I own a Bravia KDL-46VL150. Its owners manual also lists the xxV5100 series so they are brothers under the LCD panel. I have had the same audio dropouts via the HDMI ports along with some other video artifacts that I could call "flashing" but not necessarily "red flashing". (maybe because I'm partially red/green color blind). Anyway, it's interesting that on the 46VL150 site, SONY just released this version of firmware:
which is supposed to do this:
This utility updates the system software to version ER4.12-E2 and provides the following benefits:
* Resolves an issue that may intermittently cause the TV to freeze and stop responding to the Remote Commander® control device when the TV is connected to a digital channel.
* Addresses an issue where the picture brightness changes intensity on some scenes.
Note: After the software update, please set Advanced Contrast Enhancer to LOW or OFF to further minimize this characteristic.
* Addresses an issue with occasional intermittent operation when using favorites or HDMI-CEC functions.
* Corrects an issue where the audio may infrequently be lost while connected via an HDMI connection.
* Corrects an issue where there may be audio static when changing analog channels while connected via an RF (coax) connection.
* Corrects an issue where the audio may be muted when resuming after using the timer.
* Corrects an issue where there may be distorted blocks in the picture caused by incorrect encoding in the broadcast signal.
* Corrects an issue where picture files may not show in the USB Photo Viewer after switching to a different input and then back to the USB input.
* Improves menu navigation.
As purchased my Bravia currently shows it is using Software Version ER4.11-E230.
So how do these improvements (if they work) compare with the XXV5100's firmware updates?
SONY has a specific list of "compatible" USB devices that can deliver the firmware. They even list specific MB/GB values.http://esupport.sony.com/US/perl/sup...pl?info_id=411
These are fairly low capacity flash drives. I've certainly moved on to using higher capacity flash drives.
How critical is this compatibility, especially in size of the drive, so the firmware loading doesn't bomb? What are the pros and cons of trying to upload this new version of firmware. Thanks