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post #691 of 864
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Originally Posted by Quentin2 View Post

Tonight I burned the 4.0 firmware ISO to a CD-R and updated my backup A30 since it was quite old at Ver 1.1. So far so good, seems to work smoothly. My #1 A30 which has ver 1.3 is in its box for a while while I test 4.0 on problem discs, etc. Suppose if 4.0 works as well as 1.3 I'll upgrade that player too since Toshiba surely must have fixed lots of things in 1.3, 2.0 and 3.0.

Took ten minutes for the upgrade and I have to admit I was getting worried since it cycled from VERUP to STEP 1/4, STEP 2/4, STEP 3/4 in less than five minutes then seemed hung on STEP 4/4. Was thinking something went very wrong but at the ten minute mark the tray ejected and the player shut off. Grabbed the CD-R, then a power on and it sure seemed the Welcome screen stayed on forever. But yay, it came up and wasn't bricked! Like the on screen message says, don't power off! Let it shut down itself.

Glad all is well, Quentin. Just so you know, the update instructions indicate that STEP 4/4 always takes the longest. So, fortunately, your worries were for naught. :-)
post #692 of 864
Yeah, it would have been smart to look around for those instructions again. Didn't since I knew all I had to do was put in my CD-R and close the tray so I didn't know the last step was longer than all of the rest combined.

Flashed PCs dozens of times so know not to interrupt the writing cycle but I'll say I sweated more over this one than any PC since I know how to (and have) hot swap the ROM in a PC. I don't know if the ROM in the A30 is socketed or not, probably not or there would be some talk about fixing stuck Welcome screens by replacing the FlashROM. I should open one up and take a look.
post #693 of 864
Anyone know what firmware 4.0 really adds?

I mean so far I've been fine with 3.0 and have had zero problems on any discs or dvds. Should I upgrade or resort to the "if it aint broke, dont fix it" motto?
post #694 of 864
Honestly...I would leave it at 3.0 if you have zero problems...Should any problems arise THEN you can update to 4.0...
post #695 of 864
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Originally Posted by Splicer010 View Post

Honestly...I would leave it at 3.0 if you have zero problems...Should any problems arise THEN you can update to 4.0...

That's what I do with many firmware upgrades.
post #696 of 864
I always do the update after a couple of weeks and listening to others to make sure its AOK. I am currently at 4.0.
post #697 of 864
I always like to have the latest firmware but until 4.0 it seems Toshiba couldn't improve on 1.3 and even went backward some. Glad they stuck with it until it worked out.
post #698 of 864
I noticed after updating my A3 to 4.0 from 1.3 DVD upconversion quality seemed to improve but at the same time HD-DVD quality slipped down a couple of notches. I was getting glitches and picture freezes that were absent with the 1.3 firmware. I have recently rolled back to 1.3 and everything is back to normal. I am staying put with this firmware.

-dlbsyst
post #699 of 864
Could somebody tell me what I need to change in the HxD editor for me to roll back my A35 to 1.3? I updated to 4.0 and now my SD DVD playback is awful and would like to go back. Don't ask my how or why the SD playback looks bad, it just does and I would like to go back. Any help would be great.
post #700 of 864
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Originally Posted by -RONIN- View Post

Could somebody tell me what I need to change in the HxD editor for me to roll back my A35 to 1.3? I updated to 4.0 and now my SD DVD playback is awful and would like to go back. Don't ask my how or why the SD playback looks bad, it just does and I would like to go back. Any help would be great.

Change 0514 to 0FB0 and you should be able to roll back.

-dlbsyst
post #701 of 864
Thank you
post #702 of 864
Hi guys,

I thought I'd ask a quick question. I haven't been able to find the answer anywhere but if it exists somewhere , please fel free to just pass on a URL to me.

I got a new video camera and would like to try and use my A3 player with it if at all possible.

The question is, do any of the A3 firmware versions have a H.264 codec in there?

If this IS the case, I'll try to find some software that will allow me to convert the M2TS (AVCHD) files into a structure/format that the player would accept.

If that's not the case than perhaps it just makes more sense for me to sell off my A3 and not bother with trying to update any of the firmware releases that have come out since I bought it.

Thanks.
post #703 of 864
Has anyone had an issue with updating to version 4.0 on their A35's? The reason I ask is that I downloaded the firmware update, burned the ISO file to a CD-R, and loaded it into my player. The front panel of the A35 just said "LOADING" for about 30 minutes and never went through the normal upgrade process. I made another disc thinking that maybe I had a bad CD-R, but it did the exact same thing. Any ideas as to what I'm doing wrong? All I want to do is test the firmware update on my system to see if it's worth my while. I would appreciate any suggestions.
post #704 of 864
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Originally Posted by dstorm56 View Post

Has anyone had an issue with updating to version 4.0 on their A35's? The reason I ask is that I downloaded the firmware update, burned the ISO file to a CD-R, and loaded it into my player. The front panel of the A35 just said "LOADING" for about 30 minutes and never went through the normal upgrade process. I made another disc thinking that maybe I had a bad CD-R, but it did the exact same thing. Any ideas as to what I'm doing wrong? All I want to do is test the firmware update on my system to see if it's worth my while. I would appreciate any suggestions.

