Sure having a fast, stable and patent-unencumbered Open Source filesystem that’s not tied to Micros~1 in any way would outweigh the hassle of having to install a driver prior to first use?