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If the VPR focus is properly adjusted the problem is not the Benq, but probably the video source.


Yesterday I upgraded my VPR from the version 1.2 to the version 1.5 with the USB and all is perfect now!!
Thanks for the firmware link!! smile.gif


Please reports back if you noticed any changes to the picture after upgrade thanks.
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No, I haven't noticed any changes of picture quality.

However the green problem has been fixed and I have more 3D mode!! smile.gif
In less of 10 minutes I performed the upgrade (the upload process need 4 mins)
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No, I haven't noticed any changes of picture quality.

However the green problem has been fixed and I have more 3D mode!! smile.gif
In less of 10 minutes I performed the upgrade (the upload process need 4 mins)

That's great, but to be honest i havent noticed a greenish problem. I haven't had a chance to use the 3d mode yet but i plan to soon. i have a question, being that im new with 3d projectors. should i get 1080p in 3d (firmware 1.04)?

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the 3D mode with full HD resolution work fine, but not with 1920x1080 @120hz, because this standard is not supported by our version of HDMI.

However in my opinion the 3D is very good also with the current mode. smile.gif
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Finally got my 1080st up and mounted and built my own double layer Spandex miliskin light silver topped with white 135" screen. Im very impressed. Coming from a 6500 series samsung plasma. Want to thank everyone on AVS with all the info.

Had 2x4 laying around to make the frame along with staples and what not to be able to mount and all that. Projector and spandex was at $1,000 all said and done

Show off pictures. Iphone pictures.

 

 

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If the VPR focus is properly adjusted the problem is not the Benq, but probably the video source.


Yesterday I upgraded my VPR from the version 1.2 to the version 1.5 with the USB and all is perfect now!!
Thanks for the firmware link!! smile.gif

Sorry could you explain what the VPR focus is?
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I bought this projector second hand, it came with firmware version 1.0

I went through all of the steps to upgrade the firmware to 1.05 (the latest available, released in December).

Flash succeeds and checksum succeeds, projector auto-reboots.

Now I only have a solid red power light and the projector won't power on.

Any ideas on un-bricking it?
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I bought this projector second hand, it came with firmware version 1.0

I went through all of the steps to upgrade the firmware to 1.05 (the latest available, released in December).

Flash succeeds and checksum succeeds, projector auto-reboots.

Now I only have a solid red power light and the projector won't power on.

Any ideas on un-bricking it?

wow, I guess I won't be attempting upgrading the firmware after all. If I were you I would ask this question in the w1070 thread--it gets many times more traffic than this one does...

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What's scary about those 1070 firmware upgrades besides all the fiddly details you better not miss is that somewhere about a hundred or so pages later an important change to a fiddly detail had to be enacted or else you would brick your projector even with previously valid instructions.
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I bought this projector second hand, it came with firmware version 1.0

I went through all of the steps to upgrade the firmware to 1.05 (the latest available, released in December).

Flash succeeds and checksum succeeds, projector auto-reboots.

Now I only have a solid red power light and the projector won't power on.

Any ideas on un-bricking it?


Firmware 1 or
Firmware 1.01
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Firmware 1 or
Firmware 1.01

It said 1.00 in the projector menu screen.
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It said 1.00 in the projector menu screen.

Hmm, weird, from my understanding w1080st came by default with 1.01 and even that didn't last as they supposedly delayed to put 1.2 on it.
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I'm thinking of getting this PJ as the throw is perfect for my small living room. I had an infocus 4805 years ago that I paired with a 106" graywolf screen with a gain of 1.8. I'm wondering if my old screen will work well with this PJ, or if it's going to cause hot spotting due to the much higher brightness. Anyone else using a graywolf with this?
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Maybe the bootloader from 1.00 wasn't compatible with later firmware versions? I purchased an eprom flashing tool and will try recopying the entire firmware file, including bootloader onto the chip.

It is important to note that currently, the projector does the following upon being plugged in:
green led on power button lights up
red power light turns on for approximately 30 seconds
red power light turns off permanently until projector is power cycled
connecting to the serial port will make the green led on power button flash when computer is sending codes
usb port is dead
serial port does not send any data
DLP Composer cannot make the projector enter programming mode to do firmware flash

A reason for me to attempt the flash in the first place was the bugs in firmware 1.00 which made the projector a pain to use.
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This projector is sitting very steady at $899 if purchasing from Amazon. I think people need to be aware that the $899 price is not always the one to always appear on the website. Some other sellers may sell for $999, maybe $1,028. But on the right hand side you can check out other sellers and you can see "Amazon.com", and for the past month it's stayed at $899. Just a heads up for people.
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Question for all of you W1080ST owners who have upgraded the firmware. Was it worth it?

I do not use my W1080ST that much - - but when it's movie time, especially with a quality Bluray disc - - you can't beat it.

100" Diagonal screen with the Darbee Darblet and OPPO 103. The picture is great as it is. No "3D" - - the fan noise is unacceptable. (I live in Colorado - - so the "high altitude" setting is in place for me.)