Sounds like it's not recognizing the CD-R. You would think it would give the "MSSG" indicator if it couldn't read the disc. You could try burning at a lower speed, or possibly you may need to try a different CD-R brand.
post #705 of 864
Does anyone have a link to a modified file so I can go back to 1.3 for my A35? Please.
post #706 of 864
I can make one for you if you want. Tell me if it is still needed.
post #707 of 864
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Originally Posted by Viking61 View Post

I can make one for you if you want. Tell me if it is still needed.

Yes, Please.
post #708 of 864
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Originally Posted by spectra57 View Post

Yes, Please.

I downloaded version 1.3 from Toshiba US, and modified the header so it will run on any current firmware.

HD-A35 Ver1.3 rollback.ISO

It's an iso-file, so no need to unpack it. Just burn it as an image to a CD.
post #709 of 864
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Originally Posted by Viking61 View Post

I downloaded version 1.3 from Toshiba US, and modified the header so it will run on any current firmware.

HD-A35 Ver1.3 rollback.ISO

It's an iso-file, so no need to unpack it. Just burn it as an image to a CD.

Thanks a lot! 4.0 just doesn't seem to play HD DVD / SD movies as sharp as 1.3 did.
post #710 of 864
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Originally Posted by spectra57 View Post

Thanks a lot! 4.0 just doesn't seem to play BD / SD movies as sharp as 1.3 did.

Hehe, does version 1.3 play BD ????
post #711 of 864
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Originally Posted by Viking61 View Post

Hehe, does version 1.3 play BD ????


My bad, thanks.
post #712 of 864
As been said before, Toshiba really has kept their end of the bargain even if they quit the war due to economic reasons.

I'm sooo happy for us HD owners as oppose to the BD crowd & the shabby treatment they are getting from their content providers & even some of their box manufacturers.
post #713 of 864
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Originally Posted by tripleM View Post

As been said before, Toshiba really has kept their end of the bargain even if they quit the war due to economic reasons.

I'm sooo happy for us HD owners as oppose to the BD crowd & the shabby treatment they are getting from their content providers & even some of their box manufacturers.

(Emphasis added.)

Shabby in what way? (Not trying to be snarky or confrontational, BTW. I happen to support both formats--and have been relatively satisfied with each--and am just curious as to what you mean.)
post #714 of 864
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Originally Posted by BasicBlak View Post

(Emphasis added.)

Shabby in what way? (Not trying to be snarky or confrontational, BTW. I happen to support both formats--and have been relatively satisfied with each--and am just curious as to what you mean.)

The CP's in regards to poor transfers or making java requirements not transparent to the box makers (see TDK or Bond catalogue)

The box makers not supporting fully 1st gen boxes (see LG BH200 dual format players).

Most of all - keeping box prices still north of $200 & new releases north of $20.

This is why lack of competition is bad.
post #715 of 864
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Originally Posted by tripleM View Post

The CP's in regards to poor transfers or making java requirements not transparent to the box makers (see TDK or Bond catalogue)

The box makers not supporting fully 1st gen boxes (see LG BH200 dual format players).

Most of all - keeping box prices still north of $200 & new releases north of $20.

This is why lack of competition is bad.

Fair points, all (though I can think of several very bad HD DVD transfers as well). That said, I absolutely agree that a lack of competition is never a good thing for us consumers.
post #716 of 864
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Originally Posted by BasicBlak View Post

Fair points, all (though I can think of several very bad HD DVD transfers as well). That said, I absolutely agree that a lack of competition is never a good thing for us consumers.

I will have to disqualify the bad transfers as a lot of times I just don't see it.
Pricing & glacial catalogue releases are my biggest disappointments with the 1 format monopoly.
post #717 of 864
I just updated my A35 to the latest firmware, version 4. After the version 2 release I didn't think they'd every release an update.. but I'm glad they did!

I was experiencing problems with Transformers; the edges of the screen were frantically moving and the words in the intro ("presented by Hasbro" and stuff) as well.
=> This update fixes that 100% - I'm very happy with that!

Furthermore, it fixes an issue I had with deepcolor (36bit) - with my KRP-500a screen. I know it picks up deepcolor, because when clicking the 'info' key on the Kuro-remote, it states "36bit" in the right corner.
I used to experience some added judder, like small pauses ever now and then, during playback. Really anoying.. When I forced "playback at 1080p24" it wouldn't run in 36bit color (the "36bit" wasn't there in the info screen) and the judder was gone.
But since this update, this problem is resolved! I can leave the playback-option on the A35 at "automatic" and my Kuro picks up the 36bits color - and runs it beautifully. Identical to how it was when forcing 1080p24 (and with it, disabling deepcolorfor some reason).

So yeah, I can say I'm very impressed with the update and thank you all for this great topic - where I found the update!
post #718 of 864
Is there a way to roll back my Firmware on my A35 to 2.7???

Since I upgraded it movies that never froze before started to.
post #719 of 864
I don't think there ever was a version 2.7 for the A35. You can use the firmware file that is linked 10 posts above to roll back to version 1.3.
post #720 of 864
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Originally Posted by Viking61 View Post

I don't think there ever was a version 2.7 for the A35. You can use the firmware file that is linked 10 posts above to roll back to version 1.3.

I rolled it back to 3.1.

Guess what?

IT WORKED!

The PROBLEM DISAPPEARED!

Thanks
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