After plugging in my new POD and playing with it for a while, I've got a few questions I haven't been able to find the answers to.
I was hoping some friendly soul here might clarify these issues. Note, I've got my Variax connected via the digital interface.
1) Right after I plugged the POD in, I noticed it's got 1.01 firmware. As L6 Monkey told me the latest is 2.2 I went ahead and installed said firmware. The update... failed. I've then did some digging and enabled test mode on the POD by holding the right arrow whilst powering the device up. Attempting to flash the POD again succeeded - after 2 more attempts. Well, I'm happy that it's working now, but I'm a bit worried about those botched updates - what could cause them and what the effects could be? Also, the settings page shows FLASH FW 2.20 and USB FW 1.01... what IS the USB FW, and why does it show such an old version?
2) I don't own a typical guitar cab nor amp. Instead, I've got a old, classic NAD amplifier originally used for playing CDs and as output for my PC. It's got a pair of old but decent speakers connected to it, and I've plugged in the POD via the 1/4" L/R outputs. I can't shake the feeling I've heard / read that there's a setting on the POD somewhere which is designed to work in this instance (i.e. no guitar amp). Am I right? If so, where is this setting?
3) The POD is a bit... complicated, to say the least. I'm reading the manuals as I'm typing this, but there's a lot of them... yes, even the manuals! I'm initially looking to get some clean tones so I can fool around with the acoustic setting on the Variax. So far all the presets I've tried are way too distorted for this to work well... Any tips?