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How safe is it to update firmware?

by teejayh / May 21, 2009 11:34 PM PDT

From past experience with computer motherboards I really hesitate to upgrade firmware. My usual feeling is "if it aint broke, don't fix it."

My network connections work great so I was seeing if I could update the firmware but before i do are there any past experiences on the firmware updates for your Samsung products? Good, Bad, whatever?

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How safe is it to update firmware?
by Samsung_HD_Tech Samsung staff / May 22, 2009 5:59 AM PDT

teejayh,

There are lots of threads on this issue. I agree somewhat with "If it ain't broken don't fix it", and if things go wrong, they usually show up online. Most often, they are to address discs that don't work due to new Java-coding on the disc. So if you're not running into that, you're probably good where you are.

--HDTech

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It's safe to update
by GENE8 / May 22, 2009 5:29 PM PDT

There is nothing unsafe about updating your HDTV's firmware, as long as you download the correct file from the website and install it properly according to the manufacturer's directions. But first check to see if your current firmware is up to date. If it is, then you don't have to update it now. If your TV is not functioning properly or is acting strangely (shuts off for no reason, for example), then you may need to update the firmware to resolve the problem.

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It's Pretty Safe, But...
by Flatworm / May 22, 2009 11:59 PM PDT

If the update procedure is interrupted while it is in process it can totally mess you up to the point that it will require a factory repair. You must be very careful not to turn off the device during update, and you either need an uninterruptable power supply (UPS) -- which is a good idea in any event -- or pray that you do not have a power outage during the rather lengthy procedure, which on some Blu-Ray players can be half an hour or more.

I was once sent a firmware update disk for my Toshiba HD-DVD player that aborted in progress, but it backed out successfully. I was able to download the CD .img file from Toshiba's website, and the CD I burned from that file worked perfectly fine.

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Wanna Bet
by flhthemi / September 15, 2009 1:35 AM PDT

I tried updating my Samsung LN-T2642H with the upgrade from Samsung's site....now my TV is dead. Followed the instructions per Samsung and used the file from their site and that's what happened to ME. I won't EVER do it again. Nor will I buy another TV from Samsung as they were of NO help at all.

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samsung firmware broke tv
by dre145 / January 18, 2012 10:33 AM PST
In reply to: Wanna Bet

had the same thing happen with my LN-T2642h

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