In light of the fact that I am not using the projector for 3D - - what benefit versus risk would I have in trying to upgrade the firmware? Much thanks - Rico

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I've just upgraded to 1.05 thanks to following Rajudhs steps laid out over the last few pages. I found the process easy enough and as long as you take your time and follow each step carefully. The major benefit I notice is the new full 3D mode for SBS torrents, which is great. The HDMI handshake is also noticeably different. If your firmware is still 1.02 I would recommend doing the upgrade as long as your are fairly technically competent.. Below is the full list of changes since firmware 1.02;

Firmware 1.03

Fixes:
-1- Hg bridge problem symptom: can’t turn on a projector, but NDF after transportation; few cases found in BQC.
There is Hg (Mercury) in a lamp bulb. Whenever the liquid mercury make the Short-circuit of electrodes of the lamp, the unit can’t
be turn on. To change the cooling status and lamp ignition behavior can make mercury condense at different locations of a bulb.
Due to Hg (Mercury) changing the location in lamp bulbs during transportation, it will be NDF in ASP.
-2- To improve power-on while system initializing
-3- To improve Philips DVD compatibility issue(BQC)
-4- Add 3D format as appendix
-5- Adjust Audio Curve for BQjp
-6- Japanese OSD correction for Cool and Warm (BQjp)
-7-To enhance HDMI searching speed
-8- To update RC code for new remote RCV011
-9- To modify the gain value to improve HDMI signal searching ability
-10- To add model name W1250 in Factory OSD (only W1070)

Added support for 3D formats:
1280x720p@59/94/60 Hz -- SBS added
1280x720p@50Hz - SBS added
1920x1080p@23.98/24Hz - SBS added
1920x1080p@59.94/60Hz - Top Bottom - added
1920x1080p@50Hz - Top Bottom - added

Firmware 1.04

ISF Night setting can’t be keep after 2D->3D timing changed
To keep lamp hour after “reset all setting in USE OSD”
To improve the 32 gray level via PS3 HDMI
Modify picture mode of “power off” icon
Modify HSG setting in No signal condition

Firmware 1.05

So as you can see above, 1.03 is must have and 1.04 is not mandatory for most users, but heard 1.07 has also improved the HDMI sync times for some users, but we should acknowledge that, as most guys from Tech background will agree with me, that companies wont expose all bug fixes to customers i expect there will be lot of fixes hidden.

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I bought this projector second hand, it came with firmware version 1.0

I went through all of the steps to upgrade the firmware to 1.05 (the latest available, released in December).

Flash succeeds and checksum succeeds, projector auto-reboots.

Now I only have a solid red power light and the projector won't power on.

Any ideas on un-bricking it?

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Maybe the bootloader from 1.00 wasn't compatible with later firmware versions? I purchased an eprom flashing tool and will try recopying the entire firmware file, including bootloader onto the chip.

It is important to note that currently, the projector does the following upon being plugged in:
green led on power button lights up
red power light turns on for approximately 30 seconds
red power light turns off permanently until projector is power cycled
connecting to the serial port will make the green led on power button flash when computer is sending codes
usb port is dead
serial port does not send any data
DLP Composer cannot make the projector enter programming mode to do firmware flash

A reason for me to attempt the flash in the first place was the bugs in firmware 1.00 which made the projector a pain to use.


The most important step is to properly set the Skip Boot loader area to 32Kb .

Failure to do so will overwrite your devices boot firmware and brick the device... It may be the right time for you to send it into BenQ for recovery. Read here for more folks who had the same problem.

TIP: Print off the step by step instructions. Double check each item on the list before completing the step. When the step is complete, check it off and go on to the next one. The process is very simple to complete, just proceed with caution.
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Finally got my 1080st up and mounted and built my own double layer Spandex miliskin light silver topped with white 135" screen. Im very impressed. Coming from a 6500 series samsung plasma. Want to thank everyone on AVS with all the info.
Had 2x4 laying around to make the frame along with staples and what not to be able to mount and all that. Projector and spandex was at $1,000 all said and done
Show off pictures. Iphone pictures.








The floating screen looks great!! A coat of dark paint on the ceiling and on the short wall to the right of the screen would help tremendously.
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Yeah, I checked every step 3 times. I am 100% sure that skip bootloader 32kb was set. The only thing I can think of that caused it to fail would have been that it was a firmware 1.00 to 1.05 update whereas most people buy the projector with 1.02 already on it.

I am receiving my eprom flasher this week and will attempt a manual wipe and flash of the entire 8MB of firmware. The only problem I might run into is if my bootloader is corrupt, I'm not sure that the 1.05 bootloader will work. I will have to wait and see :|

Does anybody have copies of the older firmwares, prior to 1.04? I will report back with an update to the eprom flashing success/failure.
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I bought one of these to replace my Optoma gt750e 6 months ago. I cant believe the difference. I just have it straight onto a wall. I've now had 2 mates come over that loved the w1080s tand went out and bought their own. Its bang for buck. My second mate that bought one has got sucked into the home theatre bug and just purchased a 150" screen and should go ok because we measured the image we had projected and it was 157". Also his room is well blocked out from the daytime sun and has the wall painted a darkish brown. So its a true bat cave. He was happy with the picture on the dark brown wall but I swung the pj around on to the white door and showed him what it done to the brightness and colours etc and he could see my point. So the screen he got comes with a 1.2 gain and is white, there was an option for a grey 2.0. Should he have upgraded to it?

