Originally Posted by Sebaz
So what I would like to know is, is there a way to revert to an earlier firmware update, and if so, is there a repository where I can find them? The Sony website only seems to have the latest one. Or, is there a way to revert it to the factory firmware, or once the update is applied, I'm stuck with it?
I know that you found out later what was going on and that a firmware reverting wasn't necessary. But i wanted to talk about one thing you asked. If there was a way to revert to older or factory firmware, it's too bad that sony didn't build the specs or this feature into Blu-ray players. it would have solved (other problems) a lot of bad flashing headaches.
The general answer is NO, but it can be done by Sony in there factory. So I started investigating the possibilty of the end user being able to do it, I found the PDF of the service manuals for the unit and went into the service menu for this unit and there is a possibilty that an end user could do this. I posted pictures of the option in the service menu that may hold that ability either by itself or injunction with a bit of hardware. I did not wish to test this posibilty out on my unit (as it may break/brick it) but I found some interesting data in the PDF as far as either clearing or erasing the chip that stores the firmware. It's been a few months since I stopped looking (no one with the level of knowledge i needed ever answered). Would be great option to have though. If I remember right there was a pin on the chip to clear the data. Wasn't clear with my limited understanding how to do it though. Ultimately got sidetracked and since the unit (BDP-s560) has returned from
Sony's Loredo, TX facility it's been working on about 96% of the Blu-rays.
Originally Posted by Sebaz
I was going to delete my original post, but I left it in case somebody else notices the same problem. In the Sony player, I was able to smooth this annoying change of GOP grain flash by setting the FNR to 2, even though at 1 it's already much better than none. This is under the video settings pressing the option button.
thanks, I never adjust those, I'll have to take a look next time I find a movie that I don't think looks great.
Originally Posted by battscrew
currently on software m04.R.735 should I be updating?
Originally Posted by Majestyk
Never update unless you have problems.
battscrew - it completely depends on what you do & what you want to do with your player.
Sony & some other Blu-ray manufacturers especially in some of these and earlier product lines have had a not insignificant number of problems with bad firmware flashes. So unlike on say a computer where you can uninstall a driver, there is no such option here. If all you want is to playback blu-rays ans dvds and it's never missed a beat there... then I'd suggest leaving well enough alone. If you've had problems or want the features mentioned above then that's different. Also if the unit happens to be under warranty or not is another consideration. If the flash fails under warranty it will only cost you ~$15-18 to ship it to Sony for re-flash or repair. If it's not under warranty & it goes bad it will be over $120 just for a re-flashing.
IF you are going to flash it. AT LEAST do it the safest way... get the disc from SONY. 2nd safest method download the file from sony (checksum) use a burning program that will verify the data after the burn. Don't use your internet... Chances are if something does go wrong with the connection in only a few cases will it actually be able to re-attempt and be successful.