Originally Posted by kanpol
Citivas whats your opinion on CS being just firmware based or both hardware and firmware? The reason I ask is because mine being the 450 and 720p it uses a different panel then the 500 series.
Whether the CS can be fixed purely with a firmware update is an open question.
In the it CAN be fixed with firmware camp are:
-- Some people insist they have made the problem go away with a work-around reported in this forum. It didn't work for me so I can't speak to it first hand. But if it did work, then it suggests there is no hardware issue and it is merely a software bug.
-- Similarly, some people say they have made the problem invisible with a change tot eh gamma settings. If so, theoretically it should be something the could compensate for similarly in the software.
-- Logically, it feels like a software issue. Assuming it is legitimately doing 96Hz (which none of us have any way of knowing or testing that I can think of), any noise or picture alteration should be a digital processing artifact and theoretically be fixed by the firmware. That might not be true if the artifacts appeared in every picture mode, which might suggest a chip issue, but since they don't, it seems like some mistake introduced only in CS mode. If so, that's software.
In the it may NOT be fixable with a firmware update camp are:
-- The biggest reason to be skeptical is that they haven't fixed it yet, despite many firmware revisions. This probably was first reported many months ago, right after these models hit the market. It unequivocally is the biggest persistent and reported problem with the model line other than the buzzing. So if it were a software problem it's a little suspicious they haven't found the fix yet. It seems like it would be simple if it were a firmware issue.
-- Some people insist they don't have the bug. And others report a completely different kind of behavior for the bug than what most are seeing. It's possible this speaks to a hardware failure, like the buzzing (though I am dubious of this).
Neutral to firmware or hardware:
-- It is odd that it seems to affect all model lines. Since they all started with the same firmware version (as has been established), this would lead me to think firmware. But they the buzz is affecting all model lines too and is a hardware issue. So it theoretically could be a common hardware issue.
The bottom line is whether it is software or not it is very concerning that Samsung feels compelling to officially deny the existence of this problem. It has been noted in major reviews and thousands of posts online. And it is very easily repeatable. So they clearly know about it and have for a long time. If it were an easy firmware fix, it's hard to imagine why they wouldn't have fixed it by now. So if it is a firmware issue, it must be something that they are having trouble getting to the root cause of. And they will only expend limited resources fixing a current model line since the vast majority of their focs will always be on the next product line. So I personally would rank the odds of it being fixed this year as (well) less than even.