Just wondering if someone can point me in a direction or tell me how we should look to install the pj and screen.

He bought a universal pj mount for the roof and it drops down 10" which is the same distance from the top of his ceiling in the theatre room. Its fully adjustable so I guess that should help. Also unlike the gt750 it can zoom in and out. But when I mount it should I have it fully zoomed small or in the middle or zoomed big? Also I'm still trying to work out aspect ratio and settings. Like cinema wide ratio movies, what should have the blu ray player set to and the projector? I understand there will be white bars at the top and bottom with cinema ratio and with PS4 gaming it will take up the whole screen. Also can you get anamorphic lens for the w1080st?

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Anyone knows if w1080st can do 2.35:1 thru zoom?
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Anyone knows if w1080st can do 2.35:1 thru zoom?

AFAIK, not without an anomorphic lens.


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Hi all, my first post with Benq W1080ST. 

 

I got this projector 20 days ago and enjoed t much but problems started when i got the 3D 144hz glasses and with 3D. 

 

after firmware upgrade to 1.05 (thankz to this forum) i got two problems.

 

1. Random reboots of projector (looks like it is overheating and turn on after cooling down).

2. 1080P 24hz give me this frozen screen that even block projector menu screen.

 

 

Some info:

Projector connection : PC -> Onkyo 626 -> projector with HDMI cable. (around 20ft long in total)

PC: Win7 with Nvidia 560ti in SLI mode

ALL another 3d modes work ok. 1980x1080 60hz work perfect, 1980x1080 desctop screen also working good. 720p 3d gaming in games a bit disapointing but working (to be true i am not impresed from 3d in games but new Gravity film in 1980x1080 3D looks fantastic!

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Just bought a 1080ST refurb for $799! Will post some pics when I get things setup a bit
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I'm about to pull the trigger on a W1080ST myself.  I did the research on the projector itself months ago and now have the funds for the full monty.  I'm surprised that more short-throw 1080p competition hasn't appeared yet, but if it's still great, then it's still great.  [Edit:  Wait, is the W1500 newer?]  [Second edit:  Conflicting information on whether or not W1500 is really a short-throw.  Hmm.]

 

A few questions about the gear associated with:

 

Is there a mount that is generally recommended by all?  I'm looking for one that can be adjusted up and down if necessary.

 

Screen:  I'm interested in having a ceiling-mounted roll-down screen that would be far enough away from the wall to allow a 60" LCD TV to remain behind it for regular old TV watching.  I'm looking at 120".  Any recommendations?  Are these screens heavy enough that they will not move if there is a ceiling fan in the room disturbing the air flow?

 

Recommendations on 3D glasses that can fit over regular eyeglasses for blind people like myself?

 

Thank you forum people.

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I'm about to pull the trigger on a W1080ST myself.  I did the research on the projector itself months ago and now have the funds for the full monty.  I'm surprised that more short-throw 1080p competition hasn't appeared yet, but if it's still great, then it's still great.  [Edit:  Wait, is the W1500 newer?]  [Second edit:  Conflicting information on whether or not W1500 is really a short-throw.  Hmm.]

A few questions about the gear associated with:

Is there a mount that is generally recommended by all?  I'm looking for one that can be adjusted up and down if necessary.

Screen:  I'm interested in having a ceiling-mounted roll-down screen that would be far enough away from the wall to allow a 60" LCD TV to remain behind it for regular old TV watching.  I'm looking at 120".  Any recommendations?  Are these screens heavy enough that they will not move if there is a ceiling fan in the room disturbing the air flow?

Recommendations on 3D glasses that can fit over regular eyeglasses for blind people like myself?

Thank you forum people.

I would say that the mount most would recommend is the Chief or Peerless. It seems those who have had experience with both recommend the Chief over the Peerless. It not only has pitch and roll, but also yaw. Don't skimp on the mount. Yes, it's more expensive than many on Amazon, but it won't budge and makes setup easier than other mounts. I bought the Chief and is expected to arrive on Tuesday, the same day as my projector. I hope to have everything mounted up and running in the next week or two and I will post pics to show how it all turned out.

I can't comment too much on the roll down screen, but be aware of potential waves from the rolling mechanism. Also, I would advise getting a tension screen if you do go the roll down avenue. The last thing you want is that screen moving around during a movie.
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Thank you very much for the information.  Would you mind giving me model numbers for the two screen mounts you mention?

 

I reeeeeally want to avoid having a massive 120 screen permanently on display in my den.  And since I just figured out how I might get that screen up to 137 inches, I don't want that size screen always around, either.  But I also don't want to spend a lot of money on this and have it be just short of excellent.

 

Oh grumble, now I'm back to researching what I thought I had decided on.  :-(

 

Edit:  I just realized you said "get a tension screen IF you do go the roll down avenue" and not "INSTEAD OF" a roll down.  How does a tensioned roll-down screen work?  Can you point me to a make/model of this?

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