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Firmware upgrade important or not?

Asterix
05-08-2009, 03:02 PM
Its confusing every time I come across firmware upgrade in forum posts. Is it important? If somebody explain me about that will be greatly appreciated.

Ediaz
05-08-2009, 04:01 PM
Its confusing every time I come across firmware upgrade in forum posts. Is it important? If somebody explain me about that will be greatly appreciated.

Me too, I don't get it either was about to call the TV manufacturer so they would explain to me.

crasmus22
05-10-2009, 11:43 AM
Depends on what the firmware is updating. My Samsung was shutting down every once in a while on its own. Called Samsung and they sent an update on a thumb drive and it has not happened again.
Read the release notes for the firmware and then decide if your set may need it.

daleb
05-10-2009, 12:54 PM
Be cautious with firmware upgrades for displays. If you have no issues I would not do it!
Especially if your display was calibrated, it is possible a firmware upgrade could wipe out settings, even service menu adjustments.

Samsung cautions users that the relevance of a firmware upgrade is dependent on specific model or build dates and may only apply to those displays exhibiting a specific problem (^ prior post ^) the upgrade was designed to fix...I'm sure this would apply to any brand.

It is not a big deal to go through setup a menu again after resetting a DVD player, etc. but the risk of altering a display and restoring can certainly be more difficult.

Firmware or not, if your display was calibrated or you spent any kind of time making adjustments to your liking, make sure you have the settings recorded somewhere.

Zten
05-11-2009, 03:08 PM
Be cautious with firmware upgrades for displays. If you have no issues I would not do it!
Especially if your display was calibrated, it is possible a firmware upgrade could wipe out settings, even service menu adjustments.

Samsung cautions users that the relevance of a firmware upgrade is dependent on specific model or build dates and may only apply to those displays exhibiting a specific problem (^ prior post ^) the upgrade was designed to fix...I'm sure this would apply to any brand.

It is not a big deal to go through setup a menu again after resetting a DVD player, etc. but the risk of altering a display and restoring can certainly be more difficult.

Firmware or not, if your display was calibrated or you spent any kind of time making adjustments to your liking, make sure you have the settings recorded somewhere.

I like this forum! I searched on this exact topic and found what I was looking for. There is a firmware upgrade for my PN58B560, but I was not sure if I should do it or not. The Samsung website had a few release notes saying what it fixed by the new SW, issues I had not seen on my set, so I decided not to go for the upgrade. I put this in the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" category.

BD players, now that is another story. They sometimes need to be upgraded just to allow a certain new disc to be played. Have seen this several times in the last 16 months that I have been watching Blu Ray.

daleb
05-11-2009, 03:32 PM
I like this forum! I searched on this exact topic and found what I was looking for. There is a firmware upgrade for my PN58B560, but I was not sure if I should do it or not. The Samsung website had a few release notes saying what it fixed by the new SW, issues I had not seen on my set, so I decided not to go for the upgrade. I put this in the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" category.

BD players, now that is another story. They sometimes need to be upgraded just to allow a certain new disc to be played. Have seen this several times in the last 16 months that I have been watching Blu Ray.

Actually, for my display there was a firmware update 'required' that had a very positive effect on de-interlacing. Fortunately, it was before I had done any serious tweaking, however I suspect it would not have changed anything in that area.
You did right by checking the release info!