Stiletto 2 issues

Discussion in 'Sirius Portables' started by Pagersix, Feb 28, 2012.

  1. Pagersix

    Pagersix New Member

    I have a stiletto 2 that was used little, when it malfunctioned. Now when you turn it on,
    the screen reads: error, please wait. Then another screen says "shutting down" and it turns off. The Sirius rep says the radio is shot, and I need a new one. Since I have
    many accessories for this model, is it worth buying another Stiletto ( you can find new
    ones on EBay) or is this model prone to breakdown? I would hate to spend over $300.
    for a unit that is going to fail again soon. Thanks
  2. IdRatherBeSkiing

    IdRatherBeSkiing Sherbert is not and never will be ice cream

    It has quirks. When your SL2 starts showing signs of corruption (losing recordings, etc.), doing a R+E then can prevent full scale OS corruption.

    A device recovery (if you can get it to work) may still work for your current unit. You will need to force the error mode by holding down 2 of the buttons (forget which 2) and then powering on.
  3. Allanon

    Allanon Member

  4. me_rubin

    me_rubin Member

    I would get those device Errors and other issues and then would do the device recover for about a year before it finally stopped working. I toyed with the idea of buying a used stiletto over ebay, but finally got a new unit. ( Lynx)

    The stiletto features are still the best, but Sirius is not supporting the unit, so that is why I went with the lynx. I'm hoping that Sirius will add the timed recordings to the Lynx features, that is what I miss most.
  5. jharrison29

    jharrison29 New Member

    Thanks for this post.
    My SL/2 only displayed 'error' and then shutdown as soon as it displayed the 2nd dot as it was starting.

    The links here told me that starting while holding the options and display buttons would place it into recovery mode. It then performed as mentioned in the prior posts, took about 10 minutes to recover. And of course, lost everything that was setup.

  6. HecticArt

    HecticArt Administrator

    So you're back up and running?
  7. Vols44

    Vols44 Well-Known Member

    I thought I'd be able to do a device recovery since my son loaded a virtual Windows XP on our laptop. Got my hopes up for nothing because the SL2 goes immediately to the error, connect to a PC message when I install the battery. It will shut off via the power button, but not come on.

    I'm sensing it's more than a software issue. I've read TSS' repair categories and will call them tomorrow to explain my situation and include a note with the radio to see what they can do.

    Bought it in 01/10 and I've got a lifetime attached to it. Standard fare for TSS is $50 which is less than $75 for a transfer. I'm glad I bought a refurbished SL2 a couple of years ago. I don't want to go to the bullpen unless my current unit is unrepairable.

    Good thing I've got a 32k internet feed. Using my son's Ipod for work til things sort themselves out. No satrad is the pits.
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  8. HecticArt

    HecticArt Administrator

    Keep us posted. If anyone can fix it, it's them.
  9. Vols44

    Vols44 Well-Known Member

    Getting ready to make the 10am call, radio is ironically packed in the same box as my backup SL2 they were kind enough to sell me for a scant 99 bucks two years ago. Gotta find out their new address and rely on Taylor, Harper, Droo, Matt, Richard , Alex or Ray to work their magic.
  10. Vols44

    Vols44 Well-Known Member

    Richard called within 90 minutes of leaving a voice mail. You cannot contact them directly, but as you can tell their response time is quick.

    Droo is the repair and systems guy and he's currently in his hometown (Bangor, Maine). Richard advised me to e-mail Droo with my situation and see if he'll be able to help.
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  11. Vols44

    Vols44 Well-Known Member

    Now were talking. Got an e-mail from Droo. Very detailed and informative, he's got my hopes up and It will be in the mail tomorrow.

    I don't know how terrestrial radio listeners put up with so many interruptions and commercials. Borrowed my son's iPod touch and customized a playlist. It acted up for a couple of days and the radio sucked the big one. Reset the touch and synched a library that will have to do until my repaired/refurbished baby is safely back in my arms.

    Transferring my lifetime to another receiver is a last resort. Droo's handiwork even comes with a six month warranty. Can't ask for much more.
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  12. HecticArt

    HecticArt Administrator

    Good luck and keep us posted.
    Between all of the commercials, limited selection, and station drift, I can't take terrestrial either.
    Satellite is so much easier for me on a day to day basis too.
  13. Vols44

    Vols44 Well-Known Member

    USPS tracking showed Droo signed for my insured parcel Thursday at 12:01pm (sent it on the evening of the 8th). He e-mailed me Monday stating that he'd send an invoice number and I could pay TSS by phone.

    So far so good for interested followers. I'll have to see what the doctors diagnosis is and the best course of action.
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  14. Vols44

    Vols44 Well-Known Member

    Got a fateful e-mail from Droo on 1-7 detailing his efforts and the chipset separation from board when the receiver overheats.

    I'll call them during the week to see what's on the shelf and what to do with my old ESN to setup the future with backup hardware without spending a fortune.

    Lol, a dead receiver (similar to mine, but minus a six month old battery) is on Ebay for 9.99. Bats on Amazon are 11.99. Weighing my options with the always awesome TSS crew as my primary option.

    Redundant quote of the week: no satrad status officially sucks. Currently subsisting on internet listening on the PC & occasional in dash tunes the once or so a week I drive the family sedan.
  15. MadisonRadio1

    MadisonRadio1 MadisonRadio

    I hope you resolve your radio issue and get your SXM back soon.
  16. Vols44

    Vols44 Well-Known Member

    Took the plunge this evening. Logged in and switched my ESN's, had the $75 automatically charged and activated within seconds.

    Called TSS and went all in with a donation of my defective SL2 so Droo could cannibalize it for parts. Gave them a inventory of new accessories and good/bad receivers with the goal of scoring a backup SL2 for many years down the road.

    The dead one was purchased in Jan of 2010. Got an SL10 for Christmas of 2007. Switched to a second hand SL100, but it only lasted 18 months. It's Stiletto 2 or bust for this kid. Nothing beats the power of the love button.

    Anybody have one collecting dust that still works drop me a PM or post in the hardware exchange forum.
  17. IdRatherBeSkiing

    IdRatherBeSkiing Sherbert is not and never will be ice cream

    I still use mine. Sorry.

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  18. IndustrialH

    IndustrialH "So much music .... so little time..."

    Anyone have an idea why a XMP3 updates to new graphics for channels (on preview) and my Stiletto (active) does not? A minor annoyance .... but still....
  19. HecticArt

    HecticArt Administrator

    The Stiletto graphic updates (if I remember right) were tied specifically to system software updates that they rarely provided. When they quit supporting the Stiletto, what you had, was what you had. They were great radios, except for the buggy software. It's too bad they didn't have that sorted out.
  20. IndustrialH

    IndustrialH "So much music .... so little time..."

    ah ... well that explains it - I will have to spend more time listening to it,and less staring at the display. :)

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