Samsung LED Smart TV J6300 Stuck at Factory Reset Step-1

Jul 19, 2015 9:40AM PDT
Background Story
My TV has been having problem connecting to external harddisks and USB drives, it wouldn't recognize them. Lately it also couldn't connect to Internet, neither via wifi nor via wire. Since auto-update was on for firmware update, I thought the recent update might have affected it. So, I decided to do a factory reset.

Current Issue
However, after I have done the factory reset. It restared fine, showed the first intro screen with Samsung Smart TV logo etc, went to Step-1 and got stuck. (see pic below)

Picture of the issue

I have tried restarting, trying to reset to factory settings again but to no avail. Anyone know a solution to this problem?

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Clarification Request
J300 stuck at factory reset step 1
Apr 14, 2016 5:51AM PDT

HI there
I purchased Samsug 55" Curve TV,model code UA55J6300 from Bangkok in January 2016 and ever since i started using the TV in end February there was problems after problems.

1. Most of the time 'No content found' message was shown even in 8GB USB drive which very well works in other TV.
2.Yesterday, another issue surfaced which says 'no channel found' when ever I switched off and on the TV.
3.Then i was asked to set up the TV where another problem came. The TV froze with white screen at step 1.Now i cant do anything with the TV.

After several attempts with Samsung support team, I was directed to Bangkok samsung support site where the site was in Thai language which either the language translator didn't help.

Looks like this issue was there long time back and I am sure concerned samsung team will respond with solution soon.

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Clarification Request
Can you share the solution for this,please.
Apr 14, 2016 5:56AM PDT


I am also facing the same issue,so if you solved the issue,please share the solution.

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Just an idea.
Jul 19, 2015 10:14AM PDT

One more time but unplug all HDMI, USB things and cables. Pull the power plug for a few minutes then apply power and try one more time. If not, call it in. Most curved models are very new, in warranty so let Samsung do their thing.

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Jul 19, 2015 8:02PM PDT

I called to Samsung Support and did the basic troubleshooting but to no avail. Samsung said will assign a technician to look into it. Thank you for the reply.

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Re: Frozen
Jul 19, 2015 2:03PM PDT

Hello, I apologize for the inconvenience. Can you please send me an e-mail with the model & serial of the unit? I'd like to look into this further for you.

I look forward to speaking with you,

--HD Tech

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Jul 19, 2015 8:03PM PDT

Please check the email, I sent the required info.

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Exactly same issue
Sep 13, 2015 4:35PM PDT

I have the exact same issue. I am software developer and seems this TV has a lot of bugs in its firmware. I had several issues including losing all saved channels, problems in downloading apps for the Smart Hub (Unable to download, error code 205), resetting login credentials for Netflix and other apps. Unexpected termination of apps including Netflix etc. Finally I tried to reset it using the menu and the same problem mentioned in this post happened for me. Now when I turn on this TV it shows the logo and then it stuck and no menu will be shown, fully black screen with some back light. I have no idea how to fix it. Please help.

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Sep 13, 2015 11:03PM PDT

I wanted to update this thread for the benefit of all. Since my TV was a new TV and under warranty, they have changed the motherboard of the TV. Now it's back to normal but I wouldn't say without issue.

Current issues I'm still having:
- Unable to detect external harddisks and thumb drives
- Even if it detects, not all files will show (some files are missing, when I connect to my PC, all the files are actually there. So, it's a TV detection issue)
- YouTube app keeps on logging out
- TV Channels are not stored, once in a while they will disappear and ask me to scan again from the beginning
- SmartHub keeps on asking me to setup from the beginning (intermittently)

TV is great, but software is very buggy, obviously. Samsung support team is doing a great job but it's the responsibility of the dev team to inform and communicate to the customers on what's happening with their system. And what fixes are being applied at the moment to the next firmware update. I would suggest the dev team to come up with a website for us to check:

- Status of the Smart Hub, whether it's currently up or down
- What's the latest firmware for particular TV/product
- Detailed info on fixing long standing issues (detecting external hard disk issues, youtube app issues, updates being stuck in the middle of the update issues etc)

All in all, my next TV won't be Samsung for sure. Unless their dev team comes up with a better communication to the customers on the product software updates, fixes, issues etc.

