Originally Posted by VBB
Tried last night, but couldn't get it to work. What are the exact steps on the remote?
To get into the "Host Diagnostics" mode, you select menu, then any icon like "Picture" so that the menu goes into it's vertical format. Then, left arrow to the menu items and down arrow to "Options". Do not press enter, instead, press #1
five or six times (Caution: Do NOT press any other numbers
) and the screen will appear. It doesn't seem as though anything can be really changed or entered once there. It's just a lot of info and status.
On the firmware upload note, I finally got my 42LD550 to upgrade. It's a mystery to me. How can yahoo widgets, Netflix, YouTube, and Picasa work, but VuDu and firmware download not work? Aren't all the internet features using the same addresses, etc to communicate?
What I had to do was kind of nuts. I have AT&T DSL Pro, an older 2-Wire SW1000 DSL modem plus a Linksys WRK54G Wireless router. I disconnected the router and went hard wire right to the TV from the 2Wire. It still wouldn't work, but originally the network test passed with the router connected and hard wired to the TV. Now after removing the router it wouldn't. So I obtained the IP address, subnet address, gateway address, DHCP, and DNS of the 2Wire using my office desktop to go to the 2Wire status webpage. Then, I manually entered all that stuff into the fields for the manual Internet settings in the TV. I did the network test and it passed. Whew.
I then selected Firmwmare Update and wonder of wonders it came up with the 6.00 firmware update available. I initiated the update and it started to load, but stopped at about 22% and the status window disappeared. I went and reinitiated the firmware download and it started at 22% where it left off. It did this at various percentages completed (38%, 52%, 65%, 74%, etc) and I had to reinitiate the download until it got to 100% Why?? Pretty flakey. Sometimes I just want to go back to good old DOS with a 56K modem where I knew the command structure and could fix anything. This is really nuts!
And then I thought, why not try VuDu and see if I can access that. Sure enough, previously VuDu would error out if I tried to access it. I don't have an account, but it should have allowed me to choose the free movie as I was able to do with Netflix without all this address protocol manipulation. Lastly, I connected up my "spare" Panasonic DMP-80 Blu-ray player which I was able to update once when I first got it, later could not. Guess what? Now I could download the new firmware for it. Previously, when connected through the Linksys router (wired port) it notified me of an update, but would not connect to do it.
Now after all of this my desktop no longer works with the Linksys router through the same wired port it previously used to. Now when trying to connect to the internet, it gets stuck at "Aquiring IP address". This has happened with my wireless laptop and my HTPC. I had to unplug my DSL modem and the Linksys router to release the IP address, and restart everything. Why??
If anyone has any helpful insights into this murky stuff please feel free to chime in. I do have a spare 2Wire DSL Modem/Wireless N router, but I'm concerned it would take too much time to configure and get it working..... or worse, not work at all.... and have changed too many things to get it all working again. I am puzzled because I got this all working originally with no trouble at all. Somewhere along the line as I bought Blu-ray players, HTPC, and now this TV things got weird. My 2 laptops configured right away and found all the settings automatically, why don't the TV and the Panasonic Blu-ray player? The Sony DBP-S550 Blu-ray player I have "found" it's network connection on this same hardware and I updated the firmware twice.
Well, if anyone makes it through reading all this and can give me some useful and simple way to get all my devices to "play" on the internet I would appreciate it!