Ok well this was a long read and I think I got the jist on most of the problems people have been having, so before I try to install the firmware again I would like to ask a question and relay my situation, I have a wdtv g2 I downloaded the latest firmware 0.4.5.3 formatted the usb (fat32) and placed the 3 files on the usb I then safley removed the usb from the pc and plugged it into the wdtv and as the majority posts and instruction had suggested did the hard reboot but no matter how many times i tried the new firmware is not detected. Now I know the fisrt thought is to increase the version number cause my current version is 1.06 and this one is 1.01.77 no problem reformatted the usb again put the files back on opened notepad++ made the change to the higher version and tried it again, same issue nothing. ok now Im thinking could it be the usb, lets try another one nope that didn't work either. Now after reading this forum is it possible that im just not putting the usb in at the proper time? should I be pulling the power cord to the wdtv and then inserting the usb? is it that sensitive? is there a specific order? Im woundering because I noticed that everytime it would fail and i would put the usb back on the pc i would have a new folder on the usb placed there by the wdtv is that the problem? Do th e different Gen's require different procedure's?