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About the missing files.
Sep 14, 2015 4:36AM PDT

I believe I read that files do not show if the TV can't play or decode them.

That said, I run into a lot of folk that want all the files that play on their PC to play on the TV. Sorry folk, but until there's a PC in that TV this isn't happening.

And about Smart Hub up or down. I lucked into a conversation about that and it's a long discussion about what up or down is. I don't want to upset you but it's really hard for their end to go down as it's cloud based. That doesn't mean that ATT's DNS or another carrier's DNS issues won't make it look down but since Samsung doesn't control ATT's DNS then it's not a Samsung fault?

That's too much for most consumers to think about and why a re-think about DNS and such is needed. That said, there are workarounds for bum DNS but Samsung has taken the approach that the DNS needs to work so when the ISP such as ATT had stale DNS records, well, Samsung got a lot of calls.

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more update
Sep 14, 2015 9:52AM PDT

Let me provide more information for clarification purposes, for the benefit of others.

Regarding the files, I was not talking about files that are not supported in Samsung TV. I was just talking about normal media files. PNG, JPG, AVI, MP4 etc. As mentioned, it's an intermittent issue, sometimes TV would detect my hard disk and sometimes it wouldn't. Sometimes when it detects, it would only partially detect the files. And the rest would be showing empty folders. This is not just for particular hard disk, it happens to any USB device; thumb drives, flash drives etc.

As for Smart Hub being down, it would be beneficial if Samsung just alerted people about their service being down. Because I will be trying Google's DNS (8.8.8.Cool, Open DNS (, My own ISPs DNS etc. Nothing would work. In that case, I just have to wait until SmartHub is up on its own and after a while it would be working on its own without my changing any DNS settings.

Samsung Dev team needs to really step up. Setup a twitter account if you can't provide a proper status webpage (eg:,

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Those are "normal" files.
Sep 14, 2015 10:09AM PDT

And it's well discussed about these TVs fail to decode this or that. On top of that the TV may stop listing what's in a folder after it hits one it can't decode.

Smart TVs are not PCs so we can't install better decoders. And most consumers don't want to find out what the encoding is, what the limits are so we are left with a rather upset group of folk that want what works on their PC to work on the Smart TV.

-> Back to Smart Hub being down. In some post I shared a little about a conversation but it was clear I couldn't tell all. But I can share the system is in the cloud so one instance of it going down doesn't bring down Smart Hub. You did note the usual work around for ISP DNS issues which I wish Samsung would just add code to do that without consumers having to be network administrators.

Here's my view. It's an appliance, limited in what it's base code is and nowhere close to a PC.

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more update..
Sep 21, 2015 11:56PM PDT

I wasn't talking about "decoding" files. Anyway.. I'm not here to argue with you ("undercover samsung support guy") but to state my issues so that others may benefit from it.

Update: Yesterday Samsung Tech Support came, changed the motherboard of the TV yet again. It has resolved most of the issues, but intermittent issues remain, which are:

- Intermittent inability to detect external hard disks and thumb drives. Sometimes it detects but tells that the thumb drive/harddisk is empty.
- Unable to connect to SmartHub, stuck at Terms and Conditions step. I have changed the DNS IP but this time, no avail. So I'm just not going to bother about it for the next few days..

See how it goes.

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I hear you.
Sep 22, 2015 6:56AM PDT

If a drive is detected but no files, it's all about Samsung decoding those files.

Here's the thing. Consumers do not want to know how this works. They don't want to know or discuss it. Proof is here in these forums. The TV makers are going to have to do a lot better in explaining how their products work or pay the license/patent fees to decode it all.

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Sep 22, 2015 7:20AM PDT
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That's not enough from my discussions.
Sep 22, 2015 7:27AM PDT

The average Joe/Jane looks at the drive and may figure out if it's NTFS or FAT32 but then we have TVs that sometimes play with or not USB 3.0. Newer models got better about that issue.

But folk read MKV is supported but then it doesn't work. We are then discussing that MKV is a container format and the AV encoding in the container matters. At that point half the audience is lost.

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R. Proffitt speaks the truth
Sep 22, 2015 2:16PM PDT

IT IS ALL ABOUT THE DETAILS, which is often left out of the vague marketing gibberish on the box to make most non tech consumers feel at ease, but pisses off technical folks like myself, because without the details the marketing is useless wording.

