No, no.. I havnt went through 9 roku's, I've owned 7 and this is my 8th and I'm going to buy my ninth later today.
4 have been given to other homes, my brother has one, I have one at my beach house and my parents have two. I have owned roku's for about 4 years now.. My first one was like a little brick.. My mom still uses it..
that's one reason I like them.. In the past two years I have went through a few.. My cat jumped on my entertainment center, which cause my dog to jump after the cat, which caused my tv to tilt, which threw my entertainment center off balance just enough to make the cat jump and the TV to fall and made the whole weight of the entertainment center crash ontop of my roku and blueray players that was in the entertainment center which in turn caused me to have to buy new equipment and almost new pets (they didn't get hurt in the crash, but they got their tails beat afterwards). One got hit by lighting (which is why I now have the apc only on the switch, Apple TV and the roku). The other I had for about 8 months and it started with the video problems, which I tested and contacted roku about early last year, which is why I think it's the video chip or processor. Now the newest one started with the buffering issue.. But it's just so odd that it buffers everything.. I talked to a friend alittle bit earlier and I was telling him I am going to buy another one tomorrow.. He said it sounds like the memory may not be holding the buffer.. But if that's the case, why is the one with the messed up video that was streaming fine doing the same thing unless it somehow has degraded since I put it in storage.. I don't know.. I didn't want to contact roku until I just asked and tried to trouble shoot the issue with friends on the forum. I thought it might be something I can do that some one else had the issue and fixed. That's one of the points of this forum, right? To help your fellow roku lovers? Anyway, I'm just going to buy a cheap one tomorrow and see how that does.. I think the cheap one is wireless only and I don't know if its hdmi only or what. Anyway, once I test the new one and if it messes up, I'll take the next step.. If there is something here messing them up, I'm sorry. But I would like to figure it out some how..
I know that may be alittle too much info, but I just wanted to explain how I have had so many roku's.. Believe it or not, I bought 5 that I'm not counting cause they were gifts that I gave people when roku had the Father's Day deal last year with Hulu gift cards. So in all, after later when I buy the new one at bestbuy, I will have bought 14 roku's.. Lol.. I hope I can stop at this one if it works right (until they let one out that is better, like better memory support, faster CPU, Bluetooth keyboard option or new GUI etc.). I love the new style connected right to the TV without the box, but I'd have to get a new special tv, so that will have to wait just alittle longer.
Anyway, thanks for all everyone's help.. Maybe out of all your ideas I can find the main problem and fix it..
One thing though. Could it be possible that the hdmi on the TV could be messing the roku's up some how? To test it hdmi port, I have swapped the Apple TV and roku but it hasn't been swapped for long.. I have an older Samsung tv (3 years old) so it doesn't have the return signal on the hdmi. And I bought a new monster cable hdmi cable for the newest roku (I bought april or may of last year). But I left it in the same port at the time..
Thanks again.. This is why I love the Internet, people helping people..