Originally Posted by Cheesehead Dave
BTW... I just noticed that the Westinghouse support site now has a link to a firmware update. Has this already been discussed or is this something new? Anyone know what it actually changes?
Thanks for the update, Cheesehead Dave. I checked a few days ago, but it wasn't there, and now it is.. so of course I had to run the update...
I updated a set to the new firmware. System info now shows build on 2007 Oct 25, Software Version 5121_1.3.0. It was previously a Sept 2007 build.
I'm not sure what this update does exactly, since they didn't provide a list of changes/fixes.
As an aside, I did notice that the TX appears to run busybox linux based on the firmware contents, which I think is very cool.
Back to the problems I (still) have with the set.. The five issues that concerned me the most, in order of most-to-least annoyance, were apparently not addressed/fixed in this particular update. To recap, these are:
1. Blue-on-black and Red-on-black "smear" / "blur"
2. Simulated "Burn In" when going from normal scenes to black screen (or even partially black screen).. effect can be lessened by turning down backlight:
3. Halo brightening effect with dark text on a light background:
4. "Sparkle" up-down subpixel effect
5. "Jittering" at the first of Harry Potter 5 Blu-Ray DVD, when they're doing the aerial pan over the park, particularly the road going horizontally across the top of the screen. I have no photo/video example of this, but it doesn't bug me nearly as much as the other stuff.
..others have mentioned lock ups.. I haven't really had this problem with the Sept firmware, but if I start noticing it with the new firmware, I'll let you all know. It's also not comforting to hear stories about the HDMI hub suddenly dying. That's crap even if you do have a warranty.
At the very least, I think it's encouraging to see that Westinghouse is now providing firmware to its users, and I'd love to see another update that actually lists the changes/fixes.. especially if they include any of the 5 I listed above.