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LN52A650 firmware question

by garp926 / September 6, 2008 11:35 PM PDT

Can you tell me if it's safe to update my firmware. The site says to not update it if you do not have the random shut off problem. I don't have the shut off problem, but I do believe that I have the stuck 120hz auto motion plus problem. That is also mentioned in the new firmware description. The firmware on my LN52A650 is 1003.m from 4/9/2008. Could I do more harm by updating it?......Thanks

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Firmware updates
by windstrings / September 8, 2008 1:48 AM PDT

Since there can be glitches "during" firmware updates, they don't like you to update unless its really necessary... Sometimes fixes can fix a given problem but create others that were ok before.
But generally, things get better.

I like to have the latest before I set all my settings as a firmware update will wipe everything usually "but not always".

Barring your usb loosing connection or power etc, you should be ok.
I just bought the LN52A650A1F and mine has firmware version 2002.2 dated 5/28/08... when I go to their website, all I see is 2001.3?

Apparently I'm running a version later than has been released to the general public... "maybe I'm a beta tester?... LOL!

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how to find version
by windstrings / September 8, 2008 1:53 AM PDT
In reply to: Firmware updates

I had trouble finding the version I was running as apparently my software has changed from the instructions I found online....

go to your "settings" and scroll down to software update but "don't" hit enter or scroll to the right ..... Instead merely hit the "info" button on your remote and you will see it at the bottom of your screen.
you will see "module T-AMBAUSC, then the number following.

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firmware number for LN52A650
by garp926 / September 8, 2008 3:34 AM PDT
In reply to: how to find version

Thanks Windstrings.....I checked my firmware version for my LN52A650 again. It reads "Module: T-Ambausc - 1003.M, Date:Panel: 52A 1, Micom: T-Ambausm - 1002 RFS: T-Ambausc -20080212, 2008-4-09 ".
I'd like to be able to fix the auto motion plus problem, but like I said, I don't want to mess up anything else on it by doing it.

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No harm... but one important question....
by Mr__S / September 9, 2008 8:17 AM PDT


You will not be doing more harm than good by updating your firmware. They are designed to allow you to get more functionality out of your panel.

One important question is "Have you had television professionally calibrated?" A firmware upgrade will undo all of the calibrated settings. Otherwise, if you were able to tune it yourself, you?ll be able to re-tune it pretty easily.


Mr. Samsung

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Re: Firmware update (LN52A650)
by wrwasson / December 7, 2008 8:55 AM PST

I just purchase this tv that is supposed to be one of the best TV's on the market and right out the box the TV requires a firmware update. It worked for about an hour then continuously turned on and off until I unpluged the tv. I have called Samsung's customer support and they asked me to call a local TV repair company that works for Samsung to repair the TV. It will take them 3 weeks before they will be able to repair my TV. I would like to know if there is something that I can do to fix the tv on my own. In other words, is it possible to get a tech on the phone to walk me through the repair? It seems to me that is becoming a common problem that seems rather easy to fix if I could be instructed on how to do so. If I have to wait 3 weeks to get this tv repaired. I would just rather fix it myself.

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I would
by windstrings / September 9, 2008 8:23 AM PDT

I can only tell you what I would do.... if my firmware was that old.. I'd go for it!... Write down all of your settings first that seem to give you the best picture and hope that doesn't change too much... if it does, you can always use other peoples settings to get you back in the ballpark.

A new firmware will set all settings back to default according to Mr. Samsung.

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LN52A650 firmware
by garp926 / September 10, 2008 1:45 AM PDT
In reply to: I would

I just called Samsung support to ask about the firmware but they couldn't tell me much. They didn't think an update of my firmware would do much because I said my 120hz auto motion plus wasn't really "stuck", it just doesn't seem to work at all. They said the update probably wouldn't hurt the tv but they didn't recommend it. I'm tempted to try it to see if it improves it at all.

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Firmware update
by windstrings / September 10, 2008 2:51 AM PDT
In reply to: LN52A650 firmware

You can do the demo mode to view the difference as the screen is split in half, but even then it can be hard to tell... whats the "easiest" to tell on is a moving ticker at the bottom of the screen like on one of the Wallstreet channels etc.

The Camera panning doesn't do it, it has to be something moving while the camera is at or near stationary.

I've been told that no one is broadcasting in 120 Hz yet and only a few blueray really have it.. this is confusing since I can tell a difference in certain scenes.
If you hit your "info" button on your remote you will see the resolution you are at and it does seem to always say "@60Hz".. so I don't know.

But I too called Samsung and they really avoid having you update because if you mess it up, they have to send a tech out to reflash things and it can be messy.

Most firmware updates now a days are pretty clean unless the user does something dumb like try to abort in the middle of it, or disconnect something.

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by isilver / September 13, 2008 10:42 PM PDT
In reply to: LN52A650 firmware

If it doesn't work you should get them to look at it under the terms of your warranty.

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by windstrings / September 14, 2008 5:15 AM PDT
In reply to: Warranty

What do you mean it doesn't work.. did you do the demo mode and that doesn't work?

If it truely doesn't work, I would check to see what firmware you are running and see if thats a bug with it.. if so, reflash your firmware... yes, they can have someone come out to look at it if your uncomfortable.

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