Originally Posted by Curt31
Last thing I'm concerned about why are these things bricking themselves when they are upgraded?? I talked to a guy in Best Buy that was buying a player and he said it was probably user error. Thanks for the help!!!
It is definitely not user error. If anything it has been user ingenuity and patience that was able to keep it semi functional in the first place.
In my case the exact bricking process involved turning on the player, being alerted to availability of new 2.12 firmware, and then clicking YES to install it.
After it downloaded and installed itself via ethernet, it said it was successful upgrade and turned itself off as usual. When I turned it back on it went to that "cloudy" blue background image but the word "Samsung" and the four options for Blockbuster, Youtube, Netflix and Pandora never appeared. It remained a blank blue screen. Meanwhile the LCD on the front of the machine read "LOAD."
Definitely not user error. It is either shoddy software/firmware or poorly designed hardware.
I prefer to look at this fiasco as a whole and put the blame squarely on Blu-ray technology and DRM. Aside from adding functionality like Netflix and Pandora, most of these updates appear to do nothing but keep up with constantly changing DRM compatibility with different studios. If DRM "security" (hint, its not securing sh*t, look at the HD rips all over the internet) wasn't an issue, then Samsung wouldn't have to have a team on monkeys working around the clock continuously designing new updated software for them to rain down pain and suffering onto our players.
Completely inexcusable on all fronts.