Originally Posted by ravichopra
Sorry if I caused any confusion here, but nope. This is just the updated version of the old video card (not as what they're including in the v-version now) which is required for the experimental firmware. With the old 1.33 firmware I had crazy problems as described, even with this updated board.
My comment was directed more at the firmware which finally addresses the issues I've been having for the last several years.
When I first flagged my issues to Anthem, Nick said he didn't know when they'd be addressed, but that they were on the list of things to fix. Looks like he wasn't lying.
It took a while, but I'm happy with the results. Outside of Oppo, I'm not aware of any other player in this industry that seems to take the correction of issues like these seriously.
The new HDMI code for the older Anthems (found in "test" firmware V1.47f) was originally developed for the newer Anthems. It is found in "test" firmware V2.07f for those.
However, to speed development/testing on the older Anthems, the port of this code has initially been done only to newer production run hardware in those older models -- which covers about 2/3 of the units in customer hands according to Nick at Anthem.
You should *NOT* install "test" firmware V1.47f on a D2 or AVM 50 unless you know your hardware is of that newer configuration.HOW CAN YOU TELL IF YOUR ORIGINAL D2 OR AVM 50 IS OK FOR THIS?
If you can see through the top vents that your video board is colored red (it is the top board, closest to the vents), then you know you have the newer configuration. *OR*
If you can see through the top vents that the power supply does *NOT* have the big toroidal (donut-shaped) transformer, then you also know you have the newer configuration. In either case, you can, if you wish, install "test" firmware V1.47f.
Now, if your video board is gray or green AND your power supply has the toroidal transformer, you *MAY* have the newer configuration. However, there's no easy way for you to tell. So play it safe and do *NOT* install "test" V1.47f in that case. Wait for Anthem to finish the port of the new code to all configurations of the older processors.
"Test" firmware V2.07f for the new D2v and AMV 50v units comes with an even scarier warning. If the install fails while programming the video board, there may be no recourse but to send your unit back to the factory for special, corrective programming. And so, do *NOT* install "test" firmware V2.07f on ANY D2v or AVM 50v unless (1) you are confident in the functioning of your serial connection -- e.g., you've already done several successful firmware installs -- and (2) you are OK with the potential risk here.
As always, "test" firmware is not finished yet, and may come with unpleasant surprises. However, so far, we've had no posts here of folks finding any new nasties in "test" V1.47f or "test" V2.07f, and we HAVE had posts of bug fix improvements in those "test" versions.