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Same issue
Nov 26, 2015 1:53PM PST

Today i noticed that a newer version of firmware was available for the TV. When tried to install, it said update failed.
Contacted the customer support through chat. They did some basic troubleshooting and asked to reset the TV to factory defaults. After I did reset, it played a music and never came back up. Now every time i restart it, it displays the welcome logo and plays the same music, then a blank screen. Support guy asked to open a SR.

If this is a known issue and reproducible at so many customer places, how can samsung continue selling this model? they should recall the whole batch from the market and fix the problem.

This is so unprofessional for a company like Samsung. i am not buying or recommending any Samsung product to anyone.

Prior to this noticed other problems as well like usb drive and hard drives not showing any content, logging out of Netflix, crashing of smart HUB.

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For me, I turn off smart hub and add
Nov 26, 2015 2:01PM PST

Roku, Amazon Fire TV or other. Much better.

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Jan 19, 2016 8:42AM PST

Called support and just needed to pair the remote after reset (even though the power button worked on the remote...). Hold the remote 12" from tv, then hold RETURN and GUIDE buttons down for 10 seconds. Bottom left of screen will show graphic for pairing and you will be able to proceed. Easy breezy.

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Jan 19, 2016 8:54AM PST

Called support and just needed to pair the remote after reset (even though the power button worked on the remote...). Hold the remote 12" from tv, then hold RETURN and GUIDE buttons down for 10 seconds. Bottom left of screen will show graphic for pairing and you will be able to proceed. Easy breezy.

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Same Problem.
May 6, 2016 8:46AM PDT

First the TV could not connect to wireless network. So after I read some discussions in the internet I tried to update firmware of the TV. There was no external interruption during the process but the TV didn't complete update, and displayed error "Could not complete update". After restarting the TV showed setup process with 5 steps. Things went well upto 3rd step. But at 4th step which "Select the source of your TV signal" the TV froze. No response and I waited whole night but the setup process stuck. I am frustrated, What can I do now? Please suggest me. If this is the bug in Samsung TV software then I wont recommend anyone to buy samsung products.

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Did you get Solution?
Dec 17, 2016 3:09AM PST

Hi Ram, I have the exact same problem , stuck on step 4, wont do anything after that. Samsung support can only sends someone in a wees time! Could you tel me what you did to resolve this?

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J6300 stuck at step 4.
Dec 26, 2017 11:15AM PST

The same problem is troubleling me.Switching off and on the Tv,it will only resume from step 4,thenrotate within the steps 1 to 4 then Stuck stuck again

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same problem
Jan 17, 2017 2:23AM PST

Hi Ram,
I have the same issue...can u please share the solution?

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Smart tv stuck at set porcess step-4
May 7, 2018 2:43AM PDT

My Samsung smart TV, (series 6, model: UA48J6300AK), is also stuck at step 4 of set up process. No matter what you do, each time I start TV, it shows the same screen at step-4. Screen is frozen at this step and TV is absolutely non responsive.This problem happened after I did the factory reset from TV menu. Please help if you have found the solution.

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Factory Reset Step 1
May 10, 2016 9:59AM PDT
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Samsung smart tv with bunch of problems
May 9, 2018 3:16AM PDT

Dear Prospective buyers of Samsung Smart TV, be warned before going for Samsung Smart TV

I have Samsung smart TV (Curved, 48''). After one year of use, TV started having problem of display going off intermittently with sound on. But I used to resolve this problem by plugging of TV from power outlet. After some time, TV had stopped detecting external hard drives. Then to resolve this problem, I did factory reset from TV menu. After factory reset, TV restarted without display screen but sound was on. I have tried all the methods in book to bring back the display but it did not work. Ultimately I took my TV to Samsung service center to diagnose the problem. They diagnosed and said TV's mother board had problem & same needs replacement. Much to my dismay the warrantee was just over and I had to bear the cost of the mother board.

There are issues with Samsung smart TV and apparently Samsung has been ignorant about them. Consumers pay high prices to get these gadgets and they barely last till warrantee period. Ultimately consumers are paying the price of shortcomings of Samsung be it workmanship or quality of components or software bugs. Imagine the frustration when you pay high price to purchase the gadget and immediately after warrantee period you have pay for repairs which is considerably high.

So I have decided my next gadget will never be Samsung again.

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