From ebay, I just received a never-been-opened RS-Media. When I first turned it on, the screen lit up white, the eyes flickered, and RS media booted (but, no sound, and just a white screen) and did it's initial exercise at the end of the boot. I knew something was wrong, since there was no sound and the LCD had no image... stayed white and blank. I could operate its arms and head though, after it "booted". So, I shut it off. Waited approx 10 seconds. Turned it back on, and this time the splash screen showed up, the personality loaded, and RS Media was working. I could operate it normally, So, it sounds like things were working again... but, not for long...
Turned it off again. Waited another 10 seconds, and powered it back on. It went back to booting with a white, blank screen and no sound. Once booted, I could again control the arms and head. But, that's all. With a white, blank screen, not much I could do. I couldn't change modes. I couldn't see modes, I couldn't hear modes. I kept trying to power cycle it over and over again (waiting at least 7 seconds or more between power cycle attempts. Always the same thing. White, blank screen, limited control after boot.
Eventually, after one of these "non-boots", I started playing with the remote. Specifically, I played with the square stop button, and also tried the stop and Left shift. At some point, something I hit on the remote actually rebooted RS Media (like a power down and power up, probably by holding the "square" button down at least 3 seconds, without the left shift). And during this soft boot, RS Media came back up again normally, splash screen, sound, etc. I was back in business. So, of course, I had to try a true power cycle again.
Powered it down again (normal power button), powered it back up again (again, with at least 7 seconds after power off), and RS Media kept booting properly. Was able to play with it extensively. Recorded video, sound, pics. Seems I could turn it off, wait, turn it on, and it was functioning as it should. Was able to duplicate this proper rebooting a couple more times.
Well, finally, then I powered it down for the evening. But, just before I was about to put rs media away, I was just wanting to make absolutely sure it would still work, so... I powered it back on. And unfortunately, it went back to the white screen, no sound, and minimal control. I decided to try the remote control and use the square button again. Tried doing some soft boots that way, but I have not been able to duplicate it booting successfully since my earlier attempt. I tried this on battery, and I've tried this with the power supply.
What is going on? How can I get it to boot properly every time? What triggered the successful boots? And what's causing it to have unsuccessful boots? Please help! I'm really disappointed with what's going on.