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LN46A850 - does firmware upgrade REALLY degrades pictures?

by girishv / February 8, 2009 10:59 PM PST

I've read within topics on this issue but haven't seen a full thread for it. So my question to people out there specifically with LN46A850 who have upgraded or so...does it REALLY degrade picture as few people are saying. Doesn't make sense for a company like SAM SUNG to make something that will worsen there product. Highlighting on this issue would be appreciated.

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Well, initially....
by Samsung_HD_Tech Samsung staff / February 9, 2009 9:31 AM PST


What happens is that the picture returns to default "out of the box" settings, as the firmware update basically resets the picture. Since most people spend about an hour or so tweaking the pictures to adjust to black levels, color saturation, contrast, brightness and other detailed settings, the "out of the box" experience can definitely make you think, "Uh oh, I just got a bad picture out of this".

Initial reports of any firmware often comes with the "notice of a different picture", but it's likely because the settings were all reset, and not because the processing or picture quality is necessarily degraded.

I'm sure there will be at least one person who will challenge this thought, and it's certainly a "discussion of perception". However, in most cases, the picture quality isn't as good because the settings were reset.

Hope that helps.


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great.. also...
by girishv / February 9, 2009 11:27 PM PST
In reply to: Well, initially....

I see what you are saying. Personally i haven't tweaked any out of the box settings and well i just find them to be perfectly fine. I am def an IT person myself but have never found the need to tweak settings on a TV to find better picture. doesn't mention what actually has changed in the new firmware. I am also one of the people who's having the IR issue. I am in Canada using Bell Expressvu reciver...though mine isn't as bad at all. It halts the operation of expressvu for maybe a minute or so which is definitely livable. Has the IR issue been fixed?

Some people on the forum are saying.. yes.. some say no. I called Samsung Canada and showed them a post on US site to how people can have boards replaced on TV for FREE but the lady insisted that i update the firmware. I however haven't tried just because 99% of the people kept mentioning that picture degrades after firmware update. That made me scratch my head...hard to believe an update makes the TV quality degrade.

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by Samsung_HD_Tech Samsung staff / February 10, 2009 10:21 AM PST
In reply to: great.. also...


I believe there were some settings in the firmware for the U.S. but I don't know about Canada. Usually they list the changes on the website underneath the firmware download section, but I'll check to see if one of my guys in Canada can address that.

Most of the people on the forum are saying yes, and I've seen only one person here on C|Net (where I've been assisting in these issues) say that the picture quality degrades. I know that seems a little contradictory to your fingdings, but that's just my observation based on people who are critically looking for a change and can't find one. If it was the other way around, I'd say that, but most people are satisfied with it. The 8-Series IR thread is usually on the front page, so feel free to browse it. The fix happens towards the middle of it, and that's where people report their success.

The IR has been fixed with the new inverter. I do NOT know how that works for Canada, and can't speak to Canada's service network. You could probably make more headway than me, but if you get stuck, I'll do what I can to help. Naturally I can't guarantee anything, but I'll knock on a few doors if that's what it takes.

So there are some options for you to consider.


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TV showing firmware 1005 which doesn't exist on site
by girishv / February 10, 2009 11:24 AM PST
In reply to: Also...

Hi There,

thanks a lot for your help... something very weird...I am confused. I know for a fact that when firmware updates happen.. the numbering usually goes up. However my TV right now is showing

Module: T-Sphausc-1005.0, date 2008 10 06 Micom T-Shauss-1003

instruction manual on the site shows PDF document stating that XXXX is what the version no is and mine is showing 1005.0 which doesn't even exist on US or Canada site. TOTALLY CONFUSED.

any ideas??? thanks for your help

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by Samsung_HD_Tech Samsung staff / February 10, 2009 2:47 PM PST


It is possible to have a firmware update that is newer than what is on the website. I wouldn't go backwards. If you have a later version than what's on the webiste, I wouldn't go back.

It is confusing, and many people here have asked about that. I don't have an answer yet.


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by girishv / February 10, 2009 10:43 PM PST
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yes...very bizarre...good thing i checked before i just went and upgraded (thinking that i was)the firmware. An answer would definitely be nice to how this is even happening. How does a company go ahead and even have a new FW that is not even available on the site. Not that i am complaining...just curious. Thanks for all your feedback.

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Wish I knew...
by Samsung_HD_Tech Samsung staff / February 11, 2009 8:29 AM PST
In reply to: bizarre...


Well, there are plenty of people who are complaining, and I don't blame them. I wish I had an answer, because I'd like to get that question answered.

Thanks for your patience, and we're happy to help.


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