Originally Posted by cjbrown77
Thank you for starting a new thread Mike. 105 pages was getting ridiculous.
I thought I would make my first post an intro and comment on the firmware update process. I noticed one of the users on the other thread was contemplating the update but was waiting for some reason. DON'T WAIT!! It's a super easy process and fixes the power-off bug in the previous software version.
I picked up my set last Friday from BB on their web-special price, along with the $100 off for any BR player, so we went with the PS3. All I can say is the PQ is absolutely stunning. Our old set was a Panasonic rear projection from '02. It's power supply board melted down a capacitor and it would just shut itself off within about 5 seconds on power-up. BTW, Costco took that set back for full credit after five and a half years. Too bad they don't sell Samsung!!
I arrived at pretty much the same picture settings that Mike has posted, great info there. We watched our second BR movie on Wednesday and got our first power-cycle black-out. I had already been lurking on other thread so wasn't surprised when it happened.
At that point I decided to look into the firmware update, so I jumped on the 'net and found the Samsung site and sure enough, easy enough to download the file. I also found that on the set, in the SW (software) update mode, if you press the 'info' key it displays the current firmware version of the set. Mine was 1001, the new file is 1004. I imagine that means there were three updates since my set was built. BTW, Samsung only offers up the most current firmware version on their site, along with a PDF sheet with instructions.
Since it hasn't been detailed on any of the threads yet I thought I would go over the process to ease any aprehension from any of the new set owners.
The download file is about 20mb, it's an execute file that unzips the compressed files for updating the set. You do need a USB flashdrive in order to do the update. When you run the exe file you are promted for an unzip folder. Just tell it to unzip to your flash-drive, it will create a folder and put the required files in it. The set automatically locates the folder/directory it needs on your flash drive and runs the update.
Insert the flash drive in the USB socket on the back of the set, cancel the prompt for 'Wise' connection, then select the menu item for SW Update. It does it all by itself, and you're good to go!
The latest report form the owners is that this fixes the power-off cycling with hdmi connected componenets. I have not tried another BR movie yet but I'm guessing my set is fixed.
For anyone lurking that's trying to decide if these sets are any good, I can say without hesitation that they are fantastic. The stores are pushing LCD, but in this size they are really expensive. Unless you need a wall-mount set, the Samsung just has to be the best unit out there, especially now with the LED lamping system.
Thanks for reading and happy viewing!